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We invite you to study abroad at the graduate level in London through API at the University of Westminster. This program offers an expansive array of courses across a wide spectrum of academic disciplines.

Enroll for one semester in classes alongside students from across the world, earn valuable academic credit towards your degree, and see why London is consistently ranked the best city for university students and is always among the most visited locations in the world!

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

API Center

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

View all opportunities and amenities

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 14, 2023 - May 20, 2023 $24,900 Oct 1, 2022 No Extension Oct 15, 2022
Fall Sep, 2023 - Dec, 2023 $24,900 Apr 15, 2023 No Extension May 15, 2023

API students participate in 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 API excursion offers students the 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.

  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC (!). Edinburgh’s streets, whether in the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town, are steeped in history and are home also to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.

  • A Historic Royal Palace

    Explore one of the many historic royal palaces in and around London! These palaces show the extravagant wealth of the previous and current royal families of England and hold collections of art, furniture and jewels that are truly priceless. The buildings themselves are also marvels of architecture and show how each palace was adapted and redesigned for each monarch.

  • Stonehenge & Bath

    This API excursion offers students the 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.

  • A Historic Royal Palace

    Explore one of the many historic royal palaces in and around London! These palaces show the extravagant wealth of the previous and current royal families of England and hold collections of art, furniture and jewels that are truly priceless. The buildings themselves are also marvels of architecture and show how each palace was adapted and redesigned for each monarch.

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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    Stephanni Greenan

    Stephanni Greenan will be your Program Coordinator and will help you prepare to go abroad!

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    Sally Wippman

    Sally will be your on-site Resident Director and will be a resource for you while you are in England!
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    Vanessa Alves

    Vanessa will be an on-site London Student Services Coordinator and will be a resource for you while you are in England!

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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

Courses at University of Westminster (Graduate Programs)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Courses at University of Westminster (Graduate Programs)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

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.

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.