Westminster students and staff belong to a diverse university community, in a multicultural world city where international trade represents 80 per cent of all business. And we are committed to developing opportunities for international and internationalised experience, for our staff and especially for our students. We want to make sure that our graduates are well equipped to engage effectively with the challenges and demands of a global marketplace.
Employers worldwide place increasing value on international and intercultural competence. As a recent report from the UK Higher Education International Unit indicates, “UK students who are globally mobile have a lower unemployment rate and end up earning more as graduates than their non-mobile counterparts”. Consequently, our Global Engagement Strategy is ambitious with regard to student participation in study abroad, international placement and outward mobility activity, short and longer term, as well as in a wider range of activities geared to the development of a 'global outlook' and global skills.
Global experiences and skills
Students can expand their international horizons and fulfil their global potential by taking part in one of our many opportunities to volunteer, study and work overseas.
Westminster Abroad – providing opportunities to spend time abroad during a degree, such as studying at a partner institution, undertaking a summer internship, volunteering or a year-long Erasmus+ traineeship. Our aim is to help students gain global skills that will help with their future employability. Westminster currently has over 80 exchange partnerships across 25 countries and further growth is planned.
Polylang – one of the oldest and biggest institution-wide open language programmes in the UK with approximately 1,300 students and staff enrolled on courses studying Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, French, Japanese, German and Russian. The Polylang Plus offers students the opportunity to develop language skills and obtain overseas experience by attending an intensive 2 week language course abroad.
Work placements – helping students stand out from the crowd as they gain real world experience in a professional company overseas. Not only do students benefit by developing new skills but also learning how face the challenge of adapting to a foreign work culture.
Westminster Working Cultures (WWC) – launched in 2017, the week-long programme combines work shadowing, seminars and workshops offered by Westminster alumni and academic partners. Students benefit by growing their professional networks, building confidence and gaining an insight into a range of global career opportunities. WWC is currently being offered in Hong Kong, Mumbai, Washington DC, Beijing and London with ambitious plans to extend the programme to include other global cities.
Volunteering – Hundreds of our students also volunteer each year, helping charities and other organisations. The volunteers provide services to communities locally, nationally and internationally, while also enhancing their own employment skills.
Mentoring – University mentoring schemes, to gain professional and industry insights and build a solid foundation of skills from which to launch a variety of successful careers.
Why not read about some of the amazing experiences that Westminster students have had while overseas?
Opportunities for visiting students
Our study abroad programmes allow visiting students to participate in a range of credit mobility programmes at undergraduate level, spanning a single semester or the full academic year. The programmes are designed to develop students as effective global graduates with placement options available that combine study with work. Ranked number 1 in the UK for student choice for students from the USA, we are also a committed partner of Generation Study Abroad.
International summer schools
The international study abroad summer school is based in the heart of London and is offered a 3 or 6 week period in June and July. With a wide range of exciting classes, a great social programme and a central London location our London international summer school gives students a springboard to have the summer of a lifetime.
Fulbright University of Westminster Summer Institute
Building on our strong success in the US, the Fulbright University of Westminster Summer Institute is a three-week academic and cultural programme for US students focusing on liberal arts, business and media, art and design. Applications for the Westminster Summer Institute are made direct to the Commission.
Scholarships and funding
Westminster is proud to offer one of the leading scholarships programmes in the UK as well as having long standing relationships with organisations such as Chevening, US Federal Loans, Santander Group, Saudi Cultural Bureau and Commonwealth Scholarships, all of whom provide funding for international students.