Loughborough University welcomes more than 2,000 international students to lectures, including budding athletes from all over the world. Alumni include sports stars from Indian cricketers to professional international footballers. Hence, the university has strong connections with sport clubs and societies, with acres of green space for matches. Graduates have included famous English sports performers, such as runners Sebastian Coe and Paula Radcliffe, javelin thrower Steve Backley, rower Sir Steve Redgrave and former rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward.

The university recently introduced a range of international foundation programmes to ease overseas students into their new learning environment. There is a standard of English language required before international student can be accepted onto any course and admission is competitive. See the Loughborough University site for international students for details about entry. The good news is the wealth of support available for international students, with part of the union devoted to easing first-years into their new lives. There is also a welfare officer and a global development committee at the union. Separate higher educational institution, Loughborough College runs post-16 education in preparation for work or university. It welcomes 250 international students from 40 countries to study a range of courses, including foundation courses for next-level study. The town is also home to a Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) College, which provides courses for blind and partially sighted people.