Policy Studies Center

group photo of students in Spain with UTSA flag group photo of students in spain with ocean behind them group photo of students in spain in front of spanish police department

photo of student standing in front of historic building in spain

group photo of students with police officers in spain group photo of students in spain in front of historic building

Public Policy in Spain

Join us for the 10th annual study abroad experience in Spain! It is a great opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of public policy in another country, helping them to become more well-rounded in an increasingly globalized world.

Program Information

  • Dates: Summer 2019, May 16-27, 2019
  • Credits: 3 Credit Hours
  • CRJ 6343 Study Abroad: International Criminal Justice (Graduate); CRJ 4843 Study Abroad: International Criminal Justice (Undergraduate)
  • UG – sophomores or above 2.5+ GPA; Graduate Students – 3.0 GPA, and 6 hours completed
  • No special language skills are required, but Spanish would be helpful
  • Program fees for participation – $3,200 per person + tuition and fees
  • You must have a valid passport!
  • $450 deposit due to Fiscal Services by February 1, 2019 (submit receipt to Policy Studies Center)

UTSA Criminal Justice students took part in the 9th annual CRJ Study Abroad program to Spain. The program was led by Professors Roger Enriquez, and Henry Meade, M.P.A. and lasted ten days.

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.

Fee Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Bus throughout trip
  • 10 nights of hotels (double occupancy)
  • Meals as specified by itinerary
  • 24-hour worldwide emergency service
  • Business and academic visits on tour where specified

How to Apply

  • Fill out an Enrollment Form and return it to the Policy Studies Center office located at Buena Vista (BV) 4.304, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Submit your non-refundable deposit to fiscal services using the deposit slip included in the enrollment packet and bring the receipt to the Policy Studies Center.

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.” – Marlene Valadez

“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.” – Leonard Chavez

“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.” – Darcelle Wolfgang

“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.” – Tiffany Barrera

For more information, contact:

Roger Enriquez, J.D.
Associate Professor
Buena Vista Building (BV) 4.304
210.458.2691 voice
210.458.2680 fax