Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Veenhuizen, Netherlands
- Program Terms: Summer
- Budget Sheets: Summer
This program is designed to introduce students to concepts of crime and punishment in the Netherlands and to provide an opportunity for direct exposure to a system very different from our own. The students will observe Dutch ideology and practice in the design, rationale, and implementation of criminal justice. The Dutch society has a long-standing tradition of tolerance, diversity, and consensus-based politics. This translates into a specific approach toward crime and justice issues that is known around the world. Examples of this approach can be seen in various fields, such as the legalization of prostitution, the legalization of soft drugs, the medical instead of criminal justice approach toward hard drugs, and the way in which issues like juvenile crime, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage are dealt with.
More specifically, the program will deal with Dutch criminal law and the functioning of the Dutch criminal justice system (police, courts, prisons, etc.). Many of these issues will be covered from a comparative perspective. Comparisons will refer to the United States but also to other European countries.
The lecturers in this program will come from different backgrounds and will include academics, policy makers, and professionals in the field. Students will attend class and participate in field trips during the week and will have free time to travel on weekends. In recent years, trips have included visits to the Anne Frank House, the International Criminal Court, Dutch Parliament, the Red Light District, Rotterdam Harbor, police stations, prisons, domestic courts, and coffeeshops.
Experience a first-hand view of what it's like to study on Amsterdam, Netherlands: Dutch Criminal Justice. Created in cooperation with the 2013 participants, the YouTube clip titled, "Deep Down Under", delves deep into the nitty-gritty topics students study in Amsterdam.
All students are required to take six credits.Students receive credit for all academic courses taken on this program, and all grades from abroad will count toward their Penn State cumulative GPA. Students may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.To learn how the courses on this program can work into their individual degree audit, students should meet with their academic adviser.
Howie Smith is the faculty leader for the program.
Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program leader.
Students will be lodged, double occupancy, in a hostel in Amsterdam. The cost of lodging is included in the program fee. Meals are not provided.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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