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Crime and Justice in Britain

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer

Location:

London, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

Freshman: 2.50 GPA and good academic and disciplinary standing. All others: Good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Due:

Mid-February

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

What better way to gain insight into American criminal justice than to study its British roots? And, what better way to make this study 'come alive' than to visit important crime and justice sites in Great Britain? Crime and Justice in Britain is a three-week summer course, with the first week of classes held on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City.

This first two weeks of the class will introduce students to crime and criminal justice in Britain, drawing comparisons and highlighting features that are important to understanding crime and justice in the United States.

The third and fourth weeks of the class are based in London and include classroom as well as experiential learning through visits to key criminal justice and historical sites. These site visits vary by year, but typically include a visit to the London Criminal Courts (i.e, the Old Bailey) to observe court proceedings and trials, a local prison, a London police station, a Victorian era prison museum, the Tower of London, and other museums and historical sites.

This course offers a unique opportunity to visit sites that aid students’ understanding of British justice and prison systems, as well as contemporary patterns of crime and justice in Great Britain.

Students can return to the US or travel independently after the program ends.

Academic Program

Crime and Justice in Britain is taught by University of Iowa Professor Karen Heimer. Credit earned on this program will transfer to course number ‘SOC:4900, Special Topics in Sociology’ and can be used as follows: 1) as elective credit for any major, 2) to fulfill credit requirements the Criminology Track in the Sociology Major, and 3) to fulfill credit requirements for the Sociology Major, more generally. This course provides 3 s.h. of University of Iowa resident credit.

Professor Karen Heimer has been teaching at the University of Iowa since 1991, and has won the Collegiate Teaching Award and the university-wide President and Provost’s Teaching Award. Her teaching and research focus on crime, criminal justice, and violent victimization. She has served on national committees on crime and justice for the National Academies of Sciences, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the Centers for Disease Control. Heimer currently is the Vice President of the American Society of Criminology. She teaches Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Criminal Punishment, Women, Crime and Justice, and Gender and Violence.

Cultural Activities

In order to acquaint students with life and culture in London, several events and excursions are included in the program fee. The specific excursions vary by year, but typically include events such as a Jack the Ripper tour, a London ghost tour, excursion to Oxford, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, or afternoon tea at the British Museum.

Other optional free or inexpensive events are also available to students using our resources in London, including lectures on topics such as local customs and contemporary issues, as well as sporting events, walking/bus tours, restaurants, and shows at London theatres.

Dates

The dates for the summer 2016 session are expected to be May 16 through June 16, and will be finalized by mid-fall 2015.

For the first half of the program, class will occur via the course ICON website, when we will lay the foundation for understanding and comparing the British and US criminal justice systems. This will be followed by two weeks of class and site visits in and around London.

For More Information

Students are invited to meet with a study abroad advisor to discuss their plans further. Schedule an appointment at the Study Abroad reception desk (1111 UCC) or by phone 319-335-0353. Students may also email Cory Petersen (cory-petersen@uiowa.edu) or Professor Heimer (karen-heimer@uiowa.edu).

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is a highly-developed country with an advanced economy. Four countries comprise the UK -- England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Excellent rail and bus systems make getting around the UK easy. From the excitement of its larger cities (London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Glasgow) to the charm of its hamlets steeped in history and tradition, the UK has something to offer everyone. There are endless places to visit and activities for day trips. There are also many historical and contemporary sites of interest to students of crime and justice, as we trace the roots of our criminal justice system to Great Britain.

London

The greater London area is home to approximately 7.5 million people. It is over 70 miles across and over 300 languages are spoken there (including English!). Founded by Romans, populated continuously since Anglo-Saxon times, and the capital of England from the Middle Ages on, London is home to the British Museum, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Tower Bridge, and countless but fascinating churches, museums, buildings, and public spaces. London also is the site of one of the world’s most vibrant live theater communities, and there are many central theaters offering musicals and classic plays, as well as many theaters offering experimental productions. In addition to offering you the opportunity to explore these parts of London, the course will include site visits to the London Metropolitan Police Museum, Scotland Yard, the Tower of London, and many other sites.

ACCENT International

This program partners with ACCENT International, a US-based non-profit study abroad provider with offices in London. Classes take place at the new ACCENT Center, located in the heart of the Bloomsbury area of London, near the University of London. It is near the British Museum, which is one of the greatest museums in the world. It also a few minutes’ walk from the shopping and dining districts of Covent Garden and Soho. ACCENT will provide a comprehensive on-site orientation focusing on culture, your academic program, and practical information about living in Londno and Britain. Students are then invited to use the ACCENT Study Center in their city as a home base – visiting throughout their program to use the internet or library, check the cultural events calendar, or ask questions about anything at all. Please take a look at ACCENT's website for information about the facilities and services they provide: http://accentintl.com/cities/london.

Living Arrangements

Housing is NOT provided during the first week of the program in Iowa City. Students must make their own arrangements for housing during this time.

While in London students will live in double occupancy apartments and will be provided hotel accommodations in Edinburgh. The housing is provided through ACCENT and is near to the ACCENT London Study Center. You can find more information about the accommodations from ACCENT's website here: http://accentintl.com/cities/london/london-housing/

Program participants will have the option of preparing their own meals using the cooking facilities in the apartments, eating at the University of London cafeteria, or choosing from the wonderful variety of restaurants for which London and Edinburgh are famous.

Travel Arrangements

The program fee includes group transportation from Heathrow airport to London for students who arrive at Heathrow on the same date and time as the group flight. The program fee also includes transportation to excursion sites within London and travel by train from London to Edinburgh, as well as group transportation from the hotel to the Edinburgh airport for the return flight for students returning immediately after the end of the program. Students will be given coaching and instruction on making travel arrangements during orientation this spring.

