Sam Houston State University Offers Study Abroad In China, UK

Criminal justice students have the opportunity to visit and learn about systems in China and the United Kingdom this summer through two study abroad programs offered by the College of Criminal Justice.

The program is designed specifically for criminal justice students, who will be able to earn three hours of college credit, while immersing themselves in the culture and landmarks of each destination.

The program in Scotland and England, open to both undergraduate and graduate students, will be led by criminal justice professor Mitchel Roth and will include visits to prisons such as Wandsworth and Pentonville, the oldest working British prison, as well as tours of museums, the Tower of London, Parliament, and Old Bailey.

While in the United Kingdom, students will visit Bramshill Police College and interact with police officials, probation officers, and other criminal justice professionals.

There also will be opportunities to participate in the Jack the Ripper night-time walking tour, take a Thames River boat tour to Greenwich, see the Magna Carta in Salisbury, and visit historic sites like Stonehenge, Cambridge, Canterbury, Bath, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Interested students should contact Roth at or 936.294.1649 or visit his office in University Hotel Room C-221.

Assistant professor of criminal justice Yan Zhang will lead the trip to China, also open to undergraduate or graduate students.

This trip will provide criminal justice students with an overview of China’s law enforcement system and will explore historical and contemporary policing issues by participating in exchanges with police cadets, interacting with police professionals, and visiting major and local police departments.

In addition, this course will introduce the students to Chinese culture, customs and cuisine by visiting such historical sites as West Lake, Linyin Temple, Leifeng Pagoda and the National Tea Museum in Hangzhou; Putuo Mountain; Xitang Ancient Town, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower; the Bund (Wai Tan), Nang Jing Road, and Jade in Shanghai; and Buddha Temple, Yu Garden, Huangpu River Cruise and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Students interested in visiting China should contact Zhang at or 936.294.3034.

To reserve a spot in the study abroad classes, students must complete an application and provide a $100 non-refundable deposit by April 1.

The application is available online at

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