It’s not a dream—you can study and live in the dazzling city of London. Yes, the London, with its double-decker buses, stacked museums, enormous Parliament building, jolly pubs, and traditional afternoon tea. Only, you won’t be a tourist, so you’ll discover all the hidden gems just like a local. During our Semester in London – University of Westminster program, you’ll take a range of classes at this historic university. The school is one of the most diverse in the country, so prepare to increase your social circle. You can also opt to intern at one of London’s many businesses and organizations, gaining practical experience and boosting your resume. You can really make this city your own.
- GPA Requirement
- 2.7/3.0 (for Media, Art, & Design courses)
- Application Deadlines
Fall: April 15
Spring: October 1
- Avg Course Load
- 3-4 Courses (12-16 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Beautiful, centrally located university setting is ideal for being right in the action
- An academic calender that aligns with the US
- Over 300 degree programs, including London-focused courses
- A diverse student body, with students from over 150 countries
- An independent, urban lifestyle
- Opportunities to travel throughout the UK and Europe
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in London
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in London, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also give you tips on how to budget in a city that is renowned to be one of the most expensive in Europe, if not the world. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever had fish and chips or a Sunday roast?) so that you can start to taste the local flavors.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to London and England.
While at the University of Westminster, you’ll live in one of several London residence halls. The residence halls are located within a half hour of the University campuses. London’s public transportation system allows for an easy commute.
- Private room with a desk, chair, and a wardrobe (closet)
- Shared common room with a television, kitchen and bathroom
- Towels, toiletries, and kitchenware are not provided; CISabroad recommends waiting until you arrive in London to purchase these items. It may be possible to share the cost of kitchenware with other students living in the residence hall
Each hall is closely located to famous sites throughout London, as well as supermarkets, shops, and pubs.
- Picnic in the Park: Londoners love their green spaces and are avid picnickers. Bring a blanket, we’ll bring the food!
- Victoria & Albert Museum: This incredible museum houses over 4.5 million objects and spans over 5,000 years of art. No wonder it’s one of the world’s largest museums!
- Afternoon Tea: Indulge in this fancy British tradition first introduced in 1840.
- Portobello Road Market Walking Tour: Let your onsite staff take you on a tour of one of London’s most famous neighborhoods and markets! (It’s also where the movie Notting Hill was filmed.)
- Evensong at Westminster Abbey: Hear the angelic voices of the Westminster Abbey choir during the traditional afternoon service that takes place every day in this famous UNESCO World Heritage site.
More About London
A hotspot for art, fashion, film, history, music, theater, and nightlife, London is an experience in itself. Explore the many diverse markets across the city, including the punk-rock-inspired Camden market and colorful Portobello Road. Visit the Globe Theatre to see some of Shakespeare’s most famous works performed live. Many of London’s museums are free and house some of the most renowned works of art and artifacts. Cruise down the River Thames or find a rooftop with a sweeping view of the spectacular city below. As the saying goes, coined by famous author Samuel Johnson, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”
The London Underground makes navigating this big city easy. Also called "the Tube," it's the oldest underground railway in the world. Combined with London’s train and bus systems, the entire city is well connected and accessible. Walking is also a great way to see the sights. You'll glimpse contrasts between beautiful Victorian architecture situated next to some of the most modern buildings in the world. Stroll to one of the nearby well-preserved parks to enjoy green surroundings in the midst of a bustling city.
Feel like taking a weekend trip to the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool? Or checking out a Manchester United football match? Or taking a quick jaunt to a traditional seaside town? Thanks to England’s rail system, the whole country is easily accessible by train. And if you want to travel farther afield, London's international rail and air links make European excursions both easy and affordable!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Join us for a daytrip to one of England’s most famous seaside towns. With its iconic pier and beautiful pavilion built by King George IV, Brighton is a popular, easy to reach destination for those looking to escape London’s bustle. Spend time walking along the rocky shore or playing in one of the many arcades. And complete the trip with a bit of fresh fish and chips!
Hampton Court Palace
Visit Henry VIII’s elaborate Tudor palace on the banks of the River Thames. See the Great Hall where he entertained hundreds of guests with sumptuous banquets and entertainment. Listen out for the cries of Catherine Howard’s ghost as we tour the Haunted Gallery. Then tour William and Mary’s apartments, designed by the great architect Christopher Wren before exploring the gardens and getting lost in Hampton Court's world famous maze.
