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How to apply: guidance for international students

All students apply in the same way, regardless of whether they are located in the UK or overseas, but we understand that students who are moving to England to study at Loughborough University, or our London campus, may have additional questions.

How do I find out more about the opportunities available at Loughborough University?

You can find a list of all our taught programmes here, and research opportunities are listed by academic department. More information about studying at Loughborough can be found on our International Office’s website. Our International Office is here to support you through the process of applying to Loughborough, right up to arriving here and settling in. 

I am thinking of applying via an agency- do I have to do anything differently?

Advice on working with an education agent to help plan your studies can be found on the Education UK website, along with a list of British Council certified agencies. Agents can provide advice and information, and help with practical aspects too, such as submitting your application and booking travel.

You’ll apply to the university in the same way, you just need to tick a box to confirm you are using an agent, and give us their contact details. 

What are the English Language requirements?

Our standard English language requirements can be found here. Please be aware that some of our programmes have higher requirements, so we recommend checking the individual programme details carefully prior to submitting an application. 

How do I apply for a visa?

Guidance on applying for a visa can be found here. On this website you can check the type of visa you require, the visa application fee and an online form to complete. You’ll also be able to find a list of the documents you will need to provide, and the locations of local visa application centres.

Before applying for your visa you will need a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies from the University. The CAS statement gives information on the course you have been accepted onto, what level it is, how long it lasts, what the tuition fees are and what documents the University used to accept you.

When will I receive my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)?

If you are a new student applying for a new visa to study with us, you will be provided with a CAS once you have meet the full conditions of your offer and confirmed how you will be funding your studies.

You cannot use the CAS to apply for a visa earlier than three months before your start date, so we normally start to issue CAS from May onwards for those students starting studies in the autumn.

What other documents do I need to submit?

We’ll give you a list of the documents you need to provide to us when we make your offer. Usually, this will include your certificates and/or transcripts for the qualifications you have already achieved, or are studying towards, and your English language qualification.

Additional documents to support your visa application will vary according to your circumstances, including the subject you are applying to study. Find out more here.  

What are the key dates in the application process?

We do not have a deadline to apply for a taught programme, although we recommend applying as soon as possible. Once we make your offer, we request that you reply promptly with your decision, and upload any outstanding documents such as certificates and transcripts without delay, so that we can process your application quickly.

For taught programmes, the necessary documents to meet all offer conditions should normally be submitted by 6 September of the admissions cycle in which you have applied.  Documents that are submitted after this date will be only considered if places are still available on the relevant programme and/or there is sufficient time for a student visa to be obtained.

Deadlines do apply to our studentship vacancies, for PhD study, so please check these carefully before applying.

You can register online to apply for University Halls of Residence accommodation from April onwards. In June, once your academic place is confirmed we will contact you with an offer of accommodation. You are required to accept this offer within eight days from the date of the email to ensure your accommodation is secured.

We will send your CAS, by email, from May onwards. Applying for your visa and any other documents is a priority as during busy periods these can take a number of weeks to be processed.

If you wish to book your onward transport to our campuses from Heathrow airport, you should do this at least two weeks before you are due to arrive. 

What are the entry requirements for international students?

The entry requirements to our postgraduate degrees are listed within the individual programme descriptions. Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications (i.e. First Class honours, Upper Second, Lower Second); the table below is an approximate guide to the equivalent international qualifications accepted.

For example, if our entry requirements for a course is an Upper Second honours degree for entry, the table below indicates you are expected to achieve: 

  • 80%+ or 85%+ from a Chinese university, depending on its rank
  • a First from an Indian university, 60%+ or 65%+ depending on its rank
  • GPA 3.7+ from Nigeria
 First UpperUpper SecondLower Second
China - NETBIG 1-250 83% 80% 78%
China - NETBIG 251-500 86% 83% 80%
China - NETBIG 501 and above 90% 85% 82%
India - high ranking university
eg. Top Collegiate Universities
First Class
First Class
Second Class
India - lower ranking university First with
First Class
First Class
Greece 8.5 7.0 6.5
Nigeria - 5 point scale 4.5 3.8 3.5
Nigeria - classification First Upper Second Second
USA or universities worldwide
which use a GPA scale with a 
maximum of 4.0
3.5 3.2 2.8

Entry requirements for other countries may be found on our International Office website.

How are applications assessed by the University?

When assessing applications, the University considers a range of factors, including:

  • average marks, a GPA or final grade from prior degree-level studies (whether completed or still incomplete at time of applying)
  • marks or grades achieved for individual subjects or modules taken, particularly where they provide an important foundation for further study at postgraduate level
  • the ranking or reputation of the candidate’s previous university
  • evidence of competence in English language
  • personal statement
  • academic references from two members of staff from your current university
  • for some programmes, work experience or a professional qualification may be required in addition to an academic qualification
  • for some programmes, a portfolio, example of written work, or evidence of practical skills are required

The grade equivalences listed should be interpreted as a general indication of the marks required to gain entry. Due to the range of factors considered when assessing an application, it is impractical to adhere to exact percentage requirements or equivalences between marks gained in different countries.