Semester at University of Westminster

Picture yourself living in the heart of London. You won’t just read Shakespeare in the classroom - you’ll go see it performed live in the Globe Theatre. The city is your classroom!

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Semester at the University of Westminster can be found here.

2. When are the program fees due?

CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods. Please note that this program does require a $1,000 deposit prior to the final payment deadline. A separate invoice will be emailed to students for this deposit during their application process. 

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are four easy steps in the Application process.

1. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc.

2. Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost.

3. Submit: Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional).

4. Mail in your Official Transcript to our office.

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for Semester at the University of Westminster is October 1st for Spring term and April 15th for Fall term.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

Yes, you do need a passport to travel to England. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Semester at the University of Westminster, you WILL need a visa. If you are a U.S. citizen and are studying in London for less than 6 months, you will need to obtain a Student Visitor Visa when you arrive at the airport. You will be sent a packet with specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to the program.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. For Semester at the University of Westminster, the GPA requirement is 2.8. If you are interested in taking Media, Arts, and Design courses, please note that the GPA requirement is a 3.0.

6. What are my housing options? 

Semester at the University of Westminster offers dorms on campus with other University of Westminster students.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For Semester at the University of Westminster, you will take 4 classes for 16 U.S. credits. To see the courses available, go here.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

As a CIS student at the University of Westminster, you will live in one of several London residence halls.  The residence halls are situated within a half hour of the University campuses and London’s public transportation system allows for an easy commute to the campus.  Each of the residence halls offers students a spacious common room, complete with a television, and each student will have their own bedroom with a washbasin, desk, chair, and a wardrobe in it.  Bathrooms and kitchen areas will be shared by other residents in the dormitories.  Bed linens, towels, toiletries, and kitchenware are not provided; CIS recommends waiting until after arriving in London to purchase these items in order to find reasonably priced bedding/toiletries in the local shops, and to share the cost of kitchenware with other students living in the residence hall.

No matter which residence hall you are living in, each is closely located to famous sites throughout London, whether it be Highgate Cemetery and the grave of Karl Marx, the Imperial War Museum, the London Eye, or the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.  All of the residence halls are near supermarkets, shops, and pubs which allow you to discover what the city of London has to offer.  And all of them give you the opportunity to meet students from different cultures and countries across the world, which will only enhance your study abroad experience!

Here's a bit more information about your housing options:
Alexander Fleming:
This building is located in a lively, fashionable area of east London that is known for its vibrant nightlife. As well as numerous bars and clubs, there are also many shops, cafes, restaurants and various markets nearby. Each unit has four, six or eight single rooms with washbasins, a modern, well-equipped kitchen for self-catering, and two or three bathrooms depending on size. The kitchens are supplied with most basic appliances.   

Harrow Hall:
Westminster students studying media courses are housed on the Harrow campus. Living on this campus means you will be surrounded by like minded students and will have classes a stone’s throw away.  The campus is located in Zone 4 on the London Underground, which is a short 20 minute ride directly into central London. 

The Area: Harrow-on-the-Hill is a perfectly preserved Victorian village situated on a hill overlooking London.  There is a lively town center where students can find a wide range of shops, an art center and a multiplex cinema as well as numerous bars and clubs, cafes, restaurants and various markets nearby.  

The Halls: Each unit has its own front door, lobby and six single bedrooms with en-suite facilities, a modern, well-equipped kitchen for self-catering.  The kitchens are supplied with most basic appliances. 

The University of Westminster is no stranger to international students. The school has one of the UK’s largest international student populations, and it has a great system for providing students with help and support to ensure they are adjusting well to life in London. University of Westminster provides an extensive orientation to let you get to know the school and the city. You’ll also receive academic guidance from a personal tutor! The school works hard to make sure you feel at home while living in a large city.

The school is broken up into four campuses that have high-quality learning resource centers, music and TV studios, libraries and computer facilities. University of Westminster is known worldwide for having excellent academics, research, and faculty.

Besides the stellar academics, the school also offers societies and clubs for almost any interest you could have. There are also sports teams and facilities where you can meet students from all over the world with similar interests. The university also has several cafés, shops and bars that you can use. You’ll never be bored living in the heart of London!

CISabroad’s Site Director in England:

Natalie Coveyduck, Site Director

Natalie currently holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona and a M.A. in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster. Her passion for international education started in 2007 when she realized first hand how the opportunity to study abroad can change one's life! After studying abroad in London for both her undergraduate and graduate studies, Natalie moved to London permanently and hasn't looked back. When she is not helping students fall in love with this amazing city, she can be found travelling, cycling the Thames path, or salsa dancing!

