Candidate Life

In the course of the DCGC candidates will gain a deeper understanding of the culture, people, criminological discipline and criminal justice policies of their chosen places of mobility. They will experience life in at least two of the following cities:


CB_cath_gate_0003The University of Kent is situated in the historic city of Canterbury, a beautiful city with a rich heritage, vibrant culture and cosmopolitan feel. Home to Canterbury Cathedral, part of a World Heritage site, the city attracts millions of visitors every year. And with medieval buildings alongside modern shopping and entertainment, the atmosphere in the city is always fun and friendly.

CA_KENTThe Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of parkland and is less than 20 minutes’ walk from Canterbury city centre. Residential, teaching and administrative buildings are surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods.

The campus is self-contained and includes student accommodation, a library, sports centre, theatre, music performance centre, nightclub, cinema, places to eat and bars, shops, a bookshop, medical centre, day nursery, public access computer rooms, a chapel, launderettes and bus stops. If you want to explore the city centre, it is less than 20 minutes from campus and is on a direct bus route.


Utrecht_1 With over 300,000 inhabitants, Utrecht is the 4th-largest city in the country. Utrecht is located right in the centre of the Netherlands and has a number of higher education institutions and some 70,000 students. About 30,000 of whom study at Utrecht University. 

Vibrant cultural life

Utrecht is seen as one of the most thriving and charming cities in the Netherlands, with a vibrant cultural life, plenty of places to eat and drink, and a rich architectural legacy. Thanks to its international population of citizens, the city boasts a diverse variety of cuisines, music and dance.

Long history

Utrecht has a history stretching back 2,000 years; in fact, Utrecht University was founded on the site of a first-century Roman ‘castellum’.

Utrecht_2Life in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is an internationally-focused country, often referred to as ‘the gateway to Europe’. The language spoken is Dutch, with English widely spoken as a second language. Its central location combined with excellent transport and communication infrastructures has attracted people and businesses from all over the world and encouraged many of them to make the Netherlands their home. Every year, thousands of people come to the Netherlands to study and work.

Central location

Thanks to its central location you can travel to cities like Amsterdam, Leiden, The Hague and Rotterdam within the hour. The main Dutch airport, Schiphol Airport, has flights to and from all over the world and is just a 30-minute train journey away from Utrecht. The Netherlands has an excellent public transport network, with regular trains to other to European cities such as Brussels, Paris, London and Berlin. The Utrecht train station is the largest in the country. Buses and trams will take you around Utrecht city and its suburbs, but the most popular means of transport is the bicycle.

More information: besides work

Once you live and work in Utrecht, you may want to explore the possibilities regarding cultural and sports facilities, follow a language course and/or meet other PhD candidates.


Budapest is often called the “Pearl of the Danube”, and it truly is a stunningly beautiful place. Geography, history and human creativity have all contributed to create a city that simultaneously charms, amazes and fascinates. Budapest is full of diversity, and so is its history.

The Chain Bridge with the Buda Castle in the backgroundBudapest – the capital city of Hungary – can be found in the heart of the country and it is divided by the river Danube creating the hilly Buda and the flat Pest side. Its territory is more than 500 square kilometres, where 1.8 million dwellers live in 23 districts. Our largest city takes pride in the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, as these are among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition Budapest is abundant with other values attracting many tourists, like the Citadel, the Parliament, Margaret Island, Váci Street, the Saint Stephen’s Basilica and several thermal baths. Besides visiting the famous places, the capital city provides different programmes for its visitors all over the year. Spring and Sziget Festival are the most popular ones, but we could also mention traditional fairs, exhibitions and classical music concerts etc. See also this website for general information about Budapest.

budapest_galeria_egyetemterThe Faculty of Law and Political Sciences is one of the oldest faculties of the University. It was established in 1667 ‘to remit deficiencies in Hungarian legal education’. Until 1872 the Faculty of Law at ELTE was the only institution in Hungary which taught law and political sciences at university level.
The Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, (ELTE), Hungary’s oldest, largest and most prestigious university, started its 375th academic year in 2010. It is a promising sign that this year it has received the distinguished title of research university.

The importance of the Faculty in Hungarian public life has remained prominent. Nearly 5000 students pursue their studies at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences.
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HauptgebaeudeHamburg is Germany’s second largest city, offering everything one would expect from a European metropolis. In addition to a wide range of cultural offerings, Hamburg is also a traditional hanseatic city with rivers and canals galore and numerous parks and recreation areas. The University Hamburg lies in the heart of the city, giving doctorates the opportunity to experience the interconnectedness between university and city life.

Allende-Platz-1The university’s Piasta Team offers international students/doctorates orientation, leisure time and cultural events, support and contacts that one needs while being in Hamburg

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