With an incredible mix of history and creative industries as well as a modern day art scene, the capital and largest city in Germany offers a diverse mix of professional sectors and career opportunities.
Along with Westminster’s partner in Berlin, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Santander and Westminster alumni, the programme will offer students a unique opportunity to experience a taster of the professional environment and culture of Berlin.
There are 30 spaces available for this programme.
Westminster Working Cultures (WWC) is part of the Westminster Employability Award As an optional activity, you can gain 10 points upon successful completion of participation in the WWC programme.
About the programme
Dates and duration
Sunday 16 June – Friday 21 June 2019, 6 days (inclusive of travel).
Please note: you must be available for the whole period of time, be in possession of a valid passport with at least six months of remaining validity after the trip end date.
This trip has been generously funded by Santander Universities and the Quintin Hogg Trust.
Trip costs that are covered (and students will not have to pay for) include:
Trip costs that are not covered (and students will have to pay for):
- A £100 refundable deposit*
- A visa and associated costs if you require one – Please note your visa status may change following Brexit
- Your own transport costs to and from London Gatwick airport
- Meals other than breakfast and costs associated with free time (ie entrance fees)
*Your deposit will be refunded at the end of the trip upon completion of the programme and when you turn in your workbook.
During the trip
The purpose of the trip is to enhance your employability and develop skills that will help you after graduation. We’ve partnered with the Berlin campus of Macromedia, University of Applied Sciences to give you an excellent insight into student life in Berlin as well as links to a few of their network partners.
You’ll also meet with Westminster graduates and partners in Berlin to explore the professional landscape with a chance to reflect on your experience.
A full itinerary and list of people and organisations you’ll visit will be provided closer to the trip. Please be prepared to research the organisations so you can make the most of your time.
Please note: students will have to do a lot of walking and use public transportation around Berlin. To ensure you make the most during your time in Berlin, the itinerary will include multiple visits and talks a day and may be quite intense.
Sessions will have an employability focus and include:
- Hearing from Westminster graduate, Gundula Cöllen (Economics for Business BA 2005) who opened the first Spinning Studio in Berlin, BECYCLE and the challenges she faced with starting her own business;
- Exploring the city through architecture on a walking tour with Professor Stephen Brookhouse, Associate Head of External Relations, College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries;
- Gaining an insight into the relationship between Jazz and Neumann microphones, the finest in the world, with Professor Jonathan Stockdale, Head of College and Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries;
- Additional sessions you’ll attend will focus on employability through seminars, workplace tours and Q&A sessions with UoW alumni and partner contacts.
You will also have time to enhance your understanding and cultural knowledge of Berlin.
Flights and Accommodation
Flights have been booked to and from Gatwick airport in London with EasyJet.
Accommodation will be at the Aletto Hotel Kudamm.
Please note: you will be sharing a room with another student of the same sex.
The visit will be led by members of the Alumni and Global Recruitment and Admissions Teams, and you will be joined throughout the trip by various members of University staff. The visit will be subject to normal University risk assessments and regulations.
You are required to attend all of the programme activities as representatives of the University.
“The international experience gave me a kind of reality check, understood that way, that when you spend a lot of time in school, the future on the other side of the Westminster walls seems far away and a bit unreal. Meeting people who in some way or another, have been standing in the same place as us, studying at Westminster, and who have also at this point been at the very start of their career, was comforting but most of all inspirational. It gave me a lot of energy to keep up the hard work and gave reminded me that success is possible if you believe in what you do and you go out and do it.”
Stine Bang Hansen, Photography BA (Washington DC trip, September 2018)
“The WWC experience has helped me prepare for graduate employability because it literally has helped me secure a graduate job with a globally leading real estate firm, one which I have always wanted to work at… During my assessment centre and interview, I must say I felt a great sense of confidence as I was equipped with an international experience which helped me standout in front of all the other graduate candidates.”
Sahib Uddin, Building Surveying BSc Honours (Mumbai trip, December 2017)
"In a world where companies are beginning to spread globally, I can use this international experience to show that I am willing to put myself out there to learn about different cultures… This experience will also show that I am open to learning new things, welcome challenges and willing to form partnerships to tackle global challenges."
Julian Montoya Vallejo, Biochemistry BA Honours (Hong Kong trip, September 2017)
This programme is open to all full-time, undergraduate University of Westminster students at the time of the trip.
Agree to the ‘Expectations of trip participants’:
- Be on time and participate in all activities and meetings
- Submit photos, videos or write a blog post about your experience
- Reflect on your experience through the Westminster Working Cultures workbook
- Be aware that things may change during your time abroad, have an open mind and be flexible!
Students are required to maintain the highest standards of behaviour while abroad on a University of Westminster programme. Students overseas remain bound by the University of Westminster’s 'Student Code of Conduct'.
How to join the programme
In order to be selected you will need to:
- Complete an online application form – the application link will be live on this webpage from Monday 25 February 2019
- Agree to the participant expectations
- Be available to travel from 16-21 June 2019
Applications will remain open until 11.59pm on Sunday 17 March 2019. Applicants will be notified either way of the outcome as soon as possible after the application period closes.
A selection panel will shortlist the participants against criteria which includes:
- Academic achievement
- Quality of your response to the motivation questions for taking part in the programme
- Previous Outward Mobility experience with the University
Please note: priority may be given to students who meet one of the Widening Participation criteria listed below, however, we strongly encourage applications from students on all courses and years within the undergraduate programme:
- You are the first generation in your family to go to University
- You are a first-generation English speaker in your family
- Your family home is a housing association or council property
- You are a carer, care leaver or estranged student
- You are black, Asian or minority ethnic student
- You are registered with Disability Learning Support
Tips for writing a good application
Stand out from the crowd!
- Prepare your answers in advance of making the application, ask someone to proofread for grammar and spelling
- Use the word limit for each question to fully explain and showcase your interest in the opportunity
- Clearly demonstrate your motivations with particular reference to academic, professional or personal development
The University of Westminster takes the safety of our students very seriously. This employability programme will be supported in-country by a minimum of three Westminster staff members and all students will be covered by the University of Westminster travel insurance (free of charge to students).
All students selected to participate in the programme will be required to attend a pre-departure briefing session which will take place before the trip.
You can email [email protected] with any queries.
For further advice on security and visiting Germany, please see the Foreign Travel Advice for Germany on the government’s website.