Transnational Crime and Justice in the Heart of Europe
Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and The Netherlands


Criminal Justice 478:  Current Topics in Criminal Justice, 3 credits 


CRM 322


A limited number of $600 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

Come join us for a transnational discovery of crime and justice with a focus on the “old continent.” This course is designed to offer students an international perspective on a variety of issues that pertain to criminology and criminal justice. The “abroad” part of the course consists of a 14-day journey that covers seven major cities in five European countries (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland). 

Days 1-3: After a 7-hour flight from Hartford, students will begin their trip in Geneva (Switzerland), a global yet charming city on the lake Geneva shoreline. After eating a good Swiss cheese fondue, students will wander around the old town and make their way to the waterfront, admiring the botanical clock of the English gardens and the Jet d’Eau fountain. As the center of world diplomacy, Geneva is host to countless international organizations. Students will take guided tours of the Palace of Nations and the headquarters of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. To end the day, students will enjoy a traditional dinner on the lake. The next day, students will get a Swiss perspective on law enforcement and corrections by taking a tour of the Champ-d’Ollon prison and visiting the Geneva Police Department. 

Days 4-5: In the morning, students will catch a train to Lausanne (Switzerland), another Romandy city situated on the Geneva lakeshore. Students will visit the School of Criminal Justice of the University of Lausanne, and its renown Institute for Scientific Policing. There, world-class criminologists and forensic scientists will open their laboratories and provide guest lectures. To end of the day, students will enjoy some perch filets by the lake. The next day, students will enjoy some sightseeing (e.g., taking a walk from Ouchy to downtown, then making your way up to the cathedral—it’s a bit of a climb!). In the afternoon, students will board a EuroCity train to cross the France/Switzerland border direction Strasbourg. 

Days 6-7: Located near the German boarder, the transnational city of Strasbourg (France) is the seat of several institutions of the European Union. During their visit, students will take guided tours of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe (including the European Court on Human Rights). These will provide a better understanding of how European nations cooperate with each other at the regional and international level. The next day, students will take some time off to enjoy walking down the streets of the Grande Ile, a UNESCO World Heritage site—architectural landmarks include the Minster (cathedral) and the barrage Vauban. 

Days 8-9: Students will board another EuroCity train direction Luxembourg City, capital of one of Europe’s smallest countries (Luxembourg). There, students will continue their exploration of EU institutions, such as the European Commission and the European Court of Justice. Students will also enjoy some downtime from academic visits to relax and do some sightseeing (e.g., American Cemetery Memorial, Casemates du Bock, Viaduc) and shopping. 

Days 10-11: Another train ride will take students to Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the epicenter of the European Union. There, students can sit down at the Noordzee and order a plate of “moules frites” (mussels and a side of fries) prior to wandering down the streets to look at the Grand Palace, the Manneken Pis fountain and the Flower Carpet. From an academic perspective, students will visit the European Parliament and NATO headquarters. 

Days 12-14: Students will use rail travel again direction The Hague (Netherlands). After a few rollmops (pickled herring fillets), students will take a tour of the Europol Headquarters and sit in the International Criminal Court. At the University of Leiden, a few dozen miles from The Hague, students will participate in a seminar on transnational crime led by world-class criminologists. To conclude this trip, students will board a train to Amsterdam, the largest city and capital of the Netherlands. There, students will visit Ann Frank’s house, the museum of torture, and at nightfall, wander around the red-light district. The next morning, students will board their flight from Schiphol airport and land at BDL half a dozen hours later.

Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, double- or triple-occupancy accommodations, some meals, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., most meals, medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.   Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form


$3,195 per person, exclusive of tuition and fees

Registration Deadline

March 1, 2014


A limited number of $600 scholarships are available on a competitive basis

Travel Dates

June 8 - 23, 2014 (revised)

Faculty Directors

Prof.  Shamir Ratansi
Criminal Justice Department
(860) 832-2984

Prof. Pierre Rivolta
Criminal Justice Department
(860) 832-2705

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