Students interested in studying abroad should visit the Education Abroad Office for a list of all study abroad programs.  The University of Maryland (UMD) offers short-term (summer, winter and spring break), semester long, and year long study abroad programs all over the world.  The Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS) Department does not have a preferential country for study abroad; students are encouraged to study abroad wherever they are interested.


Current CCJS Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

CCJS 458B Human Trafficking in Context: The Vulnerabilities Associated with Being a Refugee in Italy (3 credits)

Human trafficking, while not widely understood, ranks among the most severe and lucrative of criminal enterprises around the world. This course will focus on promoting an understanding of human trafficking in an international context, specifically in Italy.  Students participating in this course will focus on the unique challenges faced by refugees and asylum seekers.  By the end of 2016 over 22 million people, more than half of which were children, were uprooted by war, human rights violations, and extreme poverty.  One of the most common routs of escape is across the Mediterranean Sea.  The UNHCR estimated nearly 10,000 individuals have died using this route of escape since 2015.  The UNHCR, IOM, and UNICEF all believe that refugees crossing into Europe through the Mediterranean are especially at risk for both labor and sexual exploitation.  Students will observe the challenges faced in accepting these individuals into Italy and keeping them safe.  Readings, lectures, speaking engagements, and services will be combined to obtain the objectives of this course.  The faculty leaders for CCJS 458B are: Dr. Wendy Stickle and Michelle Marcellino.


Study Abroad Programs with a CCJS Focus

The University of Surrey (United Kingdom)

Guildford, United Kingdom

The University of Surrey is an international university with a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research. If you are studying at one of our partner institutions, coming to study at Surrey for a full academic year or a semester is a great opportunity. The University is situated in beautiful green surroundings, yet it is just 35 minutes by train from London.  Undergraduate students will be taking classes in the Department of Sociology, which has excellent options for sociology and criminology & criminal justice majors.  The University of Surrey is named one of the top 5 UK Sociology Departments in the Times Good University Guide, the Guardian University Guide and the Complete University Guide.

For more information on the exchange program with the University of Surrey, please visit the Education Abroad website:


Maryland-in-Copenhagen (Denmark)

This program only offers one CCJS course, but there is a heavy social science course offering.  The Danish Institute for Study Abroad is a government-recognized, high-quality study abroad program established in 1959 with over 1500 students coming each year. Most courses will be taken at DIS; however, some courses take place at the University of Copenhagen or the Copenhagen Business School. Courses are taught in English by Danish faculty who bring a European point of view and personal experience from research, government, management and the professions to the classroom. Their teaching is strongly enhanced by an extensive program of course-related field studies and study tours in the Balkans, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Sweden, and the UK.

For more information on Maryland-in-Copenhagen (Denmark), please visit the Education Abroad website: