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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Amy Marrion Class Level Required for Admission: Graduate
Program Description:

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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, Cambridge Security Initiative (CSi) and King's College London, Department of War Studies. Hosted at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, 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 with CSi for the duration of the program and receive credit from King's College London, Department of War Studies to be articulated on their AU transcripts.


July 7-August 2, 2019


AU tuition, international airfare, accommodation and meals (offered by Trinity Hall for £1925, includes single occupancy room, daily breakfast and two formal dinners and extracurricular activities) 


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 Trinity Hall 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 2017 semester.


The priority deadline for application is February 22, 2019 -- applications submitted after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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 $300 to SIS, through a check or money order made payable to American University, to secure their place in the program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/22/2019 ** Varies by program 07/07/2019 08/02/2019

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.