The University of Westminster enjoys an illustrious history going back over 165 years and is one of the largest universities in the UK. Situated in the center of London, it has a student body that reflects the diversity of the city itself, with nearly 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries. Westminster also has one of the largest and longest-running US study abroad programs, so it has a wealth of experience teaching and supporting US students. In fact, the University recently received the Times Higher Education Award for "Outstanding Support for International Students." The academic calendar follows the US university calendar, so you can easily find a semester that fits with your study abroad schedule.

Three of the University’s 4 campuses are superbly located in the center of London, near the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the BBC, the British Museum, and the British Library. The fourth enjoys a quieter, scenic location just 20 minutes by tube from central London. The city's transport network provides easy access to the whole University from all parts of the city. You will experience life of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world with students of all ages, from many different countries, in a lively, friendly atmosphere.

You will experience high quality education with notable faculty, diverse courses, an international student body, and exciting urban campuses. As a CIS study abroad student, you’ll get outstanding support, from academic advising to personal and cultural counseling. On-site student services make life in the big city easy to adapt to, and in no time you will be making friends from all over the world! At the same time, you’ll have all the freedom you need to explore one of the best cities in the world and make it your home.

During the Semester in Westminster program you can intern or study in London in your major in the heart of the bustling capitol city. Take courses ranging from business to film at a university centrally located in one of the best cities in the world, or get hands-on experience with an internship!

Go with a whole team behind you. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad. From Big Ben to Buckingham Palace to the West End theater district to the British Museum, we love London!  We will help you every step of the way!

We’ve got one of the most affordable central London programs! Studying abroad shouldn’t break the bank, and we want you to enjoy your time when you study abroad in London. Save money with our program, and you’ll have some left over or traveling, shopping, and hanging out.

On our Semester at  Westminster study abroad program,  you can study in London, taking classes for your major or as electives at an internationally recognized institution while exploring this lively, diverse city. You can also intern at one of the city’s many businesses and organizations, gaining practical experience and boosting your resume. You will experience:

Classes in your major, whatever that may be! – The University of Westminster offers over 700 courses in such diverse fields as architecture, chemistry, computer science, British history, international business, media and design, psychology, and so much more. This is the place to find what you need to get ahead!

An urban campus – The University’s setting is ideal, right in the middle of the action. You’ll stroll to class along the Thames, and major tourist sites such as the British Museum, Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abby, the Globe Theatre, and more are all a quick walk or tube stop away!

Truly global learning – The student body comes from over 150 countries, so you will make friends from all over the world and learn from the other international students' unique backgrounds and perspectives. Plus, London itself is extremely diverse.

A perfect location – Being in the center of London also means easy access to cheap flights and trains to the rest of the UK and Europe. One more reason you’ll fall in love with this energetic city!

A hands-on internship option – Combine academics with a custom international internship! You’ll become familiar with British business practices and culture in your desired field with a placement tailored to your specific skills and interests. You'll experience it all when you study abroad in London. 

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in London, then check out our Semester at Westminster program, nestled in the heart of London. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Study abroad in London at one of 4 campuses in the heart of the capitol
  • Large international student population
  • Over 300 degree programs, including London-focused courses
  • Experience an independent urban lifestyle
  • Check out Big Ben, Parliament, the London Eye, and more!
  • Explore other parts of the UK and Europe on the weekends
  • Get hands-on experience with a custom internship in your field
  • Intern at an NGO or community organization during your semester
  • Housing in the center of London

On your Semester in Westminster program with CISabroad, you'll live minutes from the action of Central London and have the opportunity to explore some of the best that London has to offer. Two weekend trips are included in the semester at no extra cost! These trips might include:

Tour the ancient university that makes Oxford famous! The city is also filled with buildings from every architectural period since the Saxons. You can enjoy more modern attractions such as shopping, museums, theaters, botanical gardens, parks, and cathedrals as well. 

One of the most recognizable sites in the world, Stonehenge is a must-see while in England. The incredible stone formations add to the country's rich hirtory.

Liverpool has an impressive musical, sport, and maritime history. You'll enjoy sampling some of the region's modern restaurants, wine bars, museums, and art galleries.

Windsor Castle
Experience the majesty of the impressive Windsor Castle, the official residence of the Queen. This castle is often used for formal duties, state visits, Royal christenings, weddings and funerals.

