University of Westminster
The University of Westminster program is for Communications majors/minors, as well as Psychology and International Business students. The University of Westminster is one of London's oldest educational institutions comprised of ten schools on four campuses. The undergraduate student population is 16,000 from the UK and 80 other countries. The School of Communication and Creative Industries is located on the Harrow campus, 30 minutes from the center of London and near a tube stop. The curriculum of the School of Communications and Creative Industries is comprehensive and offers both theoretical and practical courses. The Harrow campus holds broadcast quality TV, radio, photography, and music studios, and computer facilities. Goucher students will earn five credit hours per enrolled course at Westminster (a typical course load is 3 courses per semester). Communications students live on the Harrow campus. The Westminster Business School is located on the Marylebone Campus in London. The Psychology courses are located on the Cavendish Campus. The Westminster program is for fall or spring semester. Visit Westminster's website
for more information.
Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session
- Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program.
- Communications, Psychology, and International Business majors/minors with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. Please note that Communications students who wish to take practical courses must provide a portfolio with their application that is subject to review by the University of Westminster.
- Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.
Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester
Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application
Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to University of Westminster by their published deadline. Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.
September 16 - Check in to accommodations
December 15, 2017 - Semester ends
January 13 - University accommodation check-in
May 26 - Final University accommodation check-out
Please note: Under the Academic Regulations of the University of Westminster it is not possible for any study abroad student to sit an alternative form of assessment in semester two. If a student is studying with us for semester two or the full year, the student is required to undertake exams if these form part of the module assessment.
Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.
Goucher students who are Psychology, Communications, or Business majors or minors may select modules (courses) from within those departments only. This program is limited to these three departments for Goucher students. Students will take three, five credit courses. One course can include an internship.
Please be aware that Goucher cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course even though it is listed in their catalog, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you should correspond with the program directly during the application period.
Please select six modules (three first choice and three second choice) from the Module Catalogue.
Goucher students will find themselves directly enrolled in courses with UK and other international students, therefore it is critical to be prepared for immersion in the British education system by understanding some of its important characteristics. Please read the article Ready To Go To Great Britain and Prepare for Success to gain an understanding of the academic cultural differences between Goucher and universities in the UK.
Modules at University of Westminster are weighted at 20 UK credits. 60 UK credits is full-time. 20 UK credits = 5 Goucher credits.
Grades count toward a Goucher GPA
Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits
All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.
Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad
Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program. Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program. You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.
Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program. In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.
To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:
A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees. Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.
The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.
If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.
You can apply for one of three halls. If you are taking classes at Harrow Hall you are required to stay in the housing on that campus. Please see the University of Westminster Accommodation site for details on the options.
No, however your accommodations will have cooking facilities available for students to prepare their own meals or you may purchase food on campus or in the area.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad. Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.
Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S. Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports
U.S. Embassy and Consulates in the UK
All students without an EU/EEA passport are required to obtain a visa to study for a semester in the UK. Please take a look at the UK Government website to see if you need a Tier 4 visa (typically for students staying for a year or students participating in an internship for a semester). U.S. students studying for one semester and not participating in an internship can normally use the Short Term Student route and have the visa issued upon arrival when carrying the proper paperwork (.(US passport holder, proof of funds, letter from host/home institution, round trip airline ticket, etc) Students from countries outside of the EU and U.S. should look at the referenced website to find out what is required for entrance.
You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad. Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance:
Study Abroad Insurance
All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Goucher will pay for this insurance for every student on Goucher semester programs, and Goucher ICAs. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.
Students with Disabilities
Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad. OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have. However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests. More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website.
Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.
On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.
Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.