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. Offered during the semester only, this exciting program with the prestigious University of Edinburgh 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 U.K. through engaging academic courses and the opportunity to complete significant research under the direction of a member of the Scottish Parliament.

The first five weeks are spent taking 3 courses that give an in-depth understanding of Scottish Politics, Public Policy, and U.K. Government with the Institute for Governance at the prestigious University of Edinburgh. The remaining nine weeks are spent working full-time with an assigned MSP and their staff in their office in the Scottish parliament.

As the program only offers a few spots, it is highly selective and therefore only open to students who, at the point of application, are juniors or above and have taken at least four courses in relevant subject areas (i.e. Politics, International Relations, Government, Social/Public Policy, Criminal Justice), having achieved grades B or above.

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 may 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.

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Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Fall 2019 9/3/2019 12/21/2019 TBA TBA 4/20/2019  
Spring 2020 1/5/2020 4/26/2020 17.5 $21,360 9/20/2019 More Info

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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