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Published on September 6th, 2017 | by University Communications


Upcoming trip and course: Terrorism in Israel, June 1-9

Saint Leo University’s Department of Public Safety Administration and Department of Criminal Justice, in association with Security Solutions International (SSI), will offer an exciting course held in Israel from June 1 to 9, 2018. Saint Leo students will earn 3 undergraduate credits, 3 graduate credits, or a certification. (Note: The original dates have been changed from May 11 to 19, 2018.)

CRM-300 can be used as an elective or CRJ 500 can be exchanged for CRJ 581/582/583 or 584. No other colleges or universities participate in this unique opportunity. All graduate criminal justice students are encouraged to attend. Students in other disciplines are also welcome.

We will get an inside look at the way Israel’s ports, airports, shopping malls, government buildings, critical infrastructure, schools, and stadiums are protected. We will meet some of the people responsible for keeping Israel safe. We also will learn about suicide terror, vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, and protecting VIPs and other high-profile targets. The aim of this program is to take away ideas regarding how to harden targets in our own areas by observing Israeli techniques and translating them to fit our own vulnerabilities, thus better protecting our country from these violent actions. Because the face of terrorism changes more easily than conventional forces, we must always be learning. This is the only way to stay ahead of the threat.

Israel is a small, young country that has accomplished a tremendous amount in a short time against a background of either full-scale war or protracted low-intensity conflicts throughout most of its existence. During the last two years, Israel has managed to stop nearly 95 percent of the terrorist attacks against it. Through a total of 60 study hours, we will benefit from the Israelis’ knowledge and apply it in areas such as public safety, school safety, port and airport security, aviation security, critical infrastructure, government building security, and dignitary protection.

There are a limited number of spaces available for this course; therefore, early registration is highly recommended. As mandated by university policy for all field trips, students will be required to summit a signed waiver to the university prior to being approved for the course. The full itinerary is online.

To download the waiver, click here.

** The cost for this once-in-lifetime experience is: $2,790 (for Saint Leo). The non-discounted rate is $3,100. This cost includes all lodging, meals, materials, and transportation. The only extra money needed would be for souvenirs, and the exchange rate (Dollars for Shekels) is very favorable for us.

The attendee/student is responsible for his/her airfare, which typically runs around $900 round trip. We all meet at the Newark Airport and fly over in a group.

Students wishing to take the trip/course for college credit (graduate and undergraduate) are also responsible to pay their current tuition rate for the course. Non-students or students who wish to take the course for certificate would pay $400 in lieu of tuition.

If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Robert Sullivan as soon as possible because there is much interest and the number of attendees is limited.

For more information, contact Dr. Sullivan at (352) 428-7778 or

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