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    • Edinburgh
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Fall Spring


Starting Price
Price Details
Your overall cost will include tuition for courses, a housing deposit, and your housing fees. The cost will depend on whether you decide to take the internship during the fall or spring.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals Travel Insurance Wifi
Dec 02, 2019
May 17, 2018
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About Program

IFSA offers students the unique opportunity to study at the University of Edinburgh and intern with the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh! This program allows its students to not only learn about the politics of a foreign nation but also get involved as an intern.

The program is 15 weeks long. The first five weeks will be spent taking three different courses at the University of Edinburgh: Scottish Government and Politics, Introduction to British Politics, and Scotland: Society and Culture. When you're done with your coursework, you will be assigned a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) to intern for. With the help of your MSP, you will conduct an independent research project and participate in the daily activities of the Parliament.

This IFSA Scottish parliament internship is a great way for students to learn about Scottish politics and culture!

This program is no longer offered. View more programs from IFSA (Institute for Study Abroad).

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IFSA Scholarships and Financial Aid

IFSA is deeply committed to making study abroad accessible to as many students as possible. We believe that cost should never be a barrier: that’s why we offer financial support to a larger proportion of our students than any other organization.

Financial assistance is available for IFSA January term, semester, year, and summer programs. Scholarships include the IFSA First-Generation Scholarship and IFSA Diversity Scholarship, as well as program-specific scholarships in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK. We also offer $2,000 IFSA State School Grants and IFSA Minority Serving Institution Grants to all qualified applicants.

Once you’ve started your IFSA program application, you’ll gain access to IFSA’s scholarship application.

$500 - $2,500

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

The best way to study abroad

Having an internship with the Scottish Parliament was my ideal way to study abroad. The opportunity to take a break from classes (as we only had them the first 5 weeks of the semester) and work in a professional setting with Scottish people provided a very authentic and valuable experience. I don't think I would have had the opportunity to delve so much into Scottish culture and having meaningful conversations and relationships with Scots otherwise.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would improve on was the housing. It was very old and we had a lot of things break down frequently. The staff tried to fix things but honestly the whole housing just needs to be upgraded. Everything else was great!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Better than I could have imagined!

The Parliamentary Internship Program was academically challenging, professionally rewarding, and experientially incredible! Classes were certainly rigorous, given that they are compressed into a 5 week period and the faculty challenge students to do their very best work.

The Parliamentary Internship provided an academic component that is unique among study abroad programs. The 10 week internship is designed to give students real world experience within a fully active parliament, working directly with elected representatives of the Scottish Government. Contrary to some expectations, every student gets the opportunity to work one on one with their assigned Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) each and every day. During the internship, students complete a research project in an area of their choosing, with the mentorship of their MSP and the Program Faculty. This was, by far, the most rewarding academic experience I have had (which now extends to a B.A., M.A., and teaching credential). The program taught me to be an effective researcher, critical evaluator, active learner, and a more independent adult.

The biggest piece of advice that I can give students who enter this program is to get to know your Scottish apartment-mates and neighbors. My Scottish apartment-mate and his best friend became the two people that I spent the most time with throughout the program and they showed me the true Scotland, that cannot be experienced only by visiting tourist areas. Through their friendship, I learned a ton about the culture and politics of the nation, which helped me immeasurably in my internship experience. 6 years after my abroad experience, I still stay in touch with those two great friends who taught me so much.

With the classes only meeting 3 days a week and having the weekends off during the internship portion, travel is very possible. I chose a different path than most of those in the program, electing to spend my travel time in the UK. I was able to travel extensively throughout Scotland with my apartment-mate and his best friend and through Ireland and Southern England with some great folks from the program. Though I want to travel in Europe at some point, I can happily say that I do not regret staying in the UK because there is just so much to see!

Lastly, the program staff did a great job of getting us out to some amazing sites in the country. From my homestay in Stirling with an amazing couple, to our trip through the Scottish Highlands, the wonderful staff really made sure to give us the best experience possible. The staff was always there to support us and made the whole four months possible through their tireless efforts behind the scenes.

Overall, my time abroad was extremely transformative and helped propel me to further academic and professional success. I highly recommend this program and wish I could experience it all over again!

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