Criminal Justice

The systems of checks and balances that keep societies in order are different around the world and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. By learning about these other systems, you can learn to critically think about justice systems with your fresh perspective by comparing and contrasting them.

South Korea

South Korea

Imagine learning about Civil Law in Japan, where the hierarchy of relationship status is embedded into the language itself with multiple levels of acknowledging people (one would address a friend differently from a father, a boss, etc.). At the University of Oslo in Norway, classes take a humanitarian approach and offer topics like “Comparative Justice,” “Torture, Terror and Rights,” and “Human Rights in Practice.” Beyond coursework, internship opportunities exist in placements such as a political think tank in Costa Rica (ELAP), Women’s Right’s Association in Morocco (ELAP) or NGOs for labor laws and Human Rights in Peru (ELAP)—just to name a few. 

The ability to consider differing perspectives acquired abroad can set you apart in graduate school and future career applications. Your experience will also be monumental in cultivating your own sense of self and community on a local and global scale.

Academic Advice

  • Students may take courses that satisfy some requirements in their Criminal Justice major or the general education program. Be sure to begin planning at least six months in advance.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!
  • Students do not need to speak a foreign language in order to study in a country where English is not the official language. Take advantage of your newly honed language skills and seize the opportunity to do an internship at a company or cultural organization at the end of your time abroad.
  • Courses should explore issues in crime and justice, policies of crime prevention, as well as issues in policing and criminal law.

Restrictions

  • No specific restrictions have been identified by the College of Community & Public Service (CCPS).
  • Criminal Justice students must be aware that they are NOT able to complete more than 6 credit hours for CJ 380 toward their major, which is a common evaluation for study abroad courses.
  • Courses will be reviewed on a case by case basis through the course equivalency process.
  • Students should be working with their CCPS advisor to plan and make appropriate course selections for study abroad.

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and non-GVSU options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill general education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the program options listed below. 
Explore other non-GVSU options by using the search engines listed below.

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

     Term Available

Faculty-Led

Japan

Criminal Justice

Summer

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

Semester or non-traditional academic year

Partnership

Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

Semester or non-traditional academic year

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

Academic year or summer

Partnership

Japan

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Semester, academic year or summer

Partnership

Norway

University of Oslo

Semester, academic year or summer

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

Semester, academic year or summer

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

 

      Term Available

Affiliate

United Kingdom

Edge Hill University

Semester or academic year

Direct Enrollment

New Zealand

University of Otago

Semester, academic year or summer

Non-GVSU

India

KEI: Symbiosis International University

Semester, academic year or summer

Non-GVSU

Poland

SRAS: Security & Safety

Semester, academic year or summer

Non-GVSU

Ireland

IES: Trinity College Dublin

Semester or academic year

Non-GVSU

Italy

CIS: Florence University of the Arts

Semester

Non-GVSU

Italy

IES: Siena - Presence of the Past

Semester or academic year

Non-GVSU

Scotland

USAC: University of Stirling

Semester or summer

Non-GVSU

Sweden

The Swedish Program

Semester or academic year

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

IES: University College London

Semester or academic year

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

CIS: University of Westminster

Semester

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

      Term Available

GVSU

Multiple Destinations

EUSA Internships

Summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

World Endeavors Internships

Semester or summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

API Internships

Semester or summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CISabroad Internships

Semester or summer

Non-GVSU

China

CRCC Asia Internships

Semester or summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Internships

Semester or summer

Explore Other Program Options

Not finding a program on this list that meets your needs? Explore other options.

IMPORTANT: You can also complete your General Education requirements abroad. 

Browse More Programs

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

CCPS Advising Center
321C Richard M. DeVos Center
(616) 331-6890
ccpsadvisor@gvsu.edu



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