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Study justice services abroad

An in-depth guide to studying justice services as an international student.

Criminal justice degrees abroad

A degree in criminal justice is designed to give you an understanding of crime and the criminal justice system. Most programs have a multi-discipline approach covering subjects like criminology, sociology, psychology, social policy and law.

New technologies and changing societal issues have meant that crime has evolved. As a criminal justice student, you’ll study the causes of crime, criminal behavior and how to combat crime. This knowledge will set you up for a career safeguarding the public, supporting victims, protecting the vulnerable, and helping to rehabilitate offenders.

Studying criminal justice abroad means you’ll get to see how different societies and systems approach crime. You can study criminal justice in a number of countries around the world, including the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Criminal justice program structure

You can study criminal justice at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As an undergraduate you can study a BSc or BA over three of four years, depending on the program and university. The two programs are usually very similar, but the BA may focus more on social subjects and the BSc could include more science-based modules.

Many universities offer criminal justice degree programs that are combined with another subject, like criminology, law or policing. In the US, you will usually study criminal justice as a major subject alongside other minor concentrations and general studies.

As a graduate, you can study a master’s degree in criminal justice over one or two years, and after this you can choose to study for a doctorate in the form of a PhD or MPhil. Postgraduate programs are often offered in specialist areas of criminal justice and usually focus on research.

Teaching on a criminal justice program will usually be made up of lectures, seminars and workshops, but will also include field trips and the chance to spend time in placements. Most programs will be made up of core modules you have to take, and several electives you can choose to tailor your degree. Some of the most common modules include:

  • Crime and society
  • Criminology and social policy
  • Ethics and diversity in the justice system
  • The legal system
  • Police powers and the law
  • Contemporary debates in criminology
  • Youth justice
  • Research skills and project

Types of criminal justice degrees

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Criminal justice study abroad programs

Justice services undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in justice services

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    Criminal Justice - BSc St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
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    January, May, September
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    Criminal Justice - BA Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,992 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Criminal Justice - BSc Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Criminal Justice - BA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Criminology and Criminal Justice (Downtown Phoenix Campus) - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in justice services

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    Criminal Justice - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,600 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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    Criminal Justice - ASc Trine University, USA | Online

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,576 USD
    Start date
    August, October, January, March, May
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    Criminal Justice, Applied - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Criminal Justice - ASc Montana State University Billings, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,010 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Criminal Justice - ASc Goodwin University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,888 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Certificate in justice services

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    International Criminal Justice - Cert Vrije Amsterdam Summer School, Netherlands

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 month
    Tuition fees per year
    1,150 EUR
    Start date
    July, August
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    Community, Crime & Social Justice (CCSJ) - Cert Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,794 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in justice services

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    Community and Justice Services - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    January
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Justice services graduate programs

Master's in justice services

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    Criminal Justice - MSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Criminology and Criminal Justice - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,318 USD
    Start date
    August
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    International Criminal Justice & Human Rights - LLM University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,150 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Criminal Justice Studies - MPhil University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,300 GBP
    Start date
    October, February
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    Criminal Justice and Crime Control - MSc University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in justice services

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    Criminal Justice Studies - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,150 GBP
    Start date
    October, February
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    Criminal Justice - PhD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,164 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Future criminal justice careers

After graduation, you will have the skills necessary to pursue a career in the criminal justice sector. Graduates often find work in probation, prisons, policing or social work - here are some of the most common roles criminal justice students go into:

  • Community support officer
  • Probation officer
  • Prison officer
  • Social worker
  • Support worker
  • Police officer

For some roles, including becoming a police officer, you may need to do additional qualifications or testing before you can apply. If you know what career you want, make sure you choose a program that will give you the skills and qualifications you’ll need.