Comparative Justice in Ireland


This program is on pause for 2022 but is expected to return in summer 2023
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Criminal Justice program is offering a Comparative Justice study abroad program to Dublin, Ireland. This comparative exploration of the Republic of Ireland’s justice system is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in criminal justice, juvenile justice, law, sociology, or human relations.
Throughout this two week program, students will meet with representatives from the court, police and correctional systems. Site visits will include the criminal court, a prison, and a juvenile facility. Students will spend time exploring Dublin, taking in the historical sites and getting a feel for the culture and rich history. Also, there is one day trip planned to Cork and Cobh with a stop at Blarney Castle. This trip will include a tour of Spike Island (prison island) and Cork City Gaol.
Note: This program is open to students across campuses with previous experience or interest in a related field.
See the sample schedule for the program here.

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity:

  • learn about the similarities and differences of the Irish and Amrican justice systems
  • develop a deeper understanding of the factors that influence different laws, policing styles, and correctional techniques
  • explore Dublin's rich culture and history and travel to several sites across Ireland

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a city rich in vibrant culture and history.  Originally founded as a Viking settlement, it has become Ireland's principal city.  The city resides on the banks of the river Liffey and is home to one of the youngest populations in Europe.  It is full of rich cultural and artistic heritage. 
Dublin is home to many a monument, castle and church.  Opportunities to visit popular cultural sites such as Dublin Castle, O'Connell Street, Grafton Street, and Trinity college are among the out of the classroom experiences you can enjoy.  Dublin also has more green spaces per kilometer than any other European city.  

Where You'll Live: 
Your accommodation will be situated right beside the up-and-coming, lively area of Smithfield in Dublin city center. You will be less than a 25 minute walk to Griffith
College! Smithfield was laid out in the mid-17th century as a marketplace but in the early 21st century it was the hub of a revitalization effort where 400,000 cobblestones were removed, cleaned by hand and re-installed. Its center is a modern square, called Smithfield Plaza, surrounded by glass buildings,dramatic lighting and home to the indie Lighthouse Cinema.

You will stay in shared apartments for the duration of your stay in Dublin and will share a room with 1-2 other students on the program.

What is included:

  • equipped kitchens
  • shared bedrooms
  • shared private bath per apartment
  • laundry
  • wi-fi
  • linens
  • microwave

* Meals are not included

What You'll Study: 

You will take a 3 credit course on Comparative Justice in Ireland. The course will be taught by the Pitt faculty and will include lectures, guest speakers, city tours, and cultural activities.
You will also get to visit Kilmainham Gaol, travel to Belfast and spend a day on Irish "prison island" - Spike Island. 
Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found at

Comparative Justice in Ireland (ADMJ1495)

This course examines the criminal justice system of the Republic of Ireland in comparison to the United States. Police, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice systems are included in the topics of discussion. This course will take place primarily in Dublin, Ireland where students will meet with professionals from each of these specialized areas. Students will participate in tours of historical locations. They will also participate in discussions on the significance of the history and culture to the development of Ireland’s criminal justice system.

Pitt runs this program in partnership with CAPA: The Global Education Network. For more than 45 years CAPA: The Global Education Network has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet students goals for learning abroad. 
The CAPA Dublin Center is hosted at Griffith College, a private Irish college located close to the city center.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Dr. Shawn Alfonso Wells

Hujambo, Hola, Bon jour! I am the Exchange and Panther Programs Manger. I have a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and am an Adjunct professor of Anthropology who has taught in the Anthropology, History, Sociology, and Africana Studies departments at Pitt and CMU. I recently helped students to achieve their goals as their Academic Advisor. I did my fieldwork on Color Classification in Cuba and have led many ground breaking experiential student trips to Cuba. I love learning about different cultures and want to help facilitate students being able to travel abroad learn the world. I look forward to assisting you to achieve your goals.


Schedule a Zoom appointment with me below or get in touch with me through email to discuss exchange options and your future global experience.


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Your In-Country Contacts: 

Patricia Brougham

Dr. Patricia Brougham is a Smethport native who relocated back to the region after having spent more than 20 years in north central West Virginia, where she worked in the juvenile justice arena. Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, she was the director of treatment and programs for a secure-care facility for adjudicated juveniles age 12-21. She has also run an intensive outpatient program for adolescents with substance abuse and addiction issues and worked in various residential programs for juveniles.

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $2,328 $2,528
Program Fee $1,671 $1,671
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $4,299 $4,499

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,000 - $1,200
Personal Expenses and Meals $750 - $1,500

The amounts above are for the 2019-2020 academic year and should be used as estimates only. Pricing for 2020-2021 will be posted and announced in the fall term.

What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • Shared accommodations for the duration of the program
  • Class related site visits such as visits to local prisons and museums
  • Cultural activities such as a Dublin sightseeing bus tour
  • Full day excursion to Cork to visit Blarney Castle, Spike Island, and Cork City Gaol.
  • Full day excursion to Belfast
  • International travel health insurance
When You'll Go: 

Dates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be posted in the fall!