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. We have welcomed African students to Loughborough for decades.
There are lots of different ways to start your journey with us, you can choose to undertake a foundation course, an undergraduate degree, a postgraduate degree or postgraduate research degree. If you’re interested in pursuing a postgraduate degree or research degree, you can choose to study in London or Loughborough.
Whichever step you decide to take, we genuinely hope that you find the right path to help you achieve your future ambitions. At Loughborough University, we want our students to achieve great things – and as such, we offer a number of support services designed to help you do just that.
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.
For students taking the National Senior Certificate (NSC), typical offers range from 6,6,6,6,6 to 7,7,7,7,7 from the best 5 subjects, excluding Life Orientation.
Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of 6 or 7 would normally be required.
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 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 National Senior Certificate (NSC) qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.
What is the International Foundation Programme?
The one-year Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP) is designed to prepare international students who have completed their secondary education, for entry to undergraduate study at Loughborough University. The programme offers successful students a guaranteed progression onto one of the University's relevant undergraduate degrees, subject to meeting the specified criteria.
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.
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.