We're so excited that you're considering an IFSA-Butler program for your summer abroad and have chosen the University of Westminster as your destination. London is a vibrant city with endless possibilities for adventure and discovery for students. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
There are a few specific forms for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. You can find the forms under the Forms tab.
What the Westminster summer program has to offer
- Location in central London just a short distance from the busy shopping and theatre districts
- Free or low cost afternoon and evening visits throughout London to places such as Hampton Court, St. Paul's, the BBC, the Houses of Parliament, museums and galleries
- Library and computer facility available
- Free lunchtime lectures given by speakers from Westminster and other universities
- Single rooms in a university residence hall
- Fully equipped kitchens available for student use
- Located in central London near the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's
- Three summer schools available: Liberal Arts; Media, Arts and Design; and International Business
- You may take one course per session, each worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours
- Courses are taught over three weeks, Monday through Thursday in the morning; Fridays and afternoons (with a few exceptions) are free
We look forward to working with you!
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Download the University of Westminster online course catalog.
What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
- When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the English academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
- First-year (Level 4) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
- Second-year (Level 5) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
- Third-year (Level 6) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.
- Westminster offers two separate summer sessions. As an IFSA-Butler student, you may enroll in one summer session or both if you prefer.
- Media, Arts and Design Summer School: Westminster is recognized as one of the top universities in the U.K. for students wishing to study media, arts and design. For the most part, courses offered in this summer school are practical in nature and involve workshops in addition to lectures. Students studying in the Media, Arts and Design Summer School will undertake most of their course work at Westminster’s Harrow Campus, which is in a suburb 12 miles northwest of central London.
- Liberal Arts Summer School: The classes taught in this summer school are usually London- or U.K.-focused liberal arts courses.
- International Business Summer School: The Westminster Business program offers courses from business communications to economics to finance, all with a focus on working in a global business environment.
- Courses from all three areas are offered during both sessions. You may choose to study during one or both sessions and take courses in any discipline.
- An updated list of summer courses will usually be available in late January or February.
You can only take courses for which you have fulfilled the prerequisites.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. At the University of Westminster, a full course load consists of 15 Westminster credits per summer school session (equivalent to 4 U.S. semester credit hours). The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select.
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University of Westminster course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.
What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university’s policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade query or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Westminster. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
The University of Westminster has instituted a strict housing refund policy for summer 2012. Click here to read more.
What are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad.
The hall consists of 3 separate purpose-built low rise modern blocks offering good quality self-contained units with their own front door and lobby. Each unit has four, six or eight single rooms with washbasins, a modern well-equipped kitchen for self-catering and two or three bathrooms depending on size. The kitchens are supplied with a cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, and toaster. They also have a TV and facilities for ironing and there is a coin-operated laundrette nearby. Alexander Fleming also offers one self-contained studio flat plus one small apartment located on the ground floor that is suitable for people with physical disabilities.
Students are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals in shared kitchen facilities.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases students may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in England for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. Summer students are not required to pay a housing deposit.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you’ve made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by May 1.
Living and Studying in London, England
Population: 9 million
Location: Southeast England
- One of the most cosmopolitan, hip cities in the world, with an atmosphere of excitement and sophistication
- A major global city with remarkable cultural, historic, artistic, political and intellectual offerings
- Home to many universities scattered throughout different neighborhoods, each with its own atmosphere and attractions
- A diverse population with more than 300 languages spoken within the city
- One of the world's leading business and financial centers
- Use London's excellent transportation links to explore continental Europe
- Take advantage of Britain's extensive rail system to visit other areas of the U.K.
- Take a break from the constant bustle of London and experience the beautiful and historic regions of England
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Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.
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Summer Payment Due: May 15
Fall/Academic Year Payment Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due: November 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for the entire program fee, which includes tuition, services and housing. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
† Housing Deposit
Semester and year students are required to pay a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name. Students in summer programs do not pay the $300 housing deposit.
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the University of Westminster summer program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the University of Westminster summer program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to the University of Westminster for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the University of Westminster summer program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in London.
Program Advisor Chris Dixon
assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Chris can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4266. Chris has been with the Institute for Study Abroad for the past 3 years. After studying abroad himself several times as an undergraduate, Chris earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations and came to work for IFSA-Butler. He currently acts as a program advisor for English-speaking programs and focuses on advising students studying in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.
Student Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident directors. Click here to read more about Resident Directors Lynne Alvarez and Andrew Williams.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. Currently she is working on her Doctorate in Adult, Community and Higher Education at Ball State University. For Rhonda, study abroad not only increased her awareness of the world around her but also ignited her passion for travel and education. Rhonda can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4259.
Summer Withdraw Notice
Please note that the University of Westminster has a very strict withdraw policy for summer. Westminster students should be aware of the following policies:
- If you withdraw before the withdrawal deadline (May 5), you will receive a refund for Westminster tuition, housing and social program fees.
- If you withdraw after May 5 but before the start of the program, you will be refunded 50 percent of the tuition fee; you will not be refunded housing fees or social program fees.
- If you withdraw once the program has begun (see program start dates on the Dates & Fees tab), you will not receive a refund on tuition, housing or social program fees.
Although IFSA-Butler students pay their fees to us instead of the University of Westminster, we are responsible for any fees incurred on behalf of our students. Therefore, we are obligated to follow Westminster's refund policy for summer housing. Please contact our office with any questions about this situation.