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

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. 


Malaysia: Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia (BSST338M/BSST638M)

In collaboration with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), this 3-credit course is an education abroad opportunity that involves travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia focusing on counterterrorism (CT) and countering violent extremism (CVE). While there is much focus on CT and CVE in the United States, terrorism is a global phenomenon, and the best way to learn about responses to terrorism in different cultural contexts is through direct immersion of the places, people, and institutions most affected. By offering students an opportunity to study responses to terrorism in Southeast Asia, this course fulfills one of the core missions of UMD’s Terrorism Studies Department, which is to instill in students a critical understanding of the impact of terrorism on individuals and communities, as well as strategies for preventing, deterring, and mitigating terrorist threats.

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

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

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.

Each June, START hosts 20 Australian graduate students from Macquarie University’s Department of Policing, Intelligence, and Counterterrorism (PICT). Designed to explore the U.S.-Australian security cooperation from the American perspective, students typically visit the Pentagon, Department of State, and Australian Embassy, and engage in dialogues with officials at each location as well as START researchers. The program concludes in New York City at the 9/11 Memorial Museum where the students met with the Vice President for Education and Public Programs at the museum.

The program marks the first time that START has invited students from abroad to participate in an international study program, and was designed to develop students’ academic and career knowledge by connecting Australia’s next generation of security professionals with START researchers and other U.S. experts. For a summary of 2015's program, read START's newsletter story on it here.

For more information on PICT and the Exchange with START contact

College Students

Undergraduate Students

  • Global Terrorism Studies Minor
  • Study Abroad
  • Online Courses
  • Internships

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Graduate Students

  • MPS in Security & Terrorism Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis
  • Study Abroad
  • Summer/Winter Courses
  • Internships

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Professional Development

  • MPS in Security & Terrorism Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis
  • Online Courses
  • Training


Check out START's flagship internship program.