Program Overview

Make the most of of your summer by spending it in London, one of the most dazzling cities in the world. You’ll study and live at the University of Westminster, an historic campus with London’s most famous sites as your backdrop. You’ll learn from passionate and expert professors, choosing from stimulating classes in international business, liberal arts, and media. The campus is as diverse as this city, and you and your new friends can spend every minute of summer soaking it in.

GPA Requirement
2.8
Application Deadlines
Summer: April 1
Avg Course Load
1-2 Courses (4-8 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • Trips to Big Ben, Parliament, Oxford Street, the London Eye, and more
  • Modern campus with public transportation
  • An independent, urban lifestyle
  • A diverse student body, with students from over 150 countries
  • Easy access to other parts of the UK and Europe on the weekends

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 flavor.

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.

Housing Options

While at the University of Westminster, you’ll live in one of two London residence halls with student apartments.

Amenities:

  • Private room, each hall is divided into unites with eight single rooms
  • Each unit has several shared bathrooms, washbasins, a television, ironing facilities, and a modern well-equipped kitchen that includes a stove, refrigerator, microwave, kettle and toaster
  • Both halls are self-catering, so you’ll use the kitchens to prepare your meals
  • Wireless internet access
  • Close to coin-operated laundry facilities
  • Within walking distance to a public transportation.

You’ll live close to famous sites throughout London, including the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, or The Barbican (Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue). The residence halls are also near markets, shops, and pubs.

london at dawn

Local Life

  • 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!

Academics

GPA Requirement

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.

Course Approval

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.

Course Information

Summer at University of Westminster, London, offers classes (aka “modules”) in many unique and exciting disciplines: London International Business; London Media, Arts, Science and Technology; Architecture and the Build Environment, Tourism; and Design; and London Liberal Arts.

London International Business
London is one of the world’s major business centers, so where better to study international business! The University of Westminster is home to one of the most authentically international business schools in the UK. You can take classes from a cross-section of areas highly relevant to the demands of today’s business world, from global business to business communications.

London Media, Arts, and Design
The University of Westminster’s School of Media, Arts, and Design offers the only summer school of its kind in London. It’s a unique opportunity to study a variety of inspiring, cutting-edge courses in media, communication, and fashion. The School is recognized as one of the best in its field in the UK, so if you wish to gain internationally recognized university credits, a rewarding and exciting experience awaits you. As a CISabroad student you will have full access to the extensive purpose-built facilities, equipped with high-end professional studios, workshops, laboratories, and specialty industry-standard equipment. Among them are 12 professional recording studies, editing suites, photography studios, darkrooms, print and finishing facilities, 3 fashion studios, and a cluster of dedicated fine-arts and illustration studio spaces.

London Liberal Arts
The University of Westminster offers a broad range of classes in the liberal arts that have proved stimulating and enjoyable for past study abroad students.

Course approval: It is best to get 2 classes per session approved before you go abroad. This way you will have plenty of flexibility in setting up your schedule. Consider filling your elective requirements.

Class descriptions and catalog: Click here for more information.

Timetables: Classes are held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, giving you plenty of afternoon and weekend time to explore London.

Helpful information
London International Business; London Media, Arts, and Design
Classes are offered at level 4, regarded as introductory, and are equivalent to modules taken by full-time first-year UK university students.

London Liberal Arts
Classes are offered at levels 4 to 6. Level-4 classes are regarded as introductory, equivalent to modules taken by full-time first-year UK university students. Level-5 modules are more challenging academically, while level-6 modules are at the standard demanded of final-year UK university students.

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.


The University

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

outside of University of Westminster with a big ol red bus and rainy english folk

Student Feedback

CISabroad semester in England for Semester at the University of Westminster
Come in with an open mind, make friends, and don't pass up an opportunity to explore. I now want to go on more adventures and feel more cultured.

Alexa Valenta - Edinboro University of PA

Program Support

Meet 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.

Ongoing Support

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

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2017: Session 1 (3 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 17
    Orientation
    June 18 - 19
    Classes Start
    June 19
    Classes End
    July 6
    Departure
    July 8
    PRICE
    $4,990
  • Summer 2017: Session 2 (3 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    July 8
    Orientation
    July 9 - 10
    Classes Start
    July 10
    Classes End
    July 27
    Departure
    July 29
    PRICE
    $4,990
  • Summer 2017: Sessions 1 & 2 (6 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 17
    Orientation
    June 18 - 19
    Classes Start
    June 19
    Classes End
    July 27
    Departure
    July 29
    PRICE
    $8,490

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

Program Inclusions

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
  • Westminster University orientation
  • Westminster Social Program
  • On-site support
  • Westminster University official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program