Students from Japan have always found Loughborough University an attractive place to study due to the size of the campus, extensive sports facilities and excellent record for teaching quality and research.
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.
The Loughborough University Study Abroad Programme also means that students from Japan now have the opportunity to study English and academic modules at Loughborough University, University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019), during their undergraduate studies.
If you are interested in studying at Loughborough University, our International Office team would be happy to help and support you, so please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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 Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) 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 Japan 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.
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.
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.
|First-class honours (70%)||Upper second-class honours (60%)||Lower second-class honours (50%)|
|Japan||85%||80% or B or 3.0||70% or C or 2.0|
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.
- Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho
4.0 average over 3 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.
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.
As a student here, you’ll discover a close-knit community of students who are vibrant, diverse and inspiring. It is this community which we fondly refer to as the Loughborough family.
There are lots of ways you can get involved and get to know your new family. Rag and Action are great if you want to do some form of volunteering during your studies, whereas the Enterprise Hub is designed for those of you who are looking for advice on anything enterprising. We also have LSU media which is great for anyone who is looking to gain experience as a photographer, videographer or radio DJ. We also have a range of sporting opportunities available for you to get involved with.
These opportunities are a fantastic chance to bolster your CV and gain lots of valuable experience – it’s also a great way to meet lots of new friends and make some incredible memories.
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.
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 (or create your own), 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.
Every year the LSU hosts an event on International Day which celebrates the different cultures here at Loughborough with free entry and free food. In the past we’ve had over 40 stalls representing their country – it’s fantastic. The LSU also runs an International Students’ Network which is run by a team of students (you could join this committee) with the sole aim of helping and supporting international students once they arrive on campus. Not only are there are lots of events, societies and groups designed to help you feel more at home, you can also influence the experience future international students have if they decide to study here by becoming part of the international student committee.