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Hansard Scholars Internship Programme

Program Location London, United Kingdom
Sponsor Hansard Scholars Society
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30012
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2020 01/10/20 to 04/18/20
Current Program Dates
Fall 2019 09/06/19 to 12/14/19

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Hansard Scholars Internship Programme
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

The Hansard Scholars Programme is a 14-week, full-time program that is split equally between study and internship and offers an outstanding opportunity for students to gain academic and practical knowledge of the British political system and current debates in UK public policy.

Hansard Scholar Interns are part of an organization with an unparalleled reputation in the political world.  Students in this program study British politics, have seminars with politicians, and complete an internship with an NGO, a government department, a lobbying group, or the Houses of Parliament.

INTERNSHIP: All Hansard Scholars undertake an internship which is individually selected by the Hansard Society to match participants' interests, expertise, and career aspirations. Past interns have, for example, written speeches, carried out research, attended parliamentary meetings, helped devise and run media campaigns on key social and political issues, and more...

COURSEWORK:  Academic work is divided between courses, guest lectures, and supervised research. All students take classes on Parliament & Politics and Politics & Public Policy as well as complete a directed research project based on the students' interests and preferences.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:Hansard Scholars Society.


Hansard Scholars Internship Programme
Speaker's Chair at the House of Commons

Applications are open to students majoring in political science, international relations, or history. A student is eligible if s/he has reached at least junior standing by the start of the program and has a background in the study of political science and/or public policy.

In addition, all students must have excellent writing and research skills, be outgoing and well-spoken, and should demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]
Specifically from: HIST, POL, and SOC (CLA)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Academic work is divided between courses, guest lectures, and supervised research. All students take: 

Parliament & Politics (3 credits) This course examines the context, procedures and politics of British parliamentary democracy.  Assessment for this course is through a 1,500 essay and a three-hour examination.

Politics & Public Policy (3 credits) This course analyses current policy issues, including the economy, civil liberties and foreign policy.  Assessment for this course is through a 1,500 essay and a three-hour examination.

Research Project (3 credits) All students complete an individual research project. The paper is an opportunity for students to develop their own ideas on a topic which interests them and must be 8,000 – 10,000 words in length.

Internship Successful completion of the internship is worth three credits at Purdue.

All participants are registered as associate students at the London School of Economics. The LSE is one of the world’s most prestigious universities and is internationally renowned for its teaching and research in the social and political sciences. Students will receive a membership to the LSE Library; an LSE email account and use of IT facilities; access to student shops, bars, public lectures, and social events; and membership to the Student Union.


Every semester – at no extra cost – the Handsard Society organizes a program of study visits, day-trips, and theatre experiences for all participants. In the past, these have included:

  • Four-day political study visit to Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Day-trip to the historic city of Oxford and lectures in the world famous Oxford University
  • Theatre trips to some of the top shows playing in London’s famous West End


The Hansard Society provides accommodations in shared apartments in central London for all participants. They include kitchen facilities, furniture, and bedlinen. All apartments are cleaned regularly and are located close to shopping and entertainment facilities in central London.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The current program fee is £11,000. These estimates below are useful for planning purposes, but are subject to change due to currency exchange rate fluctuation and inflation. Students should regard these figures as approximate amount.

The Program Fee includes: tuition; access to LSE student services, IT facilities, events, public lectures, restaurants and bars; calendar of cultural and social events; membership of the British Library of Political and Economic Sciences; self-catering accommodation in central London; internship placement in Westminster or other prominent political organization; and all administration and student support services, including pastoral care and access to the LSE medical facilities.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2018

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$15,550.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,200.00
Local Transportation$500.00
Books and Supplies$200.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$2,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
Hansard Scholars Internship Programme
Houses of Parliament and Thames River

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


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For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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