At Loughborough University, we have a long history of welcoming students from China, this is largely due to our status as a top ten university in the UK, along with our safe, convenient campus. Today we have over 700 Chinese students who are currently enrolled with us and more than 6,000 Chinese alumni that have successfully graduated from Loughborough.
Famous alumni include Li Ning, Olympic Gold medallist and entrepreneur, founder of Li-Ning sportswear; Professor Binglin Gu, former President of Tsinghua University; Professor Yongxiang Lu, former President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and former Vice-chairman of the National People's Congress.
The Loughborough family is made up of students from all over the world -and we firmly believe that it is this which makes our campus so vibrant, friendly and inspiring. There are lots of different ways to start your journey with us, you can choose to undertake a foundation course, an undergraduate course, a postgraduate degree or a postgraduate research degree. If you decide to study a postgraduate degree with us, you'll have the choice between two fantastic locations - London and Loughborough.
Chinese social media
Loughborough has a presence on several major Chinese social media platforms to share news and key information about our achievements and life on campus; we keep this content updated on a regular basis so please do stay in touch with us via weib or youku.
Why you should study here
If you’re thinking of applying to study here at Loughborough University, you’ll first need to find out what qualifications we accept from your country / region, how to apply for your chosen degree and - if you’re applying with the help of an approved educational advisor – a list of approved agents. If at any stage you have a question, or you are unsure about anything, please contact us.
We accept lots of different qualifications, to learn what qualifications we accept from your country / region please see below. This is only a list of qualifications we accept, to learn the minimum entry requirements you will need to refer to the degree you want to apply for.
Students taking the Senior Middle Examinations will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.
Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.
Alternatively, we will accept a first year of study at a recognised university of appropriate standing within China as acceptable for entry to the first year of some of our degree courses. We would typically require an overall average ranging from 75% to 80% with specific subject marks required for some courses. Please contact the International Office who can advise on acceptability for entry to Loughborough courses.
All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.
What is an undergraduate degree?
Typically an undergraduate degree is the first level of study in higher education. Undergraduate qualifications include BA, BSc, BArch and BEng. Once you have graduated from an undergraduate degree you will have the opportunity to study a postgraduate degree.
Students are required to have a bachelor degree (4 years) for entry to a postgraduate programme. The University uses the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities to identify the required final mark, as outlined on the table below:
|First class (70%)||Mid 2:1 (65%)||2:1 (60%)||Mid 2:2 (55%)||2:2 (50%)|
|Shanghai Rank Top 250||85%||81%||80%||78%||77%|
|Shanghai Rank 251-500||89%||84%||83%||81%||80%|
|Shanghai Rank 501+||92%||87%||86%||85%||82%|
The University will consider students from Affiliated Colleges in the following way:
Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities in the top 250 Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 80%-84%.
Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are 251-500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.
Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are above 500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered as follows:
- School of Business and Economics: not considered
- All other programmes if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.
Universities given special consideration
Applicants from a small number of Chinese universities that specialise in business, management, finance or creative arts will be given special consideration by the University. The full list of these universities and the Shanghai band under which they will be considered can be found in the PDF below.
What is a postgraduate degree?
There are two types of postgraduate degrees; a postgraduate taught degree and a postgraduate research degree.
A postgraduate taught degree refers to the level study you can progress onto once you have completed an undergraduate degree. It is more advanced than an undergraduate degree, and the qualifications you can obtain include MA, MSc, MBA, MRes, PGDip, and PGCE.
A research degree, also known as a doctorate, is typically undertaken once you have graduated from a postgraduate taught degree. Research degrees include PhD, EngD, CDTs and MPhil.
- Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
80% over 2 years
- English language
IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each part of the test is required.
What is an international foundation programme?
Our International Foundation Programmes (IFY) provides international students with a foundation understanding of their chosen subject area. It’s typically used as a stepping stone for applicants who have not met our standard entry requirements of our undergraduate degrees. Upon successful completion, students can progress onto the relevant undergraduate courses.
English language requirements
The standard University IELTS English language requirements is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each individual element (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Some degrees may require higher levels English language, these have been clearly stated on the individual degree pages.
How to apply
The application process for international students is the same as UK students. To learn more about the application process and how you can apply, please select the appropriate degree level from those listed below.
Approved educational advisors
If you want some further guidance, then you may want to consider applying with the support of an approved education advisor. Below is a list of approved agents/educational advisors who have a contract with Loughborough University. Many of our approved educational advisors have been invited to both of our campuses, and therefore can give you a first-hand account of what you can expect.