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Crime and Justice in Britain

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer

Location:

London, England

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

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

Application Due:

Varies by year, typically in mid-February

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

This program will not be offered during the summer 2019 session. Please take a look at the information below for information about past sessions, and contact Cory Petersen for information about future sessions.

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 four-week summer course.

This first ten days of the class are taught online and 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 final two 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 is a past Vice President of the American Society of Criminology, and has recently been named Fellow of the ASC. 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 theaters.

Dates

Program dates vary by year. Typical dates for the be June 20 - July 14, with the first ten days being taught online and the final two weeks taking place in 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).

This program will not be offered during the summer 2019 session. Please take a look at the information below for information about past sessions, and contact Cory Petersen for information about future sessions.

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.

This program will not be offered during the summer 2019 session. Please take a look at the information below for information about past sessions, and contact Cory Petersen for information about future sessions.

Living Arrangements

Housing is NOT provided during the first ten days 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. 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: ACCENT 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 is 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 in and around London, as well as group transportation from the ACCENT lodging to the 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 in Spring 2016.

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.

This program will not be offered during the summer 2019 session. Please take a look at the information below for information about past sessions, and contact Cory Petersen for information about future sessions.

Eligibility requirements

The Crime and Justice program is open to students from any university in the US. It is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:

Clear interest and commitment- Students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in the program’s subject matter.

Good academic and disciplinary standing- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. It is the policy of the UI Study Abroad office that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student who must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred. See the ‘Withdrawal Policy’ below for more information about the related late withdrawal fees.

Approval of faculty director and Study Abroad advisor- Course faculty director(s) and the Study Abroad advisor will review all submitted applications. In order for a student to be accepted into the program, faculty directors and the advisor must approve the application and grant permission for the student to participate.

At least Sophomore standing preferred- Students who have at least sophomore standing are preferred. Students who have only completed one year of study must have at least a 2.5 GPA. First-year student applicants should also be prepared to provide at least two academic references when submitting their application materials.


Additional notes on eligibility

Students from universities other than the University of Iowa may apply. Please note the additional fees for non-UI students listed in the ‘Costs’ heading below.

Enrollment in this program is limited to 23 students. If more than 23 students apply for this program, students will be added to a waitlist and offered acceptance on a space-available basis. Specific selection criteria will be made available by late-fall 2015. For more information, please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for priority consideration is typically in late January. Students are accepted on a rolling, first come, first served basis through the end of January. All eligible students who apply before that date will be considered after their fall semester grades are available.

The final application deadline usually falls in mid-February. Applicants will be considered on a space available basis until that date.

How to Apply

University of Iowa students

University of Iowa students should submit their application using the UI student Study Abroad online application system.

In order to submit a complete application, you will also need to submit the following supplemental documents:
• Statement of Purpose: A 200-word essay outlining your academic and personal objectives for your time abroad.
• A copy of your Completed Grades report from ISIS. First-Year Graduate Students only: In addition to your Completed Grades from ISIS, please also upload a scan of your undergraduate transcript(s). An unofficial copy is acceptable.
• A scan of your passport, OR indicate that you are applying for a passport. If you already have a passport, please check the expiration date to be sure it is valid through July 17, 2016 (see explanation below under 'Next Steps').

Students from outside of the University of Iowa, and non-degree students

Non-UI and non-degree students will complete the Non-UI Student Paper Application Form for Crime and Justice in Britain, attach supplemental materials (including the $50 application fee, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; a copy of the information page of your passport OR indicate that you have applied for a passport; and a 300-word essay outlining your academic and personal objectives for your time abroad), and submit complete applications to the Study Abroad office by mail using the address listed on the application form.

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.

The confirmation deadline is typically during the last week of February. 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 2017. If your passport is not valid through December 2017 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 future sessions may be slightly higher. The 2014 program fee included tuition, the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, housing in the UK, orientation, cultural events, and program-related transportation.

