Hansard Scholars Programme
The Hansard Scholars Programme is a study abroad internship programme that takes place at the heart of the British political establishment in one of the world's greatest capital cities. For over 25 years the Programme has been unique among study abroad political internship programmes because it is organised and administered by the Hansard Society, the UK's leading political research and education think tank.
Through the Society's exceptional network of contacts in and around Westminster, the Hansard Scholars Programme provides scholars with an unrivalled opportunity to undertake pre-professional work experience with key figures in British politics while taking political science courses taught in association with the world-renowned London School of Economics. Programme alumni have gone on to pursue successful careers in politics and government, the law, academia, business and civil society
Applicants should have a genuine interest in politics and the ability and discipline to work in a highly charged political environment. The Programme assumes no previous knowledge of British politics nor do applicants need to have any experience of political internships. Scholars are often involved in work of a confidential or sensitive nature so maturity and personal integrity, as well as commitment and enthusiasm are essential.
- Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session
Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program. Students must have a 3.0 GPA for The Hansard Scholars Programme.
Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.
Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester
Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application
Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to The Hansard Scholars Programme by their published deadline. Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.
Spring 2017 - January 14 through April 22
Fall 2017 - September 2 through December 9
Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.
Parliament & Politics
This course complements the practical experience of British politics gained in the internship by exploring topical trends and debates in the UK's political arena.
Its aim is to establish a firm bedrock of understanding about the mechanics and institutions of British democracy. These will serve as launching-points for more fundamental discussions about the nature of politics, our expectations of representatives, and the challenges facing a democracy that is in the midst of profound cultural and political change.
Assessment is based on 2,000 word essay and a written (essay-format) examination.
Politics & Public Policy
This course analyses current policy issues and seeks to explore how political mechanisms work (particularly but by no means exclusively) in the UK. It examines how political institutions and choices shape policy processes. The course is highly topical and specific policy areas covered each term reflect the national debate. Assessment is based on two policy drafts and a written (essay format) final exam.
The internship is a major part of the programme, individually tailored to the interests of each scholar. Jump to the internship section to find out more about our unique opportunities.
A challenging but highly rewarding feature of the semester programmes is the 7,000 word dissertation. Scholars choose a topic relevant to their study in London and are assigned a course tutor who acts as their supervisor, guiding and supporting them through the project. This is a unique opportunity for scholars to explore their ideas in a much more developed and extensive way and produce a piece of work that has lasting value.
Study visits & guest lectures
Study visits to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff give spring and autumn scholars a unique opportunity to examine nationalism and devolution from two very different perspectives.
A guest lecture series with leading politicians, media figures and academics, exploring emerging issues in British politics is also included.
The London School of Economics
Scholars are enrolled as associate students at the LSE, granting them full access access to the world's largest library dedicated to the social sciences. The courses are administered by the Hansard Society and designed to complement the internships. External examination is provided by a senior member of the LSE's Government faculty.*
* The courses are not regular LSE courses and the programme should not be confused with the LSE’s own parliamentary programme.
Parliament and Politics - 3 Goucher credits
Politics and Public Policy - 3 Goucher credits
Dissertation - 3 Goucher credits
Internship - 6 Goucher credits
Goucher will transfer grades and credits as reported on the Hansard Scholars Programme Transcript. Grades will be recorded on the Goucher transcript and will factor into the GPA.
Grades count toward a Goucher GPA
Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits
All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.
Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad
Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program. Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program. You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program. There is an addition $2,000 program fee to cover housing to be billed by Goucher.
Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program. In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.
To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:
A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees. Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.
The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.
If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.
Student housing - Conway Hall
No - your student housing will provide facilities to prepare your own meals at your own expense.
Central London, UK
Living in London
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad. Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.
Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S. Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports
U S Embassy in London
A Tier 4 visa is required for the Hansard Scholars Programme because of the internship. The Hansard Scholars Programme will provide all of the details and instructions for the application. Please bear in mind to allow plenty of time for this procedure so as soon as you receive the information to apply, do so immediately. Have your valid passport ready as you cannot begin without it.
You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad. Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance:
Study Abroad Insurance
All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.
Students with Disabilities
Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad. OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have. However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests. More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website.
Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.
On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.
Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.