The Washburn University criminal justice and legal studies department will participate in a two-week international study program in May 2021 in conjunction with the University College Leuven-Limburg in Belgium. This experience will allow students from Washburn to partner with the students at UCLL to study international differences in law and to develop a better understanding of the cross-cultural significance of diversity in the legal system.
The Experience and Impact
Students participating in this adventure will be given a unique opportunity to experience cultural diversity and diversity in legal systems. Students will bring those experiences back with them to the classrooms at Washburn University and share those experiences with others.
While in Leuven, students will:
- Have a guided walking tour of Leuven by a UCLL faculty member.
- Attend lectures and workshops with UCLL students.
- Work on a comparative law project.
- Take a guided tour of the Leuven Court of Law and observe trials and court proceedings.
Students will also:
- Tour the Justice Palace and European Parliament in Brussels, as well as other cathedrals and museums in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, and the battlefields in Ypres.
- Travel to Paris, where they will experience Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the catacombs.
- Spend a day in Versailles, touring the Palace of Versailles and gardens.
The experience was very positive for students who participated in the program in May 2019, and it will once again be a meaningful experience. However, the cost will be approximately $3,000 for each student. The criminal justice and legal studies department is exploring all possible assistance for funding this trip, and would be so grateful for any alumni and Washburn supporters in our community who would be willing to contribute to making this opportunity a reality for our students.