Study Abroad 2017


How to enroll:

Sign up at the DSU cashier’s office in person on the bottom floor of the Holland Building. In person make sure to reference code #3340.

To enroll online: – click on Study Away at the bottom.

-Keep in mind, if you pay using a credit card there is a 2.75% “convenience” fee (for each payment) charged by the credit card processing company that DSU contracts with.

Advance sign-up is encouraged; and, in fact space is limited in this program. There is a course cap and once that number is reached you will not be able to join this program.

Budget for the trip & course:
Program Costs Per Person Breakdown
DSU Cashier Tour Costs   To be paid to DSU Cashier
Non-refundable Deposit 89 (This non-refundable fee is used to secure space at hotels, tours, and other pre-bookings)
Payments x4 TBD (What’s included: Hotel (double occupancy) with private bathrooms, Tour Director available 24 hours a day from when you arrive until you depart (except where noted on the itinerary, R.C. Morris is the tour director and will be available the 16th – 25th 2015), Continental breakfast daily, Sightseeing tours and excursions led by licensed local guides as specified, Airport transfers and transportation between destination cities (transportation to your gateway city is not provided), Transportation to all included activities, Entrance fees and tickets as specified, Walking tours and Tour Director-led sightseeing as specified, Business and academic visits on tour where specified, Cruises, trains or ferries as specified)*
Insurance 22.50  
Tour Total TBD  
Personal Expenses   To be paid on your own
Flights TBD (RT out of SGU or LAS to LHR and From BRU)**
Tuition TBD (Based on 2016 tuition rates)
Meals TBD (Total is an estimated average, but will vary based on dietary needs)
Personal Total TBD  
Estimated Grand Total TBD All inclusive, including tuition for 3 credit hours.
    *Hotel rate is based on a shared double occupancy. Cost will increase (a lot) for a single room. Dr. Morris can assist you with booking your flights, but because students may use points or other passes to book travel, flights are considered a personal expense. You will need to be in London no later than 9AM on Monday May 15th, 2016. Dr. Morris will be taking a red-eye flight the evening of the 14th. This is also how you should plan to travel.
    **This is an approximate total based on rates currently being advertised. It is possible that travel could be  more expensive at time of booking. In the event that travel arrangements are more expensive, the difference will need to be paid within 90-days of departure, at which time all arrangements will be confirmed. Every effort will be made to secure the best available rates! However, prices cannot be guaranteed until accommodations, tours, etc. have been confirmed. This is also true for your personal expenses. I recommend setting up an airfare alert using:
    Keep in mind that we fly to NYC, take the train to Philly and DC, and then fly home from DC. In the airline industry this is called an Open-Jaw. A good search engine for this: htts://

Tentative Itinerary

Unless noted, all entrance fees are included

Day 1 – Travel to LHR (15 May 2017)

Overnight flight to LHR
Visit the U.N.
Visit Ellis Island
Group dinner
Overnight in NYC

Day 2 – London, England

Battery Park
Statue of Liberty
The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
City Tour
Evening Free time in NYC
Overnight in NYC

Day 3 – London, England

Walking Tour
Empire State building
Afternoon free (good time to see a Broadway show)
Evening: catch train to Philly

Day 4 – London, England

Overnight in Philly
Guided Sightseeing of Philadelphia
Visit Independence National Historic Park
Guided Visit of Independence Hall
Visit to the Liberty Bell Center
Visit the National Constitution Center
Photo Stop at the Former Location of the Walnut Street Jail
Overnight in Philadelphia

Day 5 – London, England

Visit the Penn Museum
Eastern State Penitentiary
Free Time in Philadelphia
Dinner is included this evening.
Overnight in Philadelphia

Day 6 – The Hague, The Netherlands

Visit the Rocky Steps and Fairmount Park
Transfer to D.C. via Train
Visit the National Museum of Crime and Punishment
Evening Walking or Segway Tour of D.C.
Overnight in D.C.

