With a prime location on the border between Canada and the United States as well access to the Atlantic for shipping, Toronto is a multicultural city and important international trading centre. Known as the financial and commercial centre of Canada, the city has been growing massively since the second half of the 20th century with the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, expanding to be world renown.

Along with Westminster’s partner in Toronto, Ryerson University, Westminster alumni and our network of partners have teamed up to offer students a unique opportunity to experience the professional environment, history and culture of Toronto.

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

Sunday 19 April – Sunday 26 April 2020, 8 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
  • 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

Funding

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:

  • 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
  • Your own transport costs to and from London Heathrow airport
  • 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 including both sector specific information as well as soft skills such as confidence, networking and team work. We’ve partnered with Ryerson University to give you an excellent into student and working life in Toronto.

You’ll visit several leading and diverse organisations in Toronto 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 Toronto. To ensure students make the most during their time in Toronto, the itinerary will include multiple visits and talks a day and may be quite intense.

Sessions will have an employability focus and may 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 Toronto.

Please note: this list may be subject to change.

Flights and accommodation

Group 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.

In-country support

The visit will be led by members of the Alumni, Development and Careers and Employability Service teams and 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.

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.

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 (Mumbai trip, December 2017)

Eligibility

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
  • Agree to the participant expectations
  • Be available to travel from 19–26 April 2020

Applications will remain open until 11.59pm on Sunday 2 February 2020.

Applicants will be notified either way of the outcome as soon as possible after the application period closes.

Apply now

A selection panel will shortlist the participants against criteria which includes:

  • Academic performance
  • 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. If you only write a sentence or two for the core motivation questions, you will probably not be selected for this opportunity.
  • Clearly demonstrate your motivations with particular reference to academic, professional or personal development. We want to know why YOU want to take part in this opportunity.

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 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 before the trip.

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

You can email [email protected] with any queries.