The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site
Wander through the Old Town or explore the majestic terraces of the New Town. You'll want to bring your camera to capture these UNESCO World Heritage sites.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
Semester in London – University of Westminster offers unique courses in your major and as electives. There are over 700 classes, or “modules,” 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 tons of internship options.
As a Westminster student, you can choose to take three modules in a semester, four modules in a semester, or three modules plus an internship.
NOTE: Students who choose two or more courses from the Media and Design Department are automatically considered for housing at Harrow Hall. They will also have to submit a portfolio to take practical design courses. The GPA minimum for the design program is 3.0.
NOTE: Students in the four-module programme can take a maximum of two practical modules from the Westminster School of Media Arts and Design and up to two London Studies modules. Students in the three-module programme can take a maximum of two practical modules from the Westminster School of Media Arts and Design and a maximum of one London Studies module.
NOTE: Semester Internship track: Pursue academic coursework at Westminster in conjunction with a Professional and Personal Skills Development module and two modules of your choice from the 3 module program list. Click here for program details. (12 US credits. **Your internship work is in conjunction with the Professional and Personal Skills Development module, so on a Westminster transcript, you will receive credit for that course, plus the two modules of your choice, for a total of 12 US credits.)
Westminster Study Abroad students must choose between the three and four module tracks –
Click here** for the 3 module programme course catalog– 3 classes (12 US credits)
Click here** for the 4 module programme course catalog- 4 classes (16 US credits)
If you are taking the 4 module programme, you will take three modules from the faculty module lists, and one module from the “Fourth Module Option Catalog.”‘ You should also select a backup course from the Fourth Module list. A link to PDF lists of the Fourth Module options appears at the bottom of this page.
Course approval: It is best to get 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.
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.
At the University of Westminster, you'll experience high-quality education on a 165-year-old historic campus in the heart of bustling London. The University is one of the largest in the United Kingdom. Situated in the center of London, you'll have easy access to explore the city and beyond. Plus, Westminster is famed for its international community of nearly 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries. The University recently received the Times Higher Education Award for "Outstanding Support for International Students." With the largest and longest-running U.S. study abroad programs, you'll be making the right choice.
The academic calendar follows the U.S. university calendar, so you can easily find a term that fits with your study abroad schedule. Three of the university’s four campuses are superbly located in the center of London, near the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the BBC, and the British Museum. The fourth campus enjoys a tranquil, scenic location just 20 minutes away by public transportation, or the "Tube." Student services will help you transition to life in the big city. At the same time, you’ll have all the freedom to explore London and make it your home.
The 2013 QS World University Rankings ranked the University's programs in media, communications, and journalism 1st (UK), 2nd (EU), and 19th (World). The Complete University Guide (CUG) ranked the university's art and design program within the top ten in the UK (6th) for 2014. Besides being a top 100 international university, three graduates have Oscar nominations for films!
Accreditation(s): Privy Council of the United Kingdom and Ministry of State for Universities, Science and Cities
Lexie D'Attile - Hofstra Univeristy
Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, British Isles, Celtic Culture, European Experience
Site Director London
Application DeadlineApril 15ArrivalSeptember 15OrientationSeptember 17 - 21Classes StartSeptember 24Classes EndDecember 14DepartureDecember 15PRICE$17,990
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalJanuary 12 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 14 - 18 (Estimated)Classes StartJanuary 21 (Estimated)Classes EndApril 12 (Estimated)DepartureMay 25 (Estimated)PRICE$18,390 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Add on even more adventure with CISabroad’s Explore Europe Weekends – for only $400! Travel to Paris or Rome during your semester program and meet up with other CISabroad participants. Our trusted CISabroad site directors will show you the most famous excursions as well as how to truly live La Vida Local. Your all-inclusive Explore Europe Weekend package includes travel around the city, accommodations, and entertainment – an incredible value for $400.
Looking for both the academics AND work experience while you’re abroad? A great way to do that is by adding an internship to your study abroad experience, where you can get an international resume boost in your chosen field. Contact a global advisor for more info.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Housing (residence halls)
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Predeparture orientation
- Airport pickup
- University of Westminster orientation
- 2 day trips
- On-site support
- Student Union fees
- University of Westminster official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program