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Hi, I am an American student who is interested in applying to University of Westminster Politics and International Relations BA Honours for 2019-2020.

I have an AP Capstone Diploma (Two 4s, Four 3s) and a >3.6 unweighted GPA. Is University of Westminster a good fit for me? Or are there better schools out there?
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(Original post by Anonymous1029)
Hi, I am an American student who is interested in applying to University of Westminster Politics and International Relations BA Honours for 2019-2020.

I have an AP Capstone Diploma (Two 4s, Four 3s) and a >3.6 unweighted GPA. Is University of Westminster a good fit for me? Or are there better schools out there?
Hi there

Firstly it's great to hear you're considering the University of Westminster to study Politics and International Relations. Our central London location gives you excellent access to sites of government, specialist resources, museums and places of interest. As a department, they have excellent links to employers across London and the EU. Graduates in Politics and International Relations go on to develop careers in various sectors, including the Civil Service, NGOs, international organisations such as the EU or UN, policy and research, teaching, journalism and many can be found working directly in the field of politics.

You will also the opportunity to take part in an international exchange programme and international field trips are offered if you wanted to experience studying and living in another country.

I'll try and reach out to a current student to see if they will respond to your thread. I realise it's always better to hear back from an actual student.

Best wishes

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Hi there. I have just finished my first year of IR and Development at Westminster, which is the same in the first year as Politics and IR. I considered many options and am really happy with the choice I made. The location is unbeatable, the opportunities are unmatched by other universities or even departments and the lecturers and staff are fantastic. I feel incredibly well supported both in educational and general terms. In my first year I have already organised a research trip to Tbilisi, Georgia, which we were able to get funding for. Other universities simply do not provide these opportunities. The extra-curricular activities are definitely geared to setting you up for future employment, allowing you to build a CV that will stand out from your peers. I was worried that I would regret passing up on SOAS because of the prestige of the name, but I am positive now that that was absolutely the right choice. The university also has a great programme which allows you to study a language as part of your degree, something I am taking full advantage of. I hope this helps you. I can't think of any negatives to balance my argument! Well, London is a pricey place, there is that. Good luck in whatever decision you make, and be sure to make direct contact with departments as you can tell whether they are going to be responsive communicators or not. If they don't respond when you need them to now, that may be a recurring issue if you choose to study there (this was one of the major deciding factors for me- I value communication!).
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Ignore the 2 biased comments above. 3.6 GPA is way too high for Westminister.
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Ignore the 2 biased comments above. 3.6 GPA is way too high for Westminister.
I wasn't making any comment on where you should choose based on your gpa. I can't comment on other universities beyond my experience of trying to communicate with departments in order to decide which offer to accept. Show me an opinion that isn't biased and it won't be an opinion by definition.
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Hi, I did my undergraduate course in International Relations and Development Studies at Westminster and those three years I spent there were the best of my academic experience. The department is really good, professors are there for students, they challenge you, the share their views in class. It is an environment where you can talk about how you feel and what you think without other people judging you (as long as it is with respect). The department organises lots of international trips, when I was there from 2014 to 2017 I travelled to Turkey, Uzbekistan and Vietnam to meet students from other universities and attend conferences in those countries. The department also offers you the chance to do an internship as part of your degree which is good for experience.I am currently finishing my masters at the London School of Economics in Humanitarian Emergencies and although university rankings and people say that it is a great university my experience is that it wasn't so good. There are so many students that professors treat you like a number and the department of International Development runs very poorly. If I would have to choose a university to study I wouldn't be looking so much for the reputation as in how high it is in the international rankings but I would look at student satisfaction by department. Go on to the University of Westminster website and search for professors of the IR department in areas that you are interested. Drop them an email and I am sure they'll get back to you. That is what I did before applying to Westminster. Good luck with your studies!
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