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The Fulbright-University of Westminster London International Summer Institute is a three week academic and cultural immersion programme for five (5) US students held at the University of Westminster in the UK.
The Institute will provide participants the chance to study from a range of modules in the fields of Media, Art and Design and Business, and, upon successful completion of the module earn the equivalent of 4 US university credits.
Participants in this programme will get the opportunity to:
• Be immersed in the life of a British university on a stimulating academic programme in the heart of one of the World’s most exciting cities.
• Use London as a classroom to enhance learning, with many modules offering participant’s the opportunity to apply their classroom learning in a real world space.
• Meet people from all over the world, make friends and sample what life is like as a student in the UK.
• Undertake exciting and challenging assessments designed to educate you with real world skills required for your future professional life.
• Participate in our exciting social programme to maximise cultural exposure
• Become an ambassador for Fulbright and the prestigious internationally renowned University of Westminster, London.
The Institute will take place from 8 July -29 July 2017.
University of Westminster’s London International Summer School
Offering you a diverse range of exciting and inventive modules, taught in the heart of London, our summer school has been running for over 15 years making it one of the oldest and longest established in the city. We were the first to pioneer modules that uses London as the classroom and we continue to develop an exciting portfolio of offerings that make the most of our location in one of the world’s most exciting cities.
In addition to a broad range of class choices we offer an exciting social programme combining visits to places of interest around London and the UK including the London Eye, an East End Art Walk, a theatre trip and the Best of Wales weekend.
Please note that all Undergraduate Summer School modules are subject to availability and interest and therefore changes may be made to the 2017 programme.
The majority of the participant costs will be covered. This includes:
• round-trip airfare from the US to the UK;
• tuition fees;
• accommodation and social programme;
• meal allowance
Accommodation for the three weeks will be in a single room, sharing an apartment with other programme participants in the University’s residence hall, Alexander Fleming. Located on the edge of the Square Mile – the original City and London's most historic – Alexander Fleming Hall is in walking distance of the financial district and various tourist sites including the Royal Courts of Justice, St Paul's Cathedral and the Barbican – Europe's largest performing arts centre.
Facilities include secure swipe-card entry systems and 24-hour security; wireless Internet; have shared kitchens where students can prepare their meals. Kitchens are stocked with basic utensils for your use; all linens and bedding (including sheets, a pillow and a blanket) along with a towel are provided. These are changed weekly.
The meal allowance is provided to subsidise the cost of purchasing meals and groceries. However, the allowance may not cover the cost of all meals.
To meet the minimum eligibility for this Institute you need to:
• be a US citizen (resident anywhere except the UK) and possess a US passport;
• be at least 18 years old by the start of the programme;
• be able to participate in the programme in its entirety;
• have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);
• have at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university;
• be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded;
• be willing and able to fully participate in an academically intensive programme that includes attending all sessions, completing all assignments, contributing to classroom discussions and supporting student ambassador style work as required;
• have had little or no study or travel experience in the UK or elsewhere outside of the US and;
• expect to return to the US and continue your education.
Those holding permanent residency ‘green cards’ may not apply.
Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application.
In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic excellence but a focused application highlighting why an experience in a Summer Institute would be transformative for the applicant, a range of extracurricular and community activities, an indication of ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to your home country upon returning.
Candidates will not be discriminated against due to race, colour, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender (including gender reassignment).
Deadline: Applications are due 26 February 2017 by Midnight EST.
Before you begin the application process, please read the FAQs document. If you have questions or any general enquiries, you may send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to follow us on twitter and receive application tips throughout the application period.
1. Complete our online application form. You will be asked to register to the website with a username (e-mail address) and password. You may save your application in order to return and work on/finish at a later date. Please note your password.
2. Request two reference letters: Request letters from two (2) references. Applicants should direct their references to this online form.
Applicants: Do not complete this form. Please guide your chosen referees to this webpage.
Referees: Please complete the form accessed via the above link. You should complete the form and upload a letter on organisational/institutional letterhead where there is an 'upload' button on the form. The form (with letter) must be submitted on or before the deadline or it will not be considered a complete application.
3. Copy of your transcript: Transcripts need to be attached to the online application in the form of a PDF. Please do not send the US-UK Commission these PDFs or links to transcript access sites. Transcripts need to be included on the form for a complete application. We recommend you request a transcript be sent to you; we will accept all transcripts, if they are included in the application. Please note that we request official transcripts, however, if for financial or other reasons it is difficult to obtain an official transcript, we will accept an unofficial transcript in its place.
Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to telephone interview sometime between the dates of April (subject to change). Interviews will only be held selected days and may not be rescheduled.
If you are making an application, please save these dates as an invitation to interview may come within a few days of the interview date. The selection committee will be comprised of Fulbright Commission staff and on occasion representatives from partner universities, US Embassy representatives, or Fulbright alumni.
Important note: The US-UK Fulbright Commission is unable to give feedback on individual applications or to provide reasons for their refusal.
Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
23 November: Competition opens
26 February: Application deadline
Late March and early April: Short-listed candidates invited to Interview
April: Telephone Interviews
Late April: Notification for successful applicants
May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information
7 July: Departure for UK
8 July: Arrival in the UK
29 July: Return to USA
You are able to choose from one (1) of the following modules:
Media, Arts and Design:
To see the full description of these modules and all of the offerings on the London International Summer School please visit our site.
Arrival Day: After you are collected from the airport you will be taken to the Alexander Fleming Hall of residence and checked into your rooms.
Day Two: The following day you will ride the London Eye and be invited to our welcome social event to allow you to meet new friends and class mates before the programme commences on Monday.
Day Three, Academic Programme Commences: You will attend a comprehensive orientation on the Monday and will be welcomed by your professor after our welcome lunch and guided to your classroom.
Throughout the summer school you are able to participate in our social programme which is designed to allow you to get the most out of your experience. The summer social programme 2017 includes:
East End Art Walk
Best of Wales Weekend
Phantom of the Opera Theatre Performance
Harry Potter Studio Tour
Thames River Boat Cruise and Afternoon Tea
For full details of the more information on this year's programme please consult the University of Westminster’s website.
All programme content is subject to change. The information is intended to provide an initial scope of the programme and should not be considered final. Content will be updated as details are finalised by the University of Westminster.
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