Sustainability, social enterprise and challenge and change in India. Mumbai is an intriguing city of contrasts and along with academics and partner institutions, Westminster alumni have teamed up to offer students a unique opportunity to experience the professional environment, history and culture of Mumbai.
Westminster Working Cultures (WWC) is part of the Westminster Employability Award. As an optional activity, you can gain 20 points upon successful completion of participation in the WWC programme.
About the programme
Dates and duration
Saturday 18 January - Sunday 26 January, 9 days (inclusive of travel).
- You must be available for the whole period of time and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months following the trip end date.
- This trip takes place during the first week of teaching in Semester 2. You must receive approval from your personal tutor and/or course leader in order to participate in this programme.
This trip has been generously funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust. This means most of your trip costs will be funded, including flights and accommodation.
Trip costs that are covered (and students will not have to pay for) include:
- breakfasts and lunches that are part of the programme
- internal transportation
Trip costs that are not covered (and students will have to pay for):
- a £100 contribution towards the trip
- a visa and associated costs
- your own transport to and from London Heathrow airport
- dinners and costs associated with free time (eg entrance fees)
During the trip
The purpose of the trip is to enhance your employability and develop skills that will help you after graduation. You’ll visit with a number of leading, diverse alumni and partner organisations in Mumbai and have a chance to reflect on your experience. A full itinerary and list of companies 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.
Sessions will have an employability focus and include:
- visiting ISME School of Management and Entrepreneurship for a first-hand look at student life in Mumbai
- exploring end-to-end sustainable waste management solutions with RUR Greenlife Pvt. Ltd and a visit to one of their project sites
- additional sessions you'll attend will focus on employability through seminars, workplace tours and Q&A sessions with University alumni and partner contacts
Your trip will also include activities to enhance your understanding of social issues in Mumbai. Visits may include:
- learning about the Dabbawallas, the lunchbox delivery and return system
- visiting the Dharavi Slums
Please note: this list may be subject to change.
Flights and accommodation
Flights have been booked to and from Heathrow airport in London with British Airways.
Accommodation will be in University-standard Halls of Residence or similar. Details will be confirmed prior to departure.
Please note: you will be sharing a twin room with another student of the same sex.
The visit will be led by senior members of Professional Services, including from the Alumni Office, and you will be joined by Dr Sumita Ketkar, Senior Lecturer in the School of Organisations, Economy and Society in the Westminster Business School. The visit will be subject to normal University risk assessments and regulations.
You are required to attend the entire programme of activities as representatives of the University.
You can find out more about the experience and read Business Management (Finance) BA Honours student Karolina Lubian’s blog post.
The Mumbai trip provided a platform to develop the graduate attributes already developed in my previous years at Westminster. The University provides excellent opportunities for graduate employability development and the WWC programme puts a global focus on this.
You must be enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate University of Westminster student at the time of this 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 form will be available on this page from Monday 9 September
- agree to the participant expectations
- be available to travel from 18 - 26 January 2020
Applications will remain open until 11.59pm Sunday 6 October 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 performance
- Quality of your motivations for taking part in the programme
- Previous Outward Mobility experience with the University
Please note: priority may be given to final year students who have not previously travelled abroad as part of their course or with the University. However, we strongly encourage applications from students on all courses and years within the undergraduate programme.
Tips for writing a good application:
Stand out from the crowd!
- prepare your answers in advance of making the application and 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 two Westminster staff members and all students will be covered by the University of Westminster travel insurance (free of charge to all students).
All students selected to participate in the programme will be required to attend a pre-departure briefing session before the trip.
For further advice on security and visiting India, please see the Foreign Travel Advice – India on the government’s website.
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].