Additional support for international students

Choosing to study a postgraduate degree in a foreign country takes a lot of courage. To help you adjust to university life in the UK, we offer a number of additional support services to address some of the common queries and concerns that might arise during your studies.

We work with study-abroad advisors and overseas representatives in a range of countries who can provide you with information about the University. They can also assist with your application, and clarify the entry requirements and visa procedures with you. 

We’ve organised a number of on-line chat events to help answer your queries and attend to your concerns throughout the application process. The webchats are a great way of getting answers to your questions from knowledgeable staff, and enable you to chat to some of our current students who are eager to share their postgraduate experience as well as offer advice on your journey to the UK.

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Additional support

Student Advice and Support Service

The Student Advice and Support Service can help you with a range of issues including immigration, extending your visa, police registration, travelling abroad, working in the UK and they can signpost other support services on campus and online. The team can also offer advice on various student issues including housing, finance, employment, consumer rights and council tax. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Advice and Support Service directly:

Financial support

If you find yourself in financial difficulty, the International Student Advice and Support service may be able to help. The University has a fund available to help students who are facing financial hardship. The award is not automatic and you will need to make a full application in order to be considered. For more details and to discuss your situation, please email
We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you to meet the full cost of your tuition fees. Please take a look at our full list of scholarships and bursaries for more information and for guidance on how to apply.

Pre-sessional Programmes

The main emphasis for the Pre-sessional Programmes is on academic English. Whilst you are expected to read and conduct research on your subject area for your programme work, the pre-sessional programmes cover English for academic purposes that can be applied to any discipline. The Pre-sessional Programme is designed to equip you with the skills to succeed on your academic programme here at Loughborough University London. 

The Pre-sessional Programmes are only open to Loughborough University London offer holders.

Postgraduate Taught or Postgraduate Research offer holders should apply for the Pre-sessional Programme using the account you previously created for your application.

UndergraduateChina Partnership or Exchange student offer holders will need to register using the online portal to apply for the Pre-sessional Programme.

More information incluing, dates, fees and entry requirments can be found here.

Academic language support

At Loughborough University we pride ourselves in offering a great deal of support and guidance to our students. We recognise that for some of our students, English may not be their first language. Therefore, Adam Pemberton (our English for Academic Purposes Tutor) provides English support to our students.

Adam Pemberton specialises in English for Academic Purposes, and he is in post to deliver embedded provision within the curriculum, focusing on academic language and academic conventions directly relevant to module assessment.

Adam plans to offer academic language support workshops over the next year that students can attend. These will be bookable via the Academic English Support modules on LEARN.

One-to-one appointments are also available for students. If you are interested, please email Adam ( with an outline of your priority needs. Adam will then see if a 20-minute tutorial will be necessary based on your needs. These sessions may include other aspects of language support, such as academic speaking, listening or reading, depending on student needs.

There is a range of useful online support resources for students to access. Look for the red book symbol on our Learn module. Most of our support is embedded within the curriculum focusing on academic language and academic conventions directly relevant to the module assessment.

You can find further information about the University's Academic Language Support Service.

Counselling Service

The University of Westminster offers a counselling service to all of our students at Loughborough University London. Their service, which is concerned with psychological and emotional difficulties, is entirely confidential. To find out more, you can contact the Student Welfare Team by email (, telephone or visit the Welfare Team Learn page here.

It is quite normal for someone who moves from a familiar culture to one which is unfamiliar to experience ‘culture shock’. Some helpful advice on how to recognise and cope with the causes and effects of culture shock can be found on the UKCISA website

Faith and Spirituality

Members of any religious group are free to practise their own beliefs and the world’s main religions are represented within the University community. On campus, room LDN 2.09 is utilised as a nondenominational quiet room for prayer, though other rooms may be available on request. If you have any questions or would like information about local places of worship, please visit the Student Services desk on the second floor of the campus or email

Students with Disabilities

The campus is fully accessible, to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The campus has lift access to all floors with height adjustable desks and disabled toilets available throughout the building. To discuss your requirements in more detail, contact the Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Office by telephone on +44 (0)20 3805 1351 or email

Working in the UK

International students pursuing degree-level courses can supplement their income by working:

  • up to 20 hours per week during term-time
  • full-time during vacations
  • full-time during a work placement as part of their course (must not exceed 50% of the course duration)

A great way of supplementing your income during your studies is to become a Student Ambassador. This flexible role allows you to choose the hours that you work and get paid for your time. For more information, please visit our Student Ambassador webpages.

For advice on other forms of employment during or after your studies, please visit the Careers Network webpages or contact the London Careers and Employability Team.