England: Hansard Scholars Programme, London
The Hansard Scholars Programme in London is a semester-long (14 weeks) study abroad program that takes place at the very center of one of the world's greatest political, cultural and social capitals. Through the Hansard Society's exceptional network of contacts in and around the Houses of Parliament, the Programme provides undergraduates with an unrivalled opportunity to intern at the heart of the British political establishment and to take political science courses in association with the London School of Economics (LSE).
Tentative Fall 2013 program dates: 7 Sept - 14 Dec 2013
Tentative Spring 2014 program dates: 18 Jan - 26 April 2014
The Hansard Scholars Programme is a 15 credit semester.
Academic work is complemented by guest lectures with senior political figures, civil servants and journalists. Program participants enroll in two required courses: Parliament & Politics (3 cr.), Politics & Public Policy (3 cr.), an individual research project (dissertation) on a topic of interest to the student (3 cr), and an internship (6 cr). Click here for additional academic information.
Hansard scholars are placed by Hansard Programme staff in internships that match their interests, expertise, and career ambitions. Past internships have included offices of Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of the House of Lords (Peers), government ministries, House of Commons and House of Lords committees, media organizations, lobbying and public affairs organizations, among others.
The Programme includes a four-day political study visit to Edinburgh, Scotland, a day-trip to Oxford including Oxford University, and a full calendar of cultural, political and social events and activities.
Housing and Transportation
The Hansard Scholars Programme provides furnished apartments with kitchens, and bed linens, in central London. Participants receive a London Transport 'Oyster' Card for unlimited travel in central London on public transportation.