Day 7 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Visit the Smithsonian Museums (try to visit as many as possible!)
Visit the Washington Monument
Dinner is included this evening.
Overnight in the Washington, D.C. Region

Day 8 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Visit the National Archives
U.S. Capitol Building Tour & Visitor’s Center
Visit the Library of Congress
Visit the Supreme Court
Overnight in the Washington, D.C. Region

Day 9 – Brussels, Belgium

Guided Sightseeing of Washington, D.C.
Group Leader-Arranged Activities
Depart from WAS area airport back to LAS or SGU

Day 10 – Brussels, Belgium

Guided Sightseeing of Washington, D.C.
Group Leader-Arranged Activities
Depart from WAS area airport back to LAS or SGU

CJ 4500: Criminal Justice in Global Context I – Study Abroad, London, The Hague, & Brussels
Dr. R.C. Morris, Ph.D.
Every 2 Years: Summer 2017 (1st 5 Week Block), Summer 2019 (1st 5 Week Block), etc.
Course Info
CJ 4500: Criminal Justice in Global Context I – Study Abroad, London, The Hague, Brussels is an experiential learning study away course. The course curriculum takes students through the developments of criminological theorizing and the formation of contemporary American criminal justice systems and practices. The course curriculum emphasizes the role America plays as a charter member of the United Nations and as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. This course also considers America’s role on and ability to be sanctioned by the International Court of Justice, including an examination of the legal jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

The course is broken into two sections.

Section 1 – Travel. During the first two weeks of class students travel to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City visiting foundational sites of American criminal justice. Curriculum engages students through experiential learning tours focusing on the framing of American independence and constitutional governance in Philadelphia, national governance including visits to the supreme court in DC, and the global context of American governance as it relates to immigration and international political standing by visiting Ellis Island and The United Nations in NYC.

A key feature of this course draws a linkage between contemporary American criminal justice as a global and cultural development; emphasis gets placed on the American heritage to British Common Law, the Magna Carta, as well as linkages to ancient systems of control such as the Code of Hammurabi.

Section 2 – Coursework. Following travel, students spend three weeks in class reviewing the experience, and finalize their academic work related to the course. Major assignments include:

Prior to travel –

· Read & Write a book review of: Crime and Punishment in American History

During travel –

· Attendance at all tours, activities, and class sessions

· Active participation at all tours, activities, and class sessions

· Graded daily journal entries

Following travel –

· Course Experience Portfolio

· Oral Presentation of Portfolio

· Short Essay Exam connecting the book to experiential learning in DC, Philly, & NYC

This course can be taken as a separate experiential study away course; however, the curriculum is designed to complement material presented in a sister course: CJ 4500: American Justice in Global Context II: London, The Hague, and Brussels.

This program is offered as a Study Away alternative to the European program. The London, Hague, and Brussels program is approximately 2x the cost of this course.

Students will engage the following course specific learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will progress through Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning by:

Remembering and understanding how the American system of criminal justice was formed, including the role America plays as a member of the United Nations. The judicial jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice for American citizens.

Applying knowledge of these issues on journal reflections, reading summaries, and final essay exam.

Analyzing the foundations of American justice during site activities and tours.

Evaluating the historical context of American criminal justice on the book review as well as the content summaries included in the final portfolio project.

Creating a course portfolio capturing all elements of the experiential learning gained through this program.



Students will engage the following CJ program learning outcomes:

1. Core Program Goal: Provide a Base Knowledge of the Criminal Justice System

Learning Outcomes:

D. By visiting key origin sites, engaging in readings, and participating in the program assignments and activities students will have the knowledge necessary to discuss the process of the development, enforcement, reformation, and behavior of law.

2. Core Program Goal: Communicate the Scientific Pursuit of the Causes of Criminal Behavior

Learning Outcomes:

C. Through experiential learning and exposure to content that relates the progression of American criminal justice practices from historical, global, and cultural perspectives students will be able to more effectively compare and contrast varying theoretical frameworks found in criminal justice systems.

