Study Abroad: Counter Terror & Israel

Ages 18-26 | December 26 - January 8 | 12 days

Birthright Israel Study Abroad:
“Conflict Management and Counter-Terrorism”

Earn 3 College Credits and get more out of your Birthright Israel experience with Birthright Israel: Study Abroad!




Mayanot Israel, in partnership with IDC – one of Israel’s premiere Universities – is offering an exciting and fascinating insight into “Conflict Management and Counter-Terrorism”. The 2016 and 2017 programs were both a huge success. Now its your chance!



Through this incredible course run through IDC’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)  you’ll get to meet renown professors, top Israeli officials and some of the leading minds on counter terrorism, and you’ll experience Israel like never before!


  1. Earn 3 college credits from a leading Israeli university
  2. Experience 2 extra days in Israel
  3. Take home a prestigious certificate for Counter Terrorism Studies
  4. Learn from leading experts in the field of counter terrorism
  5. Tour strategic points throughout Israel, such as borders with Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria first hand
  6. Visit an IDF counter Terror unit
  7. Incredible networking opportunities
  8. Experience Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Masada, Tzfat, Camel Riding, the Dead Sea and all the highlights of a regular Birthright trip, plus much more!

About the Program


Located in the center of the Middle East, Israel is one of the world’s most intriguing and complex countries. Woven into the modern and constantly changing social trends, there are historic, deep rooted religious sects, and inter-woven tribal affiliations. In this course, you will become familiar with these complex issues, learn to analyze them, and come to grasp a better understanding of the challenge that terrorism in Israel poses to the global community at large.

The course does not require any prior knowledge and is open to students from all majors.
You can take this as a general elective.


IDC class




This exceptional educational opportunity gives you:

  1. 3 academic credits from IDC, transferable to most US universities
  2. Twelve days in one of the world’s most fascinating countries! That’s two more days in Israel than a regular trip.
  3. Access to 35 hours of “field study” with world experts in counter terrorism
  4. An opportunity to experience Israel’s strategic points and borders– where you’ll learn firsthand about Terrorist organizations Hamas, Hezbollah, and ISIS from those dealing with them daily.
  5. Seminars and discussions with leading experts in the field of terrorism
  6. The rare experience of visiting an IDF counter –terror unit on their training base.
  7. Israeli’s traveling with your group for five days.
  8. A prestigious certificate in counter terrorism to add to your resume/college transcript.
  9. International connections with industry experts you’ll have for the rest of your life!
How does this program work?


Birthright Israel: Study Abroad is an educational experience where the coursework is integrated into your itinerary. There is one classroom day at the IDC campus, and 4 academic days touring together with the professors.


While flights and general programming are free, there is a nominal charge – just the cost of your $250 deposit – for all the academic extras.  Applicants will also need to show a GPA of 3.0 to be considered. (Please note: If you are interested in the program but don’t have a 3.0 GPA, please email We are happy to consider exceptions under the right circumstances )


Upon successful completion of the program you will be given an academic transcript for 3 credits from IDC. If you plan on transferring the credits to your own university, we highly recommend that you confirm with your university before attending this program that the credits are transferable. This is fully your responsibility.


We look forward to having you join us on this incredible trip! Places are limited!!





What is the Interdisciplinary Center – Herzliya?


  1. IDC Herzliya is modeled after Ivy League schools in the U.S.
  2. IDC Herzliya’s success has drawn both international recognition and some of the finest lecturers and researchers from around the world to our doorstep. 
  3. The Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) is one of the leading academic institutes for counter-terrorism in the world, facilitating international cooperation in the global struggle against terrorism. 
  4. 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.


The Course Syllabus




Course Academic Director: Dr.  Ronen Hoffman | 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



  1. The scope of terrorist attacks launched in the US post-September 11, the growing threat of the use of unconventional weapons, and the spread of a radical-Islamic network of terrorism have transformed the once localized threat of terrorism into an international problem. By intentionally targeting civilians while exploiting the freedom embedded in liberal-democratic values, terrorism presents a difficult and complex challenge to decision-makers and counter-terrorism experts. In order to effectively deal with the phenomenon of terrorism, decision-makers must address various dilemmas related to counter-terrorism: coping with the threat on an offensive, pre-emptive, and defensive level; collecting intelligence; and responding to terrorism through deterrent, punitive, and legislative measures.
  2. The aim of the course is to analyze the current terrorism threats faced by Israel and learn, through a combination of lectures and field trip, from the extensive Israeli experience in countering terrorism.
  3. Students are required to attend all classes, yours and any assigned supplementary activities related to the course. Classes will consist of lectures, guest speakers, and on site tours.

*The course, its content and lecturers are subject to changes.


About Accreditation 


IDC-Herzliya is accredited by the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Council for Higher Education. The University maintains study-abroad agreements with many top academic institutions in the United States and worldwide. If your school does not appear on the list of schools with credit transfer agreements, we recommend consulting with your home study abroad office about whether credits received through this program can transfer. Even if your home school appears on the IDC list, we still recommend consulting with your home study abroad office in advance to confirm the credits will transfer.


