A Department of Homeland Security Emeritus 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

The university continues to actively monitor the novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak in this country and around the world along with its impact on global travel. We have designed a roadmap for reopening our programs that prioritize the health and safety of our students and faculty. Unfortunately, many of the conditions for reopening have not yet been met, and there continue to be restrictions on U.S. citizens where most of our programs operate. We are staying up to date on the latest guidance from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and proactively  implementing measures to keep our community safe as we consider international education opportunities for future terms. In recognition of these circumstances, we have decided to cancel all in-person study abroad programs for the Spring 2021 semester as well as the incoming exchange program. Please see the UMD Education Abroad page for more information.

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: UMD Spring Break

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.

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 education-start@umd.edu