Specific Goals for the Emphasis in Criminology

1. Criminology Emphasis Goal: Develop Critical Thinking Skills in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Learning Outcomes:

B. Students participating in this program will be uniquely equipped to connect real, diverse facts to criminological theories based on their ability to draw from engagement with the experiential learning content of this study away program.

D. Based on personal experience investigating the origins of criminological theorizing and justice systems students will be able to apply problem solving strategies to create solutions to the many challenges faced by those working in and controlled by the criminal justice system.

2. Criminology Emphasis Goal: Application of Criminology and the Study of Criminal Justice

Learning Outcomes:

A. Based on students’ understanding of the historical and cultural origins of justice systems gained by participation in this program students will be better equipped to A. use criminological theory and crime trends to address criminal behavior within certain contexts, B. evaluate the costs and benefits of criminal justice programs and policies, C. identify key applied areas in the discipline and determine whether an applied specialty can provide a solution for a given problem, and D. apply criminological theory and proper research methods to varying criminal behaviors or functions within the criminal justice system.

Students engage Global and Cultural Perspectives (GLOCUP) Learning Objectives:

Global Perspectives

1. By participating in this program students will be exposed to the historical and cultural contexts framing the contemporary American criminal justice system. Key emphasis gets placed on America’s involvement with the United Nations and International Courts of Justice. Program assignments and activities make it possible for a student to examine and critique information and argument related to substantive problems that have a global dimension, and in particular as it relates to international issues of law and justice.

2. The experiential nature of this program focused on international justice, including travel, tours, readings, and the synthesis of these sources of information in a final portfolio project will provide students with a framework to learn how to evaluate sources from a variety of perspectives and use those sources to inform their critique of problems in the global community.

3. Students will visit the newly renovated General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, the Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber in the renovated Conference Building in New York City. Students will learn about how the United Nations addresses issues such as disarmament, peace and security, human rights, and the Millennium Development Goals enhancing their ability to develop informed judgments about global issues.

4. Emphasis placed on the role America plays as a charter member of the United Nations and as a permanent member of the UN Security Council will help students to synthesize and balance information in developing appropriate evidence­based conclusions about global issues including the responsibility the American government has to support those efforts.

Cultural Perspectives

5. Course readings, discussions, and tours will examine theoretical and methodological approaches to cultural differences specific to the development of laws and justice in American culture.

6. The origins of American governance, law, and justice can be traced through British Common Law, the Magna Carta, as well to ancient systems of control such as the Code of Hammurabi. Course curriculum emphasizes these linkages, requiring students to demonstrate an ability to analyze differences and similarities within (or) across cultures as it applies to the historical and global context forming contemporary criminological thinking and American criminal justice systems and practices.

7. Ideas about (criminal) justice are a social construction, as such, all facets of this course require students to examine the role of social factors, e.g., race, gender, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, religion, etc., play in shaping [the] social interaction, cultural worldviews, and individual identities that are crucial to the workings of a system of (criminal) justice.

8. The implications of a “social contract” suggested in no. 7 above are discussed in great detail across all elements of this course. Course assignments are designed to engage student’s sense of awareness about the social and cultural origins of “justice” requiring them to demonstrate an understanding of the interconnectedness of society, culture and individual identity as fundamental building blocks for any system of governance, justice, and law.

In summary, students who complete this course will be able to:

a. Identify cultural differences [as well as similarities] and examine how these differences influence cross­cultural understanding and conflict. In particular, how and why cross-cultural themes are present in the definition and enforcement of “justice” practiced in America and abroad.

b. Engaging the formation of American Criminal Justice in this study away program will provide students with an awareness of the socially created concept known as “justice”; students in this program will be able to better recognize and evaluate the implications of various social structures and the ways people are grouped by such characteristics as status, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

c. The experience of traveling to culturally diverse places alone has the ability help students identify and analyze sources of cultural bias and prejudice in our everyday life and develop ways to reduce these and other forms of biases and prejudices. The curriculum is designed to further enhance these sensitives by helping students to identify cultural differences, as well as similarities, through an examination of how these differences influence cross­cultural understanding of justice

d. Finally, students who participate in this program, reading about and engaging with a body of governance and international relationships like the United Nations, will be able to describe and analyze the concepts of globalization and transnationalism in order to evaluate the interdependent nature of the world we live in.

