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The University of Westminster, with 20,000 students, is divided into four campuses. Every campus has its own individual character and is home to a significant international student body, its own library, and catering facilities. The central campuses are all just a short distance from many famous London landmarks. Students have three options for course credit: 1) students may enroll in 3 classes per semester for a total of 12 U.S. credits; 2) students may enroll in 2 classes plus an internship module (including a Professional and Personal Skills Development module) for a total of 12 U.S. credits, or 3) students may enroll in 4 classes for a total of 16 U.S. credits (this option carries an additional fee).

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Housing

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

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Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • 2.7 GPA (except Media & Design students – must have 3.0)
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API Application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Portfolio of work must be submitted if applying for practical modules at the School of Media, Art, and Design
  • 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

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API London programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Stonehenge & Bath

    This is your 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.

  • Peaks, Plague, and Puddings

    Escaping the hustle and bustle of London, students will head north to the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Nottingham, with its links to the legend of Robin Hood, is one of the largest cities in the East Midlands. You can enjoy the National Justice Museum, the Robin Hood Experience, or enjoy all the boutiques and cafes Nottingham has to offer. A journey to Derbyshire is not complete without a stop in Bakewell and a chance to sample one of the UK’s most popular puddings (dessert), the Bakewell Tart. Students will stay in Eyam, also known as the plague village. In 1665, when plague broke out, the villagers chose to isolate themselves, preventing infection from spreading. These days Eyam is a great base for outdoor activities, taking in the beautiful landscape of the national park. Before heading back to London, students will have a chance to explore a stately home that was once home to the rich and famous of English history
  • Oxford & Blenheim Palace

    A stunning, but perhaps overlooked attraction when visiting Oxford, is Blenheim Palace. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is most notable for being the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. After exploring the beautiful Baroque architecture, students will have time to explore the City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford. Oxford dates back to the 12th century as a place for scholars and today it continues to be the home of the 38 colleges that make up the University of Oxford.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - Up to 16 credits per semester

The University of Westminster, with 20,000 students, is divided into four campuses. Every campus has its own individual character and is home to a significant international student body, its own library, and catering facilities. The central campuses are all just a short distance from many famous London landmarks.

Students have three options for course credit:

  • students may enroll in 3 classes per semester for a total of 12 U.S. credits;
  • students may enroll in 2 or 3 classes plus an internship module (including a Professional and Personal Skills Development module) for a total of 12-16 U.S. credits, or
  • students may enroll in 4 classes for a total of 16 U.S. credits.

Final registration and course confirmation do not occur prior to program departure. Timetables are not available until registration on campus, and courses may fill. As such, students are required to choose four courses and indicate one alternate per course on the course selection form. Students are restricted to taking two practical modules per semester (e.g. studio-based courses). There is an add/drop period at Westminster during the first week of classes. After that time, no changes can be made.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive an official transcript from the University of Westminster upon successful completion of the program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Kelsey Patton

    Kelsey Patton will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - kelsey.patton@apiabroad.com

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    Heather Lees

    Heather Lees will be your Resident Director in London and a resource for you on-site.

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    Anna McCole

    Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!

COURSE OFFERINGS

For complete course listings arranged by campus and department, see the links below. Special, London-focused programs and internship options are also detailed below these links.

Students can elect to take 3 or 4 modules per semester.

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
  • a maximum of 1 module from the London Studies Portfolio (if taking 3 modules)
  • a maximum of 2 modules from the London Studies Portfolio (if taking 4 modules)

Fashion Industry

There are a limited number of places for study abroad students on modules from the Fashion Buying Management and Fashion Merchandising Management degree programmes. With the exception of 4FAMN005W London Fashion in Semester 1, these places are restricted to study abroad students who are majoring in Fashion at their home institution. Note that modules from the Department of Fashion can only be selected at the time of application and cannot be registered for during the Orientation period.

