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Students who wish to study abroad in London at the graduate level may spend one semester based at the University of Westminster studying alongside British and other international students. The program is administrated by the Study Abroad Unit within the University’s Education Abroad Centre. The aim of the Study Abroad Unit is to help students to adapt quickly to University life and to get the most out of their period of study here by giving support, advice, and information, as well as assisting in the process of credit transfer.
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.
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.
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.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12 credits per semester
Students receive a transcript from the University of Westminster upon successful completion of the Westminster graduate programs.
Heather Lees will be your Resident Director in London and a resource for you on-site.
Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!
Carolyn Lutes will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
CAMPUSES AND SUBJECT AREAS
The University of Westminster has four campuses, three of these, Regent, Cavendish, and Marylebone are right in the heart of London, and the fourth of which is located in Harrow. Harrow Campus is a state-of-the-art Greenfield campus in northwest London and is within easy reach of the city center. The university’s distinctive and varied sites are close to all the major public transport links within London, the U.K., continental Europe and the rest of the world. Each Campus is divided into Schools specializing in various academic and professional disciplines. Students wishing to take practical modules at Harrow School of Media, Arts and Design must submit a portfolio with their application. Students who are interested in taking courses not listed on the following page may be able to do so through independent study. For more information on this option, contact the API office.
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.
Graduate modules are normally worth 20 U.K. credits (4 US) and students take three modules in the semester to make up a full workload of 60 U.K. credits (12 US). Students may choose modules from across a wide variety of subject areas, including architecture and the built environment, business, electronics and computer science, law, life sciences, media, arts and design, social sciences, humanities, and languages.
Most classroom-based modules will involve three hours of teaching per week. This is often divided into a lecture and a seminar (or tutorial). Lectures are the most formal teaching situation, in which the lecturer (professor) addresses a large group of students. Seminars are smaller discussion groups where a number of students join their lecturer to discuss and exchange ideas on a particular topic.
The British education system may differ from the one that students in the U.S. are used to.
Here are a few of the differences that students may encounter:
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:
Language of Instruction: English
Media, Arts, and Design Courses
Architecture and the Built Environment Courses
Social Science and Humanities Courses
Science and Technology Courses
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. There are no single rooms available at this housing. 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.
These accommodations are 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. There are numerous shops, restaurants, bars and pubs within close proximity to the flats. The travel time from Acorn Bloomsbury 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. The travel time to most UAL campuses is 15-20 minutes.
Acorn - Clerkenwell
Acorn Clerkenwell accommodations are laid out in flats with 6 students per flat. Standard rooms will be doubles within a co-ed flat or on a co-ed floor. There are no single rooms available at this housing. Each flat will have a fully equipped kitchen, including crockery and utensils, and living room. Bed linens and towels are provided and there are free laundry facilities in all buildings.
These accommodations are situated in the arty and popular area of Clerkenwell in Central-East London. The Barbican Centre, Museum of London and Charles Dickens Museum are just some of the attractions naerby and you can see St Paul's Cathedral from your doorstep. There are numerous shops, restaurants, bars and pubs within close proximity to the flats. Farringdon underground station is located 0.3 miles away, which is served by the London underground and national rail services. Central London is only a 20 minute walk away and most Westminster, UCL and UAL campuses are a 30 minute walk or 15 minute tube or bus ride.
Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included. Meals are not included in these housing options.