Applying to study in a different country can be daunting and naturally you will have lots of questions regarding the application process. To make sure you have all the information you need, we’ve collated lots of frequently asked questions together here with the answers.
How do I check entry requirements if my country is not listed?
We have an extensive list of entry requirements. If your country or particular qualifications are not listed, please contact our undergraduate or postgraduate admissions teams who will be happy to advise you on your specific portfolio of qualifications and whether this is acceptable for entry on to your chosen course.
I have overseas qualifications, can I still study in the UK?
Yes! We accept a huge range of qualifications here at Loughborough. Take a look at our full list of accepted international qualifications for more details.
I have not taken an IELTS exam yet, will this affect my application?
No, you can still apply to us, if you have not yet obtained your English language qualification. If you are made an offer of a place, then it will be included as a condition of the offer.
The standard University IELTS English language requirements is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each individual element (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Some departments may require higher levels English language.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirement, Loughborough University offers a number of pre-sessional English language programmes.
Can I apply for more than one university or course in the UK?
Yes. For undergraduate courses, you can apply for up to 5 different courses at up to 5 different universities through UCAS.
For postgraduate study, you apply directly to the universities you choose. You can apply to Loughborough onlinefor both taught and research courses. You are advised not to apply for multiple courses within one academic School – if you are not suitable for the programme you applied to, you will automatically be considered for an alternative course.
How much are the tuition fees to study at Loughborough University?
Our tuition fees vary between courses, level of study and which campus you study at. All fees are listed on the course details.
- Undergraduate tuition fees
- Postgraduate taught tuition fees
- Postgraduate research tuition fees
When should I apply?
For undergraduate courses, you can apply from 1 September in the year before you wish to start your studies. The UCAS application deadline is 15th January in the year you wish to begin your studies. Late applications can only be considered if places are still available.
For postgraduate taught courses, the date is much more flexible, and you can apply until 6 September in the year you wish to begin your studies. However, as some courses are very popular and places may be limited, we recommend you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. For postgraduate research, there are opportunities throughout the year to apply.
How do I apply?
We like to make applying to Loughborough as easy as possible.
For undergraduate courses, you will need to apply through UCAS. Our institution name is LBRO and our institution code is L79. The course code will depend on the degree that you are applying for.
Applications for both masters or research degrees are made directly to Loughborough University via our Application Portal.
I am interested in doing an Erasmus internship, where can I find more information?
Every year we welcome large numbers of European and international students on exchange agreements or the study abroad programme. We also encourage our students to take advantage of the opportunity to spend a semester or a full academic year at one of our partner universities.
For more information on our international opportunities, please visit our webpages.
What happens after I’ve applied?
Once you've applied, you will receive an acknowledgement email advising you that we have your application. More information may be requested from you in order to process your application, so please keep checking your email.
When a decision is made on your application, you will be informed by email if the University is able to make you an offer. If you are applying for an undergraduate course, you can check this decision on UCAS Track.
If you are applying for a postgraduate course, you can check this decision on the Application Portal.
You might also find our What's Next guides useful.
How long does it take to receive a response from my application?
We consider each application carefully and on an individual basis. Response time to applications will therefore vary. Undergraduate course applications normally take around 3-4 weeks, but it can take longer or be much quicker.
If you are applying for an undergraduate course and you have applied by the 15th January deadline, we will aim to have made a decision on your application by the end of March.
If you are applying for a masters course we will aim to reach a decision within four to six weeks, usually quicker. You can help us with this by including as much information with your application as possible.
If you are concerned about your application, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can look in to the progress for you.
When do I apply for accommodation?
For undergraduate applicants, you can register for accommodation from May. If you receive all your results and your place is confirmed before the end of June, you will be able to book your room. Further details can be found here.
For postgraduate applicants this varies. Visit our accommodation website for further details.
Can I change my course if I want to?
If you have applied for an undergraduate course, and change your mind during the application process please email the Admissions Office, including your full name and UCAS Personal ID Number, to ask if it would be possible to change your course. We would want to know which course you want to change to, including the course code, and why. We can then consider your request and let you know if we are able to make the change.
If you have applied for a masters course and wish to change course, please e-mail email@example.com with the same information.
For any queries about research degrees, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Impact of COVID-19
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.
How is Loughborough University supporting students during the COVID-19 pandemic?
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.
Next steps for offer holders
The following webpages have been designed to guide you through the next stages of the admissions process and help you decide whether a master’s degree from Loughborough University is the right choice for your future.