Local Transportation

London is famous for 'the Tube' (its subway system), which efficiently moves people through the city center and into the suburbs. The famous, red double-decker buses complete the matrix with their surface routes. And there is always the iconic black London taxi for those out late after regular public transportation closes. A pass good for zones 1 & 2 of the Tube is included in the program fee.

Eligibility

The Crime and Justice in Britain program is open to students from any university in the US. To be eligible to apply students must have completed the first year of study, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of departure. Students who have only completed one year of classes must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

How to Apply

Online applications for the Summer 2016 session will be available here in early Spring 2016.

Application Deadline

The program application deadline will be in early Spring 2016.

Next Steps

Once the application process is complete, your application materials will be reviewed by the program director Prof. Karen Heimer. You will receive official notification of your acceptance status shortly after the final application deadline, and will also receive information about how to confirm your place in the course.

Please note that by submitting the confirmation materials, you are indicating that you accept full responsibility for any withdrawal penalty fees that may be assessed to your U-Bill if you later decide to withdraw from the program for any reason. These fees are described below, and will also be sent to you as part of your confirmation materials.

Details about flights, orientation materials, and more will follow soon after your confirmation in mid-March.

Passports

You must have a passport in order to enter the UK and take part in this program. Students whose passports are currently valid should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from the UK, i.e., through December 2016. If your passport is not valid through December 2016 you will need to renew your passport before traveling to the UK.

Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Costs

The fee for the Summer 2014 program was $3,254. The program fee for the Summer 2016 session may be slightly higher. The program fee includes tuition, housing in the UK, orientation, cultural events, program-related transportation, and an excursion to Edinburgh. This also includes the mandatory study abroad administrative fees described on our 'Costs of Study Abroad' page here.

The program fee does not include housing in Iowa City (approximately $400+), airfare to and from the UK (approximately $1500 from Cedar Rapids), passport (~$135), food ($300+), or personal expenses ($300+). Additionally, there is also a non-refundable application fee ($50) and a mandatory fee for Iowa Regents CISI Insurance healthcare coverage (approx. $20) charged to participants' U-Bills (You can find more information about the CISI insurance here).

Program cost sheet

A cost sheet for the Summer 2014 session of Crime and Justice program can be found below. An updated cost sheet for the Summer 2016 program will be available in mid-Spring 2016.

The cost sheet captures the best possible estimate for all costs a participant on this program will be responsible for, including fees paid to UI as well as out-of-pocket costs and personal expenses, although actual spending amounts may vary. This information will be provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid to help determine your eligibility for aid for this program.

PDFCrime and Justice in Britain- 2014

Withdrawal policy

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to UI Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents the fees you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa:

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of program fee: $500
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of program fee: 50% ($1,355)
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of program fee: 75% ($2,032.5)
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of program fee: 100% ($2,710)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students may be able to use financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) to cover some of the costs of this program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of our website for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, including the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications, and contact with the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out what might be available to you.

The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants. The awards listed below are available to University of Iowa students studying on this program:

1- Merit-based scholarship (requires a 3.33 GPA or higher)

2- Need-based study abroad grant (for students who are eligible for financial aid, based on available FAFSA information)

3- Diversity Ambassador scholarship (see web site for details)


Other UI-affiliated awards

4- Other University of Iowa awards

5- External Awards


Awards from organizations outside of the University of Iowa

(Note that when searching for financial aid from organizations outside of the University of Iowa, it's always best to be safe. Be sure to take a look at these tips to avoid scams before you apply!)

6- NAFSA’s US Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

7- IIE Passport's Study Abroad Funding page

8- US Department of Labor's scholarship page

9- Fastweb.com

10- Or try a Google search for 'study abroad scholarships'!


Finally, if you’re having trouble writing scholarship essays, you may want to contact the UI Writing Center for a helping hand!


If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment.

Acceptance and Confirmation Instructions

Acceptance and Confirmation documents will be available here in mid-Spring 2016.

Passports

If you are a U.S. citizen and do not already have a valid U.S. passport, you need to apply for one immediately. In Iowa City, passports can be applied for at the main U.S. Post Office at 400 S. Clinton St. You can download a passport application from the Department of State's Passport website, or fill out the application at the passport office.

Passports currently cost $135 and are valid for 10 years from the date of issuance. You will also need two passport photos, a notarized copy of your birth certificate and a picture I.D. or an old passport in order to apply. If you already have a passport, be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid at least six months beyond your proposed return date (in this case, until at least mid-December or mid-January).

Flights

Study Abroad will be arranging a suggested group flight that the course instructor will be flying on. Students are free to join that flight or make their own plans. We will send information about the flights in the coming weeks. DO NOT purchase plane tickets until receiving further instructions from Study Abroad. You will be given details about arrival and flights in enough time to still allow you plenty of time to arrange your travel plans.

Funding

Students may be able to use financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) to cover some of the costs of the Crime and Justice in Britain program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of our website for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, and speak with the Office of Student Financial Aid to see what might be available to you.

Meetings/Information Sessions

Your instructor will be in contact soon with information about informational meetings, which will cover many other program logistics, so stay tuned!

Useful websites

UI Study Abroad office

Secrets of the Tower of London, PBS video: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365084723/

How Sherlock Holmes Changed the World, PBS: http://www.pbs.org/program/sherlock-changed-world/

Underground Edinburgh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAb0JnjrUzM

Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London: http://vimeo.com/42321324