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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the same information.
For any queries about research degrees, please e-mail email@example.com
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?
Since lockdown began in the UK, several hundred students have been unable to move out of their Loughborough University campus accommodation. Approximately 50% are international students. Loughborough continues to provide accommodation, cleaning services and prepared meals for our students.
Next academic year, we will continue to support our students in every possible way. We will of course comply with social distancing requirements, ensure hand wash stations and hand gel dispensers are available across our campuses, and intensify our cleaning regimes. We continue to invest heavily in the services available for the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.
I can’t take an English language test because the test centres are shut. Will you accept an alternative English language test?
We have identified several alternative English language tests you can use for entry onto your undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree or Pre-sessional Course, including some online tests. In the absence of in-country language testing centres, we accept online English language tests Duolingo, TOEFL iBT home edition and LanguageCert
More information can be found on our English language requirements webpage, and our Pre-sessional FAQs. Please note that those applying for the Art Foundation course must still have a UKVI SELT issued by an approved test centre as per the conditions of their offer.
We are also offering free Loughborough University English language tests are available to Loughborough applicants from early June. Contact Internationalfirstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
My English language test results do not meet my offer conditions, will you still accept me?
We will look at all English language results on a case-by-case basis and will be flexible where it is possible. However, if you have low scores in the key skills of writing and speaking, it is very likely that we will not accept you straight away, but will encourage you to attend our online Pre-sessional Course.
Will the University be running English language pre-sessional courses this year?
Our Pre-sessional Courses C (11 weeks) and D (6 weeks) will be delivered online. For more information on dates, entry requirements and booking deadlines for the courses, please see our Pre-sessional webpage.
If I book a place on a pre-sessional course but then change my mind, or take another English language test which means I no longer need to take the pre-sessional course, will my pre-sessional course fees be refunded?
As outlined in the Terms and Conditions of Study, if you choose to accept your offer of a place on a pre-sessional course, you have the right to cancel your acceptance and request a refund of fees paid within a period of 14 calendar days starting from the day we receive your pre-sessional course fees.
If you decide to withdraw from the pre-sessional course or ask to switch to a shorter course after the 14 day period, your course fees will not be refunded. We strongly encourage you to attend the longest Pre-sessional Course you can, to ensure that you are as well prepared in English language as possible.
Can the University talk to the visa authorities to help me to obtain my Tier 4 student visa?
Unfortunately, Loughborough University is not able to intervene in the visa application process.
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. It is not possible to collect BRPs at the London campus.
Otherwise, BRPs may be collected from participating Post Offices. In Loughborough, this is the Post Office located in the town centre. Its full address is 10 High Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 2PY.
For the London campus, the nearest Post Office is 26-28 The Broadway, Stratford, London, E15 4QS.
Will you be offering airport coach collections this year? If so, will the dates remain the same and what will the cost be?
A free coach service is arranged by Loughborough University to provide transport from Terminal 3, London Heathrow Airport, to the Loughborough campus for new international students at the start of the academic year. For dates and registration please see our airport coach webpage.
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 shown at www.lboro.ac.uk/internal/coronavirus/public-health-advice/ before taking action.
You will need to register with a GP as soon as you arrive in the UK; for most students, this will be the medical centre on campus but for those studying at our London campus we would refer you to nearest options closest to the campus, shown on NHS Choices Service.
What is the deadline for paying my CAS deposit? I am reluctant to commit to this at the moment.
If you are a postgraduate taught applicant and have been asked to pay a CAS deposit, the current deadline for doing this is 6 September 2020 if you intend to start your course with us in September. If you elect to start your programme in January 2021, you should pay your CAS deposit by 23 November 2020.
We encourage you to pay the deposit as soon as you have been firmly accepted and are confident that you definitely wish to study the degree programme this year. If you are not sure, you can wait to pay. However, you should be aware that we will not issue you with a CAS until you have paid your deposit, so ensure you give enough time for you to obtain your visa before the start of term.
I have paid a CAS deposit but am no longer sure I want to study at Loughborough University next academic year. Will I get a refund?
The CAS deposit will only be refundable if your visa is refused, or 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. In these situations, your deposit will be refunded. If you simply change your mind about studying at Loughborough University your CAS deposit will not normally be refunded.
How will Loughborough university support those international students that are required quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the UK?
Loughborough University has developed provisional transport and accommodation plans for international students, from the moment of arrival in the UK. We continue to work closely with Universities UK and the British Government to confirm detailed national guidelines on travel quarantine and whether this will still be in place by September 2020. Once the Government detail is available, Loughborough University will publish a full plan to support our international students with transport (from UK airport to campus) and 14 day accommodation / quarantine arrangements.
If I decide to take online modules for the first semester and arrive on campus in February 2021, is there any impact on my Tier 4 visa application? For example, when should I submit my visa application?
If you are a postgraduate taught student, you have the option of studying your modules online for some or all of Semester 1. We would recommend you apply for your visa as soon as you have received your CAS from the University to ensure you can arrive at the University as soon as possible. Before making the application we would strongly suggest you follow the advice and guidance outlined in our visa guidance webpage.
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.