A message to all arriving international applicants from the Director of the International Office

18 August 2020

Dear international applicants

Thank you for your interest in Loughborough and congratulations to all who have received an offer of study at our University.  My colleagues and I are doing all we can to ensure our current international students are supported, healthy and safe during the current time.  Our international student Pre-Departure Guides are designed to support you once you have accepted your offer. It provides all the information you need before moving to Loughborough or London to begin your studies, containing essential information on topics such as travelling to Loughborough, what to do after arrival, finance, accommodation and support available for students coming to the UK with a family.  

The information below is summary which is intended to assist you with your immediate preparations to join Loughborough University:

  • Academic year dates 2020-21
  • Obtaining your Study Visa
  • Self-isolation (quarantine arrangements)
  • Heathrow Coach Collection
  • Student safety, health and academic rigour

Academic year dates 2020-21

  • Introductory week: 28 September 2020 - 2 October 2020
  • Semester 1: 5 October 2020 - 5 February 2021
  • Semester 2: 8 February 2021 - 23 June 2021
  • Semester 3 (postgraduates): 24 June 2021 - 1 October 2021

Obtaining your Study Visa (and receiving a CAS from the University)

All students aged 18 or over who are coming to study for longer than six months must obtain entry clearance as a Tier 4 (General) student from the nearest British Embassy / High Commission. As part of your visa application you will require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which is issued by Loughborough University.  Full information on how to receive your CAS from Loughborough University may be found here.

For undergraduate applicants who have met the conditions of their admissions offer, it is anticipated that most CASs will be issued (electronically) by Friday 21st August 2020.

For Masters applicants who have met the conditions of their admissions offer, the CAS will be issued as soon as possible after the CAS deposit has been paid.

For PhD, the CAS will be issued as soon as possible after the conditions of your admissions offer have been met.

Self-isolation (upon arrival in the UK)

Students arriving into the UK from certain countries are required to self-isolate on arrival into the UK. For students this means you will be asked to stay in your room for a period of 14 days.  

If you need to self-isolate, and you intend to stay in University Hall accommodation (Loughborough campus) you should aim to arrive during week commencing Monday 7th September. There are a number of Heathrow Airport coach collection dates available free of charge during this week to transport you to the Loughborough campus.  If you are experiencing delays in getting to the UK, the University will be as flexible as possible concerning your self-isolation start date.

If you are staying in private Halls or accommodation, you should contact the accommodation provider directly to confirm self-isolation arrangements.

If you do not need to self-isolate, we recommend you arrive during the week commencing Monday 27th September (introductory week).  If you are living in University accommodation, where possible, please arrange to arrive on your Hall arrival day (you will be notified of this by the Accommodation Office).

Full information regarding self-isolation arrangements at Loughborough University may be found here.

Heathrow coach collection

A free coach service is arranged by Loughborough University throughout September 2020 to provide transport from Terminal 3, London Heathrow Airport, to the Loughborough campus for new international students at the start of the academic year.

If you wish to book a seat on one of the coaches, please do so as soon as possible.  Full information and dates for the Heathrow coach collection may be found here.

Student safety, health and academic rigour in 2020-2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of us in 2020.  At Loughborough University, our number one priority is the health and safety of our students and staff.  The measures we have put in place are some of the most thorough and balanced in UK Higher Education.  In fact, they have been issued to all British universities as a model of good practice by Universities UK.  When you join us in 2020-21, we will offer you one of the very best student experiences in the UK.  Here is our commitment to all new international students:


Loughborough University is famous for its academic quality and the outstanding support we offer our student community. We are proud to welcome so many students from around the world with all the positive impacts you make to university life and academia.  I guarantee that my colleagues and I will do all we can to support your access to Loughborough University and to ensure that, after your arrival, you receive the highest quality education, experience and future employment opportunities.

We look forward to welcoming you to Loughborough University - with very best wishes

Charlie Carter
Director, International Office

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Charlie Carter

International Office