American Justice in Global Context I – Study Away, DC, Philadelphia, & NYC is a Social Scientific examination of American justice in global context.

The following goals are achieved by students who participate in this course

· Examining the interconnected nature of “justice” from the vantage of social science emphasizes group and individual identity and behavior; economic systems; human development; or historical, political, cultural, and geographic contexts; and the theories and concepts used to explain them

· Given the focus of this course on the historical and cultural development of American justice, the content presented is uniquely suited to: Identify contributions of historically important individuals and ideas to the ideology and current practices of social and behavior science disciplines

To meet these goals, students are required to:

o   Read a substantial and sufficient amount of disciplinary work to provide exposure to the main theories and concepts of the field

o   Participate in lectures, discussions, and experiential learning activities designed to provide exposure to, and a basic understanding of, the core content of the discipline

o   Take exams that measure retention and understanding of course material

o   Engage in activities, including the creation and presentation of a learning portfolio focusing on the themes, events, theories, concepts, and ideas presented during the course.

o   Projects are designed to encourage thoughtful reading, careful analysis in order to display significant understanding in the application of disciplinary knowledge related to American justice.

General Ed


This course is built on the foundation of a General Education

“Undergraduate education offers not only specialized knowledge and professional skills, but also the multiple views and general intellectual abilities developed by the study of liberal arts and sciences. General Education is the component of the undergraduate curriculum devoted to exposing students to multiple areas of knowledge, methods of inquiry, and ideas that the College and scholarly community believe are common to well-educated persons. Ideally, General Education empowers individuals, liberates the mind from ignorance, and cultivates social responsibility.  General Education forms the basis for developing important intellectual capacities and skills. It also provides a strong foundation for future learning, both within a college major and for the rest of one’s life.”

This course exposes students to the historical, cultural, and varied social psychological conditions that have come together to form the system and practice of justice in America. A key element of how this gets accomplished comes from travel to foundational sites. Travel to new cultural experiences alone has the potential to accomplish the GE goal “Education forms the basis for developing important intellectual capacities and skills. It also provides a strong foundation for future learning, both within a college major and for the rest of one’s life.” Add to the travel experience, a curriculum that is principally designed to impact a student’s life learning skills and CJ 4500 becomes a fantastic delivery system for the outcomes hoped for from GE.



Academic Strength

How strong is the link to academic programs?

The link to the CJ – Criminology emphasis is very strong. While participating in study away in NYC, Philly, and DC students will be exposed to the foundational sights for American justice. In addition, students will tour places like Eastern State Penitentiary, The Supreme Court, and the FBI building in DC.

Meets a legitimate academic goal or requirement for students, providing academically sound credit.

·         Prior to travel students will be required to read the text: Crime and Punishment in American History

Following travel, we will spend three weeks in class discussing the tour, going over the portfolios that students are finalizing as well as discussing how criminological theory and their experiences inform their opinions of the foundations for American justice as a globalized system.

Is part of a department and school objectives, consistent with regular department curriculum.

This study away course will be taught as a three (3) credit upper division CJ course, using CJ 4500: special issues, as the source of curriculum credit. Using CJ 4500 gives students more opportunities for students to take upper division courses. There are no prerequisite courses to take this program. CJ 4500 can be repeated up to three times on an individual student’s transcript.

Builds academic reputations and connections; is sustainable.

Part of the course is focused on the early developments of American justice as a product of systems borrowed from English common law. We will be connecting these developments to the international scope of law and justice. There are many opportunities for students to connect with American as well as international students and faculty and professionals as we tour these foundational sites.

