The University of Westminster has a proud legacy of working with institutions and organisations across the Americas and Caribbean, with strong research and cultural connections with the USA dating back to 1886.
The University has extensive partnerships with institutions across the region including:
- George Mason University
- Rutgers University
- Vanderbilt School of Medicine
- Humber College
- University of Sao Paulo
- Universite Des Antilles
Smithsonian Institution, US
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 to further the exchange of ideas between the Smithsonian, the University of Westminster and other London educational and cultural institutions.
Areas of interest include invention and innovation, the social and cultural impact of science and technology, environment issues and the process of globalisation and history and identity. More than 60 programmes and events have been delivered through the partnership, including:
- 1988: ‘The Early History of Flight: Sir George Cayley to the Wright Brothers’. An exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary celebrations of the founding of Sir George Cayley’s Royal Polytechnic Institution at 309, Regent Street. Opened by the Duke of Kent, the exhibition was held at Regent Street, Westminster Hall (Houses of Parliament) and the RAF Museum, Hendon. The exhibition was researched and curated in association with the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum
- 2000: Tri-partite ‘Eco-Cities’ research and teaching and public engagement project between Smithsonian, the University of Westminster and Johns Hopkins University
- 2003: ‘Nobel Conversations’, celebrating the centenary of the Nobel Prize programme
- 2006: ‘Race, Museums and National Identity’, a public conversation at Regent Street between Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Mike Phillips, author and broadcaster, and Curator for Cross-Cultural Programmes, Tate Britain
- 2015: The Mayor of London and Delegates from London Universities, including a University of Westminster team visit New York and Washington. The trip included visits to the National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center, National Air & Space Museum, and the offices of the future National Museum of African American History and Culture
- 2018: Visit to Washington DC by Westminster students and staff, led by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement), as part of the Westminster Working Cultures initiative
Key Smithsonian partners:
- Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History
- National Air and Space Museum
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
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.
The partnership with Smithsonian has led to a number of further collaborative projects with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), such as Westminster hosting JHU students for onsite seminars, drawing on the University’s established links with London and UK museums such as the Museum of London, The British Museum and Tate Britain.
Fulbright-University of Westminster Summer Institute (US)
The Fulbright-University of Westminster Summer Institute is a three-week academic and cultural programme for US students focusing on developing a global skills set and leadership skills, while studying classes from a range of subjects from liberal arts, media, art and design and business. The institute is delivered as part of the Fulbright Commission, one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships, giving students the opportunity to develop new skills and develop intercultural understanding.
The 2019 summer institute theme is ‘Future Leaders in a Global Age’, offering participants an unrivalled opportunity to live and learn in an international context.
Alumni and Westminster Working Cultures
Our long history working in the region means that we have a strong and active alumni network, many of whom support the University in organising social and professional networking events locally. Following graduation from Westminster, students have gone on to establish careers in the media and entertainment industries, in non-profit organisations and within the education sector.
The Westminster Working Cultures (WWC) programme launched in June 2017, as an initiative designed to provide existing students the opportunity to travel abroad and experience the professional environment and culture in cities globally. It allows students to enhance their employability and develop valuable skills through work shadowing, seminars and workshops offered by Westminster alumni and partner institutions. WWC is open to full-time undergraduate students.
In 2018 a group of students visited Washington DC as part of the WWC programme, where the University was able to draw on its strong partnership links with the Smithsonian Institution to provide a comprehensive educational visit schedule, including visits to the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Other activities included a Westminster alumni event in the charming neighbourhood of Georgetown where students met with alumni working and living in Washington, and a private piano recital, organised by alumnus and entrepreneur Paul Ashe.
Jon Madder, LLB Law, Canada
“Living in a historic and bustling metropolis like London provides an opportunity to take in something new every weekend… I would not hesitate in my recommendation to study abroad and take in the social and cultural diversity that London transposes. Equally, I would not hesitate in my recommendation of the University of Westminster.”
Evelien de Vogel, BA Spanish and English Language, USA
“Right after graduation, I had the opportunity to intern at Time Out in Shanghai, which opened many doors both because of the company and the location. Regarding Unruly [Evelien’s employer], I was introduced to this company through a former classmate. And look at what that connection got me... I'm now living in New York which is a dream come true.”
Among 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.
Information for students
If you are an international student looking to study at the University of Westminster, please visit the relevant country page where you will find further information and advice. If you are currently studying with one of our partner institutions and would like to study at Westminster, in the first instance please contact the international office or student support team at your institution.