Who is this for?


Open to all undergraduate students, but ideal for students focused on international relations, political science and criminology.

  1. Dates: December 26, 2017 – January 8th, 2018
  2. Departing from: New York
  3. Cost: Just your $250 deposit!
  4. Academic Credits: 3
  5. Minimum Requirements: 3.0 GPA (for exceptions, email




This program includes a eight-day adaptation of our adventure filled Birthright Israel itinerary, complete with incredible hikes, immersing yourself in Israeli culture, experiencing one of a kind cities, connecting with your Judaism and much more! Mixed in with those 8 days are five days of classroom activities and unique field visits, led by our world ranked IDC faculty in a learning experience you’ve never encountered before. Check out our one-of-a-kind itinerary and see for yourself why this is the perfect program for you to be a part of this winter.


This experience is limited to 35 spots and we anticipate it being highly competitive, so make sure to pre-register now and apply as soon as registration opens on February 1st. Please note that all Birthright Israel itineraries are subject to changes.








Why does this trip cost $250? I thought Birthright was free!
The $250 (taken from your original deposit) is the remainder after a Birthright subsidy over and above the normal 10 day trip. The additional funds are for the academic accreditation, the lecturers, and the field study days with the university faculty. It also helps cover part of the additional two trip days. A similar 3-credit summer course in Israel’s leading universities usually costs between $1,500 – $2,000. Participants who are able to transfer the credits would save the tuition fees or time studying a 3 credit course at their home institution which could be much more expensive.

Can I go on this trip without paying the $250?

Not at this time. In order to cover the fees of the academic institution and the issuance of college-level academic credits, we need to transfer $250 per person to the Interdisciplinary Center-Herziliya. Once you accept a spot on this trip, you confirm that we can transfer those funds from your $250 Birthright deposit. 

Is this trip strictly academic, or are there aspects of a regular Birthright trip in it?

The Birthright Israel Study Abroad trip is incredible in the fact that it combines these two ends of the spectrum. Seven of the 12 days involve activities and sites that every Birthright group gets to do and see, such as touring Tzfat and Tel Aviv, rafting down the Jordan River, hiking Masada, floating in the Dead Sea, having leisure nights out in both Tel Aviv and Tiberias, and visiting the famous Salad Trail. The other 5 days are in an academic setting, with one day being at IDC, and the other four out in the field visiting sites with professors and leading experts in the field of counter-terrorism.

What are some of the unique aspects/sites and activities the Birthright Israel Study Abroad group gets to do that are different from the other national Birthright trips?

From touring the Security Fence on the Gaza border with an IDF Lt. Colonel (Res), to visiting an IDF anti-terror army base, to meeting with an advisor to the Mayor of Jerusalem, to talks with Arab public representatives, the itinerary for this trip is designed in a way that the field is your classroom. For a more detailed look at the itinerary, click here (this itinerary is subject to change). At the end of the trip, IDC will grant participants who complete the program 3 credits, transferable to their respective schools. The group is also joined by Israeli soldiers for the full thirteen days of their trip, as opposed to five on the typical Birthright trips.

I’ve already been on a Birthright Israel trip. Can I go on this one?

This trip is considered a full fledged Birthright trip. If you have gone on a trip before, you are not eligible to go on this particular trip.

How will my credits transfer over to my university?

It is the participant’s’ responsibility to follow up with IDC and see how their school wants the transfer credits to be sent.

Does my school accept IDC credits?

Each university has their own special policy for accepting credit transfers. You will have to check with your respective school to see what their policies are. Schools that IDC has worked with in the past and accept credits are as follows: Boston University, Brandeis University, College of Charleston, Duke University, Emory University, George Mason University, CUNY-Hunter College, Kent State University, Pace University, Saddleback University, Syracuse University, University of Connecticut, University of Florida, University of Pennsylvania, USC, and Washington University of St. Louis.

Are there tests/exams we have to take to pass the course?

There are no tests during this course, but you will have to write a final paper (7-10 pages long) on a topic of your choice, to be approved by your professor. This paper will be due about three weeks after your trip is over.

What if my college doesn’t accept credits from IDC or I’m not really interested the 3 credits? What else can this trip offer me?

By studying at IDC, one of the most prestigious universities in Israel and a world renowned educational center on anti-terrorism, you will gain extensive knowledge and an unparalleled experience to put on your CV. Learning at a leading academic institute for counter-terrorism that helps facilitate international cooperation in the global struggle against terrorism is an impressive feat that is sure to give your resume a huge boost. You will also foster connections and relationships to professors and lecturers you will have for years to come.


For any questions about Mayanot’s Birthright Israel: Study Abroad program, please fill out the form and we will contact you right away! 



December 26, 2017 - January 8, 2018
New York