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

Students at the University of Westminster who are enrolled full-time receive a total of 60-80 UK credits (the equivalent of 12-16 US semester credits or 24-32 ECTS credits) in one semester. Students generally complete 3-4 modules per semester, as the majority of modules are worth 20 UK credits (the equivalent of 4 US semester credits or 8 ECTS credits) each

Architecture and the Built Environment - Spring

ABE Spring

Liberal Arts - Spring

Liberal Arts Spring

Business - Spring

WBS Spring

Media, Arts, and Design - Spring

SMAD Spring

Science and Technology - Spring

ST Spring

Architecture and the Built Environment - Fall

ABE Fall

Liberal Arts - Fall

SSH Fall

Business - Fall

WBS Fall

Media, Arts, and Design - Fall

SMAD Fall

Science and Technology - Fall

ST Fall

Science and Technology - Fall

ST Fall

Media, Arts, and Design - Fall

SMAD Fall

Business - Fall

WBS Fall

Architecture and the Built Environment - Fall

ABE Fall

Liberal Arts - Fall

SSH Fall

Science and Technology - Spring

ST Spring

Media, Arts, and Design - Spring

SMAD Spring

Business - Spring

WBS Spring

Architecture and the Built Environment - Spring

ABE Spring

Liberal Arts - Spring

Liberal Arts Spring

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. All housing will be located in Zones 1 and 2 on the tube map.

Students will be housed in privately owned student accommodations, that include quality furnishings and areas for socializing. The kitchens are equipped with ovens, stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators. Wireless Internet is provided in all flats. A weekly cleaning service is provided to the communal kitchen/living areas in all API London accommodations.

We are unable to take housing requests. Students will be placed in one of the following three options based on availability and their API program:

Lady Margaret – Kentish Town

The accommodation building is a 4-story, 8-bedroom period townhouse shared among 16 students in double rooms with two single beds in each room. All bedrooms have private bathrooms. The kitchen is a large, shared space with a seating area and TV. Cooking utensils and crockery are provided. Bed linens are also provided but towels are not. There is a free washer and dryer in the building. Students are responsible for cleaning their own bedrooms and bathrooms.

Lady Margaret is located on a quiet residential street within Kentish Town where there are numerous cafes, shops, restaurants, and pubs. All the benefits of the bustling, vibrant area of Camden Town are a short walk away, as are the delights of the large ancient park of Hampstead Heath. The accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the Kentish Town tube stop, where students are able to take the Northern Line into Central London. The travel time from Lady Margaret to the API office is 20-25 minutes, and the travel time to the Westminster Regent campus, Central Saint Martins, and London College of Fashion is 20-30 minutes. Past students have been pleased with this location, as it offers both a quiet neighborhood and easy access to Central London.

Acorn – Bloomsbury

The accommodation buildings are Georgian 18th-century townhouses and are laid out in flats, with 3-11 students within each flat. Standard rooms will be doubles or triples within a co-ed flat or on a co-ed floor. Single bedrooms are extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed. Each flat will have a fully equipped kitchen, including crockery and utensils. Bed linens and towels are provided and there are free laundry facilities in all buildings.

Acorn housing is situated on the Duke of Bedford’s Estate, between Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square and within walking distance of the many attractions of London’s West End including just a 3-minute walk to the British Museum and the API office. The travel time from Acorn to the API office, as well as FSU, is a 10-minute walk, and the travel time to the Westminster Harrow campus is a 45-50 minute tube ride.

Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included. Meals are not included in these housing options.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 10, 2020 - May 23, 2020 $18,980 Oct 1, 2019 Oct 15, 2019
Spring Jan 12, 2019 - May 18, 2019 $18,980 Oct 1, 2018 Oct 15, 2018
Fall Sep 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 $17,980 Apr 15, 2019 May 1, 2019
Academic Year Sep 14, 2019 - May 23, 2020 $35,980 Apr 15, 2019 May 1, 2019