The program is sustainable because CJ 4500: Special Issues is a repeatable course. The NYC, Philly, DC study away experience will take place every other year. On the off year students will be given the opportunity to travel for course credit to London, The Hague, and Brussels for CJ 4500 – American Justice in Global Context II: London, The Hague, and Brussels.

Has full approval of department and school.

As director and professor leading this study away program I have successfully lead one program abroad and I have also reached out to other faculty on campus who have lead students on successful study away programs. I have spoken with my program director (Dr. Lish Harris) and the chair of Social and Behavior Sciences (Dr. Robert Carlson), both are excited about the opportunity for students. We also have full support from the Dean of the college of Humanities, Dr. Richard Featherstone.

Is the program safe?

Avoids putting students, faculty, and college in compromising, illegal, or unsafe positions.

Avoids compromising students or faculty health.

Has detailed contingency plan for emergency situations.

To all of the above the answer is: Yes! While travel itself bears some inherent “risk” every effort has, is, and will be made to minimize any risk that a student faces by participating in this course. For instance, the course will require that students carry travel insurance.

Strategic Value:

Does the program meet department, school, and college strategic priorities?

Yes. See the note below about meeting the aims of a DSU education.

Does not interfere with time to graduation.

This course will not interfere with time to graduation. In fact, the course is being structured to take place during the early summer semester (Maymester) with travel currently scheduled to commence on May 16, 2016. Following travel students will engage in formal in-class work to finalize their program.

Is in harmony with the aims of a DSU education.

The University Mission Statement is based on three core themes:

Core Theme 1: A Culture of Learning

Dixie State University promotes a campus-wide culture of learning; delivers excellent teaching; and prepares knowledgeable and competent students who achieve their educational goals.

Core Theme 2: A Culture of Values

Dixie State University invests in a culture of values which include service, citizenship, diversity, ethics, and collaboration.

Core Theme 3: A Culture of Community

Dixie State University builds and maintains strong relationships between students, faculty, staff and community to foster economic growth and a continuum of educational, cultural and recreational enrichment.

This study away program provides students with the opportunity to broaden their cultural experience and understanding; this is accomplished by providing students with explicit firsthand experience in the locations where criminology, serial crime, and the American legal system originated. Implicitly, students engage in these learning activities in a new cultural setting which is, by itself, an important way to develop a sense of diversity, ethical consideration, and collaboration.

This study away also takes the DSU name and reputation further out into the world, helping to promote our growth as well as cultural and recreational enrichment.

Is sustainable.

As mentioned above, the program is sustainable because CJ 4500: Special Issues is a repeatable course. The NYC, Philly, DC study away experience will take place every other year.

Will run for more than one year (one year programs may be approved but the college has more interest in programs that will run multiple years).

On the off year when the NYC, Philly, DC study away is not taking place students will be given the opportunity to travel for course credit to other locations. At present it is currently planned that the NYC, Philly, DC study aboard will take place every other year.

Cultural and Political Sensitivity:

Is the program culturally and politically sensitive?

Yes. In fact, giving students a sense of cultural and political sensitivity is a main purpose of this course!

Prepares students for and promotes respectful and appreciative interactions with others with an understanding of the social, economic, political, historical, religious, and cultural context of their experience away, and will be sustainable related to these concepts.

Yes, again, in fact one of the main purposes of this course is to demonstrate the linkage between modern (American) theory, law, and criminal justice practice to the English systems that the American systems were built on. In class, following travel, this linkage will also be dated back to earlier systems, such as the Code of Hammurabi. The point is to create a sense of respect for other social systems, grounding that sense of respect in a linked common heritage.

Avoids creating expectations that cannot be met.

Every effort is made to make the cost of travel as well as academic work accessible to the broadest range of students possible.

Avoids the appearance of siding with or supporting one political faction or other political view versus another.

There will be no course related travel or academic work that would appear to side with one political faction or view over another.

Program Costs:

Is the program financially viable and sustainable?

