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Conflict Management and Counter Terrorism

In Partnership with the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya

Birthright Israel Study Abroad is a unique 12-14 day journey, combining the fun of a classic Birthright trip with outdoor classes worth 3 course credits!

Since its inception, Israel has become a leading worldwide expert in counter-terrorism and national security. This trip, in partnership with the world renowned International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT) will provide you a behind the scenes look at the world of decision makers as well as the people on the ground combating terror on a daily basis. 

While combining our classic flagship Birthright Israel programming, with classes, field trips, encounters and hands-on simulations on counter-terrorism worth 3 college credits, this trip will turn the country into your classroom! 



December 26th ,2018– January 8th, 2019



Take your studies beyond the classroom and understand the scope of terrorist attacks launched in the US post-September 11 attacks, the growing threat of the use of unconventional weapons, and the spread of radical-Islamic terrorism. Learn how all these have transformed the once localized threat of terrorism into an international problem, and how policy makers are facing the challenge of balancing freedom and security. 
By meeting with policy makers, Israeli Defense Forces' (IDF) officers, and leading scholars in the field of counter terrorism, you will be given the opportunity to analyze the current terrorism threats faced by Israel and the world, and learn, through a combination of lectures and field trips, from the extensive Israeli experience.

  • Tour strategic points throughout Israel, such as borders with Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria.
  • Seminars and discussions with leading experts in the field of counter-terrorism.
  • Visit an IDF counter-terror unit on their training base.
  • Encounter Islamic scholars and understand how they view the true Islam in face of its rising association with violence around the world.
  • Enjoy Masada, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and all the highlights of the classic Birthright Israel program!

Take a look at our sample itinerary to see how we combined experiential learning , fun and spirituality into one program:



Course Director: Prof. Boaz Ganor Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, and Founder & Executive Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya
Course Coordinator: Lt. Col. (Res.). Uri Ben Yaakov, Senior Researcher, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), IDC Herzliya



IDC Herzliya is modeled after Ivy League schools in the U.S.. Its success has drawn both international recognition and some of the finest lecturers and researchers from around the world to our doorstep. 
The Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) is the leading academic institution for counter-terrorism in the world, facilitating international cooperation in the global struggle against terrorism. ICT is an independent think tank providing expertise in terrorism, counter-terrorism, homeland security, threat vulnerability and risk assessment, open intelligence analysis and national security and defense policy.

Click here to read first hand reflections of Alumna Hannah Sinrich from Washington University, St. Louis.

“The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)’s program, with intensive instruction from a series of expert practitioner-teachers has become the benchmark, if not established the gold standard, against which other such non-degree training programs in the broader security fields are measured.”

-Prof. Bruce Hoffman- Director of the Center for Peace
and Security Studies and of the Security Studies Program,
Georgetown University

“The ICT provides one of the best academic settings in the world for the study of the dynamics of and defense against international terrorism. Staffed by a broad range of experts…study at the institute provides unique and useful insight into one of the 21st Century’s most difficult challenges”.

-General (ret.) John Abizaid, Former Commander of US
Central Command (CENTCOM)



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