In addition to these trips, our Site Director Heidi also sets up day excursions at no additional cost in order to share everything that London has to offer. In the past, these have included:

  • London bus tour
  • Kings, Queens, Politics and Power Walking tour which starts in New Scotland Yard
  • Introduction to Camden Market with an optional pub lunch and Hidden Pubs of London Walking Tour
  • Jack the Ripper Walking Tour
  • Bus Tour of Cambridge (Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking!)
  • Tour of the Benjamin Franklin House

Semester at University of Westminster, London, offers unique courses in your major and as electives. There are over 700 classes to choose from at this world-renowned university, which has received numerous accolades for its high academic standards. You can learn from high-caliber British and international faculty in the global classroom.  Plus, there are tones of internship options.

GPA Required: 2.8/3.0 (for Media and Arts courses). If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses, known as “modules.”  You can choose from subjects such as Architecture, Communications, Computer Science, Business and Finance, English, Languages, Law, Media Studies, and Social and Human Sciences. The University of Westminster offers study abroad students 2 options: the internship option and London-focused modules.

NOTE: Students who choose two or more courses from the Media and Design Department are automatically considered for housing at Harrow Hall. If you have any questions on this please ask your student advisor.

Internship semester abroad option

The University of Westminster Internship Program is designed to familiarize you with British business practices and culture. The program requires that you pursue academic coursework in conjunction with a supervised workplace practicum (internship). With three classes and a part-time academic internship, your total semester experience will be equivalent to four subjects at Westminster.

Please note: If you are applying for an internship at Westminster, you must complete the University of Westminster’s Internship Application Pack in addition to your CIS application.

London-focused modules
A number of modules have been designed specifically for study abroad students to maximize the London aspect of your experience. The University of Westminster was the first university to design such courses and has several years’ experience in delivering these popular classes.

Course load: 4-5 classes (16-20 US credits)

Course approval: It is best to get 7–8 classes approved before you go abroad. This way you will have plenty of classes to choose from and some flexibility in setting up your schedule. You should also consider filling your elective requirements.

Class descriptions and catalog: Click here** for more information.
**Please note that the Harrow and Marylebone business schools are merging in to one, and as such, the courses listed under these two programs will be changing for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. If you are interested in either fall 2013 or spring 2014 at the University of Westminster, please wait until mid- to late March before selecting your courses.

For London-focused modules, check this website.

Helpful information
Please click here to read the following document before selecting any courses at the University. It will aid you in the course selection process.

At the beginning of each School section, you will find an introduction to the School and a list of all the modules that the School offers to study abroad students. This list will tell you the module’s code, title, and level (which corresponds to the modules’ order in the catalog), the semester it runs in, and the number of credits attached to it.

For example:
Module Code 3BCM401   Level 4    Credit    15    Semester 1

1 = semester 1 (fall)
2 = semester 2 (spring)
0 = semester 1 and 2 (restricted to full-year students, except for Polylang Modules)

Prerequisites or corequisites will be specified under the module title.

Please remember that if you wish to select Practice/Practical classes from the School of Media, Art, and Design, you are required to include a portfolio of your work with your application. This should consist of color photocopies, slides, photographs, etcetera that represent your level and your suitability for the modules you are requesting.

Please note that you will not be registered for your modules until you arrive at the University of Westminster and go through their orientation program. You will, however, be pre-approved for modules ahead of time, and you will be notified early on if any of your module choices are not available for any reason.

University of Westminster is located in the West End of London, a perfect locations for students to truly experience the city! It is home to many of London’s major tourist attractions, as well as the biggest shopping district in Europe and the theater and film industry. A leading center for art, fashion, film, history, music, theater, and nightlife, London is an experience in itself.  Explore the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare’s most famous works were performed hundreds of years ago for “groundlings” and royalty alike. Or check out the new sports stadiums as London prepares itself for the 2012 Olympics (of which every Londoner is quite proud). Hear the famed London Symphony, a Clash-inspired punk group, or any of the other diverse music that this unique city has to offer.

The underground (mind the gap!) makes navigating this big city very manageable. It is the oldest underground railway in the world, and combined with London’s train and bus systems, it makes everything accessible in minutes. Spend your day visiting Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, your evening at a West End theaters, and your night at any of a thousand concert halls or pubs. But just walking around London is a pleasure. You’ll quickly notice the contrast of beautiful Victorian architecture next to some of the most modern buildings in the world. Stroll to one of the nearby parks for the surprise of green surroundings in the midst of a huge modern city.

Plus, thanks to England’s small size and modern public transportation, the whole country is practically on your doorstep. How about a weekend trip to the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool, a Manchester United football match, or a traditional seaside town? You’ll have every chance to pick up a British accent to show off when you come home! And if you want to travel farther afield, London's international rail and air links make European excursions both easy and cost-effective!

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.