If you decide to study here in the UK at Loughborough University, you’ll not only be choosing to study at one of the top 10 universities in the UK but you’ll also be warmly welcomed into our vibrant and diverse family-like community.
We understand that choosing to study in a completely different country is a big decision, and one that requires a lot of research and consideration. To help you, we’ve collated a lot of useful information and advice for you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – our International Office are here to support you with your application, along with our network of agent representatives. We will be visiting Hong Kong at multiple times throughout the year to meet with you, this includes when both the HKDSE results and A level results are released.
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.
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.
Typical offers for students taking the HKDSE vary by course and range from ‘5, 4, 4’ – ‘5*, 5, 5’ from best 3 subjects, of which 2 must be electives and excluding Liberal Studies and Chinese. Where courses require specific subjects, we would be looking for grades between ‘4’ and ‘5*’ in these subjects.
For courses that require Maths as part of their A Level offer, this should be taken at extended level in the HKDSE. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘3’ or higher in core Maths.
Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.
English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.
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.
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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.
Students with HKDSE qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.
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.
Fees and scholarships
All students who enrol to study at Loughborough University should make sure they are fully aware of the cost of tuition for their chosen degree, the accommodation they will be staying in, and any associated living costs. Below are some indicative costs, however further details can be found at the relevant pages listed below.
Students will need a further £4,000 - £6,000 to cover expenses such as food, books, clothes, insurance, laundry, entertainment, travel within UK etc. Travel to and from home is not included. £6,000 should cover additional costs for postgraduate living in a self-catered hall for 50 weeks in the year. £4000 should cover additional costs for undergraduate living fully-catered hall for 39 weeks in the year.
The average living expenses for an undergraduate, with catered accommodation included, should be roughly £1040/month.
Supporting you every step of the way
We understand how important receiving the right support at the right time can be, which is why we offer a wide range of support services. So whether you need help with your visa application, or you need additional academic support throughout your studies to reach your full potential or you need help once you’ve graduated to find the right career – we can help.
You can get a real feel for the Loughborough experience by meeting some of our proactive student society members and engaged alumni network in Hong Kong, before you start your journey to the UK. A pre-departure event in August will give you the opportunity to network with other future, current and past Loughborough students, and then you will be invited on an exiting weekend camp in September organised by the student society committee. This is a perfect way to get know other students who you will be moving into Loughborough with. You will be a part of Loughborough before you even arrive!
You'll also have the support of our alumni network. Active since the 1950s, the Hong Kong Alumni group consists of both recent and not so recent graduates. They meet for dinner every month, as well as organising boat trips, ladies nights and much more. Our alumni are successful in a variety of carrers, including senior roles in the banking and financial sector. This active network provides mentoring opportunities for prospective and current students. Loughborough really is for life for our students from Hong Kong!
Culture and community
There is a real sense of community and family at Loughborough University, and our Faith and Spirituality Centre provides a peaceful place for our students to come and reflect, explore and express their faith and spirituality. It’s a place for you to pray, meditate and to meet others. You’ll find that both our London and Loughborough campuses are very inclusive.
Students from Hong Kong are well known for fully immersing themselves in the multitude of different things that the fantastic Loughborough student experience has to offer. However, if you find yourself missing Hong Kong, you'll be pleased to learn that both London and Loughborough have a huge variety of restaurants and food shops, offering everything from authentic Cantonese food through to a range of world cuisines. Although Loughborough is a lot smaller than London, most Asian food can be bought from the Oriental Store in town (located opposite the Rushers bus stop), a there is also an aisle in Tesco with the name of “World Foods” which you can go to stock up on food such as cooking-sauces and rice. It is also rather simple to buy through online oriental stores as some may provide next-day deliverys right to your doorstep!
Our Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) plays a key part in our students lives, helping you to build friendships and make amazing memories. There are lots of ways for you to get involved, whether you want to join one or two of the many societies available (we think you'd like our Chinese Society), join a club, be part of RAG or Action or go on one of the LSU trips. There is so much for you to get involved with, you’ll quickly make friends and feel right at home.