University of Westminster is located in the heart of London. Westminster opened its doors in 1838 under the name 'The Polytechnic Institute' and gained university status in 1992. With 22,000 students and four campuses, Westminster is a world renowned institution. Three of Westminster's campuses (Cavendish, Marylebone, and Regent) are in central London and are all within walking distance of each other and enjoy enviable locations in the heart of London. The Harrow Campus, located in north-west London, is a short Tube ride away from the central London campuses and is home to the vibrant Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design. All four campuses have been extensively redeveloped to create fresh and inspiring places to learn and socialize, creating a unique University community.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.8 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Those wishing to take courses within the School of Media, Arts and Design must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
At Westminster, 'modules' are courses. Students studying at Westminster may only take three courses per term. Therefore, you must seek 4 credits for each of your courses in order to obtain the full-time minimum of 12 U.S. credits. In addition, students may only take courses at one faculty (department)
during their time at Westminster.
Please be sure you are looking only at the courses available for exchange students.
Mason students may study modules from:
- The College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries
- EXCLUDING: The School of Architecture and the Cities (but not including Tourism modules - students may still take those) and all Fashion Design modules from the School of Arts
- The Westminster Business School
- EXCLUDING: Property and Construction modules from the School of Applied Management
- The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
- EXCLUDING: The School of Law and all semester Psychology modules from the School of Social Sciences.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The academic calendar at Westminster is fairly similar to Mason. The fall semester runs from mid-September to mid-January* and the spring semester runs from mid-January to late June.
*The fall exam period goes until mid-January. Students studying in Semester One (fall) only will be set an alternative assessment in the case of a module with an exam. This means it may be possible to complete all assessments before the start of the winter vacation. Students will be able to leave from this date in mid-December. Semester One contract dates for housing end at the official end date of the semester and any student selecting the option to live in University accommodation does so on the express understanding they are liable for the full contracted period.
Some coursework deadlines may be set in the first half of January. Students with deadlines after the winter vacation who have to leave London before these deadlines should endeavor to complete all assignments before they leave. If a student decides not to do this, they must ensure that they submit the assessment via the agreed method of submission by the UK time of the deadline (i.e. Greenwich Meantime).
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time abroad. A full-time course load is 60 credits. A typical course is worth 20 credits.
- 20 credits at Westminster = 4 credits at Mason
Students are allowed to take 3 courses per term which will allow you to transfer back 12 credits.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.
| Westminster Grade
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Students have the option of choosing from catered (meal plan provided) residence halls or self-catered (kitchen) accommodations. In catered residences, students usually have their own rooms, though there may be some doubles. Bathrooms are shared by small groups of rooms and internet is available in every room. Students can apply for University Accommodation as part of their application to study at Westminster. Westminster cannot guarantee students a place in Halls of Residence but priority will be given to exchange students staying for a whole academic year. Students coming for the second semester (spring) should be prepared to find private accommodation in London. Nevertheless, it is worth applying and all exchange students who apply will be placed on a waiting list.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid March*
Spring/Calendar Year: Mid-Late August*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the UK Border Agency's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.