As the first and only university in the U.K. to offer a degree program in fashion merchandise management, as well as its location in one of the most exciting cities in Europe, the University of Westminster serves as a great place for students interested in studying fashion merchandising.
As a part of this unique cosmopolitan community, students can experience the bustling street markets, world-renowned museums, theaters, famous landmarks and fashion-forward living.
Interested students are required to meet with Sarah Carrier prior to applying to this program. When contacting her for an advising appointment, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and list the days and times you are available to meet over a two week period. Interested students should also have communicated with their academic advisor in the Fashion department. Nomination and approval by the VCU School of Arts is necessary for this exchange.
Applicants must be majoring in Fashion Merchandising and have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and a 3.0 for all courses in the School of the Arts. Applicants should complete the online VCU application for departmental exchange. Applications should be submitted no later than September 1 for the spring semester and April 1 for the fall semester.
This exchange is not open to Fashion Design students, so applicants are not required to submit a portfolio with their application.
Students are able to study Fashion courses (called "modules") alongside British and other international students. As this is a Fashion exchange, non-Fashion modules are restricted and requests to take non-Fashion modules will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students will enroll in three modules (including options such as Fashion Forecasting, London Fashion). Each module is worth 5 VCU credits. Modules are divided into classroom-based theory and studio-based practice.
The most recent module options can be viewed on Westminster's website or by contacting the VCU study abroad office.
Transfer of credit:
Students must earn the equivalent of the grade of C or higher in a given course to be eligible for transfer credit. Students are required to take the necessary steps to ensure that transcripts are received from the university upon return to VCU.
Students may apply to stay on campus. Priority is given to all international students for rooms in the university's five residence halls, provided that applications are received by the deadline. There are four campuses, three in central London, and one in Harrow, about 20 minutes on the subway from downtown. Free help and advice is offered to students to find alternative accommodations through Student Housing Services. Please note that on-campus housing is limited and space is not guaranteed. Fashion Merchandising exchange students are recommended to live in Harrow Hall.
Tuition and Fees:
Tuition for VCU students is based on VCU tuition and fees (students pay their usual rate of tuition as they would in Richmond). Room and board are paid directly to the University of Westminster.
Current accommodation costs at Westminster can be found here
The university is located on four campuses throughout London, England. The Cavendish Campus, Regent Campus, Marylebone Campus and Harrow Campus are all easily accessed by the subway.
Students will be provided with information about obtaining a visa upon acceptance to Westminster.