A Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

Through curricular and experiential learning, START educates, mentors and trains the next generation of national security scholars and practitioners.

Study Abroad & International Education

Study Abroad & International Education

START develops and facilitates several international student exchanges and other international education programs each year, consistent with our goal of training and mentoring a new generation of globally-minded scholars and practitioners. 

To learn more about our programs, explore the pages below.  If you represent a non-U.S. institution interested in possible collaborations on future international education programs, please contact us at education@start.umd.edu


International Programs for START, UMD, and U.S. Students Interested in Studying Abroad

Spring Break:

Disaster Recovery in Japan (Undergraduate & Graduate): Travel to Japan and uncover the impact of disaster—natural and manmade—and how the nature of the disaster, culture, and other elements play into the emergency response and rebuilding process.

  • Location: Tokyo, Sendai, & Kesennuma, Japan
  • Dates: February 27- April 2 (March 12-19: Japan & 4 weeks online)

Summer Term:

Countering Violent Extremism & Deradicalization (Undergraduate & Graduate): Join us in class and in Singapore to better understand the disengagement and deradicalization process of former combatant and ideologues alongside the newer Countering Violent Extremism with regional experts on the Singaporean and other South East Asian government programs.

  • Location: Singapore
  • Dates: Summer Session I 2017 (Weeks 1-4.5 online; Weeks 4.5-5: Singapore; Week 6: online)

Community Resilience Internship Program (Undergraduate & Graduate): START Community Resilience Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for students who are studying community resilience and violent extremism and are interested in becoming practitioners in the field of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) to build their professional and cross-cultural skill-sets in Indonesia this summer.

  • Location: Indonesia
  • Dates: Summer Session 2017 June 29-August 19

Partnership with International Institutions – Bringing START research and U.S. perspectives to international students and professionals

Summer Term:

U.S. Perspectives on Contemporary Security Issues & U.S.-Australia Cooperation (open to graduate students in Macquarie University’s PICT program)

  • Location: Washington, D.C. region & New York City
  • Duration & format: 10 days in the U.S.