Duke in Glasgow

Fall Semester at the University of Glasgow

Study public policy in a global context

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The Sanford School of Public Policy and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO) are pleased to offer this program in coordination with the University of Glasgow.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's four ancient universities. The university is famous for its contributions to political economy and moral philosophy, making it a particularly good location for students to engage in public policy studies.

The city of Glasgow is an exciting locale, with a varied array of cultural activities and entertainment. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Glasgow grew to a population of over one million and was the fourth-largest city in Europe, after London, Paris, and Berlin. Today, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest in the United Kingdom. In 1990, Glasgow was named the "Cultural Capital of Europe" by the European Community.

Students from all majors are welcome to apply. 


Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Term: Fall Only

Dates: TBA for fall 2018

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

Academic Theme(s): Public Policy

Credit Type: Hybrid Credit Structure

Eligibility: Public Policy Studies majors must complete PUBPOL 155 and two PUBPOL core courses in order to participate in this program. (These requirements are waived for non-PUBPOL majors.) A GPA of 3.0 or above is required. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

Language of Instruction: English

Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy

Housing: University shared flats

GEO Advisor: Carolyn Covalt

  • Glenfinnan viaduct/railway, a famous filming location in Harry Potter movies

  • Meeting with Scottish Parliament

  • Duke in Glasgow

  • Glasgow campus building

  • Duke in Glasgow

  • Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

  • Highland Coo

  • Inveraray Castle

  • Isle of Skye

  • Excursion to London


While at Glasgow, students on the program take a specifically-designed course on British policy and politics (PUBPOL 450AS) and three additional elective courses from the University of Glasgow's regular offerings.

Core Course

PUBPOL 450AS Glasgow Seminar in Public Policy
(CCI, R, SS). One Duke Credit.

Analysis of the British political system and important public policy problems in Britain including privitization, Britain and the European Community, and economic and social policy.

The PUBPOL 450AS course can be used to meet the PPS 200-level requirement. Please note that this course begins in mid-September, approximately three weeks before the normal semester in Glasgow begins.

Three Electives

Students choose three additional courses from the University of Glasgow's regular offerings. These courses do not need to be public policy-related; students have the option of taking any courses that are open to them in the university.

In order to earn transfer credit for the elective courses, students must earn the equivalent grade of a C- or above. For a list of approved courses taken by students at Glasgow in the past, see the GEO Approved Course Database. In addition to these courses, students may seek approval for other courses at Glasgow. More information about transfer credit can be found in the Academics section.

For additional assistance in selecting courses, students should contact Meghann Lail in PPS.



Housing is included in the program fee. Students are housed in University of Glasgow shared flats, which are arranged through the program.

All rooms have Internet access, laundry facilities on the premises, and a shared kitchen. Rooms are typically furnished with a bed, duvet, pillow and bed linens, desk, desk lamp, chairs, wardrobe, storage shelves, book shelf, and bulletin/white board.

Within each flat, there is a shared kitchen which is usually equipped with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, kettle, toaster, dining table and chairs, and shelves. Students need to provide their own dishes, cutlery, cooking utensils, and towels.


The program does not include a meal plan. Instead, students are provided with a stipend, which may be used towards meals or other expenses. This system is designed to offer students flexibility in choosing meal options that best fit their dietary needs and preferences.


The program begins with a visit to London, featuring meetings with members of Parliament and visits to key cultural and political institutions. Additionally, students typically travel to other sites of political and historical interest in Scotland.


Fall 2017

Estimates are based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $25,860 $25,860
Program Fee $1,400 $1,400
Transcript Fee N/A $40.00
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $33,590 $33,630

Included in Program Fee

  • Tuition
  • Accommodations
  • University of Glasgow and London orientation program
  • Program-sponsored activities and excursions
  • Stipend to be used towards meals and/or other costs
  • Access to educational facilities at host university
  • International SOS coverage

Not Included in Program Fee

  • Airfare to and from Glasgow
  • Airport transportation to/from program site
  • Local transportation (bus, subway, etc.)
  • Meals (food and beverages are not included except in the case of program-sponsored excursions)
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • On-site accident and health insurance policy
  • Visa and/or residency permit
  • Passport
  • Immunizations
  • Mobile phone
  • Laundry
  • Independent travel and entertainment
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Incidentals
  • Textbooks and class materials
  • Internet usage

Personal Spending

Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. 

Cost-of-living comparison

Payment Due Dates

Step 1: Within 3 weeks of acceptance to the program, confirm your enrollment by submitting the non-refundable $1,000 deposit ($1,040 for non-Duke students). Deposits are payable by check or Student Account E-Check. If you receive Duke financial aid, submit the Deposit Waiver Form in lieu of the deposit. Log in to MyGlobalEd for remittance instructions or waiver form.

NOTE: If you withdraw after committing to the program, your deposit will be retained or $1,000 will be charged to your Bursar account. 

Step 2: Complete all post-acceptance items listed on your MyGlobalEd application, including the Participation Agreement, Pre-Departure Orientation, International Travel Registry, and any program-specific forms. 

Step 3: Semester invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. All financial arrangements involving Duke University must be completed prior to departure for the program.

Duke Bursar's Office

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for this program (work-study funds must be converted to loans). Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and the Bursar. Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information. 


Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.

  • Arrival: 2 September, 2017*
  • Departure: 16 December, 2017

*Fall 2018 dates TBA


You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyGlobalEd to update your travel registry.

Housing Before/After

You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.


For more information about the program, please contact any of the following within the Sanford School of Public Policy:

Meghann Lail

Public Policy Studies Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Kenneth Rogerson

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy

You should also feel free to contact the following in the Global Education Office for Undergraduates:

Carolyn Covalt

GEO Program Coordinator / Advisor


Deadline: March 1, 2018

This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered.

Priority: Priority will be given to to applicants who apply early and meet the prerequisites.

Minimum GPA: The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for this program is 3.0.

Non-Duke students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation or preference, gender or age.


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Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

Submit the following items using MyGlobalEd

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted.
  3. Personal statement
  4. 2 letters of recommendation