University of Edinburgh Summer Parliamentary Internship
Hallo agus fàilte! We're so excited that you're considering summer study abroad through IFSA-Butler at the University of Edinburgh. The Parliamentary Internship program offers students the rare opportunity to gain firsthand insights into the political system of a foreign nation. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
What the University of Edinburgh Summer Parliamentary Internship has to offer
We look forward to working with you!
What are the admissions requirements?
What is the structure of the internship program?
Following the completion of your coursework, you will intern for a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for five weeks. Under the guidance of your MSP, you will pursue your independent research and participate actively in political life. Your independent research project will be assessed upon completion of the internship program.
All interns will maintain an academic base in the university’s Unit for the Study of Government. Members of the department will be available to assist and guide you with your research project.
How many courses am I eligible to take?
What do the courses cover?
Scotland: Society and Culture: The aim of this course is to give students a well-rounded introduction to Scottish society and culture as a basis from which to pursue more particular interests in Scotland. It is intended to complement and provide context for those parts of the course that focus particularly on Scottish politics and government. The broader significance of major policy issues should be made clearer by the information provided in this course. The course as a whole will progress from the larger context of the social and economic history of modern Scotland, to the examination of key institutions shaping Scottish life, and to social groupings and questions of identity.
What if I need to take a required course?
Due to the structure of the internship program, you may only take the two courses that are mandatory for all interns.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
What are the registration conditions?
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What are my housing options?
Halls of Residence are mixed-gender. All rooms are singles and have ResNet, a portal providing access to the Internet and university intranet. Rooms also include a telephone, bedding pack and voicemail access.
Breakfast and an evening meal are provided Monday through Friday. Brunch and an evening meal are provided on Saturday and Sunday.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Living and Studying Abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland
Dates & Fees
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All students should arrive in Edinburgh on the day marked "Mandatory Scotland arrival."
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.
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Summer Payment Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
**The housing component of our program fee includes daily breakfast and an evening meal Monday through Friday. Brunch and an evening meal are provided on Saturday and Sunday.
† Housing Deposit
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
**Meals: The program fee includes daily breakfast and an evening meal Monday through Friday. Brunch and an evening meal are provided on Saturday and Sunday.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Scotland:
Program Advisor Julia Lieberman assists the student through the application process in addition to answering cultural and logistic questions about the study abroad experience. Julia graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. She studied abroad twice during undergraduate, for a semester in Belize and then for an independent study in Nicaragua. She has traveled extensively studying, working and living abroad, mainly in South America and Europe. These life-changing experiences lead Julia to her interest in study abroad and he desire to help others do so. Currently, Julia advises students traveling to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. She can be reached through the email link above or by phone at 800-858-0229 ext. 3638.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Edinburgh. Click here to read more about Resident Director Ruth Casey.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.
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