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Program Overview


As a university founded in 1836 to provide education to working people of all backgrounds, it makes perfect sense that Westminster has launched a slew of award-winning initiatives that raise cultural awareness and advance gender equality.  

Winner of the EcoCampus Gold Award, the university’s four campuses offer options galore. Pursue topics ranging from art to business and check out unique London Studies options like Photography in London and Black London: Black History in London from Tudors to Today. Add a future-building internship in business, fine arts, communications, science, or social science. Take a break to hang out by the Thames or discover anime, netball, and more through one of many student groups. 

Your program also includes IFSA excursions and activities that give you deeper insights into UK culture, with no extra fees. Possibilities include a West End theater performance, a cooking contest in the tent made famous by the Great British Bake Off, and a visit to Darcy’s Pemberly—really Chatsworth House—from the Pride and Prejudice film production. 

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: April 1
Spring: Oct. 1
Academic Year: April 1

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option

Instruction language


Language prerequisites


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Visit the University of Westminster class catalog to see a list of available subjects.

  • First-year (Level 4) classes are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
  • Second-year (Level 5) classes will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. classes.
  • Third-year (Level 6) classes are only available to students with a major in the area of study and two prior years of study in the subject area.
  • Study abroad students are not eligible for fourth-year (Level 7) classes.

Many students choose to complete a credit-bearing internship as one of their Westminster classes. See the Internships & Experiential Learning section of the Academic tab for more information.

Students can take either 3 or 4 modules at the University of Westminster. If you choose to enroll in only 3 modules per semester, you must confirm with your study abroad advisor that this class load meets your home institution expectations.

Credit Conversion

Fall or Spring semester 

3-Module Programme = 12 U.S. semester credit hours
4-Module Programme = 16 U.S. semester credit hours

Academic year
6-Module Programme = 24 U.S. semester credit hours
8-Module Programme = 32 U.S. semester credit hours

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Media, Arts, and Design
Media, Arts and Design classes (“MAD” classes) require a cumulative 3.0 GPA. It is strongly suggested that students interested in media studies enroll for the entire academic year, but this is not an official requirement. The communication, design, and media courses are extremely competitive and can close before the IFSA published deadline.

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 called “Professional and Personal Skills Development” 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, Communication, Computer science, Economics, Education, Environmental science, Finance, Information technology, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media arts, Politics, Psychology, Social action, and Social service.

You will be asked to indicate whether you wish to pursue a Westminster internship when starting your IFSA application. You must have a strong academic background and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 2.80 on a 4.0 scale.



  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) full-time semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the semester program or one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the year program.

The University of Westminster will consider applicants with a GPA from 2.60-2.69 with additional application materials. Interns must have at least a 2.8 GPA.

Recommendation Letter
Not required.


Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.


  • London Pandemics–Past and Present: This event will engage you with both an historic overview and a contemporary look at concepts of community health and global health, with a particular focus on London and the pandemic. You will attend a guest lecture at the IFSA Program Center, followed by the John Snow Cholera Tour. This tour will take you to the nearby streets of Soho to visit important sites in the story of Dr. Snow and the cholera outbreak in 1854.
  • London Statue Walk: This walking tour includes stops at some of London’s most iconic statues as well as some of its most obscure, weaving in historical, cultural, literary, and political threads as it seeks to put the past into dialogue with the present.
  • Homelessness in London–A Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.
  • The Square Mile Tour: The City of London, also known as the Square Mile, is just over one mile of the capital city. But what a mile it is. The Square Mile is the oldest part of London, dating back to 43 A.D. when the Romans christened it Londinium. From St. Paul’s Cathedral to Borough Market, the Bank of England to Tower Bridge, this walking tour will give you an exclusive glimpse into the London of old and new.
  • London Graffiti and Street Art Tour: Get ready to experience the very best London has to offer in street art and graffiti during our urban street art adventure through the amazing painted streets of Shoreditch, East London and the surrounding areas. See work by some of the world’s most famous street artists including Banksy, Ben Eine, Obey, Roa, C215 and 100s more. We introduce you to all the various types of street art from street sculpture to stencils, wheat pastes and stickers. In addition to schooling you in graffiti art and explaining the different styles of lettering and techniques used in street art, the tour will really open your eyes to the graffiti/street art around you, as well as the meaning behind the graffiti.
  • Stonehenge and Bath Visit: Stonehenge has stood on Salisbury Plain for around 5,000 years and it’s still unknown how the prehistoric monument came to rest there! Make up your own mind during this visit and discover the fascinating theories behind these rocks. You’ll learn about Stonehenge from the fascinating exhibits and be able to enjoy a virtual sunrise as it rises over the prehistoric stones! Afterward, travel to the Roman city of Bath for a walking tour of this World Heritage city once home to Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Gainsborough, Lord Nelson, and Beau Nash. Then prepare to travel back 2,000 years to the Roman era with a visit to the Roman Baths.
  • Piers and Queers Brighton Trip: Since the 18th century Brighton has become a cosmopolitan place of recreation, escape, and freedom. A destination for people who didn’t conform. With an LGBTQ+ population now estimated at 15%, Brighton celebrated England’s first civil partnerships, and hosts the UK’s largest Pride event as well as Europe’s first Trans Pride, rightly earning its title as the LGBTQ+ Capital of Britain. Peers and Queers is a tour of Brighton from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer perspective, in a colorful 90-minute walk along the beach and historic city center taking in more than 200 years of history including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life, and political activism. Afterward, there’s time for a walk on the pier and fish and chips, just watch out for seagulls!
  • Windsor Castle and Eton College Tours: Take a full-day tour to the beautiful Berkshire towns of Windsor and Eton. Visit the king’s home at Windsor Castle which has more than 900 years of royal history and is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. After lunch it will be on to Eton, home of the world-famous Eton College founded in 1440. Eton has educated generations of British and foreign aristocracy and members of the Royal family including Princes William and Harry, and British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and David Cameron.

