TCU-In London – Westminster
At this time, TCU will not require students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to study abroad, to participate in an international program, or to participate in a domestic program away from the TCU campus unless proof of vaccine:
- is required by the national or local authorities in the program location,
- is required by the contracted program or logistical coordinator or the local program partner, or
- is required by third parties to access or participate in required program facilities or activities.
The COVID-19 vaccine is the single most important action travelers can take to protect themselves and protect the host community. TCU strongly advises all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to traveling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns U.S. citizens to not travel until fully vaccinated.
For more information, see our COVID-19 Travel Requirements page and the specific requirement for TCU-in London-Westminster students below.
TCU-In London – Westminster is one of TCU’s flagship semester programs and one of two offered in London. Students live in flats with other TCU/ACCENT students and take classes at the University of Westminster, an urban university in the heart of London. London is one of the world’s most multicultural cities. It is home to more than 8 million people and offers something for everyone: theatre in the West End, football matches in Chelsea, markets in Camden, museums in Bloomsbury, and so much more.
The University of Westminster boasts 23,000 students, and like London, it is an extremely diverse community. Westminster is comprised of four campus sites throughout London. Three of the campuses consist of single buildings. The Harrow Campus, home to Westminster’s prestigious programs in journalism and film, consists of multiple buildings and is 30 minutes north of the main campuses, but is easily accessible by underground. In addition to a variety of course offerings, Westminster features a popular internship program.
COVID-19 Vaccine not required at this time.
At this time, local COVID-related regulations and host country providers do not require full vaccination for participation in this program or to access facilities essential to the academic mission. Unvaccinated students are currently permitted to participate in this program but will be required to quarantine a minimum of 10-days upon arrival. Post-arrival COVID testing applies to all travelers.
Host country and provider requirements regarding COVID-19 are extremely fluid. All TCU study abroad students will be expected to fully comply with current vaccine requirements of the host country or host country provider.
- TCU cannot guarantee academic continuity should vaccine requirements change, thus preventing unvaccinated students from accessing educational spaces, residential facilities or services of the host university.
- Published cancellation fees will apply.
Please carefully consider how potential changes to vaccine requirements might impact your decision to study abroad.
TCU-In London-Westminster offers a wide variety of course disciplines with strengths in Business and Communication. Students enroll directly in classes taught by Westminster faculty, and study alongside British and other international students. Each module (class) is worth 4 TCU credit hours. Students receive TCU credit that applies towards the TCU GPA. As part of the application, students must have their London courses pre-approved on the TCU Credit Approval Form.
Students enroll in 3 – 4 Westminster modules, for a total of 12 – 16 credits per semester. Consult the Westminster Module Catalog and scroll to the section on “Study Abroad Classes” to find courses in the Undergraduate Study Abroad Programme. Semester 1 is the fall term. Semester 2 is the spring term.
For Internship Students
As one of their modules, internship students must take 5BUSS005X Professional and Personal Skills Development. This is an academically-assessed class designed to enhance a student’s work experience. Interns work 20 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Prior to departure, but no more than 90 days in advance, interns need to apply for a visa, which costs approximately $600. Visas applications require information provided by Westminster.
For more information about how credits work, see our Study Abroad Basics page.
Group advising available to explain course options and the credit approval process
Students are required to live in housing provided through TCU and may request one TCU roommate. Housing options vary per semester by location and amenities. Students primarily live in residential flats (apartments) provided through TCU/ACCENT with other TCU students or ACCENT program participants in central London. Flats generally include fully-furnished kitchens, washing machines and dryers, Wi-Fi, central heat, entry security systems, and combination safes. Meals are not included. Students may be housed in various locations depending on the number of students per semester and may be asked to rank preferences for housing assignments from various central London locations. Any damages to housing will be posted to your TCU account upon.
Semester Costs for 2021-2022
- London – Westminster Program Fee: Fall 2021 – $8300 and Spring 2022 – $11,100, collected as:
$500 Non-Refundable First Payment, to confirm your spot in the program after admission
$7800 (Fall) or $10,600 (Spring) Remaining Balance/ Final Payment, billed to your TCU Student Account before the semester begins.
— Start-up and mid-term activities
— In-city transportation card for underground and buses
- TCU Tuition: $25,785
- Estimated Additional Expenses: For outside expenses not included in the program fee. London is an expensive city and individual budgets are highly variable. This may include:
— Airfare: $1,400
— Books: $200
— Class Excursions: $200
— Meals/Groceries: $2,000
— Personal Expenses: $2,000
— Travel Expenses: Highly variable
Financial penalties are assessed on a sliding scale, based on withdrawal date.
|Percent of Program Fee:|
|70-90 days prior to the start of the program||40%|
|50-69 days prior to the start of the program||60%|
|15-49 days prior to the start of the program||80%|
|0-14 days prior to the start of the program||100%|
- To withdraw from a program, you must notify the Center for International Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org) in writing. Study abroad scholarships and aid will be rescinded and cannot be used towards penalty amounts.
