England Study Abroad Program at the University of Westminster
About the University of Westminster in London, England
- Minimum GPA: 2.8 (4.0 scale)
3.0 for Media, Art and Design program
- Application deadlines: October 1 for spring semester (Jan-June)
April 15 for fall semester (Sept-Dec)
April 15 for full year (Sept-June)
- Program advisor: Aimee Formo
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We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at the University of Westminster for your semester or year abroad. Located in vibrant London, the university has innovative course offerings and a variety of internship opportunities. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
There are a few specific forms for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. You can find the forms under the Forms tab.
What Westminster has to offer
- Excellent facilities, many within easy walking distance of each other in a compact area in the heart of London
- Four campuses-Cavendish Campus, Regent Campus and Marylebone Campus in the West End and Harrow Campus, a 25-minute Tube (subway) ride from central London
- An active student union offering a full range of clubs and societies
- A sports stadium at Chiswick on the River Thames for rowing, soccer and rugby as well as a clubhouse with a restaurant and bar, and many leagues and clubs welcome student participation
- Great support for study abroad students
- Housing is in university residence halls both on and off campus or in IFSA-Butler housing in west central London
- Students purchase or prepare their own meals in shared kitchens
- Study permitted in up to four departments for a flexible schedule
- Students can choose to take 3 or 4 courses
- In the 3-Module Programme, students take 3 courses per semester for 12 U.S. semester credit hours. Internships available.
- In the 4-Module Programme, students take 3 courses from the standard catalog and 1 course from the 4th Module Catalogue per semester for 16 U.S. semester credit hours.
We look forward to working with you!
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Visit the University of Westminster online course catalog
.What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course. When considering departments and courses, please note that you will not be allowed to take Media, Arts and Design courses ("MAD" courses) unless you have a cumulative 3.0 GPA. There are no exceptions. You must take all courses for academic credit and complete all coursework and exams in order to obtain credit on the Butler University transcript.
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
- When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the British academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
- First-year (Level 4) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
- Second-year (Level 5) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
- Third-year (Level 6) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses and require three to four courses completed in the subject area.
- Fourth-year courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
- The semester(s) in which the course is offered: Semester 1 = fall semester. Semester 2 = spring semester. Semester 1 & 2 = course is available to full-year students only.
What is taught at the four Westminster campuses and where are they located?
You can take any combination of courses at any of the four Westminster campuses. You are not restricted to taking courses within one department or campus. Below is a description of what is taught at each campus:
Cavendish Campus (nearest Tube stop is Goodge Street, central London)
School of Biosciences, Cavendish School of Computer Science, School of Integrated Health
Harrow Campus (nearest Tube stop is Northwick Park, 12 miles northwest of central London) The School of Media, Arts and Design, Harrow School of Computer Science, Harrow Business School
Marylebone Campus (nearest Tube stop is Baker Street, central London)
School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Westminster Business School
Regent Campus (nearest Tube stop is Oxford Circus, central London)
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of Law
Do I need to submit a portfolio in order to take Media, Arts and Design courses?
The answer depends on what type of Media, Arts and Design course you are interested in taking. There are two kinds of courses: practical (studio-based) and theoretical:
Practical modules are structured very differently from all others at Westminster. Students taking a media studies practical course meet twice weekly for eight-hour sessions. The course continues for seven weeks, which is half of the semester. Students interested in taking practical courses must submit a portfolio* of their work, usually slides or a CD with written descriptions. No original artwork will be accepted as part of a portfolio. The portfolio should be sent to IFSA-Butler with the forms from this packet. Please be aware that your portfolio may not be returned to you.
It is strongly suggested that students interested in media studies enroll for the entire academic year, but this is not an official requirement. Please note: The communication, design, and media courses are extremely competitive and can close before the IFSA-Butler published deadline.
Theory modules meet for the entire semester. They are structured like other subjects and do not require the submission of a portfolio.
Students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to enroll in both the practical and theoretical classes.
* The portfolio deadline is the same as the application deadline. Your portfolio must be in our office by the deadline if you want to take any practical modules. No exceptions!
How many courses do I have to take if I'm applying for an internship?
The University of Westminster offers an internship program that allows students to participate in an unpaid internship with a U.K. company or organization. Students applying for an internship will be expected to sign up for at least three courses (and should list at least six courses on their course preference form). Because an internship is not guaranteed, you must sign up for a regular course load in case you do not get an internship.
If you receive an internship, you will enroll in only two of those courses plus the internship module as a part of the 3-Module Programme. During your internship you will be required to work 14 hours per week, earning 4 U.S. semester credit hours.
What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.
You cannot take Media, Arts and Design courses ("MAD" courses) unless you have a cumulative 3.0 GPA. There are no exceptions. It is strongly suggested that students interested in media studies enroll for the entire academic year, but this is not an official requirement. Please note: The communication, design, and media courses are extremely competitive and can close before the IFSA-Butler published deadline.
