Loughborough University

United Kingdom

Language of instruction


Loughborough University is one of the leading universities in the UK, with an international reputation for excellence in research, teaching, enterprise and sport. Loughborough was named best sporting university in the world, and the best university in the UK for student satisfaction. The University has the largest single-site green campus in the country.

Loughborough is a busy market town with a vibrant history, located less than an hour from Birmingham and around 2 hours from London. The town is also close to some fantastic countryside.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 February–June
Semester 2 Semester 1 September/October–January/February

View Loughborough's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Loughborough has online resources to help get the most out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • B Exercise and Nutrition Science
    Semester 2, 2019
    I have never felt such freedom to grow as a person and as a student. Cannot speak more highly of this experience!
  • B Business Management/Commerce
    Semester 1, 2019
    Exchange in Loughborough was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. I made life-long friends, travelled Europe and immersed myself in the UK.
  • B Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
    Semester 2, 2018
    Although there were times that things went wrong, going to Loughborough and the UK for exchange would never be something I regret doing.

Full-time study load

60 UK credits (listed as "modular weight") at Loughborough is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Loughborough.

Find courses

Search the Loughborough module catalogue if they do not appear in the database. 

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Aerospace engineering
Business information systems
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Electrical engineering
English literature
Exercise science
History and ancient history
Human resources
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
International relations
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Nutrition science
Peace and conflict studies
Political science

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Loughborough offers exchange students the opportunity to apply for a place in university residence halls. While Loughborough cannot guarantee places in halls, they will help students secure university allocated accommodation either on-campus or by referral to an off-campus approved provider.

Cost of living

Living costs will vary depending on your lifestyle, accommodation, and travel choices. A single international student studying in Loughborough requires approximately £11,500 a year for accommodation and other living expenses.

The Which? Student Budget Calculator is also a useful tool to help you create a budget and manage your finances while studying in the UK.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students studying at Loughborough can apply for a scholarship through BUTEX. BUTEX offers a number of £500 scholarships to students studying on exchange at member institutions. 


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Students should consult the Incoming Exchange Students Handbook for information on NHS coverage.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Loughborough University’s Student Advice and Support Service provides visa and immigration advise to international students. 

Contact the British High Commission for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.