The Sanford School of Public Policy study-abroad program with the University of Glasgow was initiated in 1982 by Founding Director and Professor of Public Policy Joel Fleishman.

The Glasgow program is a unique and highly popular feature of the Public Policy major.

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.

Offered each fall, 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.


Favorite Experience at Duke

I absolutely loved the Glasgow program—it is my favorite experience I’ve had at Duke. I chose to attend because of my interest in British politics and in old British literature.  I loved the university’s neighborhood—the school is surrounded by cafes, shops, and parks and is located in a really cool part of the city. I also enjoyed trips, to London and Edinburgh and Skye. I would recommend the program to anyone considering it! - Anthony Cardellini '21

Contact Our Global Policy Programs Coordinator


Annalisa Kristoffersen

Director, International Academic Programming

Annalisa Kristoffersen directs graduate-level intercultural programming and an array of international academic programs at the Sanford School of Public Policy, including the Duke Global Policy Program in Geneva, Duke in Glasgow, the MPP Hertie Exchange Program in Berlin, and the Magdelena Yesil Visiting Professorship for Armenian scholars. She also directs the Sanford Board Leadership Initiative.