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London Academic Institution


University of Westminster
Accreditation
The University of Westminster is recognized by the UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
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University of Westminster - Full Curriculum
University of Westminster - International Internship
University of Westminster

University of Westminster

Originally established in 1838 as the Royal Polytechnic Institution, Britain's first polytechnic, University of Westminster now has a student body of over 23,000 and is a leader in research and education. Over 4,000 international students a year choose to study in London at the University of Westminster, making it one of the top fifteen institutions in the UK for overseas students. Based in the heart of London's West End, it brings together all the conveniences of a modern university with the exciting atmosphere of a bustling, cosmopolitan city. The University of Westminster has four campuses, three of which are in the heart of the city.

If you are a semester or academic year student, you will take courses at the Regent Street, Cavendish, Marylebone or Harrow campuses, each of which is close to all the major public transport links within London, the UK and continental Europe. If you are a summer student, you will take courses at the Regent Street campus or the Harrow Campus. As a student at the University of Westminster you will have access to university services such as computer labs, sports facilities, students' union, libraries, counseling and advisory services, career services, student health services, chaplaincy, and membership at the International Student House.

Whether you are a semester, year, or summer student, you may choose to study at the University of Westminster not only because of its locations throughout London, but also because it has diverse academic offerings.

Classroom Information

  • International faculty from University of Westminster will teach your electives.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in England can be very different from those found in the US or Canada. Be prepared to adapt to the different classroom structures and coursework expectations for your school.
  • Class size ranges between 15 and 60 students, depending on whether it is a lecture or seminar. You will be in class with CEA participants, international students, and host nationals.

Grading

You will find that you will not have the same system of accountability that you are used to at your home university. English professors assume that you are there to learn and they typically do not take responsibility for your learning. You are responsible for knowing the subject matter and researching topics related to your course. In addition, many English professors will not give feedback about how you are doing. Grades are usually based on a final exam, paper or oral presentation. Quizzes, homework assignments and midterms are rare. Even though homework is not assigned to you, you will be responsible for knowing the material at the end of the semester.

The University of Westminster grades on a 100 point scale with 70+ equaling an ”A+”. Please keep in mind that it is not very common for a student to score above a 70.

U.K. PERCENTAGE MARK (%) VERBAL DESCRIPTION U.S. GRADE COMPARISON

70+

EXCELLENT – outstanding performance with only minor errors

A+
66-69

VERY GOOD – above the average standard but with some errors

A
64-65
A-
60-63
B+

54-59

GOOD – generally sound work with a number of notable errors

B
50-53
B-

46-49

SATISFACTORY – fair but with significant shortcomings

C+
44-45
C
40-43
C-

38-39

SUFFICIENT – performance meets the minimum criteria

D+
36-37 D
35 D-

0-34

FAIL – Less than 35% achieved overall

F