What You’ll Study
TOTAL CREDITS - 12 credits per semester
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.
Students receive a transcript from the University of Westminster upon successful completion of the Westminster graduate programs.
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.
- 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.
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:
- You will not be required to attend classes all the time and will have much more time to study on your own. This means that you will have to organize your private study time.
- Your lecturers will not always provide you with answers. They will provide you with the means to find the answers yourself.
- You will not always be dealing with facts and right or wrong answers.
- You will also be dealing with opinions and your own opinions will be as valid as anyone else’s.
- Classroom teaching may be much more informal than you are used to.
- You will be much more actively involved, encouraged to ask questions and join in discussions with your lecturers.
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
- 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