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UK Partner: Intern - Celtic Blue: Scottish Parliamentary Program (Arcadia)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Summer 2
Partner Website: Click to visit
Restrictions: UK applicants only
Program Cost and Budget Fall,
Summer 2
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 01/09/2017 04/29/2017
NOTE: Program dates are approximate.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program and will then need to complete post-decision materials prior to departing for the program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Intern Abroad
Area of Study:
Advertising, European Studies, Integrated Strategic Communication, Marketing, Political Science, Social Work
Course Language:
Minimum Language Requirement:
Housing Options:
Independent Housing, Residence Hall
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Provided by program partner
Program Description:

$1,000 scholarships available for UK students!

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UK Partner: Intern - Celtic Blue: Scottish Parliamentary Program
Edinburgh, Scotland

Internships Overview
UK Education Abroad offers programs in which students can complete an internship for academic credit in another country. An internship is a professional-level learning experience in the workplace and provides an opportunity to apply learning from the classroom in a real situation. Internships abroad are available in a wide variety of career fields, however certain locations are better for some fields than others. Students embarking on an internship should have a clear idea of what they hope to learn from their experience, yet at the same time must be flexible and open-minded, as internship placement is often not determined until just before or just after arrival on-site. Students will earn academic credit for Education Abroad internships, either via transfer credit from a school of record or by enrolling in a UK experiential education course, most often EXP 396 or a departmental credit. Academic credit for this particular program is explained in detail below.
Program Overview
As a participant on the Scottish Parliamentary Program, you will enroll in three courses at the University of Edinburgh, covering British politics, Scottish politics, society and culture. These intensive classes are held during the first five weeks of the program and offered through the University of Edinburgh's Academy of Governance and Faculty of Social Science. The courses will help you prepare for the internship portion of the program that follows. The internship will take place over the final 10 weeks of the program, during which time you will conduct a major academic project and research report. You will have study space in the Parliament building while having an academic base at the University’s Academy of Governance. You’ll be matched with a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) according to your mutual policy interests. You are often given unparalleled access not only to your own MSPs but also to key figures in Scottish and British politics through party conferences, campaigning, national initiatives and PR events.
Due to the core courses are taught at an advanced level, previous university-level coursework in political science and/or related fields is required. This is a semester-length program comprising 15 credits of coursework.
Edinburgh is lively and cosmopolitan. Considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful cities, you'll find attractive public parks intermingled with magnificent historic architecture and world-class cultural attractions. Scattered throughout the city are jutting craggy rocks on one of which sits the ancient Edinburgh castle. The rugged natural beauty and the more manicured city-center gardens combine with the urban sophistication of its clubs, pubs and restaurants to make Edinburgh a truly unforgettable city. Edinburgh is known as the Festival City because of the abundance of events, which are hosted continuously throughout the year. There is the International Arts Festival, which showcases an eclectic and even bizarre variety of dance, music, art and theater. The Fringe Festival, which runs simultaneously to the Arts Festival, draws amateur theater productions from all of Europe.

Program Highlights
  • Complete an internship for credit with a member of the Scottish parliament
  • Develop valuable political and cultural knowledge and skills through class and internship experience
  • Explore local sites or topics of interest, such as the Scotts Monument, Holyrood Palace, or Edinburgh Castle
Academic Credit
For all successfully completed courses, students will earn transfer credit from Arcadia University. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by Arcadia University. The credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school; however the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the UK Education Abroad Academic Credit website.
  • PRIOR to participating on this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials. Students will enroll in 15 credits of coursework taught by faculty in the Academy of Governance at the University of Edinburgh:
    • Internship and Final Research Report (6 credits)
    • Scottish Politics (3 credits)
    • Government and Politics in the UK (3 credits)
    • Scottish Society and Culture (3 credits)
  • Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad.
Student Life
The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh, guarantees your housing in University of Edinburgh accommodation. Phone service is provided and there will be a phone in each bedroom, with voicemail and free calls within the university accommodation system. The phone will also provide normal call facilities to external numbers at standard rates. University of Edinburgh Accommodation also provides connection facilities for access to the university intranet and internet.
The University controls several blocks of student flats designed for student living. You will live in single rooms in shared apartments, managed by the University of Edinburgh.  The flats usually accommodate 3-6 people and may be mixed gender. All bedrooms are single study rooms (w/ bed, desk and bureau). Cooking, dining and bathroom facilities are shared. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available in each building. The University of Edinburgh offers a bedding pack containing a duvet, bed linen, and pillow, and Arcadia will purchase this on your behalf so that it is available upon arrival. You will need to supply your own towels.
You are responsible for preparing your own meals. Self-catered residences have less of a "dorm" feeling, they house between 39-258 students each, and are spread throughout the city (each location has laundry facilities available). A mixture of full-time University of Edinburgh students and other study abroad and international students live in self-catered flats. Scottish Parliamentary Program participants generally live together in flats in a location well-suited to their unique experience, situated within walking distance of the University of Edinburgh's Academy of Governance and the Scottish Parliament.
Required Applications
Students must complete two applications to participate in this program - one to UK Education Abroad and one to Arcadia. For the Arcadia application, click the "Homepage" link at the top of this page. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • $1,000 scholarships available for UK students studying on semester-length Celtic Blue programs. 
  • Usually, financial aid (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
  • Arcadia may offer additional scholarships for participation on this program. Please visit the UK EA website for Arcadia Partner Scholarships for more information.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Program Costs
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Cost and Budget" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Passport & Visa Requirements
Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the British Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.
Health & Safety Abroad
All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

Diversity Abroad
In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.

For More Information
For additional information about the program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm
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