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The United States is commonly referred to as a “melting pot.” Our society is comprised of people from a multiplicity of cultural backgrounds. As a result, most justice professionals will work with community members who hail from many different backgrounds. Studying abroad gives criminology and criminal justice students exposure to cultural perspectives that cannot be learned from reading textbooks and articles. Moreover,
The criminal justice system is not only tied to the laws of a particular state or country, but rather is rooted in the history and traditions of different justice systems from around the world. Studying abroad helps students understand this history.
Studying abroad also teaches criminology and criminal justice students about how the evolution of law and justice abroad might offer potential solutions to vexing social problems at home.
Gaining exposure to international approaches to law and justice will both enhance your résumé and help to set you apart from other students who may be applying for similar jobs in the justice system.
“Participating in a study abroad program broadens students’ horizons by exposing them to a culture other than their own. It can be a life-changing experience, and I encourage all students to explore the possibility.”
“As someone who benefited greatly from my own study abroad experiences, I can personally attest to how international learning experiences sets a student apart from the competition. Employers and graduate/professional schools are always interested in students who take on out-of-the-ordinary opportunities for expanding both their knowledge base and their cultural competency. Study abroad gives students the opportunity to do both at the same time.”
With advance planning, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU.
|Year||Term||Recommended Student Action|
|Year 1||Spring||Identify a summer study abroad program offering coursework that meets general education requirements or those in criminal justice system systems--i.e., policing, courts and corrections.|
|Summer||Complete a summer study abroad program|
Spring of the second year is an optimal semester to study abroad
|Fall||Identify a spring/summer study abroad program focused on criminology/criminal justice, or that allows you to complete courses in ASU General Studies program, the CCJ related-area requirement (in social sciences), within the CCJ major or general electives.|
|Spring||Complete a spring semester, spring break, or post-spring study abroad program|
|Summer||Complete a summer study abroad program|
Either semester in the third year is an optimal year to study abroad
|Fall - Spring||Enroll in study abroad program focused on criminology/criminal justice, or that allows you to complete courses the CCJ related-area requirement (in social sciences), within the CCJ major--especially the equivalents of CRJ 302 (Research Methods), CRJ 303 (Statistical Analysis), and CRJ 308 (Advanced Criminological Theory), or general electives. Alternatively, do an internship abroad for up to 12 credits in CRJ 494.|
|Summer||Option 4: Complete a summer study abroad program|
||Enroll in study abroad program focused on criminology/criminal justice, or that allows you to complete 400-level electives courses within the CCJ major, related-area requirements (in social sciences), or general electives. Alternatively, do an internship abroad for up to 12 credits in CRJ 494.|
Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.
Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Study Abroad Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.
Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.
Call (602) 496-2356 to schedule an appointment by phone.
Visit an advisor during walk-in hours in UCENT Suite 602.
What are my remaining degree requirements?
How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?
How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?
What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will study abroad impact my progress?
Which of my remaining degree requirements could I compete abroad? Are there any that I cannot take abroad?
Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?
Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?
Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own! They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.
No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.
Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.
Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.
You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.
Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:
Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.
We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:
How do loans work for study abroad? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I study abroad?
Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?
Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!
Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.
There is no “wrong” place to study criminology and criminal justice. Indeed, it is possible to study these disciplines in many countries around the world. Some locations, such as the United Kingdom, offer the opportunity to learn about the historical traditions that have shaped the law and justice systems of the United States and Canada. Other locations offer specialized learning opportunities, such learning about counter-terrorism in Israel and studying organized crime in Italy. And some countries offer the chance to gain insights that are rather unique to a particular location, such as studying international law at the Hague in the Netherlands; transitional justice and human rights in South Africa or Rwanda; or a religious-based law and justice system in select Middle Eastern countries.
Although Criminology and Criminal Justice majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice recommends the following programs.