Criminal Justice in London, Amsterdam, and Paris

Study Abroad Opportunity Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Program

London, Amsterdam and Paris
May 26 – June 4, 2020

For ten days, ACC students, along with 2 faculty will travel to Europe to experience history, administrative structures, and culture as it relates to Criminal Justice. All tours and activities will be tied to the curriculum. All ACC students are welcome to attend. Course credits will apply towards both the ACC Associates of Arts and Associates of Applied Science Degrees, either as a general elective course for non-majors, or as course credit for criminal justice majors. In addition to keeping a daily journal of your traveling experiences, students will do a reflection presentation for sponsors and the ACC community following the trip.
The cities of London, Amsterdam and Paris have a rich history influencing the foundation and creation of our American Criminal Justice System. Many of the sites discussed in the Introduction to Criminal Justice textbook will be visited in these three cities on this study abroad trip. In London, all three component parts of the criminal justice system will be represented with visits to the courthouse, Old Bailey; a talk with a Metropolitan police officer reviewing the foundation of the Bobbies, and the Tower of London (one of the original modern forms of prisons.) We will also do a night tour of Jack the Ripper, which most students have heard about in their classes. The contribution of the French to the Criminal Justice system with a trip to Paris, mainly focuses on their Civil Legal tradition (as opposed the common law legal tradition) and the advancements of Investigative techniques. Additionally, Amsterdam is rich in Criminal Justice history with a visit to their parliamentary government system, the International Court of Justice at The Hague (just outside of Amsterdam), the History of Torture Museum when punishment followed the spiritual explanation of crime and the Ann Frank house. The academic value of the Ann Frank house demonstrates what happens when the basic rules of the social contract breakdown and both government and people refuse to follow law and order. Please join us for this exciting opportunity to bring history and education to life through experiential learning on this study abroad trip.

Itinerary, Price and Registration

  • EF Tours Itinerary and Registration
  • For the month of April 2019, students who register will receive a $250 discount
  • Students who have gone on previous study abroad trips with EF Tours will receive an additional $100.00 discount
  • Students will pay for one ACC class, worth 3 tuition credits in the spring of 2020.
  • Financial Aid does apply in most cases.
  • Fundraising activities are available to help defer costs of the program

Class Selections

  • CRJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice (A GT: SS3 GE Elective course for non-majors and a required course for Criminal Justice majors)
  • CRJ 277 Special Topics CRJ Ethics (For CRJ majors who have already taken CRJ 110)


  • Terrie Bechdel, Faculty and Chair of Criminal Justice Program
  • Courtney Kuntz , Director, Bachelor of Applied Science and Human Services

Criminal Justice Study Abroad Informational Meeting

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 11:45-12:45 in the main building, Room M4810

For questions contact the Group Leader Terrie Bechdel at terrie.bechdel [at] or 303.797.5980