Pre-departure guide for international students

We are delighted that you have chosen Loughborough University for your postgraduate studies, and we can't wait to welcome you to campus.

To help you prepare for the start of your studies, we have created a comprehensive pre-departure guide to introduce you to life in the UK and the postgraduate experience at Loughborough. Inside you'll find lots of useful information about how to prepare, settle in to British culture and make the most of your time on arrival.

Important information for short term students

If you are a national of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, the USA, Singapore or South Korea and are intending to obtain a Short Term Study visa on arrival in the UK, you must not use an airport eGate. Instead, you must see a Border Force officer at passport control and obtain a Short Term Study Stamp in your passport. If you use an eGate you will be given a Visitor’s visa which only permits study for 30 days and cannot be corrected without leaving the UK.

You are encouraged to carry the leaflet below in your hand luggage and show this to an airport official on landing in the UK.

Social media groups


Join our international student chats for January 2021 starters.


Please contact Loughborough-CSSA (China Scholars and Student Associations) to join our WeChat group.

WeChat ID: CSSA-Loughborough

Alternatively, please scan the QR code below: