Are interested in a rigorous and creative academic study abroad experience in media, communications, or business? Are you looking for program that also offers you the opportunity to explore a vibrant and cosmopolitan capital through cultural and leisure activities? If so, you’ve found it.
In England you’ll enjoy a wide variety of course options through direct enrollment at Westminster; coordinated cultural activities; and integration with local students allowing you to become a real participant in the social and intellectual life of perhaps the most dynamic and diverse city in Europe.
Study abroad in London and you will:
Be part of a university that partners with businesses to meet the needs of London’s international economy
Take classes in the highly respected media, arts, and design department with state-of-the-art facilities including professional studios for radio, television, and arts
Live in residences located in prime areas across London
Build your résumé, consider a for-credit internship
The CIEE Difference
Enroll directly at The University of Westminster, an institution renowned for its innovate courses, teaching methods and international student body. Pursue an interest in Electronics and Computer Science; take a course in the Westminster School of Business or get creative with the department of Media, Art and Design.
Cultural Activities and Field Trips
CIEE excursions help students explore all aspects of contemporary London during their stay, including trips to Parliament, sporting events, concerts, and the theater. Each semester also includes a weekend trip to another area within the UK or Ireland. Past participants have had the opportunity to visit Edinburgh, Dublin and the Welsh Coast.
Study abroad students at the University of Westminster are part of the Student Union and are entitled to use any of its facilities at each academic center. Students can become involved with the Union through its extensive range of clubs and societies. The Health and Fitness Centre in the Regent Street building has cardiovascular, resistance, and free weight equipment. A variety of fitness classes are offered from aerobics to kickboxing to yoga. A wide range of sports and clubs are also available to students.
Study abroad students typically earn 16 semester/24 quarter hour credits during the semester and 32 semester/48 quarter hour credits during the academic year.
Each course is typically worth four semester credits.
All students typically take four courses during the semester and eight courses during the academic year.
Home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, London is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with over 250 languages spoken in the UK capital. This makes London the most linguistically diverse city in the world. London is at the cutting edge of the arts scene and provides access to music, fashion, museums (which are all free!) comedy, and theater. For those who want a break in the pace of London life, there is an abundance of green space to be explored in and around the capital, which boasts eight Royal Parks right in the heart of the city. 25 million visitors visit London each year, sharing space with the city's seven million inhabitants.
Where You’ll Study
The University of Westminster was Britain’s first Polytechnic opening in 1838 and rededicated in 1992 as the University of Westminster. Today, it is known for its innovate courses and teaching methods and among its 22,000 students it attracts over 5,000 international students from over 150 countries. With four main campuses in various parts of London, students studying at Westminster commute to their classes and social clubs from their residences located throughout the city. Students can choose from over 700 modules, including London Studies which has been designed specifically for study abroad students as well as take part in an internship.
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the program fee. Students typically live in residence halls in a single or shared room, and share shower and kitchen facilities. However, University of Westminster housing cannot be guaranteed and students may be placed by CIEE in a private residence hall.
Students are responsible for their own meals during the entire study abroad program; however, some meals are provided during the orientation period. Meals may be taken at cafeterias and University restaurants, at restaurants throughout London, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities. University of Westminster residence halls, which vary in style, are located throughout the city of London and are no more than a 30-minute commute from any of the University academic centers.
The Arts and Sciences study abroad program at the University of Westminster opened in 2000 and is designed for students who are highly motivated, think creatively, and look forward to living in a different culture.
The program is designed for students who enjoy practical learning and are particularly interested in media, communications, business, and related fields. CIEE students may register for all courses for which they meet the prerequisites. In addition, an internship option is available through the University of Westminster. Cross registration among CIEE host institutions is not possible.
CIEE participants may notice a striking difference between the educational system in the United States and Britain. The English educational system allows students greater responsibility and initiative in a less structured environment. The system is geared towards students who are motivated, self-sufficient, and fully interested in experiencing the British education system. To aid in this transition, the CIEE London Resident Director covers these academic differences during orientation and is available throughout the semester.
Learning takes place through a coherent blend of lectures, group seminars, and practical work. The tutorial system ensures academic support for all students, and regular student feedback helps to monitor quality.