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.
Listed below are the international institutions with which Loughborough University currently has University-wide exchange agreements.
The University of Queensland, primarily located in Queensland's capital city Brisbane, is ranked as a World Top 50 university as measured by the QS World University Rankings and the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. It is considered one of Australia's leading research and teaching institutions.
Situated in Las Cruces, New Mexico State University (NMSU) provides undergraduate and postgraduate learning opportunities to a diverse population of students and community members across five campuses, a satellite learning centre in Albuquerque, co-operative extension offices located in each of New Mexico's 33 counties, 12 research and science centers and through distance education. The US News and World Report ranks NMSU in the top tier among Best National Universities.
Oklahoma State University is one of the most comprehensive land-grant university systems in the USA with more than 37,000 students, 7,400 employees and campuses located in Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Okmulgee. It is a public research university, which has garnered many awards and distinctions, and is internationally renowned for its College of Engineering - particularly in the fields of architecture and mechanical engineering - and for its School of Entrepreneurship.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is the fastest-rising Asian university in the world's top 50, having been ranked 41st in the QS World University Rankings 2013. NTU provides a high-quality global education to about 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, with the student body comprising top scholars and international olympiad medallists from the region and beyond. Hailing from more than 70 countries, the University's 3,800-strong teaching and research staff bring dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.
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: