Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.
July 6 - July 23, 2020
Intensive, 17-day program program studying counter-terrorism, intelligence-gathering, suicide bomber interdiction, emergency management/response.
Program includes intelligence briefings, on-site visits, lecture presentations, and group activities in Jerusalem and around Israel..
To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.
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This 17-day program focuses on counter-terrorism; intelligence-gathering; suicide bomber interdiction; emergency management/response, and preparedness; and jihadism. Students are housed at a hotel in Jerusalem and travel around the country, touring Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Ashkelon, the Galilee region, Jordanian Valley, and other locations. The delegation visits facilities and protected environments throughout Israel to learn about the measures the Israelis have taken to deal with terror-related threats and risks as well as manage emergency situations. Students will also see how the Israelis have changed security practices and procedures as a result of lessons learned from past terror attacks and what they are doing to prevent future attacks.
This program includes intelligence briefings, on-site visits, group activities, and lecture presentations. Students will also experience a cultural component in journeying to one of the most important regions of the world – the Holy Land. Our delegation will tour the Old City of Jerusalem, visit holy sites such as the Western Wall and Church of the Holy Sepulcher as well as venture to the Masada and Dead Sea.
It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies.
PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.
This program is open to students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Non-ASU students can find out how to apply here.
This program includes 6 credits of tuition. Students will select two of the courses below:
CRJ 455 Police & International Terrorism: Israel (3) CRJ 456 Etiology of Martyrdom: Israel (3) CRJ 555 Police & International Terrorism: Israel (3) CRJ 556 Etiology of Martyrdom: Israel (3) STS 364 The Science of Detecting Suicide Bombers (3) STS 494 Science, Technology and National Security
Dr. Rebecca Loftus
Academic Program Manager
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will be housed in shared rooms at the Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem throughout the duration of the program.
Some amenities of the Prima Kings Hotel include:
Walking distance to the Old City, shopping, and restaurants
A main dining room, complimentary breakfast
Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. The Counter-Terrorism in Israel Program will include many long days of travelling to sites visits with extensive drives to and from destinations, with a lot of walking.
Disability Accommodations Abroad
Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Israel, older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture. This includes cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entryways, and small indoor spaces.
In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.
LGBTQIA Students Abroad
Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Israel, students who identify as LGBTQIA should be aware of varying laws in Israel based on region of the country. In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, consensual same-sex sexual activity is criminalized but in other areas of Israel, the LGBTQIA community is protected by anti-discrimination laws.
We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.
Gender Identity Abroad
When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Israel, female students should be prepared to dress modestly and avoid wearing revealing clothing (shorts, sleeveless blouses, and short skirts) when visiting holy sites.
Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.
You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $7,620.
Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 6 credits, double occupancy rooms, breakfasts, course-related transportation and training fees. Not included: ASU fees, round-trip airfare to/from Israel, additional meals, passports, books and personal expenses.
Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
Amado Foundation Travel Scholarship
The ASU: Counter-Terrorism in Israel study abroad program is pleased to offer a scholarship to students participating in the program for Summer 2020. The scholarship is a combination of need-based/academic merit-based. Up to $5000 per student may be awarded.
Active application for the Summer 2020 ASU: Counter-Terrorism in Israel by scholarship application deadline
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application
Open to degree-seeking ASU students (graduate and undergraduate) at the time of application AND RETURNING FOR FALL 2020 ENROLLMENT (those graduating prior to the program are not eligible)
Good standing with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Funding disbursement is made only to students in CONFIRMED application status at the time of departure. Students whose applications are withdrawn prior to departure forfeit eligibility for the scholarship.
Scholarship application deadline: February 15, 2020
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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.