International Summer School on Crime, Law and Psychology, Czech Republic

Publish Date: Jul 01, 2016

Deadline: Jan 31, 2017


The Summer School is an exciting opportunity to broaden your knowledge and gain your own perspective on the interplay between law and psychology when examining criminal behavior of individuals and dealing with the problem of crime.

The academic part of the program will present issues raised by different approaches of psychology and law to the criminal justice system and will provoke discussions generating new ideas about the application of scientific knowledge in practice. Students will discuss these issues with academics and practitioners during guest lecturers, as well outside the classroom during site visits and special events.

An equally important component of the Summer School is aimed at bringing together a group of outstanding international students and providing an opportunity to exchange academic and cultural experiences during the classes and special events. Intercultural exposure is an important aspect of learning from each other. It may change one’s perspective about other nations and cultures and give new skills and insights for the future development.


The importance of legal and psychological approaches in dealing with criminal behavior has recently become a topic for debate among scientists as well as practitioners in the criminal justice system. Psychology and law have different visions of the problem, but their intersection constitutes an important reference when dealing with criminal behaviors of individuals. In addition, methods of research used in psychology can be addressed to inform the practices and processes of the criminal justice system. In both cases, psychological knowledge is a valuable source of information, the use of which could prevent unjust situations enforced by law. The Summer School is designed to bring together the issues connecting crime, psychology and law and demonstrate the significance of this connection in dealing with criminality.

The academic program is central to the design and purpose of the Summer School. As a part of our program, students will gain knowledge about the application of psychological approaches and research methods in the processes and practices of the criminal justice system. Courses on eyewitness testimony, false and recovered memories, identification evidence and the legal process, wrongful convictions and false confessions will enable students to understand the importance of scientific knowledge in order to avoid biased court procedures and unjust sentences.

The aim of the program is, therefore, to provide students with a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge on the role of psychological knowledge in the criminal justice system by listening to professors from the UK and US universities and to engage in interactive debates with guest lectures, practitioners and fellow students. By participating in the program, students will benefit not only from enhancing their intellectual resources, but also from sharing ideas with other students during the class discussions and various social events. Exposure to intercultural experience is also a key element of the program. Visit ACADEMICS to find out more about the program.


The classes will be held at the Prague Summer Schools venue (Marianeum, Machova 7, Vinohrady, Prague 2, website). Accommodation will be provided to students in double rooms at the accommodation facilities in the venue or Hotel Ametyst which is located within a walking distance from the venue. Each room is equipped with a shower, WC, satellite TV, Internet connection and telephone. Meals provided by the organizer will include breakfasts served in the hotel and dinners in restaurants located nearby the Summer School venue. As the days are demanding, there will be coffee, tea and small snack available free of charge during the breaks between lectures.

Application Procedure

Although there are application deadlines, students are accepted on rolling basis. In order to allow time to carefully review all student application materials, an e-mail notifying the application status to Prague Summer Schools will be sent to applicants approximately 14 days after the application is received. Applications received by the early bird application deadline of January 31st will receive preference in admission decisions. Late applications may be considered. However, late applicants run the risk of finding the program full. All students will be informed about admissions decisions by April 1. Participants will be selected according to the following three criteria:

  • Educational Background (Year, Grade Point Average and Area of Study)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Level of English (if applicable)

Approximately 30 students will be admitted to every program of Prague Summer School. We intend to restrict the class size to ensure interactive courses and discussions. We aim to create a truly international student body. Students must be currently enrolled in a college or university or be recent graduates. The Prague Summer Schools admit both undergraduate and graduate level students. Priority will be given to students with at least some academic background related to the topics of Prague Summer Schools. Nevertheless, students of other academic backgrounds, but with strongly demonstrated interest in the Summer School topic, will be considered on an equal basis. Students admitted to Prague Summer Schools are expected to participate fully in the program by attending all classes, lectures and social events.

Program Cost

The program fee for early-bird applications: 720 EUR

The program fee for students who submit their applications after January 31st: 790 EUR

The program fee covers:

  • Tuition and reading materials
  • Accommodation in double rooms for one week
  • Half board which includes breakfasts, dinners and coffee breaks
  • Prague public transportation tickets and maps
  • Site visits, social program, and cultural and special events (e.g. boat tour on the Moldau River, tours of Prague by a local homeless and farewell dinner).

Students are responsible for their travel to Prague, lunches and personal expenses. You can find more information about eating out in Prague here.

The individual deadlines for the receipt of payment will be stated in the official letter of acceptance. Payment plans can be arranged. The final deadline for receiving payments is 1 May.


Unfortunately, as a non-profit organization, SCHOLA EMPIRICA is not able to provide students with financial aid.
Nonetheless, we do encourage students to explore funding opportunities available through their home universities, non-governmental organizations and government sources.

You need to apply through the online application which you can find in the homepage of the announcement.

For more information click "Further official information" below. 

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