Taking an internship - study abroad

If you choose to take an internship, one of your three modules will be the compulsory Professional and Personal Skills Development module, which carries undergraduate credit.

Explore your internship

When you apply to take an internship as part of the postgraduate semester study abroad programme, you can choose your internship from a range of fields, from fashion and journalism to accounting and marketing.

Internship duration and working hours

You can apply for a study abroad internship as part of our postgraduate study abroad programme at the University of Westminster.

Postgraduate Internships are part-time and run for 12 weeks, until the end of the teaching period. This means that if you study with us only in the first semester, your internship will finish at the Christmas break. If you study with us in the second semester, you will be required to work through the spring break if these dates coincide with the teaching period.

Alongside your academic studies, you will be expected to work 14 hours over two to three days per week in your internship

Module options

You can choose to study the equivalent of up to 60 UK credits (12 US credits/30 ECTS) which normally equates to three modules. One of these modules is the compulsory Professional and Personal Skills Development module.

To find out how to apply and see the modules available to you, have a look at our postgraduate module programme.

CV (résumé), cover letter and candidate profile guidance

As part of your application, you are required to submit a CV (résumé), cover letter and candidate profile. You can find out more information by downloading our guide:

Assessment of your internship

The graded progression of the Professional and Personal Skills Development module fosters the development of your analytical thinking skills by applying relevant theory and concept to your work experiences. Your learning and practical experience is designed to enable you to reflect on both your work and learning so that you can articulate your global skills set to future employers.

The module is academically assessed to achieve the academic credit through the submission of a coursework portfolio of assignments, which are completed throughout the semester.

Internship fields

You can take your internship in a range of fields, from fashion and journalism to accounting and marketing or PR.

Please note that all internships are unpaid but a contribution towards expenses for travel and lunches is made by your internship employer.

You will find the internship fields you can choose from below, as well as the typical roles available in each field.

 

Fashion: shop floor assistance, merchandising, administrative duties, runner duties.

  • ceramics
  • cosmetics marketing
  • design agencies e.g. textiles (practical and desk-top publishing)
  • fashion agencies
  • fashion PR
  • small-scale interior design for events

Our Arts, Fashion and Design partners include French Connection.

Various duties and tasks – this is a wide-ranging area for Study Abroad internship placements.

  • Foreign Direct Investment Agency
  • international mail-order business
  • SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises)

Administrative duties, assisting with focus groups, mentoring, helping to develop projects.
Environment: research, report writing, attending lobbying events, administrative duties.

  • community centres in disadvantaged areas
  • corporate fundraising
  • international development campaign organisations
  • mental health charities
  • Refugee Support Centre

Our Charity and NGO partners include The Prince’s Trust charity.

More experienced students will work on specific projects and administrative duties in finance at the larger firms. Less experienced students with accounting skills will assist smaller firms with their business accounts and administrative duties.

  • accountancy firms
  • environmental finance research
  • finance departments of corporate firms
  • international business organisation with some sectoral research on the international finance sector

Administrative duties, project work, opportunity to gain insight into legal side of employment.

  • Various for large and small organisations (including the National Health Service)

Journalism: Please note that it is very difficult to secure specific Internships when in high demand. Most work is in research, editorial or in technical graphic design for experienced students. Also, there are only very occasional opportunities to write articles.

  • academic and fiction publishing
  • desktop publishing (for experienced interns)
  • museum publishers
  • print journalism (limited fields)
  • TV documentary production (scripts and post production)
  • web journalism

Our Journalism, Media and Publishing partners include Parthenon Entertainment, Ltd.

Market research, client liaison, events, administrative duties.

PR: writing and preparing press packs, supplier and client liaison, planning, administrative duties.

  • advertising agencies
  • communications
  • corporate marketing for charities (including events)
  • cosmetics industry marketing
  • general PR agencies
  • marketing for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises)
  • PR for corporate, business and political public relations
  • PR for fashion companies
  • PR for music companies

Administrative duties, assisting with focus groups, mentoring, helping to develop projects.

  • mental health charities (administrative and practical work)
  • women’s health research

Postgraduate study abroad accommodation options

As part of your study abroad experience, you can choose to live in one of the University’s halls of residence.

You can choose from the following three halls, which all represent great value for money.

How to apply for our halls

To apply for one of our halls, you simply need to indicate your choice on your study abroad application form.

