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Students who wish to study abroad in London at the graduate level may spend one semester based at the University of Westminster studying alongside British and other international students. The program is administrated by the Study Abroad Unit within the University’s Education Abroad Centre. The aim of the Study Abroad Unit is to help students to adapt quickly to University life and to get the most out of their period of study here by giving support, advice, and information, as well as assisting in the process of credit transfer.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Housing

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Students must have graduated with a 2.7 G.P.A. (students wishing to study at the School of Media, Arts, and Design must have graduated with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0)
  • You must be currently enrolled in a Master’s program in your home country and intend to return to resume your studies after your participation in the study abroad program.
  • Official transcript from undergraduate program; current transcript from graduate program
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Program of study statement
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with supporting documents for stays under 6 months or valid passport with student visa for stays over 6 months
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 15, 2022 - May 21, 2022 $21,450 Oct 1, 2021 No Extension Oct 15, 2021
Fall Sep 18, 2022 - Dec 18, 2022 $21,450 Apr 15, 2022 Jun 15, 2022 Jun 15, 2022

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API London programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Stonehenge & Bath

    This is your chance to see one of the wonders of the world, Stonehenge. Everyone has heard of Stonehenge, but mystery still shrouds it from how the stones made it to their final resting place to the exact purpose of the site. After exploring one of the best prehistoric sites in Europe, students will be off to Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here students can travel through time, exploring what Bath may have been like during the Roman Occupation through the Roman Baths or explore the Georgian Architecture and Fashion of Jane Austen’s time.

  • Peaks, Plague, and Puddings

    Escaping the hustle and bustle of London, students will head north to the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Nottingham, with its links to the legend of Robin Hood, is one of the largest cities in the East Midlands. You can enjoy the National Justice Museum, the Robin Hood Experience, or enjoy all the boutiques and cafes Nottingham has to offer. A journey to Derbyshire is not complete without a stop in Bakewell and a chance to sample one of the UK’s most popular puddings (dessert), the Bakewell Tart. Students will stay in Eyam, also known as the plague village. In 1665, when plague broke out, the villagers chose to isolate themselves, preventing infection from spreading. These days Eyam is a great base for outdoor activities, taking in the beautiful landscape of the national park. Before heading back to London, students will have a chance to explore a stately home that was once home to the rich and famous of English history
  • Oxford & Blenheim Palace

    A stunning, but perhaps overlooked attraction when visiting Oxford, is Blenheim Palace. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is most notable for being the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. After exploring the beautiful Baroque architecture, students will have time to explore the City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford. Oxford dates back to the 12th century as a place for scholars and today it continues to be the home of the 38 colleges that make up the University of Oxford.

  • Stonehenge & Bath

    This is your chance to see one of the wonders of the world, Stonehenge. Everyone has heard of Stonehenge, but mystery still shrouds it from how the stones made it to their final resting place to the exact purpose of the site. After exploring one of the best prehistoric sites in Europe, students will be off to Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here students can travel through time, exploring what Bath may have been like during the Roman Occupation through the Roman Baths or explore the Georgian Architecture and Fashion of Jane Austen’s time.

  • Wales Weekend

    Wales has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Every hill, church or standing stone has a story all of its own. Cardiff, the capital city is the location of many Dr. Who scenes, and the Welsh countryside is home to picturesque abbeys and castles painted by many artists through the centuries.

  • Harry Potter Studio Tour

    The Harry Potter Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology, and talent that went into making one of the most successful film series of all time. Students have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes to props and animatronics. Students explore a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes, and props. Some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics, will be revealed.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12 credits per semester

Students who wish to study abroad in London at the graduate level may spend one semester based at the University of Westminster studying alongside British and other international students. The program is administrated by the Study Abroad Unit within the University’s Education Abroad Centre. The aim of the Study Abroad Unit is to help students to adapt quickly to University life and to get the most out of their period of study here by giving support, advice, and information, as well as assisting in the process of credit transfer.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive a transcript from the University of Westminster upon successful completion of the Westminster graduate programs.

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    Anna McCole

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COURSE OFFERINGS

CAMPUSES AND SUBJECT AREAS

The University of Westminster has four campuses, three of these, Regent, Cavendish, and Marylebone are right in the heart of London, and the fourth of which is located in Harrow. Harrow Campus is a state-of-the-art Greenfield campus in northwest London and is within easy reach of the city center. The university’s distinctive and varied sites are close to all the major public transport links within London, the U.K., continental Europe and the rest of the world. Each Campus is divided into Schools specializing in various academic and professional disciplines. Students wishing to take practical modules at Harrow School of Media, Arts and Design must submit a portfolio with their application. Students who are interested in taking courses not listed on the following page may be able to do so through independent study. For more information on this option, contact the API office.

