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Semester at Westminster

Westminster College, located in Salt lake City, Utah can provide a great study abroad alternative.

If you’re a fan of winter sports, an environmental activist, or an ecological whiz, a semester at Westminster is ideal.  The College’s prime location, next to the Rocky Mountains and Salt Lake City, plays a major role in undergraduate study and student life.  You’ll be just five minutes from downtown, where you can find the Utah Jazz, REAL soccer, and great internship opportunities.  Mountaineering and skiing/boarding are easily accessible, and you will be highly encouraged to explore the area’s ecology either as part of coursework, or on your own.  In the winter, you can combine academic coursework with participation in once-in-a-lifetime winter sport experiences through the College’s Winter at Westminster program.  As an added bonus, you’ll have access to year-round world-class, mountain recreation at seven major resorts just 30 minutes away.

You may choose to study away during the fall or spring semester. If you choose to Study Away at Westminster, here is some information about 'what to look forward to':

FALL Semester (August - December)

There is no special program during the fall semester like Winter at Westminster, however, you can still take advantage of our geographic location. Our Outdoor Recreation Program offers students many opportunities to explore the outdoors.  Westminster's online calendar provides you with an idea of what's happening this fall. Make sure to choose the category: 'Outdoor Recreation'

SPRING Semester (January - April/May)

Winter at Westminster

Why Winter at Westminster?

There is no other college semester-away program in the world like Winter at Westminster—a winter program with the perfect balance between the rigors of college and the passion for skiing and snowboarding. College students from all over the country enroll at Westminster College as full-time visiting students. They earn 12–16 transferable credits while riding 70+ days at seven world-class resorts located within 30 minutes of campus.

Experience for yourself why they call Utah’s powder “The Greatest Snow on Earth!”

Yes, it’s the program that you’ve always wanted, but never knew existed!

Winter at Westminster allows you to arrange the ultimate class schedule, balancing mid-week skiing and snowboarding along with earning transferable credits that will keep you on track for graduation from your home college or university.

No class on Fridays—you’ll be ripping it up in Utah’s famous powder!

Beyond just a season pass (although all Winter at Westminster students are given two season passes—one to The Canyons, and a second to either Snowbird and Alta), this program also introduces you to new winter experiences including backcountry touring, avalanche safety clinics, Olympic sport clinics such as bobsled, Nordic jumping, and biathlon, and not-to-be-missed winter camping, snowmobiling, and extreme rafting (we’ll explain later)! In addition, you will network with many outdoor industry’s leaders and entrepreneurs at the Lecture & Learn series. And if that isn't enough, there are internship opportunities with leading outdoor companies awaiting you. A perfect semester—ride 70+days during this semester and still get a fantastic education!

Westminster College’s campus is located just 30 minutes for 7 world-class resorts!

College students make their pilgrimage here each January, drawn by the program’s work-hard, ride-hard culture. Visiting students enroll at Westminster College, one of the West’s academic powerhouses, for the spring semester (January–April), as full-time students. Students get help from a dedicated advisor to choose from over 525 classes that will satisfy your academic requirements, transfer to your home-school, and maximize your time on the slopes!

Westminster College is as serious about education as you are about an epic powder day!

Winter at Westminster is a semester program offered by Westminster College, the only private, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah. We have been consistently ranked as a top tier institution by U.S.News & World Report for 12 straight years and we were named one of the Princeton Review’s “Best 361 Colleges” for 2007, and one of “369 Most Interesting Schools” in Kaplan/Newsweek’s How to Get into College 2007 edition.

Students from a variety of colleges and universities across the country have participated in Winter at Westminster. Here is a partial list:


Azusa Pacific University Bethel College
BYU- Hawaii Canisius College
Fitchburg State College Ithaca College
Long Island University Southhampton Messiah College
Montana State University Montreat College
Mount St. Mary College Occidental College
Peninsula College Roger Williams University
Saddleback College Santa Monica College
State University of New York at Albany SUNY Maritime College
University of Denver University of Minnesota: Twin Cities
University of New York at Albany University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin University State of NY Regents College
University of Pittsburgh West Virginia University
Whitman College  


Straight from the Horse's Mouth

"Winter at Westminster has been unreal. If you were to have told me earlier this year that I would be spending a semester in Utah, riding fresh powder, weekend camping in a yurt, trying Nordic jumping and backcountry skiing--I wouldn't have believed you. This experience has been incredible!"

Meagan Thornton, Winter at Westminster '05
Home Institution: Occidental College, CA


If you are interested in taking advantage of the Study Away program, please contact:

Hailee Hatch
Assistant Director, START Center
Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Office Phone: 801-832-2280