Hansard Society Scholars in association with the London School of Economics and Political Science, not to be confused with the LSE's own parliamentary programme.

The Hansard Society Scholars Program combines political science course work with a for-credit internship at the House of Commons, House of Lords, or a public policy research institute.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2017
  • Deadline: April 1, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: The passport photo ID will be requested from the host after acceptance to the program. A scanned copy of the passport photo ID can be sent to the GEO coordinator via email.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: Please review the Admissions Policy and Process before beginning the host university application.
  • Passport Photo ID: The passport photo ID will be requested from the host after acceptance to the program. A scanned copy of the passport photo ID can be sent to the GEO coordinator via email.
  • Official Transcript: For the application only a scanned copy is required. N.B. a hard copy should also be posted to the following address after admission to the program: Hansard Scholars Programme Hansard Society 5th Floor, 9 King Street London EC2V 8EA United Kingdom
  • High School Transcript: This will be requested after acceptance to the program. Official documentation of your high-school enrollment. This should be in the form of a scanned copy of your high-school transcript or an official letter verifying during which you were enrolled at your high-school, including the full address of your high-school.
  • Personal Statement: Outlining your reasons for applying (approx. 250 – 500 words)
  • Writing Sample: Sample of written academic work (approx. 2,000 words)
  • CV/Resume
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation: You must arrange for your two referees to upload your recommendations to the online portal. At least one should be an academic reference.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Academic work on the Programme is divided between courses, guest lectures and supervised research. Autumn and Spring semester modules inlcude ‘Parliament & Politics’, examining the context, procedures and politics of British parliamentary democracy, and ‘Politics & Public Policy’, analysing current policy issues, including the economy, civil liberties and foreign policy. Autumn and Spring Scholars also pursue an individual research project and produce a dissertation paper of 7,000 words in length.

  • Parliament & Politics : This course examines the context, procedures and politics of British parliamentary democracy. Learning outcomes: Knowledge of British political institutions and the evolution of the British constitution An insight into Parliamentary practice and procedure An awareness of the interaction between Parliament and other institutions and bodies Familiarity with political science approaches to the study of British politics An appreciation of current debates and controversies in British politics Assessed through a 1,500 word essay and a two-hour examination.
  • Politics & Public Policy : This course analyses current policy issues, including the economy, civil liberties and foreign policy. Learning outcomes: A broad understanding of politics and policy in the United Kingdom the ability to apply theoretical frameworks to contemporary political debates An introduction to the history and institutions of the European Union An insight into the comparisons and contrasts between institutions and policy issues in the UK, Europe and the US Assessed through two 750-1000 word Policy Briefs and a two-hour examination.
  • Research Project/Dissertation : Scholars also pursue an individual research project. The paper is an opportunity for Scholars to develop their own ideas on a topic which interests them and must be 7,000 words in length.
  • Internship : Parliamentary Internship Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad.
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 16 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than four courses (or 16 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

     

    This cost also covers the programme fee for Hansard, which includes associate student registration at the LSE (which includes full library access), full calendar of political, cultural and social events including travel to and from and accommodation in Edinburgh and Cardiff for Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly study visits, as well as all administrative and student support services.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2017
  • Deadline: October 23, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: The passport photo ID will be requested from the host after acceptance to the program. A scanned copy of the passport photo ID can be sent to the GEO coordinator via email.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: Please review the Admissions Policy and Process before beginning the host university application.
  • Passport Photo ID: The passport photo ID will be requested from the host after acceptance to the program. A scanned copy of the passport photo ID can be sent to the GEO coordinator via email.
  • Official Transcript: For the application only a scanned copy is required. N.B. a hard copy should also be posted to the following address after admission to the program: Hansard Scholars Programme Hansard Society 5th Floor, 9 King Street London EC2V 8EA United Kingdom
  • High School Transcript: This will be requested after acceptance to the program. Official documentation of your high-school enrollment. This should be in the form of a scanned copy of your high-school transcript or an official letter verifying during which you were enrolled at your high-school, including the full address of your high-school.*
  • Personal Statement: Outlining your reasons for applying (approx. 250 – 500 words)
  • Writing Sample: Sample of written academic work (approx. 2,000 words)
  • CV/Resume
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation: You must arrange for your two referees to upload your recommendations to the online portal. At least one should be an academic reference.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (Hansard: Northeastern)
  • Hansard has a set curriculum; Parliament & Politics, Politics & Public Policy, and Research Project/Dissertation each come in as 3 Northeastern credits. The Internship comes in as 6 Northeastern credits.
  • If students take the four courses in the set curriculum at Hansard for 15 credits abroad, they will receive 15 Northeastern credits
  • Course evaluations will not be impacted by the credit conversion change 

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Academic work on the Programme is divided between courses, guest lectures and supervised research. Autumn and Spring semester modules inlcude ‘Parliament & Politics’, examining the context, procedures and politics of British parliamentary democracy, and ‘Politics & Public Policy’, analysing current policy issues, including the economy, civil liberties and foreign policy. Autumn and Spring Scholars also pursue an individual research project and produce a dissertation paper of 7,000 words in length.

