University of Westminster Summer
Learning comes alive at this London university, with innovative teaching styles and classes like Jack the Ripper’s London. Get to know students from England and all over the world. Explore London’s West End, where most of Westminster’s campuses are located, along with iconic theatres, Covenant Garden’s lively markets, and Leicester Square’s abundant restaurants and cinemas. Plus, the Westminster Summer Social Programme, featuring a welcome event, theatre outing, day tours, and more, is included in the program.
Westminster offers two separate summer sessions. As an IFSA student, you may enroll in one summer session or both. Classes from all areas are offered during both sessions.
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To view available classes at the University of Westminster, visit the summer catalog. Classes may include:
Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Crime and the London Underworld
- Jack the Ripper’s London
- Monarchy: A Royal History of London
- Writing London
- Buyer Behaviour
- Fundamentals of Marketing
- Global Business Environment
- The Power of Brands
Design, Creative and Digital Industries
- Photographing the City: London
- Television in London
IFSA requires students to enroll in a full class load abroad. At the University of Westminster, a full class load consists of 15 Westminster credits per summer school session (equivalent to 4 U.S. semester credit hours). Please note that the University of Westminster has a very strict withdraw policy for summer, please contact the IFSA Enrollment Counselor with any questions.
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.
You can only take classes for which you have fulfilled the prerequisites.
- 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) year of study at your home institution before the start of the program.
Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.
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 courses 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.
UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER SUMMER SOCIAL PROGRAMME
The Westminster Summer Social Programme is included for IFSA students. Meet more people and experience the best parts of London and England with welcome and farewell events, plus:
- Theater Outing: Enjoy the West End theater district with one performance per session. Shows may included Mamma Mia! and Wicked.
- Day Trips: Day trips may include excursions to Bath, Stonehenge, and Oxford or Windsor, Cotswolds, and Oxford.
- Activities: Take The Making of Harry Potter studio tour or a Thames River cruise with afternoon tea.
IFSA ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
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 a result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.
- Windsor and Eton: Roughly half an hour by train from London, the beautiful Berkshire towns of Windsor and Eaton occupy opposite sides of the Thames. There’s no shortage of history here, with Windsor Castle—an imposing architectural study, built by Norman the Conqueror and now a residence for the British Royal family—and Eton College—a prestigious all-boys public school with a long list of famous alums.
- London’s Southbank Walk and Borough Market. Wander the River Thames then nosh on fish and chips, Thai curry, and more—there are hundreds of produce and street food stalls to choose from. Soak up some history as you refuel—food markets have stood here since the Middle Ages.
- Get to know the real London with Unseen Tours. No one knows London like the locals. Explore the East End’s Brick Lane—known for its street art and multicultural heritage—or the West End’s Covenant Garden—once orchard garden for Westminster Abbey, now home of theatre, opera, shopping, and food galore.
- Shakespeare’s Globe: In London’s Southbank, travel back to 1599 and explore what’s arguably the world’s most famous theatre. Along the way, learn about Shakespeare and the history of this legendary open-air structure.
- Buckingham Palace. On the bucket list for countless UK visitors, here’s your chance to see the majestic London home of British monarchs since Queen Victoria in 1837. (Look for the Royal Standard’s yellow, red and blue squares that signify the king is in residence.)
- Thames River Boat Cruise. Get a perspective on London you can’t find from land. See why England’s longest river has long been a vital link for trade and transport as you take in icons like Big Ben, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, the House of Parliament, and the London Eye, and more, depending on route.
- Independence Day BBQ. You may be in the UK, but you can still celebrate the fabulous U.S. Independence Day with a festive get-together and meal.
Housing and Meals
HousingApartment/Flat, Single Room Option
Students stay in housing provided by Westminster or in 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.
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.
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.