- In the case that TCU must cancel the program, the program fee (including deposit) and tuition will be fully refunded. Study abroad scholarships and aid will be rescinded.
- Financial penalties will be billed to your student account.
- TCU Tuition refunds are subject to TCU policies :(See TCU Undergraduate Catalog: http://catalog.tcu.edu/undergraduate/, Bachelor’s Degree, Definitions and Regulations.)
Visit the Scholarships & Aid page to learn about study abroad scholarships, through TCU and other organizations. In particular, TCU-In London – Westminster applicants should look at the:
- TCU Center for International Studies Scholarship
- BUTEX Scholarship for study in the UK
|Fall 2021||Program Start||September 16|
|Fall 2021||On-Site Orientation||September 17 - 25|
|Fall 2021||Classes Begin||September 27|
|Fall 2021||Program Ends||December 18|
|Spring 2022||Program Start||January 13|
|Spring 2022||On-Site Orientation||January 13 - 21|
|Spring 2022||Classes Begin||January 24|
|Spring 2022||Spring Break||April 15 - May 1|
|Spring 2022||Final Exams||May 2 - 23|
|Spring 2022||Program Ends||May 28|
Fall 2021 Applications will open in late February
- Minimum 2.8 GPA (or 3.0 for the Harrow School of Media, Arts & Design); petitions may be considered
- At least two semesters in residence at TCU at the time of application. Freshmen cannot apply.
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at TCU
- A valid passport (good for at least 6 months after the program ends)
- Fall Programs:
- Priority Deadline: April 1
- Regular Deadline: April 15
- Spring Programs
- Priority Deadline: September 15
- Regular Deadline: October 1
If applications exceed enrollment maximums, a lottery system will determine admission.
- Complete the Global TCU Study Abroad Forms (already started an application? Login here to finish it).
- This step includes completing a Credit Approval Form for your courses abroad.
- Complete the appropriate Westminster application online. You will need to create a new user and identify yourself as applying through Partner and then Texas Christian University. You can also review the Guide to Making an Online Application.
— Study Abroad Application (classes only)
— Study with Internship Application (classes plus internship)
- Submit your completed Credit Approval Form and two official 2×2 passport-sized photos (obtained at Walgreens, CVS, etc.) to Reed 214.
Study Abroad programs often include field components that require the ability to perform tasks beyond what is expected in a typical classroom. Many programs require extensive walking and/or the ability to stand for extended periods of time; the ability to independently use public transportations; and/or sleeping in shared quarters. Program and housing facilities may lack central heat and air-conditioning, elevators, and other conveniences. Unless prior accommodations have been made through TCU Student Disabilities Services, students must be able to transport and manage own luggage through airports and public transportation centers.
Managing your health and safety is an important component in having a positive experience abroad. TCU provides you with a number of resources to assist you:
- Prior to departure, you will need to attend the mandatory orientation which covers specific health, safety, logistical, and cultural information.
- Upon arrival, you will have an orientation to reiterate health, safety, logistical, and cultural information.
- TCU provides you membership to On Call International, a premier Global Assistance program. You can call On Call for any kind of travel, health, safety, or emergency issues, including:
- help replacing a lost passport
- help translating and interpreting
- help with lost luggage, along with reimbursement for items needed while luggage is lost
- assistance finding general and specialty health care
- assistance with emergency refills of prescription
- health insurance for your time abroad.
For more information, please see Health, Safety & Emergencies
The UK requires a visa only for student interns and students planning to stay in the UK for more than 6 months. If this applies to you, you’ll need to apply for a visa at least 6 weeks prior to departure. UK visa application requires biometrics (fingerprints). Visas are approximately $600. See gov.uk/apply-uk-visa.
Do not plan to travel outside the U.S. during the two months prior to your semester abroad, because you must surrender your passport when you apply for a visa. Visa processing for the UK can take 4– 6 weeks.
You MUST have a round-trip ticket prior to departure for your program abroad.
You must attend the mandatory TCU-In London – Westminster orientation. You should also review the TCU-In London – Westminster handbook and information about Preparing to Depart and Health, Safety & Emergencies.
Arrival and On-Site Information
Students will go to their flats immediately upon arrival in London. ACCENT, TCU’s logistical provider, will coordinate a welcome dinner, city tours, group excursions, and an in-depth housing orientation. The University of Westminster will also conduct orientation activities throughout the first week.
Because you are not enrolled in TCU classes, the TCU system will show 12 hours of coursework as a placeholder while you are abroad. Your classes will not transfer back to TCU until 8 – 10 weeks after the semester ends. At that time, the correct credit hours will be posted to your TCU record.
For more information about making the most of your experience abroad, see our While Abroad page