The Glasgow program is a unique and highly popular feature of the Public Policy major. The study-abroad program with the University of Glasgow was initiated in 1982 by Sanford's Founding Director, Professor Joel Fleishman.


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. 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.


Area Travel

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

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