Housing and Meals


Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option




Students stay in housing provided by Westminster or flats (apartments) provided by IFSA.  

Three of Westminster’s four campuses are walking distance apart in central London—Cavendish, Marleybone, and Regent. The fourth, Harrow—dedicated to art, design, fashion, film, tv, media, communications, and music—is 30 minutes northwest of London by Tube.  

Harrow campus 

If you’re taking most of your classes at Harrow, you’ll most likely live on this campus, in a six-person flat with single bedrooms and individual bathrooms. Flats include kitchens—students cook or purchase their meals. Harrow center has plenty of shops, restaurants, and more.  

Cavendish, Marleybone, and Regent campuses  

Students taking classes here live in furnished flats designed for four to eight students: 

  • Living space: Some flats have single bedrooms and private bathrooms. Others have single bedrooms and shared bathrooms. Some have shared bedrooms and shared bathrooms.  
  • Meals: Students cook or purchase their own meals. Flats include kitchen facilities, some fully equipped, some not. Flatmates say cooking and eating together is a fun, social part of their day.   

Central London flats 

Another possibility is a furnished flat selected by IFSA, with IFSA students as flatmates.  

  • Living space: Many flats have single bedrooms and private bathrooms. Others have single bedrooms and shared baths; some have shared bedrooms and shared baths.  
    • Bedrooms include bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, and light for each student. 
    • Linens and towels are typically not provided.  
    • There’s comfortable space to cook, eat, socialize, and study either in your flat or in convenient common areas.  
  •  Meals: Students cook or purchase their own meals. Flats include shared kitchens. Most are fully equipped; if not, kitchenware is easy to purchase nearby. Flatmates say cooking and eating together is a fun, social part of their day.   
  • Commute: Varies by location. Expect a 20- to 45-minute trip on foot and via the Tube (London’s subway) or bus. 

Sample housing 

Take a look at Alexander Fleming Hall—one Westminster housing option for those not on Harrow campus—to see what your London home might be like:  

  • Location: Fashionable east London. Shoreditch is a high-energy area with shops, restaurants, clubs, and street art, on the edge of London’s famous Square Mile, home of the original city and financial district.  
  • Commute: Six-minute walk to Old Street Tube station, 20-minute ride to campus 
  • Furnished flats: Designed for four to eight students, with single bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, living space, and a kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, stove, and toaster. Students provide bedding and towels.  
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals. 
  • Nearby: Brick Lane Market, Brick Lane street art, Spitalfields Market, Boxpark pop-up mall, St. Paul’s Cathedral.  

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Fall 2024
September 11, 2024
December 14, 2024
Academic Year 2024-2025
September 11, 2024
May 17, 2025
Spring 2025
Mid-Jan. 2025
Mid-May 2025
$28,295 (estimated)
Oct. 1, 2024

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Jasmine Di Diego

Enrollment Counselor