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!
There are a few specific forms for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. You can find the forms under the Forms tab.
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 between 9 and 10 a.m. on the day marked "Mandatory Scotland arrival." Students who arrive after 10 a.m. will not be met at the airport by IFSA-Butler staff. Directions to the orientation venue are included in the Travel Essentials mailing.
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.
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.
To apply to the University of Edinburgh Summer Parliamentary Internship program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the University of Edinburgh Summer Parliamentary Internship program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to the University of Edinburgh for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the University of Edinburgh Summer Parliamentary Internship program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.
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 Renee Lopez assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Renee can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4256. Renee studied abroad twice, in France during high school and in Ireland during college. In addition, she has also traveled to Scotland, England, Germany, Mexico and St. Lucia. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and has been with IFSA-Butler since 2013. She is very excited to help students plan their own study abroad adventures because her own travel experiences have been so meaningful.
Program Advisor Kelsey O'Shaughnessy assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kelsey studied abroad with IFSA-Butler in Sydney, Australia, during the spring of 2013. She enjoyed making friends with locals and exploring the ins and outs of new cities. She completed her undergraduate coursework in psychology at Butler University in 2014. She advises students planning to study abroad in England and Australia and can be reached at the email link above or 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.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Paige Ward processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Paige graduated from Butler University, and she studied abroad for a semester in Paris, Belfast, London and the English Lake District. Studying abroad for Paige was an eye-opening and knowledge-gaining experience, and she is excited to work with students who are looking for the same. Paige can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4254.
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