The University of Westminster is located in London, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is known for its excellence in teaching and world class research, as well as its established study abroad programs. Westminster is the home to over 22,000 students, including more than 5,000 international students from over 150 countries.
Located in the center of London, Westminster students have easy access to London's world class theatres, libraries, museums, shops, and other entertainment venues. London is a city of 8 million people with enough museums, social and cultural events, gardens, shopping, and sight-seeing to keep you busy for months, if not years. You will never be bored as a student studying in London.
—During the semester, you can choose from over 700 modules and take classes from the University's seven schools or you can take one of several specially developed modules for study abroad students, which promote learning through London, as the classroom. Either way, you can easily find courses to meet your major, minor, and/or general education requirements. There are many different options:
- Liberal Arts (Cinema Landmarks, Geography & Globalisation, Intro to Third World Studies, Self & Society, Shakespeare in Context, Intro to Criminology)
- Busness & Management (Principles of Marketing, Organisational Behaviour, Operations Management, Global Markets, Entrepreneurship and Small Business)
- Communications (Media Law & Ethics, Understanding Broadcasting, Multiculturalism and the Media, Media Institutions and Society, etc.)
- London Studies (some of the most popular among study abroad students---Art & Society, Devising London, London Theatre in Performance, Writing London)
- Internship (you can take an academically assessed internship class offering you the exciting opportunity to gain practical, hands on experience in your chosen field)
—During the international summer school
, you can choose from a wide variety of classes that have been specifically designed for international students.
Summer Program Dates (2015)
Summer Cost Breakdown (2015)
After Your Trip:
at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar
The University of Westminster Study Abroad social programme has been designed to give you a taste of key cultural and historic sites in London and the UK whilst having fun in exciting locations. You will join a Welcome Boat Party and a Gala Farewell Reception, and for a small fee, you will also be able to take part in activities during the semester. These will include weekend trips to places such as Edinburgh, day trips to locations like Stonehenge, theatre trips, walking tours of London, and guided visits to London's galleries and museums (many of which are free).
The University has several cafes and a large music venue. They also have their own online social network site, "Connect," to help you meet students with similar interests.
During the semester, you have the option to apply for a room in one of five halls of residence
- Furnival House
- International House
- Harrow Halls
- Marylebone Hall
- Wigram House
During the summer, you can choose to stay in our Halls of Residence at either Wigram House or Furnival House. You will pay one price for the tuition/housing
The educational system in the United Kingdom differs considerably than the one in the United States. We strongly suggest you do independent research online regarding this, but here are some fast facts that you should keep in mind when applying:
Foreign Entry Requirements
- The fall semester usually starts in September and ends in January. The spring semester usually starts late January-early February and ends in June.
- The UK educational system does not require general education for students entering university. This means that all the courses (called modules) from freshman year are intensive and based on a major. In order to graduate from a UK university, a student needs 360 credits in total within 3 years, meaning that each semester, students are required to take 60 credits. These credits are reflected through 3 classes of 20 credits each. When you fill out your course approval form, make sure to reach out to the host institution to ensure the number of U.S. credits each of their courses is worth.
- The examination system in the United Kingdom is fairly different than the U.S. one too. Most of the times, there are no quizzes or small tests and each class has two, or even, one piece of assignment that holds 100% of the grade. For example, a module in the UK might be examined only through an essay. The UK places strong emphasis in academic writing rather than standardized testing, so any essays you will have to take will be of a significant length (ranging from 1500 to 4000 words). Some classes require one essay and one exam (50% weight of the final grade each) or just an exam, which usually includes essay questions. Make sure to research the teaching methods and assignments of each class you wish to register to!
- The grading scale also differs. A student can achieve any of these below grades: First class, 2:1, 2:2, 3rd class, fail.
First class grade: 70-100
2:1 grade: 60-69
2:2 grade: 50-59
3rd class grade: 40-49
fail grade: <40
If you see a 70, or a 60 on your transcripts, don't worry! There is a system to calculate equivalency. Most often, a First Class grade is an A, a 2:1 is a B, and so on.
To enter the United Kingdom, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site
for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.
The following categories of study abroad applicants only are eligible for a CAS from the University of Westminster to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa:
- applicants who will be taking the internship option as part of their programme
- applicants who will be studying abroad for the full academic year
**If an applicant does not fall into one of these two categories then they will need to enter the country on a Student Visitor visa.**
The Education Abroad Team is not able to accept requests from students to extend their programme.
Further details: www.westminster.ac.uk/visas.
Consulate General in Chicago (312/970-3800)
Travel Document Systems (TDS)
can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet
. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.