Conflict Management & Counter Terrorism

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!



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.

It’s 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 one of the leading academic institutes 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.


  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. Tour strategic points throughout Israel, such as borders with Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria first hand.

  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!

  10. Experience Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Masada, Tzfat, Camel Riding, the Dead Sea 


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.


  • Cost: Your $250 deposit

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0​ (exemptions made pending form approval)

  • Open to students and young professionals from all backgrounds

* Applicants for Summer 2019 can use their Birthright deposit towards the cost of the program!
* Cost includes tuition, round trip airfare (from designated cities), hotel accommodations, transportation, at least two meals per day, and other associated land costs.

* For the classroom aspects of the program participants are expected to have their own laptops/tablets to take notes (Mayanot/ Birthright does not take responsibility for damage, theft, loss etc. Your laptop should be insured).

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!!


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.


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

  1. Dates: May 14th – 28th, 2019

  2. Departing from: New York

  3. Cost: Just your $250 deposit!

  4. Academic Credits: 3

  5. Minimum Requirements: 3.0 GPA