Castellon, Spain

Castellon, Spain

Justicia en España: An Insider’s Look into Criminology in Spain 
Castellón, Spain

Summer 2017: June 3-July 1, 2017*

Castellón, Spain: Summer 2015


The Justicia en España: An Insider’s Look into Criminology in Spain program will take place en Castellón, España, at the Universitat Jaume I (UJI), and is open to all majors. The purpose of this study-abroad program is to engage students in the comparative study of victimología by examining the causes, consequences and responses to victimization in Spain and the rest of the European Union.  Beside victims of common crimes in Spain, there are active groups of victims of Basque terrorism, of the March 11th, 2004 bombings in Madrid (linked to Al Qaeda), and there is renewed interest in the victims of General Francisco Franco’s dictatorship (1939-1975). Spain’s law on assistance to victims of terrorism is touted as a model in the international community, as is Spain’s ley integral contra la violencia de género. As part of this study-abroad program, students will also take a professional Spanish-language course that will enable students to improve their reading, writing, and speaking ability in Spanish, in a professional context.

Students will be exposed to a number of field trips, guest speakers, and service learning to enhance, and reinforce, classroom learning. Activities will include visits to police departments, courts, and victim assistance programs.  In addition, students will travel to Valencia, and to Elche to attend the XI Congreso Español de Criminología.  The program also aims for cultural and language immersion: students will live in a university dormitory alongside Spanish students and have ample opportunities to mingle with Spaniards in the classroom and beyond.

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.


The following information sessions will be held in the New Building, room 1.76, from 1:40-2:55 pm:

  • Thursday, February 16
  • Wednesday, March 15
  • Monday, March 20



Victimology (3 JJC credits): This course will be taught by Prof. Rosemary Barberet, and focuses on the victims rather than the offenders: why they have been "rediscovered" recently, why they often do not report crimes to the police, how some victims might share responsibility for the crimes with the offenders, how they can be repaid for their losses through offender restitution and government compensation; and what new services are available to help victims prevent crime and survive attacks.  As part of the program, the course adopts a comparative approach, comparing causes and consequences of victimization in the US to those in Europe, and specifically Spain. Please note: This course will be taught hybrid (half in English, half in Spanish). Assignments can be completed in English or in Spanish. All students will be interviewed in Spanish by Prof. Rosemary Barberet.

Professional Spanish for Heritage-Language Speakers (3 UJI credits): This course will complement the victimology course by emphasizing advanced use of Spanish language for professional purposes (such as criminal justice practice) and it will be geared specifically to heritage-language speakers.  A UJI professor will teach this course.  

  1. Minimum 2.5 GPA
  2. ENG 101 and CRJ 101, CJBS 101 or ICJ 101, or permission from professor
  3. SPAN 202 or SPAN 212, or equivalent, or permission from professor
  4. Conversational Spanish


  1. Housing: Students will stay in single-occupancy accommodations arranged by Universidad Jaume I.
  2. Fluctuating exchange rates and other fees may lead to program cost changes.
  3. Program cost is based on a minimum number of participants for the program.
  4. Students should discuss applicability of financial aid with the Financial Aid office.
  5. All CUNY students must meet with their study abroad advisor to be sure the proper e-Permit registration process is followed.
  6. 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:
  7. 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.
  8. For faculty-led programs, tuition refunds will be granted following the College’s policies.  For more information, please visit:
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Students are encouraged to apply early, due to limited space.
  13. 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: Monday, April 3, 2017However, 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 $40.00 is due at the time of application. Money orders, personal checks and cash are 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: $2,775.00**
    **Subject to change. Includes 3 UJI credits, single occupancy, dormitory accommodations, some meals, international health insurance, excursions and most transportation on-site associated with program. Also includes an excursion to Valencia and an overnight excursion to Elche for a criminology conference. Does not include JJC tuition (3 credits), airfare, independent airport transfer, some meals, personal expenses and excursions, transportation not associated with the program, etc.


    Summer 2017 Costs

    Please note: all non-CUNY students, please contact OISP for more information

    John Jay College Tuition and Fees
    Undergraduate Tuition and Fees


    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. Rosemary Barberet, Dept. of Sociology 
    Tel.: 212-237-8676
    Professor's Biography
    Sociology Department Homepage

    Ken Yanes, Dep. Director

    Emily Ahmetaj, Coordinator

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

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    524 West 59th Street
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