Partner Profile: Westminster College (USA)
Aberystwyth University International Politics students have the opportunity to stud on a direct exhange at Westmisnter College, Missouri.
Type of link: Partnered with the Department of International Politics
Motto: "Religio et Scientia" - Faith and Knowledge
Westminster College is located in the historic town of Fulton, set in the rolling green hills of Central Missouri. Jefferson City, Missouri's capital, is 20 miles south of the campus, and Columbia, home to the University of Missouri, is 25 miles west of the campus. It is also just a short 100-mile drive from St. Louis and is 150 miles from Kansas City, Missouri. The town recently recieved recognition from two important travel related publications, being named one of the “15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019” by Smithsonian Magazine, and landing a spot on Budget Travel’s list of “10 Coolest Small Towns in America 2019.”
Similarly to Aberystwyth the town of 13,000 has a large student population, being home to William Woods University as well as Westminister College. Mid-Missouri is marked with rolling, wooded hills and plentiful streams and rivers. A great destination for fans of outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, fishing, floating, wine-tasting, golf and arts festivals.
Westminster students can pick from over 50 clubs and organizations to become involved in on campus. Also. it has a well-established history of Greek culture, dating to 1868. 43% of students are members of Greek organizations, with 5 fraternities and 3 sororities. Participation in this heritage has afforded students opportunities in leadership and engagement, both on-campus and within the greater Fulton community.
The mission of Student Life is to complement and enhance Westminster's mission through a dynamic student developmental experience. This includes creating a safe, healthy, and comfortable living-learning community, involving students in meaningful activities and athletics, and providing opportunities that foster experiential learning, character, and career development, a sense of service, and spiritual growth.
The Westminster College has a number of academic departments that are similar to those at Aberystwyth; students are advised to discuss the suitability of UG for their degree with their Departmental Exchanges Co-Ordinator. The principal areas study are:
- Business Administration
- Business Communication
- Computer Science
- Education Curriculum Studies
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Exercise Science
- Health & Wellness
- Information Technology
- International Business
- International Studies
- Mathematical Science
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Security Studies
- Self Designed
- Sport & Entertainment Business Management
- Sports Management
- Transactional Studies
There are a range of accommodation options available on campus that students may choose from. For more information follow the link.
International students are required to arrive in advance and must make sure that they apply on time in order to secure a place in on-campus accommodation. In order to get to know more of how to apply for the accommodation click the following link.
Visa Information and Other Costs
All international and exchange students must apply for a J-1 visa as well as an I-901 SEVIS to study in the US. Both of these documents have fees attached which are liable to change year on year.
All international students attending Westminster College are required to use the College-sponsored health insurance. The plan covers the majority of medical needs at 100%, but there may be exceptions to the policy which could result in students paying additonal minimal fees. Without the appropriate health insurance, students will not be eligible for a visa.
The closest international airport to Westminster College is St. Louis Airport (STL). Busses are available, with a travel time between 2 and 3 hours. It is also possible to get a connecting to flight to acloser Domestic airport, such as Columbia, MO (COU). Westminster College advises students to contact them for travel advice.
How to Apply
All students wishing to go on an exchange to Westminster College must apply through Aberystwyth University as they must be first nominated by the international office.