Generation Study Abroad

Join the London International Virtual Summer School at the University of Westminster and get inspired!

Running in July 2021, our virtual summer school offers students the opportunity to study with us for three weeks and to earn UK University academic credits. We will use a blend of online live lectures and recorded sessions to make remote learning as engaging, informative and flexible as possible.

The programme has been designed to be flexible enough to enable you to have a structured academic routine whilst still enjoying your summer vacation. To take part, you choose one module from the list below, each of which is worth 20 University of Westminster credits (equivalent to 10 ECTS/4 US credits):

This module is an introduction to the visual culture of London, including painting, sculpture, photography and contemporary media. The course will use examples of London’s major art galleries to examine how art works, exhibitions and cultural organisations can be understood within wider social contexts.

The sessions will focus on collections from museums, such as the British Museum, as well as art works from art galleries such as National Gallery and Tate Modern. The classes will explore how these institutions reveal the complex cultural identity and history of London. The module develops students’ skills in visual analysis and critical thinking about culture.

The module explores London and its criminal areas from the earliest times and changing nature of London criminal ‘underworld’ from modernity to late modernity. Notorious criminal families as well as colourful underworld characters will be explored. Finally, the emergence of specialised law enforcement agencies to deal with this newly discovered threat will also be considered.

London is one of Europe's greatest cities, with a fascinating history stretching back over two thousand years. Originally built by the Romans, it has endured a long history of war and civil war, fire, famine and plague. It has survived aerial bombardment and terrorism, yet remains a fascinating mosaic of distinct villages, which has given shelter to successive generations of those fleeing persecution and poverty in other lands. It is home to the British monarchy and British parliament and is the cockpit of British life and culture.

This module aims to offer an introduction to a new history of London and to the specialism of ‘public history’. The class thus aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate how and how well the history of London is presented to audiences of non-historians. The class will examine inter alia: Roman London; London in the Middle Ages; Georgian and Victorian London; London at War; theory and methodology of historical presentation and representation.

Monarchy is central to Britain. It is probably the first thing people associate with the country. For over a thousand years – for all of our history as a nation – the same family has presided over our destiny. During that time the system has been abolished, and then restored. It has repeatedly faced criticism, and this continues today.

So why is it still here? How does it work? Why has the country not outgrown this anachronistic form of government? Why do the great majority of people in a mature democracy – around 85% – still support it? Is it simply a tourist attraction or has it deeper significance?

This module will answer those questions, as well as providing an overview of British history from the Saxon era to the present. The time-span is vast and the huge cast of characters includes many of the nation's greatest personalities. This is a module both for those with a specific curiosity about how hereditary leadership can co-exist with democracy and for those with a more general interest in who the British are and how their nation has developed.

This module is concerned with an investigation of the city as represented through historical and contemporary photography. Using London as an example, through a series of lectures and seminars students gain a critical perspective on the city as a social, cultural, architectural and artistic phenomenon. By following a taught research and development process, via workshops, photographic exercises and tutorials, they focus on their own photographic project.

The module aims to support the development of students’ communicative skills, intercultural competence and diversity consciousness, necessary to effectively operate in a globalised professional arena. They will be given a chance to familiarise themselves with relevant theoretical and methodological approaches in the area of intercultural professional communication, which will further allow them to reflect on their current knowledge and understanding of issues in communication and interculturality in a structured and systematic way and develop deeper insights into their interdependence. The module also contains an introspective element during which students are encouraged to reflect on their own cultural outlook.

Participating in our Virtual Summer School is your chance to study for UK university credits from the comfort of your home. It is a great way to enhance your CV and to expand your horizons as well as to make international connections and develop a global outlook. You will even become a University of Westminster alumnus, with all the benefits that this entails.

Programme costs: £1,590 per module (extensive scholarships of £500 are available – for more information please check the FAQ section below).

Apply by 31 May 2021 and book your online learning experience at the University of Westminster!

Frequently asked questions

Programme dates

The virtual summer school will run from 5–22 July 2021. Lectures will be held from Monday to Thursday. An online orientation session will also be provided at the start of the summer school. For detailed information on teaching schedule please check out the Teaching and Learning FAQ section below.

Payment, tuition fee and scholarships

The tuition fees for the Virtual Summer School 2021 are £1,590.00 per module. This amount is due in two instalments. The first instalment of £1,090.00 is paid at the time of submitting the application as it is an integral part of the application process. There is a payment section in the application form where you can make a transaction via debit or credit card or via bank transfer. The payment instructions are available in the application form. Please note that all payments must be made in GBP.

The second instalment of £500.00 must be paid by 15 June 2021. We will advise you how to make this payment once your application has been reviewed. Successful scholarship applicants will not need to pay the second instalment of the tuition fee.

The tuition fee covers:

  • the tuition fee for participating the programme
  • online orientation
  • professional support from the Education Abroad Team (pre-study information, administrative and advisory support during the programme, issuing and sending the transcript after the completion of the programme, alumni point of contact)
  • access to university online services (Blackboard, libraries, student support services – careers advice, disability support, wellbeing, faith and spirituality)

The tuition fee does not include:

  • bank fees and exchange losses with conversion of foreign currency payments to GB sterling.

