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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
10/02/2019 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 03/16/2020 TBA TBA

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: McKelfresh, Ben Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Dormitory
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: Iowa State
Click here for a definition of this term ISU Course: INTED Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct
Program Description:


Scottish Parliament Internship Program

Hear from a past participant

Program Features

ScotlandWhy Edinburgh?

Students have the opportunity to intern with the Scottish Parliament through an academic year, semester, or summer program sponsored by the University of Edinburgh (UE). For the semester program, the first five weeks begin with three courses: British Politics, Scottish Politics, and Scottish Society and Culture. Following the completion of the coursework, students will be assigned to a Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP). Under MSP direction, a research project (on a topic agreed to between intern and MSP) will be undertaken. Students will spend the majority of their time working and researching in the Parliament and will earn approximately 15-18 credits for the semester internship program.

All majors are welcome. Must have spent two years at Iowa State prior to participation. Minumum 3.0 GPA.




Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second largest city (after Glasgow). Edinburgh's population is approximately 598,000. The city is one of Europe's major tourist destinations, attracting around 13 million visitors a year, and is the second most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom (after London).

The University of Edinburgh is ranked 17th in the world (QS World Universities 2013/14 Rankings). It is one of the UK's most prestigious universities. It was founded in 1583 and has been attracting international students for over four centuries. In terms of the quality of its teaching and research, it is considered one of the leaders not only in the UK but also in Europe and beyond. The University of Edinburgh is also one of the UK's larger, more diverse universities, with a current student population of over 25,000. More than 5,800 of these students are international and are drawn from 137 different countries.



ScotlandWhat courses will I take?

ISU registration for the term is a full-time placeholder registration listed as INTED. 

For ISU study abroad programs at partner institutions abroad, courses offered for credit are automatically transferred to ISU. Transfer courses are usually listed at ISU with a general ending such as 100, 200, 300, or 400. To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact the college advisor listed here: Transfer Credit Contacts


Cost and Scholarships

ScotlandHow much?

The ISU Program Fee for Fall 2018 is $12,400. The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, fees, and ISU's CISI insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, housing, food, and all other additional expenses.

The ISU Program Fee is charged to students' ISU bill. The ISU Program Fee is assessed in 2 fees indicated as "qualified" and "other." "Qualified" figures are automatically added to the 1098T tax form that appears on students AccessPlus accounts. "Other" includes all other fees.

For more detail, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page.

Scholarships are available here.



ScotlandWhere will I live?

Interns are guaranteed an offer of accommodation by the University of Edinburgh. Along with other visiting students, Interns live in University owned premises, such as catered Halls of Residence, self-catering Residences, and University Flats (apartments). Most are located conveniently both to academic areas, for access to class rooms and libraries, and to the Parliament building. It is recommended that Interns opt for College Wynd or Roberson’s Close if they want to stay together as a group.


Dates and Contacts




How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

To learn more about the program, contact Ben McKelfresh in the Study Abroad Center to schedule an appointment: email or phone 515-294-6792

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