The course fee for future sessions will not include housing in Iowa City (approximately $400+), the Study Abroad Administrative Fee (see below for details), airfare to and from the UK (approximately $1500 from Cedar Rapids), passport (~$135), food ($300+), Short Term Study Visa (~$180), 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).

Study Abroad Administrative Fees

University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are required for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

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 future sessions will be available early in the spring prior to the program start date.

The cost sheet reflects 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. Actual spending amounts may vary from individual to individual. Your home campus may need this information for financial aid purposes. 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 what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa (amounts based on Spring 2016 fees- fees may be adjusted for future sessions).

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)

This program will not be offered during the summer 2019 session. Please take a look at the information below for information about past sessions, and contact Cory Petersen for information about future sessions.

Acceptance and Confirmation Materials

After you have received an email from our office indicating that you have been formally accepted to the program, have reviewed the estimated costs, and you are ready to commit to participating in this program, your study abroad advisor will provide you with the required materials to confirm your plans to participate in this program.

These materials are typically available within 8 weeks prior to the end of the current semester.

In addition, students should thoroughly review the following sections of text:

  • Orientation
  • Health, Safety, and Security/Vaccinations
  • Passport
  • Immigration/Visa
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Applying credit toward a U.I. degree
  • Health Insurance and Continuation of Care
  • Flights
  • Registration
  • Useful Websites

Orientation

In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online ‘Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation’ course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

Health, Safety, and Security/Vaccinations

We will address many issues related to health, safety, and security issues specific to your study abroad location during the orientation sessions. Until then, you can find basic information about these issues on the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website.

Passport

U.S. Citizens

If you do not have a passport, it is important that you apply for one as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before the program begins. Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s website.

Important notice for students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:

Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s website.

Students without a valid passport should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.

Students with a valid passport should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the U.S., you must renew your passport before applying the visa you will need to enter the U.K.

Expedited processing service is available for U.S. passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). UI Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Non-U.S. Citizens

Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Cory Petersen cory-petersen@uiowa.edu for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.

Immigration/Visa

All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in the U.K. Contact your study abroad advisor for more information about completing the immigration requirements you will need to enter the country.

Please note that permission to the U.K. is provided by the British government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, the U.K.’s immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to be permitted entrance to the country in some cases. Please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu for more information.

It is also essential that you thoroughly review all of your immigration materials before you leave for your host country to ensure that they are absolutely complete and accurate. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all of your immigration documents are in order, and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration documents contain inaccurate information of any kind, please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu immediately to discuss your options.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

You can find more information about visiting the Application section of the program website, and scrolling to the Financial Aid & Scholarships section toward the bottom of the page.

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 (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).

Applying credit toward a U.I. degree

Unless UI Study Abroad has an approval on file before your departure for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.

If you plan to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu for details on the process. 

Health Insurance and Continuation of Care

All students are automatically enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI).  For more information about CISI, please visit our Health Insurance Information page.

If you have any current health issues that you might want to receive treatment for while you’re abroad, please review the Health Preparation Guide for International TravelPDF for information about arranging accommodations while abroad.

Flights

Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to their program site- UI Study Abroad will not be arranging a group flight to your study abroad destination.

Do not purchase plane tickets until:

  • 1) You have received an official offer of acceptance by your host university.
  • 2) You have finalized your housing arrangements abroad.
  • 3) You are aware of both the semester start date and the move-in date for your accommodations.
  • 4) You have received your Tier 4 visa (if required- contact your study abroad advisor for more information).

Students will receive contact information for any other program participants several weeks prior to the start of their program so that they can coordinate travel plans with other students.

If you need advice on making travel arrangements, please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu.

Registration

You will need to register for this program on MyUI prior to your departure for the U.K. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.

Useful websites

UK’s official tourism page on Instagram

UI Study Abroad office

Secrets of the Tower of London, PBS video

How Sherlock Holmes Changed the World, PBS

Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London