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.
About the programme
Dates and duration
Friday 18 January - Saturday 26 January, 9 days (inclusive of travel).
Please note: 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 has been generously funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust. This means most of your trip costs will be funded, including flights and accommodation.
Students who are selected for the programme will be asked to contribute a £100 non-refundable deposit, pay for your own transport costs to and from the selected London airport, a visa if you require one and costs associated with free time (ie food and 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 alumni and diverse 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.
Through seminars, workplace tours and Q&A sessions with UoW alumni, you’ll explore a number of topics on the contrasts, challenges and professional landscape of India:
Your trip will also include activities to enhance your understanding and cultural knowledge of Mumbai. Visits may include:
- A walking tour on the history of Mumbai
- Exploring India’s social issues:
- Learning about the Dabbawallas, the lunchbox delivery and return system
- Visit the Dharavi Slums
Please note: this list may be subject to change.
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 Department of Leadership and Professional Development in the Westminster Business School. The visit will be subject to normal University risk assessments and regulations.
There will be a number of informal alumni events which you will be required to attend as representatives of the University.
Two orientation and preparation sessions will be held in late October and early January, to assist you with your planning and preparation.
You must be enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate 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
- Complete a workbook about your time on the trip
- Participate in a project specific to the trip destination
- 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
- Agree to the participant expectations
- Be available to travel from 18 - 26 January 2019
Applications will remain open until 11.59pm Sunday 7 October 2018.
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 for the two motivation statements in advance of making the application
- Use the 300 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
- Selection decisions will be based on the quality of these motivation statements
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 must take Westminster’s travel insurance.
All students selected to participate in the programme will be required to attend the pre-departure briefing sessions which will take place in October 2018 and January 2019.
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].