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Program Description


Israel Summer 2015 Group Photo

   Quick Facts

  • June 14-30, 2021

  • Intensive, 16-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..

Application Requirements

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.


Israel Summer 2015

Location Details

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.


Visa Information

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

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

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.


Eligibility Requirements

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


Faculty Directors

Dr. Rebecca Loftus
Academic Program Manager
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Dr. Charles Loftus
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Loftus in Israel
Rebecca & Charles Loftus


Program Housing

Students have been 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:
  • Fitness center
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Walking distance to the Old City, shopping, and restaurants
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • A main dining room, complimentary breakfast 


Prima Kings Facade
Prima Kings Lounge
Prima Kings Food
Prima Kings Room

Special Considerations

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.

Physical Considerations

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.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

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 our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2021 is TBD.

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

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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 2021.  The scholarship is a combination of need-based/academic merit-based.  Up to $5000 per student may be awarded.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Active application for the Summer 2021 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 2021 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, 2021

Questions: Contact Dr. Rebecca Loftus (

APPLY HERE: 2020 Amado Foundation Scholarship Application.docx (Updated document for 2021 coming soon!)

Watts Study Abroad Scholarship
The Watts Study Abroad Scholarship is a brand-new scholarship that was created in order to help encourage students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Undergraduate classification
  • Watts College major
  • Eligible for in-state tuition
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 at the time of application
  • Preference will be given for first-generation students and those with high financial need. 
Complete an application on this page, and submit along with a 750-word essay on what you hope to get out of your Study Abroad experience to UCENT 780 or


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.