Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime, Vienna:
Transnational Crime & Justice

Vienna, Austria



United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Vienna, Austria
Photo credit: United Nations Information Service Vienna

This program will take place in Vienna, Austria, with classes held at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), providing students with the opportunity to see various UNODC sections at work, first-hand. The UNODC is a United Nations agency that aims to better equip governments to handle drug-, crime-, terrorism-, and corruption-related issues, maximize knowledge on these issues among governmental institutions and agencies, and maximize awareness of said matters in public opinion at community level, nationally, and globally. Students will have access to the UNODC building and will be able to practice German along with United Nations official languages (e.g., Russian, French, Chinese, and Arabic). Students will benefit from exposure to both international events at the Vienna International Centre (known as the UNO City) where the UNODC is located and a bustling cultural life in the capital of Austria. 
Program highlights include several guest speakers from the UNODC and visits to various branches of the United Nations in Vienna, including the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), UNODC’s Treaty Affairs and Anti-Corruption sections, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Additional trips will be organized to the International Anti-Corruption Academy and local NGOs. The program will also include excursions to locations in Vienna, and to other countries, including Slovakia and Hungary. These excursions will reinforce students’ foreign experience and exposure to Central European culture. As a result of this program, students will better understand the existing framework of institutions working to respond to organized crime, terrorism, and corruption and will gain a better understanding and appreciation for Central European peoples and history.
Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.
Information sessions will be held from 1:40-2:55 (community hour), in the 1.99 New Building.
  • Tuesday, February 25
  • Wednesday, March 11
  • Wednesday, March 18
All info sessions have concluded for this spring, for more information please email us at or 
Politics of Transnational Crime (3 credits)Transnational crime and violence have become major concerns for governments around the world as they work to stem the flow of drugs, control trade in human beings, and deal with the problem of stateless terrorism.  In this course, we will study the origins and operations of international organizations, mainly the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the different ways in which they contribute to the global response against transnational crime and terrorism.
Click here(pdf) for syllabus
Transnational Crime (3 credits)This is an advance seminar course that examines current issues surrounding the topic of transnational crime and its prevention and control. The focus is on established and emerging phenomena with respect to illegal cross-border trade such as the trafficking in drugs, arms, and humans; transnational predatory crimes such as cross-border serial burglary; networks of offenders involved in these crimes and their mobility; and factors that facilitate and shape transnational crime, including international travel, trade, communication and migration. The course also examines the public and private sector responses to crime that transcends international borders.                                                                                                                                  
Click here(pdf) for syllabus
  1. Minimum of a 2.5 GPA required  
  2. If graduate student, good standing in a Master's program
  • Housing: Students will stay in double-occupancy student apartments at OeAD Vienna. 
  • Fluctuating exchange rates and other fees may lead to program cost changes.
  • Program cost is based on a minimum number of participants for the program.
  • Students should discuss applicability of financial aid with the Financial Aid office.
  • All CUNY students must meet with their study abroad advisor to be sure the proper e-Permit registration process is followed.
  • All non-CUNY students are encouraged to apply early, to be sure there is ample time to apply and register for classes at John Jay College. Please contact OISP for more information regarding the application process. Please note: Tuition rate per credit is different for non-CUNY students. More tuition information can be found here:
  • Refund Policy: Payment of the program deposit indicates the student understands and agrees to the Office of International Studies & Program’s payment and refund policies.  Students who withdraw from a John Jay College program after confirming participation, but before the program begins, will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs: students will be refunded 50 percent of program fees 30 days prior to the program start date, and 25 percent of program fees 14 days prior to the program start date. After the start of the program, no refunds will be provided, and the student is responsible for all program fees. If the program fee is not paid in full, there will be a hold placed on her/his CUNYfirst account.
  • For faculty-led programs, tuition refunds will be granted following the College’s policies.  For more information, please visit:
  • College-based funders retain the right to recoup funds from the student account if the student does not follow rules of the CUNY Travel Waiver & Release Form, uses the funds for other purposes, or withdraws from the program. Students must understand that they are responsible for full payment of the amount owed to the department.
  • The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) has the right to modify or cancel the program, including  changes to the program dates, costs, scheduled visits, program itinerary, etc., as dictated by economic and/or political situations, etc.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare, and for their itinerary. Due to possible changes in program dates/itinerary information, students are not to purchase airfare until prompted by OISP.
  • Students are encouraged to apply early, due to limited space.
  • Information is tentative, and subject to change, **program cost(s), syllabi, *dates, etc.
Applications are available from the Office of International Studies & Programs (Haaren Hall, Suite 530). Applications can also be found here.
Application Deadline: TBD. However, qualified applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis until places are filled. Thus, due to limited places, students are encouraged to apply early.
Please note: An application fee of $50.00 is due at the time of application. Money orders, personal checks and cash are accepted. Credit and debit cards are also accepted. Applications will not be accepted if incomplete. More information can be found here.
All non-CUNY students will need to pay an additional $65.00 at time of application due to a non-degree application fee. 
Estimated Program Fee: TBD
**Subject to change. Includes single-occupancy accommodations, some meals, international health insurance, excursions and transportation on-site associated with program. Does not include tuition, airfare, some meals, visa cost, personal expenses & excursions, etc.  
Estimated Costs

Please note: all non-CUNY students, please contact OISP for more information     
Students should make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office to discuss the applicability of their financial aid to this program. 
Inquire at the Office of International Studies & Programs for information. If you are a John Jay student, you can apply for the JJC Study-Abroad ScholarshipJJC Student Travel Fund, and the CUNY Chancellor’s Global Scholarship. For more on scholarship opportunities click here. U.S.-wide scholarship opportunities can be found here.
Contact Mr. Michael Scaduto, Associate Director of Financial Aid, for more information in regards to the JJC Study-Abroad Scholarship and general scholarship opportunities for John Jay students at 212-237-8872 or email at
Academic Inquiries:
Prof. Yuliya ZabyelinaDept. of Political Science
Tel.: +1.212.393.6829
Ken Yanes, Dep. Director
Tel. +1.212.484.1339 
Daniel Braslavsky, Coordinator

Tel. +1.212.887.6105 
Office Location:
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Haaren Hall, Suite 530
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524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Haaren Hall, Suite 530