Study Abroad with the Scottish Parliamentary Program

"As I walked through the new Parliament building and spoke with people I had only seen on television, I knew this was the opportunity of a lifetime."

-Joseph Speaker, Villanova University student and Scottish Parliamentary program participant

  • The University of Edinburgh's Scottish Parliamentary Program offers study abroad students 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.Resume & Internship Statement Tips

  • This is an unparalleled practical and academic experience for students of government, law, politics, history, economics or sociology.

  • A summer program is also available.


This program enables you to immerse yourself in the culture, history and politics of Scotland and the United Kingdom through engaging academic courses and the opportunity to complete significant research under the direction of a member of the Scottish Parliament.

While the program is intensive, there will be time for a life beyond work but with an added plus. You will achieve a level of integration with your host country that is available to only a few while gaining valuable working experience.


You will earn the following hours of credit.

  • Fall and spring semester: 15 credits.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Previous university-level coursework in political science and/or related fields is required.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application DeadlinesContact a Past Participant

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 15