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  • Locations: Aarhus, Denmark; Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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What You Need to Know

With Amsterdam as the primary study location, this course will introduce you to cutting-edge harm reduction and pragmatic public health strategies that address alcohol, other drugs, and addictive behavior from a human rights perspective.  Students will examine drug policies from around the world, assessing their impact at the regional, state, national, and international levels.  At their core, drug use and addiction are health problems; however, they are intrinsically linked to crime and criminal justice in most countries.  In recent deacdes drug prevention has focused on interdiction of drug trafficking, associated violence, organized crime, and law enforcement rather than on the public health facets of drug use.  You'll observe diverse drug policies in action and meet with leading experts who hold diverse views on effective and coherent drug policy.  Issues surrounding the definition, incidence, trends, control, treatment, and prevention of addiction will be explored using theoretical and empirical resources. 

Students will attend the 2017 International Society for the Study of Drug Policy Conference in Aarhus, Denmark where they will interact with the worlds leading experts in drug policy.

Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing at any accredited college or university are eligible to apply to this program.

Travel and Living

Travel and Living 2017: TBD

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  SU Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.


Global Perspectives on Alcohol and Other Drug Policies
HTW 412/612, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.


Dessa Bergen-Cico
, Ph.D., C.A.S., is a faculty member in the Department of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition and leads faculty for the Addiction Studies Program at Syracuse University.  Bergen-Cico is a certified addiction specialist who conducts research on the impact of war and geopolitical forces on substance use and addictive behaviors. She authored the book War and Drugs: The Role of Military Conflict in the Development of Substance Abuse.


 Program begins:  May 16, 2015 
 Program ends:  May 27, 2017
 Application deadline:  February 10*

* Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


 Tuition  $3,468 (2016 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,800 (estimated) 
 Total  $6,268 (estimated)
GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $4,329 (2016 rate) 
 Program Fee  $2,800 (estimated)
 Total  $7,129 (estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,300
Books & Supplies: $50
Personal: $400
Meals: $400

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.