Summer Programme FAQ
Applying to the Summer Programme
The Social Programme
1. Why do you need the original or official certified copy of my academic standing?
If we do not have a partnership with your home institution, or you are not joining us through a specialist study abroad provider we partner with, then we need to receive an original or an official certified copy of your most recent evidence of academic standing (high school diploma, IB, A level results, high school transcript, current university transcript or last academic record, depending on your status. See our entry requirements page for more details. These documents have to be sent through the mail. We cannot accept scanned copies, nor screenshots of grade reports.
2. What is the difference between applying directly to Westminster, or through a provider?
Applicants who apply directly to the University of Westminster are responsible for making all travel arrangements to London, including to their accommodation.
The providers that we work with offer a complete package from the time of application through to the completion and receipt of transcripts. Provider packages vary but may include flights, airport pick-ups, accommodation, transport passes, social events, and the services of an on-site resident director.
Applicants should consider their level of need and comfort and select the route that is best for them.
3. My home university doesn’t have a partnership with Westminster, can I still apply?
Yes, we welcome applications from independent students.
4. What English qualifications do you accept?
Students for whom English is not the first language should provide a valid English language certificate with their application.
Students selecting modules 4COMM001X Communication Skills for the Workplace must have a minimum score of IELTS 5.5/ TOEFL 72.
All other modules require a minimum score of IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL 80.
We are happy to consider other English language tests.
5. My GPA is lower than a 2.7. Can I still apply?
We assess students with a lower GPA on a case by case basis. Please contact us to enquire prior to submitting an application.
6. When are tuition fees due?
Students applying through a provider do not need to pay any fees directly to the University of Westminster.
All independent applicants are required to pay their fees prior to submitting their application and proof of payment must be submitted with the application.
7. What happens if I withdraw? Will I get a refund?
Students withdrawing from the London International Summer Programme prior to May 15 will receive a full refund of fees paid. Students withdrawing after this date are subject to our withdrawal policy.
8. What modules are running in 2018?
Check our 2018 module catalogue. Please note that not all modules run in both sessions, and it is important to note this when making your selection. All modules are subject to minimum enrolment.
9. What happens if my module is cancelled?
Unfortunately, occasionally modules do not meet their minimum requirement. In this case, we automatically assign students to their alternative module. It is therefore important that prior approval is granted if the modules are needed for transfer back to your home institution. In the exceptional case that both the preferred and alternate module are not running, we will inform the student as soon as possible, with the option to withdraw with no penalty prior to 15 May.
Please note that the University of Westminster is not responsible for any travel costs incurred should the student decide to withdraw.
10. Can I take two modules at once?
All modules run at the same time, so it is only possible to take one module per session. You should expect to be in class for four hours a day, four days a week. Modules from the Media, Art and Design faculty may meet for a full day on a Wednesday.
11. Can I change my module once the Session has begun?
Students have the opportunity to change module after attending the first session. Due to the fast-pace of the teaching, it is not possible to make changes beyond this point. If you need to change modules after you have submitted an application, but prior to the start of the Summer Programme, please email the team at [email protected].
12. Will I get academic credit for the Summer Programme?
All Summer Programme modules are worth 20 UK credits. Students wishing to transfer their credit back to their home institution may need prior approval for this, and should discuss this with their academic advisors prior to application.
13. When will I receive my transcript?
Summer Programme transcripts will be by the end of September 2018. This is the earliest date grades can be released. Students will be contacted to reconfirm mailing addresses prior to the release date.
14. Do I have to stay in the University halls of residence?
Each year we reserve a number of places in our halls of residence for Summer Programme students, which can be selected as part of the application process. Students may also make their own arrangements, especially if they have friends or family in London. We also have a list of private rented accommodation.
15. Can I arrive early or stay longer than the Session?
The Education Abroad team make reservations on the student’s behalf from the 2pm on the Saturday at the start of each session, to 10am on the Saturday at the end of each session. Students wishing to arrive earlier or extend their stay should contact the Summer Accommodation team for availability, remembering to mention that they are participating in the Summer Programme.
16. Do I need to pack bed linen or cooking utensils?
Students selecting to stay in the University halls of residence will be provided with a bedding pack upon arrival. Shared kitchens are equipped with the essentials for meal preparation, including cutlery, crockery, saucepans and cooking utensils.
17. Does it include a meal plan?
All University of Westminster accommodation has access to a shared kitchen, for students to prepare their own meals. While there are coffee shops and cafeterias on campus, we do not offer a meal plan. The Education Abroad team will provide students with information on local amenities including supermarkets and reasonably priced dining options when they arrive in London.
18. Do the residences have wifi?
Yes. In addition to wifi throughout the campuses, all University halls of residence have wireless internet access.
The Social Programme
19. Can I sign up to individual events on the Social Programme?
The Social Programme is only offered as a package; it is not currently possible to sign up for individual events. We have selected a great range of events to help you make the most of your time in the UK. If you’re making plans, check the dates of events.
20. What happens if I miss a Social Programme event? Can I get a refund?
Students are responsible for getting to the meeting place at the appointed time. As events are planned well in advance, and arrangements are made based on the number of participants, it is not possible to offer refunds to those who do not attend.