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  • Locations: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Winter Break in Sweden:
Youth, Delinquency, and the Swedish Welfare State


Program Overview

This International Course Abroad (ICA) examines the research, policies and practices surrounding the juvenile justice system in Sweden. By visiting youth detention facilities and speaking with practitioners and researchers, participants will experience, first-hand, an alternate practical and theoretical framework for juvenile justice, as well as the cultural context necessary to support such a system.

This ICA focuses on the social, political, and economic circumstances that have allowed the Sweden to develop a distinctive youth justice system that is often lauded as both unique and exceptional. Students will be assigned a set of readings, including academic research articles and a book, to provide them with a baseline understanding of how this system was developed, the role of the welfare and how it is currently functioning. The academic materials will be augmented by a study abroad experience that will focus on site visits to detention facilities and justice agencies, as well as museums, cultural institutions and other sites relevant to the substantive materials.

Students will participate in periodic lectures before setting out on daily experimental learning activities. A secondary program goal is to allow students to have an immersive experience within Scandinavian culture in order to provide the necessary contextualization for the justice systems being examined.

By participating in this program, students will be able to:

• Describe the modern Swedish youth justice system
• Understand the political, historical and cultural factors, including the welfare state, that have shaped this system
• Distinguish and apply criminological theories and purposes within these systems
• Compare and contrast these systems to the American/ domestic approach to juvenile justice
• Critically consider emerging issues within the criminal justice systems in Scandinavia
• Appreciate Scandinavian culture

First Year Students are eligible to apply for this program!


Credit/Registration: Students accepted to this program will be automatically registered for CJS 380 Youth, Delinquency, and the Swedish Welfare State 3 credits for winter term. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum.
Scandinavia Criminal Justice
Pre-Trave Requirements
There will be one mandatory, preparatory class meetings during the fall term.


  • Jordan Hyatt, JD PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Synøve N. Andersen, PhD, Faculty Fellow, Department of Criminology and Justice Studies, Drexel University, and Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

Program Calendar

Arrival:       December 5, 2021Norway ICA Group Photo
Departure: December 11, 2021

Tentative Itinerary Overview

Day 0               Depart USA
Day 1               Arrive in Stockholm: Program overview
Day 2               Cultural Foundations: Orientation, Museum visits
Day 3               Academic Foundations: Stockholm University, Group activity, Group dinner
Day 4               Arrest & Diversion: Police and Prosecutor visit
Day 5               Youth Justice: SiS visit, Group dinner
Day 6               Site Visit: Barby Facility
Day 7               Depart Sweden

Program Fee - $1,900

Due September 30th, 2021   $500 Advance Payment
Due November 1st, 2021      $1,400 Final Payment
All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.Norway ICA Waterfront

Included in Program Fee:

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Local transportation
  • Charter transportation to site visit
  • Group tours and admission fees
  • Course materials and guest speakers from criminal justice agencies & universities
  • Coffee & light refreshments on select tours and lectures
  • Group meal featuring local and holiday cuisine
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (estimates):

  • Transatlantic airfare    $850
  • Airport transfers          $100
  • Most meals                 $260
  • Spending money         $100
  • Passport/visa              $140
ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students’ eligible for additional financial aid.  Students may also be eligible to apply for Drexel's ICA Scholarships.

More Information

  • Visa: US citizens are not required to have a visa for entry to Sweden.
  • Other nationalities must verify on the Sweden Embassy Website. 
Grading Scale

A+             97- 100      C+      77- 79    
A               93- 96        C        73- 76    
A-              90- 92        C-       70- 72  
B+             87- 89        D+       67- 69 
B               83- 86        D         60- 66
B-              80- 82        F          < 60  

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2022 09/30/2021 10/14/2021 12/05/2021 12/11/2021