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Loughborough University is located in Leicestershire, 90 minutes north of London, and has been a university since 1966 with over 16,000 students currently enrolled, of whom almost 10% are international from over 100 countries. Loughborough University is a top 10 university in all major national rankings and is a two-time Times and Sunday Times 'University of the Year'.
Loughborough University campus is the UK’s largest single site green campus and is generally regarded as the best in the country for sport, having been named the Sports University of the Year multiple times by the Times Good University Guide. Other recent accolades include the WhatUni? Student Choice University of the Year and first place in the THE Student Experience Survey.
Loughborough pride themselves on being inclusive for all, with students, graduates and staff at the heart of the university experience. The Student Experience at Loughborough gives "every student the opportunity they need to achieve their full potential." Strong connections toindustry, both local and internation, boost these opportunities.
Loughborough University offer a free airport pickup service for international students, which runs at various times leading up to the start of the academic year. At the beginning of term, the International Office runs an induction session for new international students to introduce them to university life and useful departments. Pre-sessional English courses lasting ten weeks before the beginning of term are also available.
Times Higher Education has found Loughborough to have the UK’s Best Student Experience over the last 10 years, and the University has also been awarded 5* for Internationalisation by QS Stars Scheme. It is also the UK’s best university for quality of student life in the Lloyds Bank Survey and a former 'University of the Year' for Sport.
Loughborough University is a top ten UK university for research standards, and following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, there was a 37% increase in the proportion of the University’s research considered to be “world-leading”. Only Loughborough and the University of Oxford have received the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for outstanding applied research seven times.
Loughborough University 16 halls of residence – seven catered, six self catered and three who are run in partnership with a service provider – for students to live in during their stay. Accommodation in University Halls is guaranteed for international undergraduate students for up to two years.
Loughborough is situated just 90 minutes away from London by train, with the major cities of Nottingham and Leicester both close by. Students have easy access to shopping, entertainment and leisure facilities, while Loughborough itself retains the charm of a small market town.
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