Global Internship at University of Westminster:
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 subjects from 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.
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. GPA Requirements
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 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.
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.
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
. 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
Fall 2020: $10,113
- Tuition (12-15 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
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $2,500 must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $2,700 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form (Fall Semester) or the "Confirmation of Financial Aid" form (Spring Semester) or "Intent to Use VA Benefits" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. Intent forms are available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program and confirmation forms are available once you are accepted into your program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
GEO offers a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Semester 2020 programs open: July 1 (Spring), Nov 22 (Fall)
Application Deadline: 9/23/19 (Spring), 3/10/20 (Fall)
Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.
Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.
Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.
Personal Statement:Your personal statement is a letter given to a potential internship host along with your resume. A personal statement is your chance to describe and give examples of the skills you possess and to give a potential internship host a better idea your goals and interests. As you are writing your statement, think of your audience - your potential employer abroad.
Resume/CV: Your resume (Curriculum Vitae or CV) is given to a potential internship host along with your personal statement. More guidance on Westminster CVs is included under Links and Resources below.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.
Meet with GEO Programs Administrator: You are required to meet with the GEO Programs Administrator, Chris Hicks, by the application deadline.
Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:
Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.
Links and Resources
Travel and Visa Links