Criminology in Chicago

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Second year BA Criminology students enrolled on Crime, Risk and Community Safety (CRIM2004) or Crime, Deviance & Subcultures (Crim2086)  are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 45 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The trip will involve students taking field notes and photographs of the urban environment to map out the enduring legacy of the Chicago School of Criminological thought on current issues to do with crime, risk, crime prevention, policing and youth subcultures.

Students will get to speak with and interview key stakeholders from Chicago Police Department to find out about how they are using Big Data algorithms in the fight against crime and receive demonstrations of this technology in action. They will also get to speak with community representatives who have worked on the internationally acclaimed Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, and see first-hand how this has helped communities and gang involvement. Students will also get a debriefing from the Office of the Mayor and hear about what the Mayor is currently doing to tackle a range of crime and disorder issues in the city.

There will also be an opportunity to attend a series of lectures at the University of Chicago,featuring world renowned scholars such as Professor Andrew Abbot, where they will hear about recent ground breaking research on the issues of crimes, urban development and youth subcultures. The lecture will also include MSc Criminology students from the University of Chicago, meaning DMU participants will be able to hear about student life and criminology from the perspective of Chicago students

Cultural activities

Students will be able to take part in a variety of activities during the trip, many of which can relate back to the academic aims and lessons from the trip – for example, the Chicago Gang and Mob tour and the Shedd Aquarium tie in nicely with the academic activities and overall learning, providing an entertaining platform form which to extend students’ knowledge and understanding and provide points of discussion. Additional activities such as the bus tour will provide students with an opportunity to see the ecological development of the city and the different ‘zones of transition’. Further cultural activities such as the Cloud Gate sculpture and the Art Institute of Chicago will be useful in contextualising the broader historical development of Chicago.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 13 April 2020
  • Return date: Sunday 19 April 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £850
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers,  food & drink, cultural activities (£50), and visa.
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 21 October 2019 9am