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TCU-In London – Westminster

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.

Regent Street London

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.

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.

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 2020-2021

  1. London – Westminster Program Fee: Fall 2020 – $8200 and Spring 2021 – $11,000, collected as:
    $500 Non-Refundable First Payment, to confirm your spot in the program after admission
    $7700 (Fall) or $10,500 (Spring) Remaining Balance/ Final Payment, billed to your TCU Student Account before the semester begins.
    This includes:
    — Housing
    — Start-up and mid-term activities
    — In-city transportation card for underground and buses
  2. TCU Tuition: $25,785
  3. 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

Billing & Withdrawals

Tuition and Program Fees are posted to your TCU Student Account, just like any other semester at TCU. After being admitted to the program, students will be asked to pay a non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 by orientation, and then TCU will invoice students for the Program Fee and tuition prior to the beginning of the semester. Withdrawals are subject to official TCU policies outlined in the TCU Student Handbook. Financial penalties are assessed on a sliding scale, based on withdrawal date.
Cancellation Fees:
70-90 days prior to start of the program: $4,500
50-69 days prior to start of the program: $6,500
15-49   days prior to start of the program: $8,750
0-14     days prior to start of the program: No refund

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

I know many of you have questions about studying abroad in the Spring 2021 semester.  There continues to be much uncertainty surrounding international travel and the structure of our programs with our international partner universities.  We are very pleased with your interest but ask for your patience as the situation is dynamic.  We continue to monitor a variety of sources and health and safety indicators. We anticipate that we will have more information to share after the Fall Semester has begun.  Please continue to watch our website and be assured that if we are able to offer spring study abroad, we will provide adequate time for the application process.

Semester Event Date
Spring 2021 Program Start January 7
Spring 2021 On-Site Orientation January 7-15
Spring 2021 Classes Begin January 18
Spring 2021 Spring Break April 10-25
Spring 2021 Final Exams April 26 - May 14
Spring 2021 Program Ends May 22
Fall 2020 Program Start September 10
Fall 2020 On-Site Orientation September 10 - 18
Fall 2020 Classes Begin September 21
Fall 2020 Program Ends December 12

I know many of you have questions about studying abroad in the Spring 2021 semester.  There continues to be much uncertainty surrounding international travel and the structure of our programs with our international partner universities.  We are very pleased with your interest but ask for your patience as the situation is dynamic.  We continue to monitor a variety of sources and health and safety indicators. We anticipate that we will have more information to share after the Fall Semester has begun.  Please continue to watch our website and be assured that if we are able to offer spring study abroad, we will provide adequate time for the application process.

Applications will open TBA

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Programs: March 16
  • Spring Programs
    • Priority Deadline: TBA
    • Regular Deadline: TBA

Application Steps

If applications exceed enrollment maximums, a lottery system will determine admission.

  1. Complete the Global TCU Study Abroad Forms (already started an application? Login here to finish it).
  2. Complete the Credit Approval Form with all signatures. Watch the video tutorial on YouTube.
  3. 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)
  4. Submit the TCU-In London-Westminster Application to Reed 214, along with:
    — Copy of your Official TCU Transcript sent to studyabroad@tcu.edu
    — Two official 2×2 passport-sized photos (obtained at Walgreens, CVS, etc.)
    — Copy of Photo/Signature page of passport
    — Completed Credit Approval Form

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.

UK Visas

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.

Before Departure

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