United States of America

Exterior view of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Exterior view of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Alan Morrison, Coordinator of the Westminster-Smithsonian Colloquium attended the grand opening ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington DC.

Our history and partnerships in the USA

The University of Westminster has a proud legacy of working with institutions and organisations in the United States and developing strong research and cultural connections between both countries going back to 1886.

The University has extensive partnerships with institutions in the US such as: Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, University of Miami, Johns Hopkins University and several of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C including the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Smithsonian Westminster Colloquium

Set up in 1998 the Smithsonian Westminster Colloquium has resulted in an extensive programme of events and initiatives delivered in London and Washington DC. These include scholarly visits, public programmes, student and schools workshops and research projects. Most notably, Nobel Conversations, a Washington and London programme celebrating the founding of the Nobel Prize, a public forum in London entitled ‘Crossing Boundaries - Promoting Innovation and Creativity’, The International Eco-Cities Initiative, a multinational research network coordinated by scholars at the University of Westminster, the Johns Hopkins University and the Lemelson Center, the establishment, in association with the Lemelson Center of a Spark!Lab facility, an interactive workshop for London school pupils, the creation of exhibitions in association with the National Air & Space Museum on the early history of flight linking the aviation work of Sir George Cayley, founder of the University of Westminster’s forerunner ‘The Royal Polytechnic Institution’, to the Wright Brothers, and a programme of activities in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture focusing on issues of race, history and identity, social justice and the role of museums in the modern world.

These collaborations play a major role in developing Washington as a site for the University of Westminster’s Working Cultures initiative, which provides Westminster students with the experience of studying and living in world cities.

Museum Studies London Onsite Seminar

The University of Westminster hosts a London onsite seminar for students studying on the Johns Hopkins University Master’s degree in Museum Studies. Drawing on Westminster’s extensive connections with London and UK institutions such as the Tate, the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of London, and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, students engage with key questions of policy and practice in the museum and cultural sector.

Our American student community

Tangential Dream at Burning Man by Westminster tutor Arthur Mamou-Mani

Each year hundreds of American students choose the University of Westminster as their study destination. There are currently over 900 visiting students, 50 undergraduate and 85 postgraduate American students enrolled at the University studying a wide variety of subject areas, ranging from International Relations, History, Film, Business Management, Marketing, Music, Fashion and Journalism.

Information for students from the USA

Our USA country page gives detailed information about entry requirements, study options, visas, and London life. We also offer a number of scholarships for American students and are certified by the US Department of Education to support students for federal aid and private loans.

Westminster’s Study Abroad programme is one of the oldest and best-established programmes in the UK, offering single semester, full year and summer school opportunities across all our subject areas. Westminster is consistently ranked as the top destination for US Study Abroad students in the UK and a partner of the Generation Study Abroad initiative.

Fulbright University of Westminster Summer Institute

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. Fulbright is the one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships, with 59 Fulbright scholars going on to win the Nobel Prize. The University of Westminster is proud to be delivering the Summer Institutes for 2018 and 2019. Applications for the Westminster Summer Institute are made direct to the Commission.

Student profile - Paul Ashe

MA Marketing Communications, 2011

"The University of Westminster offers a fantastic opportunity to study in one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, under the direction of exceptionally skilled and forward-thinking instructors."

The United States is home to one of the largest groups of Westminster alumni. The University organises alumni gatherings in the United States, particularly in New York and Washington DC, and is looking to develop the alumni networks further with the support of regional ambassadors.

Amongst our list of prominent alumni in the United States are Arthur Max, Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning art director (Gladiator, Robin Hood, Kingdom of Heaven and The Martian) and Al Shux, music producer and songwriter.


Partner institutions

Westminster faculties have links with hundreds of universities and organisations around the world.