Study Abroad Trips Planned to Italy, China, UK in 2012

Aerial picture of the Vatican

The College of Criminal Justice is offering a world full of opportunities for students to study criminal justice in other countries through Study Abroad programs in 2012.

Over the summer, College faculty will lead trips to Italy, China, and Scotland/England to provide a firsthand look at the current and historical operations of law enforcement and corrections in these countries. In addition to interacting with criminal justice professionals, students have the opportunity to see some of the top tourist attractions during their trips. Students who participate in Study Abroad programs also earn three credits toward their degrees.

“Come for the credits and stay for the education,” said Amanda Burris, Administrative Assistant for International/Study Abroad Programs. “You will not want to miss these fantastic trips. You can take in the beauty and history of each country during this once in a lifetime experience.”

The trip to Italy with Dr. Will Oliver will be held from May 14-26. Travel will include Rome, the Vatican, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, and a day trip to Venice, with visits to the crime museum in Rome, the Coliseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and St. Mark’s Square in Venice. The cost of the trip is $2,250 and includes airfare, in-country travel, lodging, museum entry and most meals.

The trip of China led by Dr. Ling Ren also will be held from May 14-26. This trip will provide CJ students with an overview of China’s law enforcement system and will explore historical and contemporary policing issues by exchanges with police cadets, interaction with police professionals, and visits to major and local police departments. In addition, this course will introduce the students to Chinese culture, customs, and cuisine.

Some of the cultural and historic sites to be visited are Hangzhou: West Lake, Linyin Temple, Leifeng Pagoda, and the National Tea Museum; Shanghai: Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Bund (Wai Tan), Nang Jing Road, Jade, Buddha Temple, Yu Garden, Huangpu River Cruise, and the Museum of Contemporary Art; Putuo Mountain; and Xitang Ancient Town. The cost is $1,500 and includes visa application fees, lodging, in-country transportation, museum entries, and most meals.

The Scotland/England Study Abroad Program, with dates to be announced, will be lead by Dr. Mitchel Roth. Travel will include tours/visits to prisons such as Wandsworth and Pentonville (oldest working British prison); museums; Tower of London; Parliament; and Old Bailey.

While in the UK, students will visit Bramshill Police College and also interact with police officials, probation officers, and other criminal justice professionals. There will be opportunities to take the Jack the Ripper night-time walking tour, take a Thames River boat tour to Greenwhich, see Salisbury (Magna Carta), Stonehenge, Cambridge, Canterbury, Bath, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and many other memorable places. The cost of the trip is $2,450 and includes in-country travel, lodging, entry fees and some meals.

Tuition and airfare are not included in these courses. Scholarships are available through the Office of International Programs at http://www.shsu.edu/~int_www/scholarships/.

To reserve a seat in a CJ Study Abroad Program, complete an application at http://www.cjcenter.org/resources/forms.html#abroad and submit a non-refundable $100 deposit by April 1, 2012.

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