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Upcoming program: Summer 2014 - June 29 - July 18


The Counter-Terrorism Studies Program combines academic study, simulation models, workshops, and onsite briefings. The courses provide concentrated, in-depth exposure to the phenomenon of modern terrorism and its characteristics, modus operandi, scope and dissemination throughout the world. In addition, participants will obtain an understanding of the challenge this phenomenon presents to decision-makers, security establishments, first responders and the business sector, based on the experience Israel has accumulated in the field. Circumstances have forced Israel to develop sophisticated counter-terrorism strategies and techniques and to amass extensive knowledge regarding terrorism. The program will allow participants from around the globe to benefit from Israel’s experience and advanced international counter-terrorism efforts. Detective Alex Vargas, Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Section, Los Angeles Police Department (Class of winter 2006) states:

"The instructors’ academia and real-world experience creates an innovative course that is practical and much needed for the Counter-Terrorism arena."

The Counter-Terrorism Studies Program, offered by the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy and the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, is a unique opportunity for professionals to learn about central issues in homeland security and counter-terrorism both from those with first-hand experience and those involved in cutting-edge research in these fields. Based on years of extensive research, instruction and work in the field, this multi-disciplinary program brings together the best of academic theory and practical knowledge.

For the past seven years, The Lauder School of Government has been offering courses on terrorism studies, counterterrorism and homeland security. The staff of ICT, also based at IDC Herzliya, is comprised of leading scholars and Israeli security professionals who teach these courses.

Dr. Boaz Ganor, Co-Founder, Executive Director of the ICT and Deputy Dean of the Lauder School of Government is the program’s Director.

Program Structure

The Counter-Terrorism Studies Program will be taught in English over a three-week period during the Summer. It includes 6 graduate level courses delivered by top experts from Israel and abroad who are among ICT’s senior researchers and associates. Each course consists of 20 academic hours taught over a concentrated period of a week.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be granted an Executive Certificate from ICT and the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. Participants may also take a partial program (between one to six courses). ICT and the Lauder School of Government will issue certificates for each course separately. However, the Counter-Terrorism Studies Program Executive Certificates will be granted only to participants who complete the entire program by passing all six courses.

Tuition for the Executive Certificate Program in Counter-Terrorism Studies at IDC Herzliya is $5,360 (for all six courses). The tuition fee for taking a partial program is $1,340 per course. Tuition fees do not include transportation to / from Israel or accommodation. 

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