For more information please refer to the Withdrawal Policy and Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) sections below.

Yes, we have a significant number of scholarships worth £500 and we would encourage all applicants to apply for these. To apply, you must submit a short essay (100–500 words) on the topic of: “What London means to me” or “What I’ve learned from the last 12 months”.

Please note that if you are applying for a scholarship and are successful with your application, you will not need to pay the second instalment of the tuition fee.

Once your application is reviewed. This should be within 10 working days of your application being submitted.

Entry requirements

We can accept applicants:

  • who will have graduated from high school by the time they join the programme and will be 18 years of age when they attend the summer school
  • current university students
  • university graduates

To apply for the virtual summer school, you must provide evidence of your academic standing:

  • if you have completed high school or equivalent, we require your High School Diploma or IB or your A Level results if you are a UK student
  • if you are about to graduate from high school, we require your High School Transcript or IB
  • if you are a current university student, we require your current university transcript
  • if you are not a current student, we require your last academic record.

Please note: evidence must be either the original or an official certified copy.

If English is not your first language you need to provide official proof of your English language ability to ensure you can cope with the demands of the course. We accept IELTS level of 6.0 (each section’s score to be at least 5.5.), TOEFL 78 (reading: 18, listening: 17, speaking :20, writing: 17) or equivalent.

We are happy to consider a variety of English language tests (Cambridge, DuoLingo, Pearsons, etc) and other proofs of English language knowledge. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.

The academic requirements for acceptance onto the virtual summer school depend on the country you currently study in. If you are not sure whether you meet our entry requirements, please feel free to email us at .

USA

If you are from a US institution of higher education (eg a university or college) the minimum requirement is a cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

EU

If you are from an EU institution you must be able to provide proof of good academic standing. Achieved marks can range from a minimum of satisfactory, good, very good or above, depending on the country of schooling.

Outside the EU or USA

All international qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate will be considered.

UK

If you are from the UK you must have a minimum of two passes at GCE A Level.

If you would like to discuss your current grades, please email us at: .

Application

You will be required to submit your most recent official transcript, passport copy and a photo. If you do not have an official digital copy of your most recent transcript, please contact us and we will provide you guidance how to obtain it.

We treat all applications equally. If you apply via a partner university or a provider, we will communicate with them directly in most cases. Please note that partner universities and providers might offer additional services.

Yes, we welcome applications from independent students as well.

We assess students with a lower GPA on a case by case basis. Please contact us to enquire prior to submitting an application.

Modules

You can choose to study one of the following modules:

4ELIT007X Art and Society

This module is an introduction to the visual culture of London, including painting, sculpture, photography and contemporary media. The course will use examples of London’s major art galleries to examine how art works, exhibitions and cultural organisations can be understood within wider social contexts.

The sessions will focus on collections from museums, such as the British Museum, as well as art works from art galleries such as National Gallery and Tate Modern. The classes will explore how these institutions reveal the complex cultural identity and history of London. The module develops students’ skills in visual analysis and critical thinking about culture.

4CRIM005X Crime and the London Underworld

The module explores London and its criminal areas from the earliest times and changing nature of London criminal ‘underworld’ from modernity to late modernity. Notorious criminal families as well as colourful underworld characters will be explored. Finally, the emergence of specialised law enforcement agencies to deal with this newly discovered threat will also be considered.

4HIST009X Londinium to the Blitz: London through its Museums

London is one of Europe's greatest cities, with a fascinating history stretching back over two thousand years. Originally built by the Romans, it has endured a long history of war and civil war, fire, famine and plague. It has survived aerial bombardment and terrorism, yet remains a fascinating mosaic of distinct villages, which has given shelter to successive generations of those fleeing persecution and poverty in other lands. It is home to the British monarchy and British parliament and is the cockpit of British life and culture.

This module aims to offer an introduction to a new history of London and to the specialism of ‘public history’. The class thus aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate how and how well the history of London is presented to audiences of non-historians. The class will examine inter alia: Roman London; London in the Middle Ages; Georgian and Victorian London; London at War; theory and methodology of historical presentation and representation.

4HIST007X Monarchy – A Royal History of London

Monarchy is central to Britain. It is probably the first thing people associate with the country. For over a thousand years – for all of our history as a nation – the same family has presided over our destiny. During that time the system has been abolished, and then restored. It has repeatedly faced criticism, and this continues today.

So why is it still here? How does it work? Why has the country not outgrown this anachronistic form of government? Why do the great majority of people in a mature democracy – around 85% – still support it? Is it simply a tourist attraction or has it deeper significance?

This module will answer those questions, as well as providing an overview of British history from the Saxon era to the present. The time-span is vast and the huge cast of characters includes many of the nation's greatest personalities. This is a module both for those with a specific curiosity about how hereditary leadership can co-exist with democracy and for those with a more general interest in who the British are and how their nation has developed.

