With an iconic skyline, historical buildings and known as being a cultural centre of innovation, Shanghai is a financial and commercial hub booming in rich history blended with modern day development.

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 Shanghai.

About the programme

Dates and duration

Saturday 20 April – Sunday 28 April 2019, 9 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 from when you enter China and have two blank visa pages.

The trip takes place after Semester 2 teaching finishes and before the exam period begins. You may need to check with your tutor about any additional deadlines that could take place during this time.


This trip has been generously funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust.

Trip costs that are covered (and students will not have to pay for) include:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Internal transport
  • Meals that are part of the programme (ie most breakfasts and lunches)

Trip costs that are not covered (and students will have to pay for):

  • A £100 contribution towards the trip
  • A visa and associated costs* if you require one:
    • Chinese visa fee (varies based on nationality) 
    • Appointment at the Chinese Visa Centre (you must be available to go to the centre in person to obtain your visa)
  • Your own transport costs to and from London Heathrow airport
  • Costs associated with free time (ie food and entrance fees)

*Please contact [email protected] for specific cost information.

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 a number of leading and diverse organisations in Shanghai 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.

Please note: students will have to do a lot of walking and use public transportation around Shanghai. To ensure students make the most during their time in Shanghai, the itinerary will include multiple visits and talks a day and may be quite intense.

Sessions will have an employability focus and include:

  • Seminars and workshops
  • Workplace tours
  • Q&A sessions with UoW alumni

Your trip will also include activities to enhance your understanding and cultural knowledge of Shanghai. Visits may include:

  • 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
  • Viewing the Bund
  • Visiting Yu Garden

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.

In-country support

The visit will be led by senior members of the Alumni and Career Offices, and you will be joined by Professor Stephen Brookhouse, Associate Head of External Relations, College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries. 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.

Student testimonials

“WWC is an exciting opportunity. The fact that it is exclusive to just a few students gives one an inspiration to do well and to become a role model for our fellow students and for the image of the University we want to bring abroad.”

Michele Gaspe, Business Economics (April 2018 Hong Kong trip)

“The 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 (December 2017 Mumbai trip)


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
  • Complete the Westminster Working Cultures workbook about your time on the trip
  • 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 from Wednesday 2 January 2019
  • Agree to the participant expectations
  • Be available to travel from 20–28 April 2019

Apply now 

Applications will remain open until 11.59pm on Sunday 27 January 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 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, ask someone to proof read 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

Further details

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 University of Westminster travel insurance (free of charge to students).

All students selected to participate in the programme will be required to attend the pre-departure briefing sessions which will take place Wednesday 20 February and Wednesday 27 April.

You can email [email protected]stminster.ac.uk with any queries.

For further advice on security and visiting China, please see the Foreign Travel Advice for China on the government’s website.