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Global Experiences in Criminal Justice

Each year, Comparative Issues in Criminal Justice courses combine in-class instruction and global immersion trips to provide UB students with the opportunity to learn, explore, and experience current issues in criminology, criminal justice, and victims services around the world. Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience, and may inspire you toward a new career path while experiencing a new culture, language and history.

2018 course: Comparative Issues in Criminal Justice (CRJU 464/703)

This course will provide students with a comparative study of crime and justice in the United States and Poland. Together we will examine public policy issues related to crime and violence, particularly in a post-communist nation.

During the 10-day immersion trip in Poland, we will engage with multiple agencies, be exposed to Polish history and current criminal justice practices, and attend lectures with experts on human trafficking, domestic violence, victimization and victim advocacy. We will also visit Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Wieliczka Salt Mine, museums of Communism, history of the Jewish population in Poland, and the Palace of Science and Culture in the Capital City Warsaw. The capital city of Warsaw was built on hard work and self-reliance, and decimated during World War II. The grand city was painstakingly restored to today’s busy metropolis, complete with both skyscrapers and richly detailed palaces, gardens, parks, and beaches. The thriving capital is full of theaters, museums, and cafés, and noted for its buzzing nightlife – no wonder it’s the fastest growing city in Central Europe! We will also visit Krakow the former capital of Poland, famous for its charm and culture. Krakow is unique in its beauty; unlike most Polish cities, Krakow’s structures survived WWII virtually undamaged. 

The course is open to all UB undergraduate and graduate students and is worth 3-credit hours; students from a variety of disciplines will benefit from the depth and richness of this unique study abroad program.

The course will meet on campus at the beginning of June. The 10-day immersion trip will run from July 18-27, 2018. 

The trip fee for the 2018 immersion trip is $2,265*. Trip fees include ground transportation on all arranged activities, cultural and academic activities, medical and life insurance for the duration of the trip, housing, one group welcome meal and one group farewell meal. Students are responsible for their overseas flights and all but two meals.

* This cost is the maximum amount; the cost may be reduced based on whether or not more than the minimum number of students enroll.

Download the course flyer (.pdf).

How do I register for a Comparative Issues in Criminal Justice course?

1. Obtain approval regarding the appropriateness of the course for your degree requirements from your adviser.

2. Email Prof. Gabriela Wasileski at to notify her of your interest and to get answers to your questions.

3. Submit a deposit of $550 for the immersion trip by no later than March 14, 2018.

4. Enroll in the course during regular UB registration for the 2018 first 5-week summer term.

5.  Purchase flight tickets to save a seat on economy flights, and before the summer rush and rates increase.

6. Pay UB tuition.

7. Pay remaining trip fees by no later than April 11, 2018 – approximately $835.

Current Scholarship Opportunities

Thanks to the generous support of the Office of the Provost, each enrolled student is eligible for a student scholarship up to $600 and the student fees ($280) will be waived as well, for a total savings of approximately $880!

Past Global Experiences

Read "Study Abroad 101: Getting a Beefeater to Smile" in the fall 2015 issue of the UB Magazine to learn more about the annual Global Experiences in Criminal Justice course, now in its third year. And check out these photos from past global immersion trips...

  • In 2017, students studied gender-based violence and traveled to Barcelona, Spain.


Parliament of Catalonia


farewell lunch


gallery at Parliament of Catalonia


students from both UB and University of Colorado, Denver

  • In 2016, students studied human trafficking and traveled to Czech Republic, Germany and The Netherlands.


windmill spotting in Amsterdam


at the Way of Human Rights, a monumental outdoor sculpture in Nuremberg, Germany

Czech brewery

a Czech brewery in Prague


Germany's Heidelberg Castle

  • In 2015, students studied human rights and traveled to Belgium, England and The Netherlands.


the travelling "I amsterdam" letters


Trafalgar Square in London


with a "Beefeater," the ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London

Peace Palace

the Peace Palace, home to the International Court of Justice in The Hague