Legislative experience in a dynamic government at a pivotal time

What better place to experience the cut and thrust of legislative operations than the Scottish parliament - at a pivotal time in its history as the debate continues over Scotland's national identity and political future within Great Britain and Europe. This exciting program with the prestigious University of Edinburgh, is offered during both the semester and the summer. It brings you a unique opportunity to help make history by working with members of the Scottish Parliament, which re-opened in 1999 after its suspension in 1707.

This is an unparalleled practical and academic experience for students of government, law, politics, history, economics or sociology. You’ll delve into the culture, history and politics of Scotland and the UK through engaging academic courses and the opportunity to complete significant research under the direction of a member of the Scottish Parliament.

One aspect of British culture that I have experienced is the deep interest in national politics and domestic issues, and to a smaller extent, in the study of other cultures. ”

Yujing Zhao

College of Wooster Student, Scottish Parialmentary Program

  • Courses in Scottish/British politics and Scottish society/culture taught by expert faculty in the University of Edinburgh's Academy of Governance, ranked 17th in the world in QS World Rankings 2015.

  • This relatively small parliament works very closely with local communities, and you will be significantly involved in speech writing, planning and community issues, enhancing your leadership and communication skills.
  • You’ll be matched with a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) according to your mutual policy interests.

  • You are often given unparalleled access not only to your own MSPs but also to key figures in Scottish and British politics through party conferences, campaigning, national initiatives and PR events.

  • As the cornerstone courses are taught at an advanced level, previous university-level coursework in political science and/or related fields is required.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Spring 2017 1/8/2017 4/29/2017 15 $20,300 9/20/2016 More Info
Summer 2017 5/28/2017 7/29/2017 9 $13,450 2/20/2017 More Info
Fall 2017 8/28/2017 12/16/2017 15 $18,300 4/20/2017 More Info
Spring 2018 1/7/2018 4/28/2018 TBA TBA 9/20/2017  

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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