  • Parliament & Politics : This course examines the context, procedures and politics of British parliamentary democracy. Learning outcomes: Knowledge of British political institutions and the evolution of the British constitution An insight into Parliamentary practice and procedure An awareness of the interaction between Parliament and other institutions and bodies Familiarity with political science approaches to the study of British politics An appreciation of current debates and controversies in British politics Assessed through a 1,500 word essay and a two-hour examination.
  • Politics & Public Policy : This course analyses current policy issues, including the economy, civil liberties and foreign policy. Learning outcomes: A broad understanding of politics and policy in the United Kingdom the ability to apply theoretical frameworks to contemporary political debates An introduction to the history and institutions of the European Union An insight into the comparisons and contrasts between institutions and policy issues in the UK, Europe and the US Assessed through two 750-1000 word Policy Briefs and a two-hour examination.
  • Research Project/Dissertation : Scholars also pursue an individual research project. The paper is an opportunity for Scholars to develop their own ideas on a topic which interests them and must be 7,000 words in length.
  • Internship : Parliamentary Internship Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad.
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2017
  • Deadline: March 1, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: The passport photo ID will be requested from the host after acceptance to the program. A scanned copy of the passport photo ID can be sent to the GEO coordinator via email.
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation: You must arrange for your two referees to upload your recommendations to the online portal. At least one should be an academic reference.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: Please review the Admissions Policy and Process before beginning the host university application.
  • Passport Photo ID: The passport photo ID will be requested from the host after acceptance to the program. A scanned copy of the passport photo ID can be sent to the GEO coordinator via email.
  • Official Transcript: Only an electronic copy of the transcript is required for the application. N.B. a hard copy should also be posted to the following address after admission to the program: Hansard Scholars Programme Hansard Society 5th Floor, 9 King Street London EC2V 8EA United Kingdom
  • High School Transcript: This will be requested after acceptance to the program. Official documentation of your high-school enrollment. This should be in the form of a scanned copy of your high-school transcript or an official letter verifying during which you were enrolled at your high-school, including the full address of your high-school.*
  • Personal Statement: Outlining your reasons for applying (approx. 250 – 500 words)
  • Writing Sample: Sample of written academic work (approx. 2,000 words)
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Summer Scholars take one two part course. Part I examines Parliamentary procedure and current themes in British politics. Part II provides the cross-cultural and professional context for the internship and helps Scholars to devise and develop strategies for using their internship experience and acquired skills for career and resume-building. During the summer students enroll in the internship plus one content course (politics and public policy) and will earn 8 NU credits.

  • Inside Westminster: Politics, Policy & Participation : This is a two part course. Part I examines the context, procedures and current issues in  British politics, providing an overview of the British politicsl system and allowing engagement with current themes and issues. Classes are of a participatory nature. Assessment is based on one essay and a three hour written examination at the end of the course. Part II provides the cross-cultural and professional context for the internship and helps Scholars devise and develop strategies for using their internship experience and acquired skills for career and resume-building.  The Part II workshops relate directly to the internship and help to encourage critical analysis and reflection.  Assessment is based on an essay, three 3-500 word blog posts on different themes relating to the internship and contemporary issues in British politics and a self-evaluation document on the internship.
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $11,680
  • TTuition covers 8 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 8 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than two courses (or 8 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

The Hansard Society Scholars Program is located in the heart of London, a city which is both quaint and cosmopolitan, modern and traditional. It has a population of about 8 million people. Students will find themselves attending affordable productions of theater, art, and music as well as engaging in conversations and tales with British students in local pubs. Just to the north and west of the City, ideal for day trips, are Cambridge, Oxford, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon (birthplace of William Shakespeare), and the mysterious Stonehenge.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • On-Campus: Students live in dedicated student residences with other Hansard students. Each flat contains a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room, bathroom/shower facilities, and linens. Students share twin bedrooms. Students will have access to the London School of Economics facilities which include e-mail, health services, sports facilities, and computer labs.

Host University or Organization

The Hansard Program was established to study the working of parliamentary democracy and to stimulate interest in its principles. The Program brings together people from industry, education, and public services; it sponsors major research in the field of parliamentary democracy; encourages civic education; and publishes the internationally renown ‘Parliamentary Affairs’ scholarly journal. The Hansard Society Scholars Program is affiliated with the London School of Economics.

Coordinators
Student Advisor