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.

Criminal Justice Study Abroad Programs

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.). 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.
  • 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.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

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 external 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 external options by using the search engines listed below.

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Non-Academic Year

Faculty-Led

Japan

JCMU: Criminal Justice

   

 

Affiliate

United Kingdom

Edge Hill University

   

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

   

Partnership

Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

   

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

 

External Programs

Program Type

Country

 

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

External

India

KEI: Symbiosis International University

 

External

Netherlands

IES: Amsterdam - Law and Criminology

   

Direct Enrollment

New Zealand

University of Otago

External

Scotland

USAC: University of Stirling

 

Direct Enrollment

United Kingdom

University of Westminster

External

United Kingdom

CIS: University of Westminster

   

*Before browsing through the internships listed below ALL students should click this link to get an overview of the process!

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Varies

Varies

Internships Abroad

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. 

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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