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: September 4, 2023 - December 16, 2023 

Application Deadline: Extended to March 15

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 Advising: Request an appointment

  • 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 policy and constitutional challenges, including economic and social policy and devolution.

The PUBPOL 450AS course can be used to meet the PPS 400-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 Annalisa Kristoffersen 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. Students are able to cook for themselves in their shared kitchens or may choose to dine out. This system is designed to offer students flexibility in choosing meal options that best fit their dietary needs and preferences.


Excursions on this program may include trips to the Isle of Skye, London Parliament, and other sites of political and historical interest in Scotland.


Fall 2023

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

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $31,725 $31,725
Program Fee $500 $500
Transcript Fee N/A $120.00
Other Costs* See Cost Sheet See Cost Sheet
TOTAL (Estimated) $44,255 $44,375

*A customizable program cost sheet that includes a breakdown of other costs is available on the program's MyExperientialEd brochure page

Costs FAQs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.

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 are not permitted.

Fall 2023 dates

  • Students arrive in Glasgow: Monday, September 4
  • Program Excursion: Tuesday, September 5 - Friday, September 8
  • Students move into housing: Friday, September 8
  • International orientation: TBD
  • Classes start: Monday, September 18
  • Students depart Glasgow: Anytime after December 16


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 MyExperientialEd 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.



Students with US passports will receive a visa stamp in their passport upon arrival. The program will provide you with a letter to present when you enter the country. If you are a non-US citizen, it is your responsibility to check what you need to enter the country. 


All participants must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.


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

Annalisa Kristoffersen

Global Policy Programs Manager

Kenneth Rogerson

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:

Kayla Soltis-Katella

GEO Assistant Director

Douglas Huey

GEO Staff Assistant for Programs


Deadline: Extended to March 15. This program has a set application deadline. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. 

Priority: Priority will be given to applicants who submit their applications by the application deadline 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.


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 MyExperientialEd

  1. Online application
  2. Transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
  3. Personal statement
  4. One academic recommendation