We will then process your application for you – you do not need to apply via the University's online housing registration system.

Postgraduate Semester Study Abroad entry requirements

  • You must be a graduate and hold an undergraduate degree.
  • If you are student from a country using the GPA system you must have graduated with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. If you wish to study at the School of Media, Arts and Design you must have graduated with a cumulative 3.0 grade on a 4.0 scale.
  • If you are from a country with a different grading system, you must have graduate with a C grade or good or equivalent. If you wish to study at the School of Media, Arts and Design you must be have graduated with a B grade or very good or equivalent.
  • If you wish to participate in the internship element of the programme you must be currently enrolled in a masters programme in your home country and intend to return to resume your studies after your participation in the study abroad programme.

Postgraduate Semester Study English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide official proof of your English language ability. Proof of English must be in the form of a recent IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge English Language Examination score.

To study graduate modules, you will need a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, except for modules from the Westminster School of Media, Arts & Design where you will require a minimum score of IELTS 7.0.

Tier 4 Visa requirements and English language qualifications

To undertake the internship programme if you are not a European Economic Area or Swiss national (EEA comprises the countries of the European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) you will require a Tier 4 visa.

The Home Office requires that you achieve a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent in each of the four language components (listening, writing, speaking, and reading).

The University of Westminster in addition requires you to have a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, except for modules from the Westminster School of Media, Arts & Design where you will require a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

The University of Westminster does not accept TOEFL for Tier 4 purposes. More details of the tests we can accept can be found on our Visa requirements page.

Exceptions apply for certain nationals in providing evidence of English language for Tier 4 purposes. 

Exceptions for Tier 4 and Programme Entry English Language Evidence

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English for Tier 4 or for entry to our programme if you are a non-native speaker of English if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA

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Postgraduate Semester visa requirements

Semester of Study without an Internship

If you choose to study abroad with us for a semester and do not take an internship you can apply for Short Term Study Visa. For most students you can do this on arrival at the airport. For full details relating to how to obtain a Short Term Study Visa and whether you are national of a country that is allowed to apply upon arrival or if you will require pre-entry clearance, please visit our Short Term Study Visa Page.

Semester of Study with an Internship

If you are not a European Economic Area or Swiss national (EEA comprises the countries of the European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) you will need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa.
For full details including how to apply for this visa please visit our Tier 4 (General) Student Visa page.

Postgraduate Semester Programme Dates

Postgraduate Semester Programme Dates 2017–18

You can choose to join the Postgraduate Study Abroad Programme in Semester 1 (Fall) or Semester 2 (Spring) and you can choose to combine your semester of study with and you can choose to combine study with an optional internship.

The dates of the Postgraduate Semester Study Abroad Programme follow those of the University’s academic year. If you are interested in joining us for a summer school full details are on our summer school section.

Semester 1 – Fall 2017

Saturday 16 September (from 2pm) University accommodation check-in
Monday 18 to Friday 22 September Orientation / Registration Week
Monday 25 September Classes begin
Friday 15 December Classes end
Monday 18 December to Friday 5 January Winter vacation
Monday 8 to Friday 19 January Semester 1 Exam Period* (full year students only)
Saturday 13 January (by 10am) Final University accommodation check-out for Semester 1 students
Monday 26 February (TBC) Transcripts will be released from this date


*Please note: If you study with us for Semester 1 (Fall) only, then alternative assessment for any modules with formal examinations will be set.  This means you will not need to return for the exam period in January but are able to leave when teaching ends prior to the winter vacation.

Semester 1 (Fall) contract dates for housing end at the official end date of the semester. If you apply to live in University accommodation please remember you are liable for the full contracted period.

Please also note that some coursework deadlines may be set in the first half of January.  If you take a module with a deadline after the winter vacation, but have to leave London before these deadlines you should try to complete all assessment before you leave. As a student it remains your responsibility to ensure you meet all submission deadlines.

Semester 2 – Spring 2018

Saturday 13 January (from 2pm)
University accommodation check-in
Monday 15 to Friday 19 January Orientation / Registration Week
Monday 22 January Classes begin
Friday 13 April Classes end
Monday 16 to Friday 27 April Spring vacation
Monday 30 April to Friday 18 May Semester 2 Exam Period
Monday 21 May Final coursework deadline for modules without exams
Friday 25 May Semester 2 ends
Saturday 26 May (by 10.00 am) Final University accommodation check-out for Full Year and Semester 2 students
Thursday 14 June Transcripts will be released from this date

How to pay for your Internship Programme-Study Abroad

Application fee

If you are applying directly to us (ie not through a University of Westminster study abroad partner or approved study abroad provider), you are required to pay a non-refundable £200 application fee.

