Criminal Justice Work

Crime exists all over the world and knows no borders. From terrorism to organised crime to illegally downloaded content, crime is omnipresent and international. And to keep up, law enforcement needs to look across national borders as well.

This means for professionals working in law enforcement and crime prevention – police, policy makers, paralegals and social workers – that they have to work together with their international counterparts. In this programme, you learn about the various aspects of international crime fighting. Assignments and lectures have a practical approach and are developed in co-creation with practitioners in the field.

Useful to know

Start date February
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code AIV-MCJW-16
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

Crime is all over the world and has no borders. Well-known examples are international terrorism or organised crime. But it can also be seen in petty crimes like possession of cannabis for personal use, smuggling fireworks or downloading music.

Our minor programme Criminal Justice Work focuses on the various aspects of international crime fighting, providing you with invaluable insights and practical applications. You will work together intensively in an international group of students.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Heidi van Houten.

This programme is truly international, with students from all over the world, and offers you a virtual journey through the culturally diverse legal, governmental and social views on crime control and prevention. The programme consists of six courses, three per period.



Cultural criminology


Criminal Law in European Context


Public Management of Security


Strengthening Social Capital and Social Network


Effective Probation in European Context


Working Alliance


There are no additional entry requirements.

English CEFR level B2.

Please note: You may be asked to take a language assessment test before the start of the programme. If your English language skills are below the required level, you may not be able to enter the course, as you need to be able to actively participate in (parts of) the programme. In all cases, the programme manager makes the final decision.

In our Course Guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document.

Examination of the courses will normally be written individual assignments or exams. In some courses students are required to give an oral group presentation.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit the practical information site. Read here for more info about how to arrange housing. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

Find out how to apply

Ready for an international adventure?

Why choose HU?

  • Fighting globalised crime together

    Globalisation requires criminal justice professionals to change their mindset. This programme, with its international participants and lecturers, aims to do just that. It focuses on current developments, and assignments and lectures have a practical approach and are developed with practitioners in the field.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

Exterior Padualaan 97, Utrecht Science Park

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