International applicants

We are introducing positive changes which will help those who wish to enrol in the next academic year at Loughborough.

In this most challenging of years, you require reassurance, support and answers to your questions about coming to study at Loughborough University next academic year.  We are providing a comprehensive offer to our international applicants which will bring reassurance and flexibility to the Loughborough admissions process. 

Frequently asked questions

International students who are applying for a Postgraduate Taught degree should also see the FAQs for Postgraduate Taught Applicants for information on the admissions process.

How is Loughborough University supporting students during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We are supporting our students in every possible way, as outlined in our Back to Campus information for new and returning students and staff. We also continue to invest heavily in the services available for the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.

I am starting my programme in January 2021. What English language test will you accept?

Many IELTS and other English language test centres have now re-opened, and we encourage students to take one of these tests. Students who are not able to book a test and who are intending to start a postgraduate taught programme in January 2021 may use an alternative online English language test outlined in English language requirements webpage. The online tests will not be acceptable for entry to a degree programme after January 2021.

Where do I collect my BRP from when I arrive at the University?

If you apply for your Tier 4 visa overseas and nominate Loughborough University as the delivery location for your BRP, an update on the collection location, dates and times will be published here.

As an international student, will I have to pay for medical appointments or treatment relating to COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19?

If you have paid the immigration health surcharge for your current period of study in the UK then you will qualify for free NHS treatment on the same basis as anyone who is ordinarily resident in the UK and this will include those with suspected Covid-19 symptoms. Students with these symptoms however are advised to follow advice on our Connect and Protect webpage.

What is the deadline for paying my CAS deposit?

If you are a postgraduate taught applicant, have been asked to pay a CAS deposit and are starting your programme in January 2021, you should do so by 23 November 2020. We will not issue you with a CAS until you have paid your deposit, so please ensure you allow enough time for you to obtain your visa before the start of term, particularly if you need to undertake 14 days self-isolation prior to the start of teaching.

I was planning to start in January 2021 and have paid a CAS deposit but am no longer sure I want to study at Loughborough University. Will I get a refund?

The CAS deposit will only be refundable if your visa is refused, if you are not able to take up your place at the University because of a travel ban imposed by a country’s government, or you are unable to complete your studies or take an English language test due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A requirement to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK does not qualify as a travel ban. If you simply change your mind about studying at Loughborough University your CAS deposit will not normally be refunded.