Short-term Study Abroad

Winter 2019-2020

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IAFF 6378: State and Society in Modern Egypt

This is a three-credit graduate course focusing on state institutions in Egypt and their engagement with Egyptian society.

  • Pre-departure meetings at the Elliott School, conference room 401 from 8-10 am:
    • November 12th 2019
    • November 19th 2019
    • November 26th 2019
  • Dates Abroad: January 1st - January 13th 2020
    Destination: Cairo, Egypt
  • Application Deadline: October 4th, 2019
  • Instructors: Dr. Nathan Brown (the George Washington University) & Dr. Nesrine Badawi (the American University of Cairo)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.0

This course will focus on state institutions in Egypt and their engagement with Egyptian society. Looking at Egyptian religious and legal institutions specifically, the course examines the role played by those institutions in shaping and reiterating existing social structures. In addition, the course presents a general overview of the development of Islamic law from its classical formulations to the present structure. This course, designed for advanced undergraduates and M.A. students, will involve approximately three joint sessions held by video-conference. These sessions will involve short lectures by each instructor and class discussion. They will be designed to introduce students to the basic matter of the course including: an introduction to Islamic law; Islamic law today; Egyptian political history and the Egyptian legal system.

The info session for this short-term abroad course will take place at the Elliott School, suite 512 on September 19th at 5:00 PM.

Apply Online  

For more information, or to be added to our mailing list, please visit our program website or email [email protected] or call 202-994-7232.


Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Thailand

IAFF 6118: Capacity Building for Organizations Serving Migrant Youth in Thailand

This is a three-credit graduate project-based course focusing on capacity building for organizations serving migrant youth in Thailand.

  • Spring Break Travel Dates: March 13th 2020 – March 22nd 2020 (roughly 7 days in-country)

  • Meetings:

    • Weekly Pre-Trip Meetings: From January 13 2020 to March 13 2020

    • Post-Trip Meetings: Two to three meetings TBD

  • Destination: Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Instructor: Dr. Alexander Cromwell

During this project-based study abroad course, students will work directly with a client to complete a project aimed at meeting the client’s needs. Participants will spend roughly seven days in Chiang Mai, Thailand over spring break working with the program’s client, BEAM Education Foundation. BEAM provides education for migrants and refugees in Thailand with the goal of increasing their access to higher education. We will also receive support from VIA during the course, a non-profit organization that specializes in cross-cultural understanding and transformative education programs in Asia and the United States.

To Apply

Applications will open in the upcoming weeks.

For more information, or to be added to our mailing list, please email [email protected] or call 202-994-7232.


Summer 2020

IAFF 6186: Cyber Power and National Security

This is a graduate-level course focusing on the growth and impact of cyber power in national security strategy. This course is suitable for both students new to this topic as well as students with work or education background in cyber.

  • Pre-departure meetings at the Elliott School (tentative dates): 
    • April 21, 2020 (available by video teleconference)
    • May 14, 2020 (available by video teleconference)
  • Dates Abroad (tentative): May 31 - June 12, 2020
  • Destination: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Instructor: Rhea Siers
  • GPA: 2.0
  • Application Deadline (tentative): December 1, 2019

Using Israel as a case study, this class will examine how the cyber domain has impacted national security priorities, strategy and planning. The course will also focus on the role of cyber in conflict, including Israel’s “cold cyber conflict” with Iran.

Students will analyze how cyber technology has fueled the growth of Israel’s global security and economic relationships. A case study approach in a review of Israeli cyber deterrence and resilience.

Students will be offered a pre-departure component providing them an introduction to cyber issues and national security; no previous class is required. For students with previous experience, they will find this an excellent follow up to previous classes or
work experience in the area as they will have an opportunity to apply their cyber knowledge to an on-site case study.

The class includes excellent guest speakers, visits to cyber-related sites and three tours of important historic and strategic locations in Israel, including Jerusalem, the Northern Golan and Galilee regions, and the Dead Sea area in the south. This is the sixth year of this course in Tel Aviv, which has received outstanding evaluations from previous participants.