4IMAG012X Photographing the City: London

This module is concerned with an investigation of the city as represented through historical and contemporary photography. Using London as an example, through a series of lectures and seminars students gain a critical perspective on the city as a social, cultural, architectural and artistic phenomenon. By following a taught research and development process, via workshops, photographic exercises and tutorials, they focus on their own photographic project.

4CLST001X Working Across Cultures in a Global World

The module aims to support the development of students’ communicative skills, intercultural competence and diversity consciousness, necessary to effectively operate in a globalised professional arena. They will be given a chance to familiarise themselves with relevant theoretical and methodological approaches in the area of intercultural professional communication, which will further allow them to reflect on their current knowledge and understanding of issues in communication and interculturality in a structured and systematic way and develop deeper insights into their interdependence. The module also contains an introspective element during which students are encouraged to reflect on their own cultural outlook.

In this case, we automatically assign students to their alternative module. It is therefore important that prior approval is granted for both preferred and an alternative module 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 you as soon as possible, with the option to withdraw with no penalty.

All modules run at the same time, so it is only possible to take one module.

If you need to change your module choices after you have submitted an application, but prior to the start of the Summer School, please email the team at no later than 15 June 2021.

All modules are worth 20 UK credits. This equals 10 ECTS/4 US 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.

The transcripts will be released on 9 September 2021. This is the earliest date grades can be released. You will be contacted to reconfirm mailing addresses prior to the release date. Please note that currently we are only able to issue digital transcripts due to working from home. Once it is safe to work in the office, we will send out hard copies of the transcripts to all summer school students.

Teaching and learning

There is an average of 4 hours of lectures each day from Monday to Thursday, starting at 1pm UK time. The first two hours are live online sessions, and the remaining two hours are pre-recorded study materials that you can cover at your own pace.

Yes, we recommend attending the live sessions.

Please consult the module syllabi for assessment details.

For the best learning experience, we recommend having a good internet connection.

Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to upload your work – uploading work via Safari and Microsoft Edge is not recommended due to technical issues.

For text-based documents, upload MS Word or PDF files only – do not use files generated from Apple Pages.

Miscellaneous

We will encourage the summer school participants to network and to connect. Apart from your peers who will attend the same module, you will have an opportunity to get introduced to other summer school participants during the online orientation and our online social events which will take place once a week. We will also organise an online farewell event.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Education Abroad Team via email: . You are also very welcome to make an appointment for an online advice session with us, we are happy to provide relevant information and support. All our team members have studied or worked abroad and are here to assist in preparation for your Westminster experience.

Acceptance to Study Policy

1. You will be advised of your acceptance to study on a London International Virtual Summer School via email

2. Your email will detail the conditions of your acceptance, including how to decline your offer of a place

3. Your acceptance will be sent either to you if you have applied directly to us or to the third party through which you have chosen to study at the University through if you have applied via one of our partner organisations

For details of third parties we work with please refer to the partner tables for the programme you have applied for. You can find details on this on the ‘Apply for the’ programme menus of the Study Abroad section of our website. This list is not exhaustive, i.e. you may be able to apply via a different university, for example, and the list may also be subject to change.

4. Acceptance to the London International Virtual Summer School does not mean acceptance onto specific modules but is an acceptance onto the London International Virtual Summer School programme. The list of modules above are those available at the time of application and is subject to change before enrolment on to the programme.

Withdrawal Policy

The contract between the University and you begins at the point at which an unconditional offer is made to you, either directly or via the third party you have applied through.

Right to cancel

You have the right to cancel this contract within 14 days without giving any reason. The cancellation period will expire after 14 days from the day of the conclusion of the contract, that is, 14 days from the date of your offer. To exercise the right to cancel, you must inform us of your decision to cancel this contract by clear statement (eg a letter sent by post or email).

Our contact details are:

Global Mobility Team, University of Westminster, Cavendish Camous, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW, United Kingdom. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7911 5166. Email: .

You may use the model cancellation form at Appendix A to our Terms and Conditions but this is not obligatory.

Effects of cancellation

If you cancel this contract by exercising your right to cancel within 14 days of the date of your offer letter, we will reimburse (refund) you all the tuition fee if you have paid in advance.

We will make the reimbursement without undue delay. We will make the reimbursement using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction, unless you have expressly agreed otherwise; in any event you will not incur any fees from us as a result of the reimbursement.

Additional cancellation right

In addition, to this 14 day cancellation right, the University operates the following tuition fee withdrawal policy:

If you withdraw /cancel after 15 June 2021 but before the start of the London International Virtual Summer School (Monday 5 July 2021), you will be refunded 50% of the tuition fee if you have paid in advance.

If you withdraw once the London International Virtual Summer School has begun on Monday 5 July 2021, no tuition fees can be refunded.

For the avoidance of doubt, the official start date of the Summer School programme is Monday 5 July 2021.

You must advise the Education Abroad Team of your intention to withdraw in writing by emailing .

Cancellation by the University

In the event that we have to cancel the London International Virtual Summer School, we will aim to inform all applicants by 18 June 2021 and all fees will be refunded.

Terms and conditions

The terms and conditions can be downloaded here:

They will also be sent to you with the acceptance email.