IFSA-Butler University of Edinburgh Parliamentary Internship

Edinburgh, Scotland
Term
Fall, Spring
Language of Instruction

English

Language Prerequisite

None

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: May 15
  • Spring: September 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
3.0
Typical Credit Load:
17.5

About University of Edinburgh Parliamentary Internship

Can you imagine setting agendas for an MP meeting with the Security Council or co-authoring investigative reports for a campaign initiative? As an Intern in the Scottish Parliament, you will take Political Science courses from a top-ranked European university while completing research and interning with a Member of the Scottish Parliament.

University of Edinburgh Parliamentary Internship Benefits

  • Gain unparalleled access to political life in Scotland
  • An opportunity to pursue independent research and participate in political activity
  • Course work component balances participation in the development of Scottish political life with learning about the history and culture of Scottish society
  • Participants spend a large part of the internship semester at Parliament but still participate in university life, clubs and campus social life
  • Weekly orientation sessions help students become familiar with their internship duties and determine research possibilities
  • Students can combine an internship semester with a second semester of regular classes at the University of Edinburgh 

The IFSA-Butler Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at University of Edinburgh Parliamentary Internship

Courses
For the first five weeks, you will enroll in the following three courses:
Scottish Government and Politics
This course is designed to provide students with a basic introduction to Scottish politics. The course provides a brief history of Scottish political developments from the Union with England and Wales in 1707. Both the history of the nationalist movement and the structures and institutions of the current political situation will receive attention. Students will learn to analyze the potential difficulties facing the Scottish Parliament and the achievement of "new politics" within a wider context of constitutional reform.
Introduction to British Politics
This course is designed to provide students with a basic introduction to British politics. The aim of the course is to ensure that students are informed about the broader institutional and political context in which the Scottish Parliament is situated. This will entail knowledge of the structures of government and an assessment of its operation.
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 finally to social groupings and questions of identity.
Course Restrictions
Students are required to have completed at least four Politics-related courses with a B or higher to be eligible for this program.
Experiential Learning
Following the completion of your coursework, you will intern for an MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) for 10 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.
Transcripts
After you return to the U.S., IFSA-Butler will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at University of Edinburgh Parliamentary Internship
Political Science

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Apartment/Flat
Meals
Self-catered
Details
Because interns have such a different schedule from the other students, the University of Edinburgh places interns together in self-catered flats in the heart of the city. The location varies by semester but most flats consist of four to six students sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities. Linens are not included.

The IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Spring 2018

Program start date
January 10, 2018
Program end date
April 27, 2018
Non-refundable Program Deposit
$500
Tuition
$18,900
Housing
$3,075
Estimated Personal Costs
Flight
$1,000
Visa
$450
Residence Permits
$0
Start-up Costs
$100
Books
$130
Meals
$1,560
Commuting
$390
Phone/Internet
$100
Misc
$195
Laundry
$50
Entertainment
$975
Independent Travel
$585
Total Estimated Personal Costs
$5,535

Fall 2018

Program start date
September 10, 2018
Program end date
December 21, 2018
Non-refundable Program Deposit
$500
Tuition
$18,150
Housing
$2,825
Total Program Fee
$20,975
Estimated Personal Costs
Flight
$1,200
Visa
$450
Start-up Costs
$100
Books
$130
Meals
$1,500
Commuting
$350
Phone/Internet
$100
Misc
$195
Laundry
$50
Entertainment
$975
Independent Travel
$600
Total Estimated Personal Costs
$5,650