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  • Locations: Willemstad, Curacao
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

Criminology 412 (Crime, Social Control, and the Legal System) in Curacao is an embedded class that will feature online instruction and a spring break residential experience in Curacao. The online instruction will involve lessons that compare American and other nations' uses of social control and legal mechanisms to respond to crime. The residential component will occur wholly in Curacao and will feature daily on-site meetings with law enforcement, court, and correctional personnel. Special attention will be given to how factors such as poverty, race, and its colonial history have affected crime control in Curacao.

Curacao is a Caribbean nation that belongs to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. As such, its justice system shares many of the features of the Dutch system, which itself is a descendant of the Napoleonic legal family. Because of its location, Curacao has historically played a key role in international smuggling of illicit goods. It also was significant in the slave trade that culminated in the 19th century. Curacao today presents an interesting case study for students interested in crime policy because it is a new world nation emerging from colonialism and employing European methods to combat crime. Examining its institutions will allow students to gain a new perspective on American policies and institutions.

While in Curacao, students will have ample time to explore and enjoy the beaches, Caribbean waters, and culture of Curacao.

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • No pre-requisites.
  • This course is open to students of all majors and from all campuses.
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of - information regarding housing not available at this time.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Howard Smith by emailing

How to Apply

 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must submit an application (no interview) similar to the one used for my CRIMJ 499 (faculty-led study abroad) course. 

Studying Abroad with a Disability

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.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2018 08/22/2017
Rolling Admission 03/02/2018 03/11/2018
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Howard Smith by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program

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