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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer B-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer B-Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer B-Term 2018 01/31/2018 02/14/2018 07/19/2018 08/19/2018
Program Information:

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QUICK FACTS
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Academic Term Summer B
July 19 - August 19, 2018 (Travel Dates: August 8- August 19, 2018)
Estimated Program Fee $4,450
Credits 10 UW credits
Prerequisites Students must have completed at least three core courses in Law, Societies, and Justice
Program Directors Steve Herbert; Katherine Beckett
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions January 9, 2:30 p.m.; January 12, 1:30 p.m.; January 17, 10 a.m.; all in Smith M261..
HIGHLIGHTS
General This course enables students an opportunity to better understand and compare the criminal justice systems in Seattle and Cape Town. Through immersive experiences in each city, students will understand how policies are developed and enacted by multiple actors in the criminal justice system.
 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This study abroad course will compare criminal justice institutions and practices in the United States and South Africa. The first half of the course will take place in Seattle, and will focus on the U.S. The second half will take place in South Africa. In each instance, the goal will be to immerse students as much as possible, through field excursions to such places as court, jail and prison. Instruction in Cape Town will be overseen by colleagues at the University of Cape Town. The UW students will be co-students with their counterparts from UCT. The course will enable students to understand criminal justice processes in an immersive fashion in each setting, and to then compare and contrast those processes from one context to the other.

LOCATION

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University of Washington; University of Cape Town

Housing

The University of Cape Town has a guest house where rooms have been booked. The rooms contain a kitchenette, and there is a larger communal kitchen that all can share.

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students must have completed at least three core courses in Law, Societies, and Justice.

Credits

10 UW Credits

Courses

LSJ 490: Comparative Criminal Justice I: Seattle (5 Credits)

Put This is the first part of a two-course sequence that will enable students to compare criminal justice institutions and processes in two contexts, Seattle and Cape Town. This Seattle-based course will include an overview of the key components of the critical justice process -- police, courts and corrections. Students will use close readings of texts, engaged classroom conversations, and field excursions to understand and analyze the central dynamics that drive the criminal justice process.

Learning goals include:

  • To understand the key components of the criminal justice process
  • To develop the capacity to understand key texts and to compare analyses found there with actual criminal justice processes
  • To develop the capacity to reason closely, argue thoughtfully, and communicate clearly
  • To develop the capacity to engage in comparative analysis


LSJ 495: Comparative Criminal Justice II: Cape Town (5 Credits) 

This is the second part of a two-course sequence that will enable students to compare criminal justice institutions and processes in two contexts, Seattle and Cape Town. This Cape Town-based course will include an overview of the key components of the critical justice process -- police, courts and corrections. Students will use close readings of texts, engaged classroom conversations, and field excursions to understand and analyze the central dynamics that drive the criminal justice process.

Learning goals include:

  • To understand the key components of the criminal justice process
  • To develop the capacity to understand key texts and to compare analyses found there with actual criminal justice processes
  • To develop the capacity to reason closely, argue thoughtfully, and communicate clearly
  • To develop the capacity to engage in comparative analysis
     

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

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Steve Herbert

Law, Societies, and Justice, Program Director
skherb@uw.edu

Katherine Beckett

Law, Societies, and Justice, Program Co-Director
kbeckett@uw.edu

FINANCES

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Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,450

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $2,500)
  • Food (about $30/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS

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Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Visas

UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.