One of the primary goals of the NYC, Philly, DC program is to give students a less expensive study away option. The Europe trip is quite expensive, with a cost of about $4,000.00. The goal of the NYC, Philly, DC program, is to provide an option that is roughly half that cost. I have instructed students that we must have at least 10 students sign up and take the course for credit in order for the tuition and cost of the course to be viable. This ratio will be strictly followed.

Wisely uses human, financial, and other resources of DSC, faculty, and students.

Use of all DSU faculty and student time including facilities will be geared toward student learning and meeting the learning goals outlined above in the university mission statement.

Program is financially self-sufficient.

Based on the 10/1 ratio mentioned above the program is self-sufficient.

Does not place undo financial stress on students.

Since CJ 4500 can be taken multiple times and is an elective credit the cost of the program is undertaken voluntarily. Despite this fact, every effort has, is, and will be made to make the study away opportunity available to the widest possible range of students.

Various costs of program are carefully detailed, worked out, and approved.

This is done in consultation with the DSU Study Away Office (i.e., Kathy Kinney, etc.)

Does not presume upon locals in foreign areas.

All tours, visitations, and interactions will be pre-arranged and pre-approved. It is my goal to run a smooth and professional study away program. It is not in my plans (or nature) to simply “drop in” on professionals in the overlapping fields of law, criminal justice, or academia which would in any way require them to accommodate our course without prior approval and arrangement.

Does not presume on departmental/college funds.

See the note above regarding 10/1 and tuition. This study away program seeks to be self-supporting.

Weighs the strategic importance with costs and benefits.

For many students the bottom line might be the cost. Travel is not a cheap opportunity. However, the value of exposing students to a rich vibrant cultural environments outweighs the expense. Experiencing firsthand the site where modern American justice took shape provides an opportunity for learning that cannot be gained in other ways.

Additionally, getting the DSU student body to interact with students from other American universities as they travel with the larger group of students taking Tours is an invaluable experience. It also exposes the DSU “brand” to an audience of both American and international persons that would not otherwise have exposure to our university.

Addendum: Q & A Post Committee Review

What are the actual dates of the trip?

Travel will commence on May 16th and complete on May 25th. We will meet in class following the trip. Final trip portfolios will be due no later than 06/17/2016.

The program director and DSU may cancel any tour for events beyond its control, including but not limited to instability, acts of God, war (whether declared or undeclared), terrorist activities, incidents of violence, public health issues or quarantine, substantial currency fluctuations, strikes, government restrictions, fire or severe weather conditions that make it impossible or commercially unreasonable in the opinion of DSU to conduct the tour. If DSU cancels the tour for any such reason, travelers will receive a refund, less the $89 non-refundable deposit and any additional non-refundable fees. Cancellation by DSU for causes described in this section shall not be a violation of its obligations to any traveler.


These Booking Conditions are valid for for this study away program only and are subject to change.

What’s included in the tour price?

  • Non-refundable $89 deposit
  • Accommodations in hotels (double occupancy) with private bathrooms (unless otherwise indicated on your itinerary)
  • A Tour Director available 24 hours a day from when you arrive until you depart (except where noted on the itinerary, R.C. Morris is the tour director and will be available the 16th – 25th 2015)
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing tours and excursions led by licensed local guides as specified
  • Airport transfers and transportation between destination cities
  • Transportation to all included activities
  • Entrance fees and theater tickets as specified
  • Walking tours and Tour Director-led sightseeing as specified
  • Business and academic visits on tour where specified
  • Cruises, trains or ferries as specified
  • DSU Travel insurance

What does the non-refundable deposit include?

All travelers must pay the non-transferable, non-refundable $89 deposit upon enrollment in order for the enrollment to be complete. The $89 nonrefundable deposit includes:

Dr. Morris’ standard cancellation policy and travel warning cancellation

Processing and tour space holding services by Dr. Morris

What’s NOT included in the tour price?

