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SIS Abroad

International Security and Intelligence

Cambridge, England

Through the lens of professional practitioners of the craft, and former senior officials closely involved in the world of intelligence, students will explore the role of the intelligence and security agencies in a democratic society, applying the principles of intelligence and security to cutting-edge problems.

Academic Details

This four-week, 3-credit course, International Security and Intelligence: 21st Century Perspectives on Intelligence and the Modern Nation-State, is delivered by SIS partner Pembroke College- Cambridge University in England. Students will consider the claims of necessary state secrecy, the threat of nuclear proliferation, of cyber-attack, of terrorism, the problems generated by the demand for energy security, and the security aspects of climate change. The role of the media and the exploitation of open sources to meet modern intelligence requirements will also be examined. Intelligence collection, analysis of the product, and its dissemination to customers remain at the core of the intelligence community. Counterintelligence and covert action play more opaque, but still vital roles at the heart of the national state. Understanding these perspectives, what intelligence can achieve, also its limitations, and how it helps to shape policy in the area of defense and foreign policy are major course themes.

Students will enroll directly at Pembroke College for the duration of the program and receive credit from Pembroke College to be articulated on their AU transcripts.

2015 Program Schedule

Program dates: June 29 - July 24

Program Costs

AU tuition, international airfare, accommodation and meals (offered by Pembroke College.

Who Should Attend

The interdisciplinary nature of the program is designed for graduate students. The course has an emphasis on contemporary and future challenges and practice. It will appeal to those with a professional or academic interest in statecraft and the interlocking themes of intelligence, security, defense, and foreign policy formation and implementation, as well as students who simply wish to know more about these themes.


Students are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Cambridge. Accommodations at Pembroke College for the duration of the four-week program are offered, but are at the expense of the student. A program guide with additional details will be released prior to the start of the Spring 2015 semester.

Application and Deadlines

Deadline: February 15 (applications submitted after midnight on this date may not be considered)


Once admitted to the Program by SIS, students receive notification via e-mail At that time, students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250 to SIS, through a check or money order made payable to American University, to secure their place in the program.

Students are encouraged read the entire program guide, which will be made available in the Forms section of this website.

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Application Deadline

Summer 2015: CLOSED


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