LONDON: Hansard Scholars Program

London, England

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - Early September - Mid December
  • Spring Semester - Mid January - Late April
  • Summer 1 Semester - Late May to Late July

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - March 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

The Hansard 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. The internship includes a variety of administrative and research tasks. Students work at least three days a week assisting in the daily operations of the office and conducting research in conjunction with a term paper. The internship allows students to observe the inner workings of Parliament and immerse themselves in British politics. The program also includes several academic field trips. Previously students have traveled to Cardiff, Wales, and to Cambridge and Bath in England.

Courses

  • Students will take the following 4 courses, earning 16 NU credits:
  1. Parliament and Politics
  2. Politics and Public Policy
  3. Research Project (Directed Study)
  4. 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.

During the summer students enroll in the internship plus one content course (politics and public policy) and will earn 8 NU credits.

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Host University

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 Scholars Program is affiliated with the London School of Economics.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Hansard Application Online form

      Please submit the following directly to OISP (and upload to the Hansard Online Application):

    • Resume
    • Writing sample
    • Short personal statement outlining reasons for applying
    • Official transcript
    • High School transcript
    • 2 letters of recommendation (1 from an employer and 1 from an academic instructor)
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Cost

Fall 2014 or Spring 2015: $21,367

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). 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.

UK, London: Hansard Scholars Program Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

Summer 1 2014: $10,295

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,195), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). 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.

Accommodations

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

Destination

The Hansard 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. You will find yourself 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.