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Politics and International Relations (PIR): Study



I have enjoyed working here much more than my experience working on Capitol Hill in Washington. Whereas the congressmen and even staffers there were distant and reclusive, everybody here has been friendly and engaging. The MSPs and staff received me very warmly, and I had fun both in and out of the office.

Seth Korman (Intern for Colin Campbell MSP)

Enrolment into the programme is highly selective and will be restricted to twenty students per semester. Entry will be restricted to students who have completed at least two years of study at their home institution.

The applicants' standard of English has to be very high - full competency in writing and speaking English is an indispensable prerequisite to a successful placement with the Parliament, as placement students are often requested to answer the telephone, take notes and write letters, briefing papers, press releases, reports, etc.

The closing dates for applications are as follows:

  • 31st May 2018 for semester 1 (Sept to Dec)
  • 30th September 2018 for semester 2 (Jan to April)


Applicants should apply online via the Visiting Student Office.

Alternatively, applicants from the US may wish to apply through either Arcadia University (contact or through IFSA Butler (contact Laura Wallman).

If you have any queries about applying for the programme please contact the Visiting Student Office.


If you have a specific question and have been unable to find the answer on this website or in the frequently asked questions section, please contact Alli Coyle, Admin & Engagement Officer at