Semester in London
University of Westminster

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Elevate your life in London city center.

On our University of Westminster program, take classes right in the heart of London at an internationally recognized institution. Learn to navigate this bustling metropolis (and the Tube!) as you travel between the university’s buildings spread throughout downtown, your residence hall, and all the other places on your bucket list! Bonus: You can also intern at one of the city’s many businesses and organizations, gaining practical experience and boosting your resume.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 3-4 courses (12-16 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.7 | 3.0 (for Media, Art, & Design courses)

Highlights:

  • Beautiful, centrally located university setting is ideal for being right in the action
  • An academic calender that aligns with the US
  • Wide range of student-run sports teams, including soccer, rowing, basketball, tennis, and football
  • An independent, urban lifestyle
  • Opportunities to travel throughout the UK and Europe

Program Details

University of Westminster

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

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • World Languages

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Health
  • Humanities

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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, three modules plus an internship, or four 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:   You may pursue academic coursework at Westminster in conjunction with a Professional and Personal Skills Development module.  You can elect to take two other classes, or three other classes, along with Personal and Professional Skills Development and a part-time internship.

**Your internship work is in conjunction with the Professional and Personal Skills Development module, so your intern experience will appear on a Westminster transcript simply as the Professional and Personal Skills Development module.  Click here for more details.

Westminster Study Abroad students must choose between the three and four module tracks:

Click here for the Module Catalog!

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 if any of your module choices are not available for any reason.

Why Life in 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!

Live La Vida Local

  • 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 on-site 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.

Housing in London

Location

While at the University of Westminster, students live in private rooms in apartment-style residence halls across the city. The residence halls are located within a half hour of the University campuses. London’s public transportation system allows for an easy commute.

There are three residence halls you may be placed in during the semester: Alexander Fleming, Harrow, and Marlebone. All three have single rooms, and students living in Marlebone will also have en-suite bathrooms.

Each hall is closely located to famous sites throughout London, as well as supermarkets, shops, and pubs.

Check out the video and photo gallery to see what your housing may be like. The apartments pictured are ones that have been available in the past.

Meals

Each unit has a modern well-equipped kitchen that you can use to prepare your meals. Put your skills to the test and try making your own versions of local favorites!

NOTE:

Towels, toiletries, and kitchenware are NOT provided. We recommend 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.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomSharedEnsuite
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Desk
  • Kitchenette
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas
  • Television

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (residence halls)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • University of Westminster orientation
  • 2 day trips
  • On-site support
  • Student Union fees
  • University of Westminster official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, take part in a comprehensive orientation program. 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. Your site director will also give you tips on how to budget in a city that is notorious for being one of the most expensive in Europe, if not the world. Also learn all about the favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets, and more). And 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 & 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 and help you reflect on your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. And, of course, a grand farewell meal to say goodbye to London.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.
Brighton

Brighton

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

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

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.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

Save money on your Oyster Card and walk everywhere. There are so many different neighbourhoods that await to be explored and hidden treasures to be discovered. Get lost in the city and take time to enjoy the experience!

Travel Tip:

Save money on your Oyster Card and walk everywhere. There are so many different neighbourhoods that await to be explored and hidden treasures to be discovered. Get lost in the city and take time to enjoy the experience!

About:

Anna holds a B.A. in English and German from Ca’Foscari University of Venice. The Italian village where she was born was never enough for her, and from a young age she decided she wanted to see the world and meet a lot of people from different cultures. Fascinated by foreign languages and traveling, she first studied abroad in London when she was in high school and then at Humboldt Universität in Berlin a few years after. New York City holds a special place in her heart, ever since he was an intern at the Italian Cultural Institute there. After volunteering and working for the not-for-profit association AFS Intercultural Program, helping hundreds of high school students enroll and prepare for their experience abroad, she moved to London and focused on working with university students. She has been part of the CIS Abroad on-site team in London for almost five years now and has extensive knowledge about all our London programs. She loves musicals, fashion, playing tennis, hiking, drinking green tea and matcha, and is an intrepid backpacker.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Travel Tip:

When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

COVID-19 Plan

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country and our risk management team makes decisions based on those and our own policy. We will make a decision no less than 45 days before a program starts what options are available to you and what the contingency plan is for your program. We will do all that we can to support you during this time.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2020/21. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Spring 2021 Programs or consider a Virtual Internship.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Oct 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 11 (Estimated)
  • Departure: May 23 (Estimated)
  • Price: $19,490 - $20,590 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 12 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 12 (Estimated)
  • Price: $19,290 - $20,290 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Additional fee ($1,000-$1,100 depending on term) to upgrade to Marylebone Hall housing.

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.