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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Spring, Winter
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
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Drexel Winter Break in Sweden, Norway, Denmark:
Scandinavian Perspectives on Culture & Justice

Scandinavia Criminal Justice

Program Overview

Scandinavia Criminal Justice

This course will provide students with an opportunity to examine the American and Scandinavian criminal justice systems.  Beginning with a visit to a maximum security facility in Pennsylvania, students will be given the opportunity to compare and contrast this approach to parallel policies and institutions in Scandinavia.  By visiting both Sweden and Norway, participants will experience, first-hand, an alternate practical and theoretical framework for criminal justice, as well as the cultural context necessary to support that system. 

During their time abroad, participants will tour prisons facilities, including Halden Fengsel, a world-renowned rehabilitative prison in Norway, and a juvenile detention facility in Uppsala, Sweden, as well as other correctional facilities.  Students will also meet with criminal justice policy-makers, speak with representatives of the Swedish National Police, interface with university peers from Stockholm University and tour courts and the national parliament.  During the course, students will also immerse themselves in Swedish and Norwegian history and culture in order to better understand the divergent cultural norms that support the American and Scandinavian criminal justice systems.

See this program in action in our program highlights and program overview videos!  

Read Drexel Now and the Norwegian American journal articles showcasing this program.

Upon completion of this course, students will:
     • Be able to describe the modern Swedish, Norwegian and Danish criminal justice systemsICA Sweden /Norway Group Photo
     • Understand the historical and cultural factors that have shaped these justice systems
     • Distinguish and apply criminological theories and purposes within these systems
     • Be able to compare and contrast these systems to the American/ domestic approach to crime
     • Become familiar with emerging issues with criminal justice in Scandinavia &  Western Europe
     • Appreciate Scandinavian culture


Students accepted to this program will be automatically registered for CJS 380 Crime and Justice in Scandinavia 3 cr. for Winter term. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their winter credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. The 3 credits for this program are not optional.

Pre-Trip Requirements
There will be two mandatory, in-person preparatory class meetings during the fall term, including a 1/2 day field trip to a local prison.

Instructor: Jordan Hyatt, JD PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology and Justice Studies

Program Calendar

Arrival Date: December 8, 2019
Departure Date: December 19, 2019Scandinavia Criminal Justice
*Students who extend their travel independently before or after program dates but must make all arrangements for non-program days.

Tentative Itinerary Overview

Day 0: Depart USA
Day 1 in Oslo: Arrive in Norway; trip orientation
Day 2 in Oslo: Site visit:  History of prisons in Oslo; Site visit:  District Court
Day 3 in Oslo: Cultural experiences & museums; Group dinner #1
Day 4 in Oslo: Site visit:  Adult maximum security prison; Travel to Stockholm
Day 5 in Stockholm: Cultural experiences & museums
Day 6 in Stockholm: Site visit Parole and juvenile assessment in Sweden; Group dinner #2
Day 7 in Stockholm: Site visit: Juvenile detention facility
Day 8 in Stockholm: Cultural experiences & museums; Travel to Copenhagen
Day 9 in Copenhagen: Cultural experiences & museums
Day 10 in Copenhagen:  Site visit: Criminological research institute; Cultural experiences & museums
Day 11 in Copenhagen:  Site visit:  Adult detention facility
Day 12 in Copenhagen: Cultural experiences & museums; Depart for USA

Watch program highlights and program overview videos to see this itinerary in action! 

Program Fee - $1,900*

Due September 30, 2019 - $900 Advance Payment
Due November 1, 2019 - $1,000* Final Payment
All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Scandinavia ICA Scholarship: The Office of Global Engagement & Education Abroad will be offering several financial need scholarships for this program. Students may apply during the ICA application process.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Hotel accommodations in Stockholm, Oslo and Denmark
  • All local transportation requirements in both countries
  • Charter transportation to Halden Prison, Norway and other sitesScandinavia Criminal Justice
  • Group tours in Stockholm, Oslo, & Copenhagen
  • All museum and attraction admission fees
  • Course materials and guest speakers from criminal justice agencies & universities
  • Coffee & light refreshments on select tours and lectures
  • Two group meals featuring local and holiday cuisine (1 in Sweden, 1 in Olso)
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (estimates):

  • Transatlantic airfare $500
  • Inter-regional flights $200
  • Airport transfers to/ from Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen airports $100
  • Most meals $400
  • Spending money $150
  • Passport/visa $140
ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students’ eligible for additional financial aid.  Students may also be eligible to apply for Drexel's ICA Scholarships.

More Information

  • Visa: US citizens are not required to have a visa for entry to Sweden or Norway.


  • Other nationalities must verify on the Sweden and Norway Embassy Websites. 
Grading Scale
A+             97- 100      C+       77- 79    
A               93- 96        C          73- 76    
A-              90- 92        C-         70- 72  
B+             87- 89        D+       67- 69 
B               83- 86        D         60- 66
B-              80- 82        F          < 60  

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.