If you are accepted onto the programme and study the full programme with us (ie you do not withdraw from the programme), the application fee will be deducted from your final tuition fee invoice.

Download the instructions on paying your application fee-

Tuition fees

You will need to make your tuition fee payment when you receive your acceptance email from us. The email will provide more details on payment. Please do not attempt to make any payments before you receive the payment instructions from us.

Payments may be made by bank transfer, credit card or online payment.

Download the instructions on paying your tuition fees-

Accommodation fees

If you are offered a place in University accommodation and accept the place, you will be given step-by-step instructions on how to pay. Please do not attempt to make any payments before you receive the payment instructions from us.

Postgraduate Semester Programme costs

Postgraduate Semester Programme tuition costs 2017–18

Programme Postgraduate Semester Programme Tuition Costs 2017–18 Postgraduate Semester Internship Programme
Semester 1 – starting September 2017 £6,671 £6,671
Semester 2 – starting January 2018 £6,671 £6,671


Postgraduate Semester Programme tuition costs 2018–19

Programme Postgraduate Semester Programme Tuition Costs 2018–19 Postgraduate Semester Internship Programme
Semester 1 – starting September 2018 £6,752  £6,752
Semester 2 – starting January 2019 £6,752 £6,752


Application fee

If you are applying directly to us (ie not through the international office at your university or college, or through a study abroad provider with whom we have an active partnership), you will be required to pay a non-refundable £200 application fee, which is deducted from your final tuition fee invoice.

  • Standard tuition fees
  • Membership of International Student House
  • Subsidised access to University gym and recreation facilities (on payment of an additional fee)
  • Orientation and welcome programme and some social events
  • Access to dedicated study abroad services
  • Access to student services such as counselling, careers advice and libraries
  • Bank fees and exchange losses with conversion of foreign currency payments to GB sterling
  • All printing and photocopying charges
  • Fees for inter-lending library and document delivery (IDD charge) for all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students
  • Residential field trips
  • Additional admission fees for classes requiring visits to museums, exhibitions or events, such as theatre trips

Postgraduate Semester accommodation costs 2017–18

Hall of residence Semester 1 Semester 2
Alexander Fleming £2,958.34 £3,306.38
Marylebone £3,868.69 £4,323.83
Harrow £3,049.97 £3,408.79

Postgraduate Semester accommodation costs 2018–19

Hall of residence Semester 1 Semester 2
Alexander Fleming £3,052.83 £3,400.81
Marylebone £3,868.69 £4,323.83
Harrow £3,049.97 £3,408.79
  • Rent for a standard sized room
  • The cost of utilities
  • Internet access
  • Basic possessions insurance, which is included in the rent and is provided by Endsleigh. The insurance covers basic items such as PCs and laptops in your room. Visit the Endsleigh website to see what is covered in the insurance and to add any additional items to your insurance.

For information on how to apply for a place in one of our halls, visit our accommodation options for study abroad students’ page.

Please note: Semester 1 contract dates for housing end on the official end date of the semester. If you choose to live in University accommodation, please be aware that you will be liable to pay rent for the full contracted period.

How to pay for your Postgraduate Semester Study or Internship Programme

Application fee

If you are applying directly to us (ie not through a University of Westminster study abroad partner or approved study abroad provider), you are required to pay a non-refundable £200 application fee.

If you are accepted onto the programme and study the full programme with us (ie you do not withdraw from the programme), the application fee will be deducted from your final tuition fee invoice.

Download the instructions on paying your application fee (PDF):

Tuition fees

You will need to make your tuition fee payment when you receive your acceptance email from us. The email will provide more details on payment. Please do not attempt to make any payments before you receive the payment instructions from us.

Payments may be made by bank transfer, credit card or online payment.

Download the instructions on paying your tuition fees (PDF):

Accommodation fees

If you are offered a place in University accommodation and accept the place, you will be given step-by-step instructions on how to pay. Please do not attempt to make any payments before you receive the payment instructions from us.