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This exclusive study abroad experience is a great opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of public policy in another country, helping them to become more well-rounded graduates in an increasingly globalized world.
UTSA Criminal Justice students took part in the 8th annual CRJ Study Abroad program to Spain. The program was led by Professors Roger Enriquez, and Henry Meade, M.P.A. and lasted two weeks.
While abroad, students visited the cities of Elche, Alicante, Granada, and Madrid where they sat in on lectures given by various University and city officials.
The Universidad Miguel Hernandez De Elche hosted a presentation for our students regarding the criminology in Spain as well as immigration laws and issues. Professor Jose E. Medina of the National Police of Elche and professor of criminology also took students on a detailed tour of their campus and showed students common departmental practices and processes.
The group also visited the Supreme Court in Alicante where they were given a presentation about common court cases and crime statistics in the surrounding area. Here, students were able to make connections between the United States and Spain’s criminal justice systems.
Additionally, the group takes a day trip to the city of Granada. While in Granada the group visits the University of Granada and the Alhambra.
What Students Have To Say About The Trip:
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a country’s history and I am so thankful that I experienced it firsthand. I was thankfully one of the lucky ones who got the chance to see [Spain’s] Supreme Court.”
“Today we visited the Supreme Court in Alicante, Spain. I admire the program they have for women, it helps to inform them about the law in relation to abuse and rape. It is so liberating to know that law makers are willing to do that for victims of domestic abuse.”
“I like the fact that Alicante’s system is working towards re-offenders/family violence/women victims and domestic violence. It seems to have a huge impact on the crime rates in the area.”
“I learned so much today, but one of the main points that stuck out to me was that Spain is made up of different provinces. There was so much interesting history to learn! I plan on looking at Spain with a new respect - the country is so rich in heritage and full of expression.”
Roger Enriquez, J.D.
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Margie Montana Trevino, Administrative Associate
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