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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Description:
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Criminal Justice in England and Scotland | Faculty-led Program

Criminal Justice practice varies between countries, and this variation is especially visible when comparing the systems in America and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom and America have commonalities in national origin. This is also true in criminal justice, but key differences have developed in all relevant criminal justice systems (Police, Corrections, & Courts). While American criminal justice is largely modeled on English criminal justice, the decentralized nature of American criminal justice has resulted in differences in practice that are relevant in the current climate of criminal justice reform. For example English police officers are unarmed, which changes use of force policies. Further, the English court system contains different practices in terms of due process, and the corrections system in the UK is more rehabilitation orientated as compared to the American system. These fundamental differences provide potential alternatives to current American criminal justice responses, and they challenge preconceived notions about criminal justice that are often present in criminal justice students. This program gives students the opportunity for experiential learning to contrast and compare the criminal justice system in the UK with American criminal justice in a dynamic and safe environment.

Winona State students now have the opportunity to spend 11 days in England and Scotland learning about criminal justice in the United Kingdom. First, we begin our trip in London where we will learn about courts, corrections, and policing with these (and other) activities:
- A guided tour of the City of London by a former police officer
- A trip to the courts to see actual criminal prosecutions
- A trip to Brixton prison to meet and visit with incarcerated offenders
- A “Jack the Ripper” tour that provides historical insight into UK criminal justice

The trip will then move to Edinburgh, Scotland where will complete the following activities:
- A trip to Edinburg Castle to examine a historical prison
- A trip to Police Scotland to speak with working police officers
- A trip to the Scottish criminal courts to watch actual criminal prosecutions
- A visit to a “CCTV” room to learn about technology in policing

The course will be three credit hours with an option for additional instruction to meet financial aid requirements. London and Edinburg are fantastic towns, and you can experience international criminal justice in a safe and secure setting with your fellow students.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in this program requires a valid passport through at least November 20, 2022. If you do not have a valid passport or your passport is set to expire before this date, please apply for a passport as soon as possible if you hope to participate in this program. 

May 8-19, 2022

  • London, England
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
SOC 480 (3 credits)

  • Undergraduate criminal justice and sociology students
  • Open to all students
Instructor’s Permission

  • Range between $4,800 - $5,700 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition and fees for the 3 credits, roundtrip airfare, transportation throughout the duration of the program, most meals, all lodging, admission & event fees for group educational activities, international health insurance for the duration of the program, and the Study Abroad administrative fee. 
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost.
Dr. Michael Klein (

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs or (507) 457-5019
143 Maxwell

  • February 1, 2022 at 4pm: Final application deadline. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis. Students may be interviewed by the faculty leader prior to acceptance for the program. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. Any application that remains incomplete will be withdrawn after this deadline. 
  • February 7, 2022: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Eligibility and Cancellation Policies document students must review and electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students may individually and independently purchase Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance when planning for this study abroad program. Study Abroad will not advise on CFAR policies, nor endorse a particular company/policy. The WSU Study Abroad Cancellation Policies will be enforced uniformly regardless of a student’s purchase of CFAR insurance.   
  • April 17, 2022: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer semester financial aid/private loans to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of April 17, 2022. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/16/2022 05/27/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.