Criminology & Criminal Justice

Why Should CCJ Students Study Abroad?

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.  

A Message from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

“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.”

 - Dr. Cassia Spohn, Foundation Professor and Director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

“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.”

- Dr. Hank FradellaProfessor and Associate Director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Planning Your Program

When to study abroad

When to study abroad

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
Year 2

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
Year 3

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
Year 4


Fall
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.

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the Study Abroad Office

  • 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.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

  • Call (602) 496-2356 to schedule an appointment by phone.

  • Visit an advisor during walk-in hours in UCENT Suite 602.

Key questions to ask

  • 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?

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

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.

  • Stop by the Study Abroad Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

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.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Study Abroad Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for upfront?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for study abroad?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

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.

Review Cost Sheet

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.

Research Funding

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:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;

  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;

  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.

Financial Aid

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?

Community-Based Funding

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!

Attend Financing Workshop

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.

Helpful Links

Recommended Programs

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.



Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Explore the British roots of the U.S. criminal justice system on this three-week program in London. The course will provide students with a comparative overview of English common law vs. U.S. constitutional law; the trial and appellate court systems in both countries; and the differences in the ways justice system actors (especially police, criminal lawyers, judges, and correctional personnel) are trained and work. In addition to academic visits, participants will also enjoy a sightseeing visit to Oxford.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Israel
Unique Features: On this 14-day program, students fly to Israel to learn intelligence gathering, national security and counter-terrorism strategies. With an emphasis on what works in Israel, students are tasked with considering what can and cannot be applied in the United States. This extensive on-site training gives students a glimpse into secure facilities and protected environments that Israel has developed over the years to deal with terror-related threats and risks. The experience includes intelligence briefings, lectures, and on-site tours.
Program Type: GIE
Available Terms: Post-Spring
Country: United States
Unique Features: Engage in a multi-faceted learning experience as you explore the context of gender in criminal justice from a cross-national perspective. Interact with agents of the American criminal justice system and explore opportunities for women to advance in positions within the American criminal justice system. Meet real professionals in the field, explore careers in a variety of criminal justice agencies and soak up the historic culture of Washington, D.C.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Take classes in a variety of subject areas, including Italian language courses at all levels. Elective courses are taught in English, with some offered in Italian for advanced speakers. Internships are available. Florence has preserved the essence of the Renaissance and gives the impression of living in an outdoor museum. The city is a cultural, historical, and academic hotspot in Italy. Florence is perfect for first-time travelers, art lovers and people who prefer a smaller city that's easy to navigate.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Experience an urban campus located in central London! Courses are taught at the University of Westminster by local university professors, and study abroad participants will take classes alongside British and other international students. During your stay, visit exciting cultural points of interest in and around London, as well as other parts of the UK, including royal palaces, museums, art galleries, theaters, orchestras, sporting events, and abundant parks and open spaces.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Australia
Unique Features: This rapidly growing, modern campus is located in Northern Gold Coast--famous for its surf beaches, national parks, waterways, and mountain ranges. The Gold Coast has over 570,000 residents and is a popular tourist destination for visitors worldwide. It has excellent shopping, food, and nearby national parks, which are some of Queensland's best. Defined by its spectacular beaches, hinterland ranges, forests, waterways and vibrant communities, the Gold Coast is an outstanding global city. Academic internships are available.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Costa Rica
Unique Features: Take courses in Spanish language at all levels, including Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals, and participate in the Bridging Cultures Program to help ease your transition into your study abroad experience. Spend one or two summer sessions in the vibrant and historic city of San Jose, and consider adding an optional Service Learning placement to gain more experience and work in the local community. Enjoy excursions to the Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, Playa Tamarindo, and more!
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Ireland
Unique Features: Study at Ireland’s leading university, and live in Cork City, whose identity is balanced between its charming historical heritage and modern cosmopolitan energy. Students can take an array of courses, including classes in the Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences module. When not in class, enjoy a state-of-the-art sports complex on campus and a growing artisanal culinary culture of cafes, restaurants, markets, and boutiques in the city center of Cork.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Mexico
Unique Features: Study at the leading private university in Latin America at Cuernavaca, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, or Queretaro. Choose from a large menu of Spanish language acquisition courses, regular university courses in Spanish with local students (advanced Spanish proficiency required), and regular university courses in English with local students. The Monterrey, Mexico City and Guadalajara campuses are the largest, see the highest numbers of international students enroll, and therefore offer the most variety of classes in English.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Australia
Unique Features: Located 45 minutes from Sydney Harbor, Macquarie University is one of Australia's top-ranked universities. It is in the top 2% of universities in the world, and coursework focused on the "Australia Experience" is offered to maximize your study abroad semester. Macquarie offers a unique study experience: world-class educational, recreational, and research facilities, a spacious parkland campus, and all the attractions of living in the cosmopolitan city of Sydney.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Australia
Unique Features: Located in Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, which is renowned for its restaurants, sports, trams, and a thriving nightlife, RMIT is a global university of technology and design. With over 83,000 students, RMIT has a large university feel with programs in a variety of fields. On weekends, students can learn to surf, see koalas and kangaroos, go hiking, or shop. In winter, snowboarding and skiing are also available.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: The University of Leicester consistently leads in overall student satisfaction and outstanding support services, ranking in the top 2% of universities in the world. Leicester is an excellent choice for ASU Criminology/Criminal Justice majors. Considered one of the least expensive places for students to live in the UK, it is just 100 miles from London. Leicester has the attractions of a major city, a city center close to campus, and is friendly and safe.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: The University of Manchester's degree programs are career-oriented and designed with input from industry and commerce to ensure students develop skills relevant to today's workplace. Manchester is the largest single-site university in the United Kingdom. The Greater Manchester area is home to 2.6 million residents and offers a rich and bustling atmosphere with social, sporting, and artistic venues. It is a lively, friendly city of more than 75,000 students from four different universities.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Australia
Unique Features: Known as Australia’s most international campus, University of New South Wales (UNSW) is located in Sydney, Australia. Students living in Sydney can experience the famous Sydney Harbour, distinct neighborhoods, fantastic beaches, and amazing museums; in fact, Sydney has repeatedly been voted as one of the most liveable cities in the world! Sydney is well-connected with an extensive public transportation system, and is a city vibe that is both active and outdoorsy while still maintaining a relaxed Aussie attitude.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Roehampton is London's only campus university located outside of the city center in a scenic parkland location among lakes and woodlands, near Wimbledon. It has a rich educational history, high quality teaching and research, and a strong focus on students. Class sizes are typically 30 students or less, and students have many opportunities to engage with faculty. Exchange students are integrated and attend class with British and other international students, offering a complete cultural immersion experience.