Fourth-year courses and higher in all departments are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on which module program you are enrolled in.
Students have the option to take 3 or 4 modules at the University of Westminster. If you take a 4th module, it will be from the 4th Module Catalogue maintained by the University of Westminster and found through the link under the Courses tab. Please note that students enrolling in the internship module are only permitted to do so as part of the 3-Module Programme.
Each course at the University of Westminster is equal to 4 U.S. semester credit hours.
Fall or Spring semester
3-Module Programme = 12 U.S. semester credit hours
4-Module Programme = 16 U.S. semester credit hours
3-Module Programme = 24 U.S. semester credit hours
4-Module Programme = 32 U.S. semester credit hours
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University of Westminster course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.
What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting an academic record appeal for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Westminster. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
Exploring Community & Culture
Student praise for C&C:
"We were able to discuss current issues while bringing information from our classes to the table. My friend from college was in another study abroad program and she was jealous because they didn't have a C&C."
"At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it, but it really helped me to see things from a different perspective. I am pretty sure I would not have gotten the same out of my time in London without doing the C&C."
IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture feature (C&C) is designed to take students' study abroad experiences to another level. It encourages them to get the most out of their time abroad by blending intercultural learning with an exploration of the local community and local community groups. Selected activities will foster your intercultural learning through a series of on-site discussions and self-reflection. Through this special program feature you will be encouraged to engage with the community in which you are living and question your own perspective of the world, while learning to appreciate similarities and differences between cultures and communities.
You may participate in C&C the seminar for 3 U.S. semester credit hours. The C&C seminar is comprised of class discussions combined with instructor-guided field excursions designed to assist you in exploring the complexities and curiosities of London's varied neighborhoods. Students who have participated in the C&C in past semesters have found it a great way to explore and get to know London and, with their fellow IFSA-Butler students, to learn interculturally from their everyday experiences there.
Click here to view the C&C syllabus.
What are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad:
- Alexander Fleming
Alexander Fleming House is a hall of residence comprised of three separate buildings. Each building is separated into dorm-style "flats" where four to eight students in single bedrooms share a kitchen and several bathrooms. This hall of residence is located near the Old Street Tube stop in northeast London. It is close to the vibrant markets and shops of the East End. Many tourist locations, including St. Paul's Cathedral, the financial district and the Law Courts, are a short walk away.
There are several halls of residence built on the Harrow campus. Students placed here will have two-minute walk to their courses at the Harrow Campus and a one-minute walk to the Northwick Park Tube stop where they can catch the Tube into central London. All rooms at Harrow are en-suite (have a private bathroom/shower) and are wired for the Internet. The halls of residence are surrounded by green sports fields. There is a nearby gym and a campus restaurant. Retail shops, cinema and restaurants in Harrow on the Hill are easily accessible. It will take around 30 minutes to commute via Tube into central London from the Harrow Campus.
- Marylebone Hall
Marylebone Hall is located on the Marylebone campus at the University of Westminster. This purpose-built, high-rise building has just been fully renovated. It houses 236 students and is located right in the heart of London, across the street from Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum and the Baker Street Tube Stop. This area of the city is the celebrated historical neighborhood of Sherlock Holmes!
Halls not listed here are unavailable to undergraduate students.
For more information about the Westminster halls of residence, visit the University of Westminster accommodation website.
Will I live in Westminster halls of residence or IFSA-Butler housing?
The majority of students will be placed in Westminster halls of residence. However, if there is a shortage of Westminster housing, you may be placed in housing that IFSA-Butler arranges for you (usually basic student flats around London). There is an extra fee associated with being placed in IFSA-Butler housing. Please call 800-858-0229 for more information about this additional cost.
Where will I live if I sign up for courses at the Harrow campus?
Communications, journalism, fashion, design and broadcast courses are offered at the Harrow campus, which is 12 miles from central London. The Harrow campus is a 30-minute tube ride into central London. Students who plan on taking any courses at the Harrow campus should be prepared to accept a housing placement at the Harrow campus. If the majority of your courses are at Harrow, you will automatically be placed in a Harrow hall of residence, even if you have requested not to live at Harrow. If you sign up for courses at Harrow but do not end up taking any courses there, you may still be housed in a Harrow hall of residence. If you are unwilling to live at the Harrow campus, you should not request to take any courses offered there.
What amenities are available in the university halls of residence?
- Rooms: All students placed in university housing are assigned single rooms. Students placed in IFSA-Butler housing will likely share a twin room with another IFSA-Butler student.
- Bathroom/showers: All rooms in Marylebone and some rooms in Harrow are en-suite (have private bathrooms). In rooms without private bathrooms, six to eight students will share two separate bathrooms and showers.
- Bedroom furniture: Some bedrooms have washbasins (sinks). All bedrooms have a single bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, desk lamp and bedside cabinet.
