CTSS Study Abroad in Portugal: Summer 2017

CTSS Study Abroad

This Summer the UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS) is seeking highly motivated students to become involved in an immersive 2-week study abroad program in Portugal. This program offers two distinct courses, the first course is aimed at giving students a broad insight into criminal justice issues in Portugal and across Europe (including drugs, policing, prisons). The second course is a CTSS internship that will start in Portugal and continue into the Fall 2017 semester. This program offers 9 credits in total (6 credits for the Summer programs with an additional 3 credits earnt during the Fall 2017 semester).


Where? This first week of this course will take place at the University of Minho Braga in North Western Portugal. Here students will engage in local culture, and local events such as the Bom Jesus Festival. The second week of the course will take place in the city of Lisbon.

When? The trip will run from June 16th until June 30th. However students are encouraged to travel before, during (at the weekend) and after the trip.

How much? The fees for the trip (not including tuition or airfare) are estimated to cost $1500. However scholarships of between $400 – $800 may be available.

CRIM 3800: Comparative Criminal Justice

The goal of this course is to educate students on the issues, methods and policies of criminal justice in Portugal in order to serve as a unique comparison point for their ongoing learning and development. Specifically this course will involve students’ being exposed to lectures by leading Portuguese faculty (lectures will be delivered in English) on issues such as recidivism, drugs, cultural integration, cyber security and Portuguese law. In addition to this students will also be exposed to several immersive experiences such as visiting local Portuguese prisons in order to see these  differences in-action.

CRIM 4910: P2P Internship

Over the past several years we have seen a exponential increase in the number of people who have become radicalized “online.” As part of this effort the Department of Defense (in partnership with Facebook) has chosen specific Universities to develop projects that seek to combat and challenge the “pull” of violent extremist organizations. The Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is part of this on-going effort. During this study abroad experience students will use their experiences and reflections on Portuguese culture, history and the security climate to support the development of a Countering Violent Extremism Project (CVE). This CVE project will then be fully developed in the Fall 2017 semester and will be delivered to the Department of Defense in December 2017. Submissions from the Top-5 universities will then be invited to Washington D.C. to present on their project.

If you are interested in applying for this program please contact neil_shortland@uml.edu as soon as possible. Spaces are limited.