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* Criminology and Criminal Justice - Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/20/2018 06/29/2018
Priority Deadline: December 1 - Final Deadline: February 15 (pending spots available)

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.
Fact Sheet:
Recommended Programs: Sociology
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Program Coordinator:
Emily Garner
Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts
Program Description:

 Criminology and Criminal Justice

in Prague

Prague, Czech RepublicPraguePrague

Widely considered one of the most beautiful capitals of Europe, Prague is an important economic, historical and cultural center. With its recent political and economic history, Prague provides a fascinating opportunity for students enrolled in the Criminology & Criminal Justice program to study issues of democratization, criminology & criminal justice.

Program Summary

WHEN: May 20  - June 29, 2018 (Tentative)
Note: Students will depart on May 19 in order to arrive on May 20.

CREDITS: All committed students will be registered for SOC 482-A: International and Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, and SOC 482-B: International and Comparative Crime and Deviance (6 credits of advanced Sociology coursework) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the summer term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details. The cost includes tuition and fees for 6 credits through CSU's Division of Continuing Education, accommodation in shared rooms in centrally located student apartments, local transportation pass, program excursions, two group meals, health insurance, faculty/on-site support, orientation, and education abroad administration. Not included in the program fee: international airfare, most meals (lunch and dinner daily), passport & related fees, books and supplies, and personal spending money.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs The Sociology Department offers a scholarship for selected participants in this program.

PROGRAM LEADER: Dr. Tara Opsal, Professor, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor Approval. Good disciplinary standing. Open to undergraduate students (sophomores and above).

Academic Overview

The six-week Criminology and Criminal Justice program consists of two courses: SOC482A: International and Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, and SOC482B International and Comparative Crime and Deviance. Courses emphasize crime and criminal justice issues in the Czech Republic, and include a variety of guest speakers and subject-relevant field trips in the region. Many of these involve high-ranking government ministers and officials, and thus provide students with direct experience and insight into issues and problems of crime and criminal justice in this rapidly changing society.  


The Czech Republic is a region rich in history and culture. Located in the center of Europe, this small country links east and west both geographically and culturally. The Czech Republic became an independent state in January 1993 after Czechoslovakia split into its two constituent parts. Since then, the country has made very rapid gains in development and economic growth. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and an important economic and cultural center. The city exhibits buildings of several architectural styles including Roman, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque, and is considered one of the most beautiful capitals of Europe. With its recent political and economic history, Prague provides a fascinating opportunity to study issues of democratization, crime, and justice. Students of all interests are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Housing and Meals

All students will be housed in centrally located, furnished student apartments in Prague. Breakfast is included daily and all apartments will have a small kitchen area in which students can prepare lunch and dinner. Apartments are internet-ready if a student chooses to bring a laptop computer.


Czech Republic Student Visa & Travel Information
The Prague Monitor Online Newspaper