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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021


Alayne Prine

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

Hansard Society Scholars


Opportunity Description

This is the only program that offers both work experience in the Houses of Parliament in London and study visits to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff.

What is unique about this program?

The Hansard Society is the UK’s leading parliamentary think tank. Founded in 1944, it is an independent, non-partisan political research non-profit working in the UK and around the world to promote and strengthen parliaments.  The Speaker of the House of Commons and Lord Speaker of the House of Lords are the Society’s co-presidents and the Prime Minister and main party leaders are its Vice Presidents.

Our taught courses provide a rigorous introduction to British politics, parliamentary democracy and policy-making in the UK, from both a current and historical perspective.  On completing the program, scholars will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the major issues facing democratic institutions and decision-makers, and developed unique critical and comparative skills, preparing them for substantive research as they progress in their studies.

What is unique about London?

London is a top destination for people from all over the world who are attracted to its mix of exciting city life, unrivaled dramatic and literary culture and a history dating back to ancient Rome.  Scholars are housed in well-equipped centrally-located student accommodation, near to superb transport links and plentiful eating, shopping and cultural venues.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.