International fees and financial support
We appreciate the importance of knowing the cost implications of your studies on your ability to plan your study at Loughborough. It is important to ensure you have prepared for the cost of tuition, accommodation and living expenses, and that you have researched all of the potential sources of funding which can help support you.
Whatever your level of study, the information in the sections below summarises the main costs to international students studying in the UK, as well as the means and support available to you during your time with us. The guide is split into clear topics for costs and support, which we hope will help you find all of the information you need.
If you have any questions, please contact the International Office, who will be able to help with you query.
- Cost of study
- University scholarships
- External scholarships
- Scholarships by region
The most important costs to consider when deciding to study at Loughborough are Tuition Fees, accommodation costs, and general living expenses. The sections below will help you find the cost of your chosen course and help you understand typical costs of living in the UK.
Tuition fees and course costs
Placement year fee
Tuition Fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and accessing University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Our competitive Tuition Fees are set per-course and you can use our Tuition Fee Finder to find the fee for your course.
The Tuition Fee covers all core course costs, such as tuition, examinations and graduation. Depending on the nature of your course, there may be some additional costs such as textbooks, safety equipment, art materials, etc.
Please note: Tuition fees shown in the Fee Finder are for new students commencing the first year of study in the specified year only. Subsequent years of study are typically subject to an increase (usually around 5%).
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs can vary considerably depending on your lifestyle and accommodation preferences and needs. Loughborough is not an expensive town to live in by UK standards. However, you should budget appropriately for the duration of your studies.
You will need to consider all major living expenses and the totals will vary according to the type of accommodation chosen and particular dietary, clothing and other needs.
Loughborough University offers numerous scholarships, departmental bursaries and research studentships across all levels of study. Typically these awards are merit based and subject to strong academic performance. The scholarship or bursary is offset against the tuition fee amount payable, with larger awards superseding any other scholarships or bursaries which may have been awarded.
The university also welcomes scholars who have applied for or been awarded prestigious awards such as the Africa Development Trust, British Marshall, Commonwealth, Chevening, Fulbright, Unesco/ World Bank and Santander scholarships.
Undergraduate International Scholarships
Self-funded international undergraduate applicants are automatically considered for a Loughborough University international scholarship (currently 25% of tuition fees).
Students with exceptional school or college grades (or predicted grades) may be offered this award on the basis of their initial application and will be advised of this with their offer of a place.
Taught postgraduate School bursaries and scholarships
A wide range of department-specific bursaries and scholarships are available to postgraduate students. In most of these cases you will be assessed on your eligibility base on your postgraduate application. Scholarships and bursaries are always set against tuition fees, which means that the amount of the award will be deducted from your fees before you are charged.
- Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering
- School of the Arts
- School of Business and Economics
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Building Engineering
- Computer Science
- Loughborough Design School
- Loughborough University in London (LUiL)
- Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
- English and Drama
- School of Mathematics
- Politics, History and International Relations
- Social Sciences
- School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
- Water and Engineering Development Centre (WEDC)
- Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Many of the research studentships offered by the University, often supported and sponsored by high-profile industrial/corporate parters, are also open to international students. You can find details of these in our Research Councils and Studentships information.
Postgraduate International Scholarships
Over 100 scholarships will be available in 2015/2016 to new self-financing full-time international students who are permanently resident in a country outside the European Union (EU).
Available in a range of subject areas these scholarships will be to the value of 25% of the programme tuition fee and that value will be credited to the student’s tuition fee account.
In addition to the key support options there are a range of sources of financial support which may or may not apply to you.
External sources of funding
In addition to support from the University and our partners, there are a number of external sources of financial support you may want to consider. These organisations typically offer bursaries and/or scholarships to international students - sometimes restricted to those resident in a particular region - to students studying taught postgraduate programmes.
Working during your studies
Many students find that having a part time job whilst studying provides them with an additional income. As an international student, it is important to ensure that you aware of the working hours your visa permits as there are restrictions on how many hours can be worked on a student visa.
Sport scholarships are available to student athletes competing usually at least at junior international standard, and have fulfilled the normal academic requirements for either undergraduate or postgraduate entry.
Support varies by sport and performance level and can include first class coaching, strength and conditioning and sports medicine support, as well as annual financial support.
It is important that you take all possible steps to ensure you have adequate funding for your studies, but we appreciate that sometimes unexpected costs, emergencies and shortfalls can occur. The University has an Emergency Payments Fund which may be able to provide assistance in cases where exceptional circumstances occur.
In addition to the support available to all international students, there are a number of scholarships and bursaries available to students from specific countries or regions.
United States of America
A range of scholarships and loans are available to students from the US undertaking postgraduate study at Loughborough University.
These include Fulbright Scholarships, British-Marshall Scholarships, and the US Federal Loans scheme.
A number of full-fee scholarships for international full-time taught postgraduate students who are currently domiciled (permanently living) in Africa are available.
The scholarships are being funded through a combination of generous external funding and University funds. The University will award a limited number of scholarships and the standards required are very high.
Santander International Postgraduate Scholarship 2015/16
Loughborough University is pleased to offer up to nine postgraduate taught scholarships, funded by the Santander Universities scheme.
Each scholarship is valued at £5,000, for prospective full-time postgraduate taught students, with an excellent academic record, who are a permanent resident of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA or Venezuela