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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/21/2018
Rolling Admission 05/05/2019 05/14/2019
NOTE: Note that students will be required to attend an in-person interview to participate on this program. The faculty will reach out with further details for those selected to interview.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Law, Criminal Justice, and Social Work
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Summer
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Apartment, Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Sarah Manchak
Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:

Program Overview

Experience the history and culture of Scotland while learning about the Scottish criminal justice system in all its forms. Students will divide their time between three primary cities-- Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Dundee--and will visit other beautiful towns and villages during the course of their visit. Students will hear lectures on policing and the Scottish criminal justice system from scholars at Abertay University in Dundee. There, students will also get to participate in a "hands-on" forensic science laboratory, where they can learn to test fingerprints, analyze blood, and examine counterfeit currency and ballistics. Students will also witness a jury trial in the Sheriff's Court in Glasgow, visit an historic jail in the town of Inverary, and hear nefarious tales of crime, criminals, and punishment in 18th, 19th, and 20th century Scotland, while on a walking tour of Edinburgh's most famous street, the Royal Mile.

On this study abroad experience, students will also witness some of the most incredible views the UK can offer-- from an excursion to the Highlands and the shores of Loch Lomond, to various castles and ruins found across the country's landscape. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience!

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Most of the time on this study abroad experience is spent in two main cities- Glasgow and Edinburgh. Students will also travel to Dundee, Inverary, Luss, Loch Lomond, St. Andrews, and Perth.

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Who Can Participate?

Undergrads only. Priority will be given to criminal justice majors and minors, paralegal studies program students, and forensic populations and cyber security certificate students.


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Academic Program and Course Information

Students are required to take "International Criminal Justice" in Spring semester, as a pre-requisite for attendance on this trip. Students will also participate in both in-classroom didactic and experiential learning at the University of Abertay. Finally, students will be able to witness the "real world" functioning of Scottish courts and prisons.

All students in this program are required to enroll in CJ4025-002, International Criminal Justice for 3 credits for spring semester.

Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Professor Sarah Manchak is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice. Her background is in experimental psychology with an emphasis on psychology and law. Her research focuses on correctional rehabilitation for offenders, how corrections and mental health agencies collaborate and communicate, the transfer of scientific evidence into routine correctional interventions, and the adverse impact of working in institutional settings with high-risk and high-need offenders. Dr. Manchak is in charge of the CJ Undergraduate Research Program, developed and co-leads this study abroad program, and is currently working with international colleagues to develop more study-abroad opportunities for students of criminal justice in Canada, Scotland, and elsewhere.


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Living Arrangements

Students will share a twin room (2 people; 2 beds) in hotels in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Getting There

Flights depart and return from CVG in the US, with lay-overs likely in New York, Chicago or Philadelphia. Flights into and out of the UK will be either through Edinburgh or Glasgow airports (depending on cost). Students will be expected to arrive at the airports 3 hours prior to flight time and should plan to make their own arrangements to get to and from CVG. All transportation in Scotland will be taken care of as part of the group travel. Students are expected to travel with the group for the full duration of this program, departing from and returning to the U.S. on the same dates/times as the group (i.e., student should not do any independent travel)

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Program Costs

2019 Program Costs: $3,800

Program Cost Includes:
  • International Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Entries to Planned Cultural Activities
  • In-Country Transportation
  • International Emergency and Evacuation Insurance

Program Cost Excludes:
  • UC Tuition for the course
  • Most meals
  • Personal Spending
  • Free-Time Activities and Travel
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)

This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only) to reduce the student contribution to $3,400.  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Sarah Manchak
School of Criminal Justice
660 Dyer Hall

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This program is currently not accepting applications.