New Zealand

A huge welcome to students from New Zealand! We're delighted that you're thinking of studying here at Loughborough University. No doubt you will have lots of questions, and to help you in your search for the right course and university, we hope to answer the majority of them right here.

Overview

Choosing to study at a university which is not in your home country of New Zealand is an exciting opportunity, but we understand that it’s also a decision which requires a lot of thought and research. To help you, we’ve gathered lots of useful information right here.

Study options

As one of the top 10 universities in the UK we naturally offer lots of different study options. You can choose to study a foundation course, an undergraduate course, a postgraduate master’s degree or a research degree. We also welcome applications through the Erasmus+ scheme.
 

Our campuses

We have two beautiful campuses, one located in the heart of the UK in Loughborough and the other located in London, the capital city of the UK. Our London campus is a postgraduate hub, and therefore is only available to postgraduate or research students.
 
Our Loughborough campus is only a 20-minute taxi ride away from East Midlands Airport and there are five major airports in London, which makes travelling back to New Zealand and seeing the rest of Europe a lot easier.
 
At both campuses, you will discover a family-like community – so much so, that we often to refer to it as our Loughborough family.
 
There are lots of study options available here, giving you the option to study one of our many foundation courses, undergraduate courses, postgraduate master’s degrees and research degrees. The Study Abroad Programme also allows students to study a semester or academic year here in the UK.
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Why you should study here

Application information

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, 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.

Entry requirements

We accept lots of different qualifications, to learn what qualifications we accept from your country 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.

New Zealand

For students taking the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 typical offers will be based on overall achievement in the NCEA plus a required number of credits achieved at the next level up. For example, where A Level requirements are ABB, we would normally require a Merit overall with 20 Level 3 credits achieved at Excellence.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, these should be studied at Level 3 within the NCEA. Typically, an overall achievement of Merit or Excellence will be required in these subjects.

English language studied within the above qualification 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.

New Zealand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
New Zealand First (A/A+) Upper second (B+/A-) Lower second (B-/B)
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.

New Zealand

Students with National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 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.

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.

Student experience

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.

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International Day

Students at Loughborough University celebrate international day.

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.