  • Airfare
  • Applicable tuition (if taken for college credit) including academic supplies needed to take a study away tour/course for academic credit.
  • Optional and shore excursions
  • Beverages, lunches, and most dinners (except where specified)
  • Shore excursions on cruises
  • Transportation to free-time activities
  • Customary gratuities (for your Tour Director, bus driver, and local guides)
  • Non-standard rooming
  • Porterage
  • Any applicable baggage-handling fees imposed by the airlines
  • Expenses caused by airline rescheduling, cancellations or delays caused by the airlines, severe weather conditions or events beyond DSU or Dr. Morris’ control
  • Any personal identification fees including but not limited to Passport, visa and reciprocity fees
  • Souvenirs

What if the Group Leader changes the travel dates?

If the travel dates are changed by request of your Group Leader, it is the Group Leader’s responsibility to communicate this change to the group. It is the traveler’s responsibility to pay any difference in price.

Will the travel itinerary ever be changed?

Based on the travel dates, there may be times when it becomes necessary to modify your itinerary. Sometimes this involves changing the order in which cities are visited, altering your length of stay in a city or using an alternate airport. On certain days, especially holidays, some tour inclusions may be unavailable. Special educational visits, such as business visits, school visits and lectures, workshops and student exchange meetings, are subject to availability and can be modified. In such cases, DSU and Dr. Morris will have to substitute different inclusions.


It is recommended that travelers enroll as soon as possible because tours tend to fill up quickly. To enroll contact the DSU cashier’s office and reference the following tour number: 3340

Enrollment must be completed at least 95 days prior to departure. Travelers should provide complete first, middle and last names and date of birth as they appear (or will appear) on their Driver’s License.

What if a traveler has to correct their name?

Any fees associated with changes are the responsibility of the traveler.

Once the traveler have enrolled in DSU’s Monthly Payment Plan the following will apply:

A minimum of three automated payments is required. If you do not meet the minimum payment requirement, DSU will use the payment method you have provided for DSU’s Monthly Payment Plan toward the $89 non-refundable deposit.

You will be responsible for the remaining payments using our manual payment plan.

If you are paying by checking account or debit card, please verify that there are sufficient funds available for monthly deductions. A non-refundable $35 fee will be assessed each time a checking account payment is returned due to insufficient funds. A non-refundable $35 fee will be assessed each time a credit or debit card is declined. A secondary credit card may be submitted for backup in the event the primary card is declined. No fee will be assessed if the secondary card is approved. If paying by checking account, DSU does not allow a backup payment method. If a payment is declined, your plan will be recalculated to have that payment redistributed across your remaining scheduled payments, starting with the next month. DSU reserves the right to withdraw you from the plan after two consecutive months of payment decline.


The cancellation policies take into consideration the costs DSU incurs long before groups ever depart.

Notice of cancellation from a DSU tour will only be accepted from the traveler, his or her legal guardian or the Group Leader. The date of cancellation will be determined by the date on which DSU receives notice.

Cancellation refunds can only be made to the person whose name appears on the account; payments cannot be transferred to another account.


150 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less the $89 non-refundable deposit and a $250 cancellation fee.*

149 to 95 days prior to departure

Full refund less the $89 non-refundable deposit and a $450 cancellation fee.*

94 to 30 days prior to departure

Full refund less the $89 non-refundable deposit and

50% of the program price.*

29 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued.


150 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less the $89 non-refundable deposit.*

149 to 95 days prior to departure

Full refund less the $89 non-refundable deposit and a $100 substitution fee.*

94 days or less prior to departure

Replacements can no longer be accepted

Cancellation with replacement refers to a traveler who cancels but finds a person to replace him or her for the same program. The replacement’s Enrollment

* Non-refundable fees are also deducted from refunds.

Please make all payments on time to qualify for refunds in accordance with the standard cancellation policy.


Refunds for overpayments will be issued upon written request and the most recent payment has been on the account for 21 days. Refunds will be issued in the name that appears on the DSU account. All refund checks are mailed 4-6 weeks after the request has been processed. There will be a non-refundable $35 stop-payment fee for lost refund checks.

Travel Warning Cancellation

If a formal travel warning is issued for any location you are traveling to, you could be eligible to receive a refund.