Criminal Justice in Scotland

Study abroad with Penn State — in Scotland!

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Criminal Justice in Scotland focuses on a body of scholarship addressing the critical issues, policies, and complexities of the criminal justice system in the United States and United Kingdom.

You will be introduced to both theoretical and practical aspects of criminal justice and society—with an emphasis on international difference—while immersing yourself in a different culture.

Attending lectures with experts from Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland, you will explore specific challenges facing the social and justice system—including substance abuse, law enforcement practices, minorities and justice, street crime, corrections for adults and juveniles, sentencing patterns, and ethics—while demonstrating the intra-relationships of the system.

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You will also survey the concept of justice and analyze the global impact of criminality as you study transnational crime and the challenges faced by the collaboration of nations on both a governmental and international level.

You will also investigate issues via websites and refereed journals, and participate in a unique variety of excursions—including visits to criminal justice agencies—in order to engage in class discussion, research, and writing assignments focusing on the critical evaluation and comparison of the criminal justice system in the U.S. and UK.

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March 2 - Wednesday: Departure / Travel Day

March 3 - Thursday: Arrival | Camera Obscura Museum & Edinburgh Castle

March 4 - Friday: Holyrood House & Scottish Parliament

March 5 - Saturday: Scavenger Hunt

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March 6 - Sunday: Group Highlands Tour | Transfer to Dundee

March 7 - Monday: Dundee| Class at University of Abertay

March 8 - Tuesday: Class at University of Abertay | Discovery Point

March 9 - Wednesday: Class at University of Abertay | Dunnottar Castle

March 10 - Thursday: Class at University of Abertay

March 11 - Friday: Class at University of Abertay | Return to Edinburgh

March 12 - Saturday: Return Home


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International program costs will be applied to your bursar account upon enrollment in the course, and are charged in addition to tuition paid.

Grants and scholarship monies may be retroactively available through Penn State. Underwriting for each program is provided by Penn State Abington to maximize opportunities for our students to study abroad.

Program costs include round-trip airfare, local ground transportation, all lodging, and some meals.

A valid passport is required for international travel. Non-U.S. citizens may require a visa in addition to their passport. Non-U.S. citizens should consult their embassy for information and may ask the Office of Global Programs for guidance.

About Embedded Courses

Traditionally, “study abroad” meant that students spent a semester in another country and attended classes at an accredited university. Short-term, faculty-led courses with an international travel component are viable alternatives as they offer solid academic international experiences at a reasonable cost with a reduced time commitment.

Students who are enrolled in a course within a faculty-led embedded course are taking an internationally focused class that includes a ten-day travel component. These study abroad programs are anchored on Penn State Abington’s campus with travel occurring over fall or spring break. Course material and lectures prepare students both academically and culturally for the short international excursion to the country of focus in the program.

Penn State Abington is committed to providing meaningful opportunities to study abroad. Exposure to other cultures is a vital step toward becoming a global citizen.

The goal of the courses with an international travel component is to embed the students into the life and culture of the university and the country they visit. Therefore, including international faculty and students at the host institution in academic and cultural activities is a highly regarded and critical component of all of Abington’s faculty-led programs.