Skip to Content
Education Abroad Home  |   Programs  |   Deadlines  |   Meet our Staff  |   GeoBlog  


Programs : Brochure
This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
*Amsterdam, Netherlands: Dutch Criminal Justice (Summer)
Amsterdam, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Hotel
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Criminal Justice
Type of Program:
Faculty Led
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Scott Runner
Internship Available:
No
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:
The Netherlands: Dutch Criminal Justice in Comparative Perspective_Bridge and water view in Amsterda

Program Overview


July 1, to July 24, 2015  Students must depart from the U.S on June 30, to arrive in Amsterdam on July 1, 2015.

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 gay marriage are dealt with. 

Amsterdam HousesThis four-week program, based in Amsterdam, will deal with issues of criminal justice from a Dutch perspective and will explore such issues as the history of this approach, its rationale, and the way it works out in daily practice. We will also take a look at recent changes, such as in the globalization of the economy and the threat of international terrorism, which changed the "crime landscape" in The Netherlands.

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. Trips in recent years have included visits to a World War II concentration camp, a police station, a prison, a rehab program for addicts, an international court, and the Red Light District in Amsterdam.

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.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.


Program Quicklinks     


Course Offerings
Pre-Requisites
Housing and Meals
Program Costs
Financial Aid & Scholarships
More Information
How to Apply
Other Useful Links


Education Abroad Credits


All students are required to take six credits.  With approval of the instructor, students may also opt to take an additional three credit independent study, which will be completed by the end of the summer semester. 
Sudents in front of Amsterdam sign

CRIMJ 499 European Criminal Justice (6 credits, required)

CRIMJ 496 Independent Study in Europe (3 credits, optional)

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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.


Pre-requisites


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program leader.

  • 2.5 Cumulative GPA.
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
  • Brief interview with Dr. Smith before acceptance into the program

Housing and Meals


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.


Program Costs


Netherland Tulips

Please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet for complete information regarding costs and penalties for cancellation. Costs vary by program, so it is important to view this information.  

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.  


Financial Aid & Scholarships



Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information


For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

For more information about this program, please contact Howie Smith  in the College of the Liberal Arts.  You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply


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:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2015


Other Useful Links


Getting Started
Schedule an Appointment
Academics
Cost & Funding
Health & Safety
Parents & Family
Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 02/01/2015
02/15/2015 07/01/2015 07/24/2015
NOTE: Students depart the U.S on June 30, to arrive in Amsterdam on July 1, 2015

Indicates that deadline has passed