Internships at University of Westminster (Semester)
The 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.
Mason internship study abroad programs are destination-specific programs. Unlike traditional study abroad programs focusing on one particular subject, internship programs include students from different majors, working and studying in the same location. For example, an internship placement at University of Westminster can include (but is not limited to) students majoring in Business, Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Journalism/Publishing, Marketing/Public Relations, Government and Politics, Economics, Music and Theater, Fine Arts, Psychology and more.
Participants are enrolled as a full-time student at University of Westminster for the semester. Each student participating on this program is required to complete the Professional and Personal Skills Development Course in conjunction with working two days per week (14 hours total) at their internship placement site. In order to earn 12 credits for the semester, students choose three additional classes to take during their semester abroad. Students can learn what course offerings are available on the Westminster course website. Students gain valuable global work experience and professional skills in various industry fields while enjoying the culturally rich, historic, cosmopolitan, international city of London. At the end of the semester, students receive a certified transcript from University of Westminster.
Undergraduates are required to have a minimum 2.7 GPA.
*Media Art and Design (Fine Arts) students are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA
Internship Placement Process
Internships are part-time and run for 12 weeks, until the end of the teaching period. This means that if you study abroad in the Fall semester, your internship will finish at the Christmas break. If you study with University of Westminster in the Spring semester, you will be required to work through the spring break if these dates coincide with the teaching period. Alongside your academic studies, you will be expected to work 14 hours over two days per week in your internship.
You can pursue your internship in a range of fields, from fashion and journalism to accounting and marketing.
*Please note, if you are a Fine Arts major, you will be required to submit a portfolio for your internship placement as well as module choices.
If the BET is unable to provide you with an internship in your first industry choice, they will match you to an internship in your second industry choice. The Business Experience Team try to confirm internship placements before arrival in the UK, but occasionally an employer prefers to meet candidates in person before the official start date.
Internship and Coursework Assessment
Your three free-choice modules and the compulsory Professional and Personal Skills Development module will be academically assessed through the submission of a coursework portfolio of assignments to be completed throughout the semester.
The graded progression of the Professional and Personal Skills Development module fosters the development of your analytical thinking skills by applying relevant theory and concept to your work experiences.
This program is open to all undergraduate students who meet the GPA requirement and who have 45 undergraduate credits completed by the start date of the program.
Students can opt-in for On-Campus Housing (cost is in addition to the total program cost through the Global Education Office). Accommodation costs include: rent for a standard sized room (single occupancy with possibility of shared suites), cost of utilities, internet access, basic possessions insurance, which is included in the rent and is provided by Endsleigh. The insurance covers basic items such as PCs and laptops in your room.
Participants can choose from three on-campus dormitories. Each dormitory cost is different and depends upon the semester of enrollment. You can view housing options here
and apply for housing here
. Once a student is accepted through the Global Education Office and commits to the program, they will indicate their housing preference on forms required by the International Office at the University of Westminster.
A UK Tier 4 visa is required for U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens. Citizens holding passports from non-English speaking countries are required to take and pass a knowledge of English language test from an approved provider
, before enrolling in the program, and before applying for a UK Tier 4 visa. Learn more about UK Tier 4 visas, here
Program Cost for Fall Semester (2019): $10,530
- Tuition (12-16 credits)
- Internship placement
- In-country orientation, welcome program and some social events
- Access to dedicated study abroad services
- Access to student services such as counselling, careers advice and libraries
- George Mason University Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- International airfare
- Housing (paid separately from program cost)
- UK Tier 4 visa application fee
- UK Tier 4 visa application expediting fee & postage fees
- Personal expenses
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