INTERNSHIP COURSE

Students can apply for an internship as part of a single semester or year-long study abroad program at the University of Westminster. Internship placements are competitive as only 50 students will be admitted each semester. The internship option requires students to complete the “Professional and Personal Skills Development” module (available to U.S. students only). The internship equates to 4 U.S. credits and is taken along with two other modules.

  • A visa is required for any students participating in the internship program.
  • Alongside a student’s academic studies, they will be expected to work 14 hours over two to three days per week in their internship.
  • All internships are voluntary and therefore unpaid.
  • The BET (Business Experience Team) endeavors to secure students an internship in their chosen field by the end of the third week of classes. Students in the past have secured placement in the following areas: Architecture, Arts, Catering Management, Ceramics, Environmental Organizations, Fashion and Design, Business and Trade, Charities and NGOs, Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Journalism, Information Technology, Libraries, Media and Publishing, Music and Theater, Politics, Psychology, and many more!
  • Students who wish to apply for the internship program must indicate this preference on the API application. In addition, students must complete and submit the internship application along with their CV/résumé, personal statement, 1 passport-sized photo, and signed code of conduct by the application deadline.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Graduate modules are normally worth 20 U.K. credits (4 US) and students take three modules in the semester to make up a full workload of 60 U.K. credits (12 US). Students may choose modules from across a wide variety of subject areas, including architecture and the built environment, business, electronics and computer science, law, life sciences, media, arts and design, social sciences, humanities, and languages.

TEACHING METHODS

Most classroom-based modules will involve three hours of teaching per week. This is often divided into a lecture and a seminar (or tutorial). Lectures are the most formal teaching situation, in which the lecturer (professor) addresses a large group of students. Seminars are smaller discussion groups where a number of students join their lecturer to discuss and exchange ideas on a particular topic.

The British education system may differ from the one that students in the U.S. are used to.

Here are a few of the differences that students may encounter:

  • You will not be required to attend classes all the time and will have much more time to study on your own. This means that you will have to organize your private study time.
  • Your lecturers will not always provide you with answers. They will provide you with the means to find the answers yourself.
  • You will not always be dealing with facts and right or wrong answers.
  • You will also be dealing with opinions and your own opinions will be as valid as anyone else’s.
  • Classroom teaching may be much more informal than you are used to.
  • You will be much more actively involved, encouraged to ask questions and join in discussions with your lecturers.

For practical modules at Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, evidence of capability in each discipline you are interested in (demonstrated through a portfolio) is an important part of the admissions process and must be submitted at the time of application.For details of what your portfolio must include, please contact your Program Coordinator.In addition, students are restricted to taking:

  • a maximum of 2 practical modules in each semester from Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

Harrow Campus - School of Media, Arts and Design - Spring Grad

Language of Instruction: English   

Media, Arts, and Design Courses

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Marylebone Campus - Westminster Business School - Spring Grad

Language of Instruction: English   

Business Courses

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Marylebone Campus - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment - Spring Grad

Language of Instruction: English   

Architecture and the Built Environment Courses

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Regent Campus - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities - Spring Grad

Language of Instruction: English   

Social Science and Humanities Courses

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Cavendish Campus - Science and Technology - Spring Grad

Science and Technology Courses

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Marylebone Campus - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment - Fall Grad

Architecture & Built Environment Courses

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Regent Campus - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities - Fall Grad

Social Sciences and Humanities Courses

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Harrow Campus - School of Media, Arts, and Design - Fall Grad

Media, Arts, and Design Courses

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Cavendish Campus - Science and Technology - Fall Grad

Science and Technology Courses

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Marylebone Campus - Westminster Business School - Fall Grad

Business Courses

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Highlights
  • Courses with British students (except London-focused courses)
  • Internships available (for credit)
  • Named the most internationally diverse university in the U.K. - Hotcourses
  • Ranked in the top 100 of the 2018 League Tables (The Complete University Guide)
  • Awarded Teaching Excellence Framework Bronze
  • Ranked top 50 in Communication and Media Studies - QS World Rankings

London is a large city, so all students can expect to use public transportation (i.e. tube or bus) to move around the city on a daily basis, both getting to school and for social/cultural activities. It is a part of life in London. Generally, it will take students 20-45 minutes to get to school from their housing via public transportation or walking. All housing will be located in Zones 1 and 2 on the tube map.

Students will be housed in student apartments. Most apartments have several single rooms with a shared living room and kitchen. Some have en suite bathrooms in each bedroom while others have shared bathrooms. The kitchens are equipped with ovens, stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators. Wireless Internet is provided in all flats. A weekly cleaning service is provided to the communal kitchen/living areas in all API London accommodations.

We may place students in a few different student apartment buildings depending on where they are taking classes. We will prioritize having students share an apartment with other API students, but it is possible that API students would share an apartment with non-API students.

Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included. Meals are not included in these housing options.

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