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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Seattle, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
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Affiliated Department: Law, Societies and Justice UW Credits: 10
Estimated Program Fee: 4100 UW Program Director: Kyla Mayer, Steve Herbert
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Katherine R Kroeger UW Program Staff Email:,
Program Information:

Location Seattle, United States; Cape Town, South Africa
Academic Term Summer A-Term
06/24/2019 - 07/02/2019: Seattle, United States
07/03/2019 - 07/24/2019: Cape Town, South Africa
Estimated Program Fee $4,550
Credits 10
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites, but preference will be given to students with prior coursework in Law, Societies, and Justice.
Program Directors Steve Herbert |
Kyla Mayer
Program Manager Katherine R Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information
General This course challenges students to compare criminal justice institutions in the United States and South Africa, with a particular focus on youth violence. Siongificant class time will be devoted to direct encounters with criminal justice officials and with non-profit organizations working with at-risk youth.

Program Description

This course will provide students an opportunity to compare the role of crime and crime policy in two countries, the United States and South Africa. In both countries, concerns about crime are common, and criminal justice institutions play a large role in political culture. Those institutions also play an important role in managing and perhaps exacerbating poverty. Both societies are riven by racial and economic divisions, and criminal justice policy deeply impacts those dynamics. Students will use encounters with academics, policy makers, and non-government actors to try to understand how criminal justice policies and practices are critical in both Seattle and Cape Town.




Seattle, United States; Cape Town, South Africa


Students will stay at the All Africa House, which is adjacent to the law school. Students each have a single room, and share a bathroom with one other person. The facility provides a hot breakfast each day. It also has a communal kitchen that students can access to prepare other meals. Students in 2018 expressed a high level of satisfaction with their accommodations.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no prerequisites, but preference will be given to students with prior coursework in Law, Societies, and Justice. No.


10 UW Quarter Credits


LSJ 490: Comparative Criminal Justice (2 credits) I&S

This course is the preparatory seminar for the LSJ study abroad program in South Africa, and will take place during spring quarter 2019. In this course, students will be challenged to understand the essential workings of the U.S. criminal justice system, particularly as it addresses the issue of youth violence. This will provide students with the capacity to compare how the U.S. system operates against what occurs in South Africa.

Learning goals include:
Acquire an understanding of the key actors, processes, and functions of the U.S. criminal justice system; Acquire an understanding of the key factors that drive youth violence; Acquire an understanding of how the criminal justice process seeks to respond to instances of youth violence; Develop an appreciation for the complex drivers of youth violence, and the challenges of constructing effective criminal justice policy.

LSJ 490: Comparative Criminal Justice: The U.S. and South Africa (3 credits) I&S

This course provides an overview of South African society, its history, and its persistent challenges. The course will also orient students to the basic structure of the South African criminal justice system.

Learning goals include:
Acquire a basic understanding of South African history; Acquire an understanding of the key drivers of crime and crime policy in the South African context; Acquire an understanding of the key drivers of youth violence in South Africa; Develop an appreciation for the complex drivers of youth violence, and the challenges of constructing effective criminal justice policy

LSJ 495: Study Abroad in LSJ (5 credits) I&S

This course provides students with an in-country experience in South Africa, the better to understand its society, its history, and its persistent dilemmas. Particular attention will be paid to youth violence, and the various efforts to address, both inside and outside the criminal justice system.

Learning goals include:
Acquire a deeper understanding of South Africa's history, social dynamics, and persistent dilemmas; Acquire a deeper understanding of the drivers of youth violence; Acquire a deeper appreciation for various efforts to address youth violence; Develop the capacity to intelligently compare the U.S. and South Africa.





Steve Herbert
Mark Torrance Professor and Department Chair, Law, Societies, and Justice

Kyla Mayer
Academic Services Manager, Law, Societies, and Justice





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,550

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare 
  • Food 
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 12, 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.


  • 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 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 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory 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.


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:

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:

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


$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.