- Bed linens: Students provide their own bed linens.
- Laundry: There are coin-operated washers and dryers in each residence hall.
- Internet access: All halls of residence offer a wireless Internet connection to students. You will be able to access this Internet connection only if you have a laptop with a wireless card installed.
- Phones: You will not have a phone in your room.
- Overnight guests: Occasional overnight guests are permitted provided that prior authorization has been given by the hall manager. There are guest rooms in some halls that can be booked for overnight guests.
All university accommodation at Westminster is self-catering. There are no meal plans available. Students in several rooms will share one kitchen. The following items are provided: stove, microwave, fridge-freezer, toaster and kettle.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur. Some university housing requires students to move out during winter and spring breaks. If you wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during university breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in England for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Living and Studying in London, England
Population: 9 million
Location: Southeast England
- One of the most cosmopolitan, hip cities in the world, with an atmosphere of excitement and sophistication
- A major global city with remarkable cultural, historic, artistic, political and intellectual offerings
- Home to many universities scattered throughout different neighborhoods, each with its own atmosphere and attractions
- A diverse population with more than 300 languages spoken within the city
- One of the world's leading business and financial centers
- Use London's excellent transportation links to explore continental Europe
- Take advantage of Britain's extensive rail system to visit other areas of the U.K.
- Take a break from the constant bustle of London and experience the beautiful and historic regions of England
London On Line
Time Out: London
Dates & Fees
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Important: Once you are abroad, please verify the program end date with the department(s) in which you are studying. Ending dates may vary from department to department, and you will be expected to complete all course obligations prior to your departure. Program housing is available only until the program end date.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
In the United Kingdom, exams are taken under formal conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. Exams must be taken where and when scheduled.
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What's included in our England program fees
Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due: November 15
Summer Payment Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. Rates are current as of 12/9/2016.
They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
*Student Visa: Students who wish to pursue the optional internship for this program will need to obtain a PBS Tier IV visa. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) and who are not planning to do an internship do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any internship, paid work or unpaid volunteer activities.
Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the University of Westminster program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the University of Westminster program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to the University of Westminster for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the University of Westminster program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.
Meet Your Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in London:
Program Advisor Aimee Formo is here to assist with the application process and to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Aimee completed her graduate degrees in history and library science at Indiana University, and her undergraduate degree in history at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She studied abroad with R-MWC’s program at the University of Reading, where she focused on 19th century social reform movements. Aimee joined the IFSA-Butler team to aid students who want to study abroad and experience all that England has to offer. Aimee can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4253.
Student Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident directors. Click here to read more about Resident Director Lynne Alvarez.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.
The University of Westminster offers a wide array of internship opportunities in the bustling city of London. Each internship involves a work assignment of 14 hours, two to three days per week. Your placement is subject to a successful interview after you arrive in London. The duration of the internship is one semester and it is worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours.
As part of the internship, you will take a tutorial course and prepare a related academic project. An academic supervisor will monitor your progress in your field assignment, act as a placement liaison and assess your project. Assessment of your success in the placement is based on one meeting with your internship supervisor, a daily work log and a 3,000 word essay detailing your role in the organization, what you learned and your internship goals. Internships are available in:
- Art and design
- Arts administration
- Biological sciences
- Built environment
- Business studies
- Computer science
- Environmental science
- Information technology
- Media arts
- Social action
- Social service
Please note that the University of Westminster has a very strict withdraw policy for the internship program. Westminster students should be aware of the following policies:
- If you apply for and are accepted into the internship program and later decide to drop that element of your program, you must do so by June 10 (fall semester/academic year students) or October 25 (spring semester students). If you elect to withdraw from the internship after the deadline mentioned above, a fee of £500 will be charged to you by the University of Westminster.
- You cannot withdraw from the internship program once you have arrived at the University of Westminster and have commenced the study abroad program.
Although IFSA-Butler students pay their fees to us instead of the University of Westminster, we are responsible for any fees incurred on behalf of our students. Therefore, we are obligated to follow Westminster's withdraw policy for the internship program. Please contact our office with any questions about this situation.
The University of Westminster offers a summer program.What the Westminster summer program has to offer
- Location in central London just a short distance from the busy shopping and theatre districts
- Free or low cost afternoon and evening visits throughout London to places such as Hampton Court, St. Paul's, the BBC, the Houses of Parliament, museums and galleries
- Library and computer facility available
- Free lunchtime lectures given by speakers from Westminster and other universities
- Single rooms in a university residence hall
- Fully equipped kitchens available for student use
- Located in central London near the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's
- Three summer schools available: Liberal Arts; Media, Arts and Design; and International Business
- You may take one course per session, each worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours
- Courses are taught over three weeks, Monday through Thursday in the morning; Fridays and afternoons (with a few exceptions) are free
For more information, click here.