ERASMUS+ and International Exchange Programmes
Loughborough University has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and aims to prepare its graduates for the global marketplace. Students are encouraged to undertake a study exchange at one of our international partner institutions, not only so that they can benefit from a high quality international educational experience, but also so that they have the opportunity to live in a country with a different cultural perspective.
University-wide international exchange partners
What is the University-wide international exchange programme?
Loughborough University has a limited number of study exchange places with a selection of international institutions in Australia, Japan, Singapore and the USA.
The exchanges are based on a reciprocal student mobility agreement between the two institutions and are offered on a University-wide basis. Competition for places is high, but we would encourage you to look at the international exchange opportunities and make an application through your School/Department early in the academic year. Please contact your School/Departmental Exchange Co-ordinator for further details on the international exchanges available to you and how to apply.
Please note that there is no guarantee that current agreements will still be in existence by the time that prospective students are ready to undertake their exchanges. It is, therefore, extremely important that you discuss your options with your School/Departmental Exchange Co-ordinator.
When can I go on a study exchange?
You have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or a year dependent on your school/departmental programme regulations.
How do I apply?
The application form for the University-wide international exchange programme is typically circulated to all School/Departmental Exchange Co-ordinators in November of each year. Please pay particular attention to the section entitled “Personal Statement”, for which you will be required to write a supporting statement of no more than 500 words, detailing why you think you should be selected to undertake an international study exchange.
When you have completed the application form, please ensure that you have attached an official academic transcript and an academic reference before you submit it to the Exchanges Office by the given deadline.
Once the application deadline has passed, a Selection Committee will be convened in order to review the applications and decide which students should be allocated to the available study places. The Selection Committee, which comprises the Institutional Exchange Co-ordinator, three School/Departmental Exchange Co-ordinators, the LSU Global Development Officer and a member of the Exchanges Team, will take the following criteria into consideration:
- academic achievement to-date (ie students will be expected to have maintained at least a 2:1 average);
- academic reference;
- personal statement (including evidence that you have researched your chosen institution and an explanation as to how it fits with your current studies and future career aspirations).
If you are selected to participate in the University-wide international exchange programme, you will be nominated to the partner institution and will be advised by the Exchanges Team as to when you can make a formal application. The Exchanges Team and your School/Departmental Exchange Co-ordinator will be able to guide you through this process.
Is there financial support available?
If you take part at one of the University-wide partner institutions, you might be eligible to apply for a Widening Participation Bursary, which acts as a financial contribution towards living costs abroad. For further information, please contact Exchanges@lboro.ac.uk.
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School-only international exchange partners
A number of Schools/Departments have their own international exchange partners, for which the agreements are subject-specific rather than open to all students at Loughborough University.
You can use the search engine on the “Locations” web page to explore the opportunities available to you.
For further guidance on the international agreements specific to your School/Department,please contact the relevant Exchange Co-ordinator who details can be found at: