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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Program Type: Partner
Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior Areas of Study: Politics
Minimum GPA: 3.3 Credits: 3
Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite On-Site Language Course Required: No
Language of Instruction: English Internship Available: No
COVID-19 Vaccine Required: No
Program Description:
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International Security and Intelligence
Programme and Conference



This four-week summer programme offers a unique opportunity to work with leading practitioners and academics from the security and intelligence communities in the delightful riverside setting of Magdalene College. Chaired by Sir Richard Dearlove (formerly head of MI6, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service) and convened by Professor Michael Goodman and Dr David Gioe, the International Security and Intelligence Programme (ISI) will consider the claims of state secrecy, the threat of nuclear proliferation, of cyber attack, of terrorism, the problems generated by the demand for regional security and the security challenges of revolutions and governing diversity. Intelligence collection, analysis of the product, and its dissemination to customers remain at the core of the intelligence cycle. Counterintelligence and covert action play more opaque but still vital roles at the heart of the nation state. Understanding these perspectives, what intelligence can achieve, but also its limitations, are major Programme and Conference themes. With its emphasis on contemporary and future challenges and practice, ISI will appeal to those with an academic or professional interest in intelligence and contemporary threats.


ISI models its approach to teaching and learning on that offered at Cambridge. Through lectures, seminars, a 2-day conference and ‘supervisions’ (see below) providing a minimum of 45hrs contact time, ISI students will explore the role of the intelligence and security agencies in a democratic society, applying the enduring principles of intelligence and security to cutting-edge problems. The 45hrs contact time comprises:

  • 10hrs of key theme lectures

  • 10hrs of key theme seminars

  • 7.5hrs of special subject lectures

  • 6.25hrs of supervisions

  • 1.25hr essay writing lecture

  • 10hrs of key note conference lectures and panel discussion

Students completing this program will be awarded the equivalent of POL 150 towards their degree at Catholic U. For more information on the academic program, click here.

Accommodation & Meals

Founded in 1428, Magdalene College offers classical architecture, historic grounds and attractive riverside views. Magdalene College's central location provides the ideal base from which to explore the historic City of Cambridge.

Single occupancy accommodation is offered for the duration of the Programme within Magdalene College's ancient city centre site. Linens and towels are provided and facilities include shared bathrooms, communal 'gyp rooms' suitable for making tea and coffee, study and social spaces, a cafe, bar and Dining Hall, laundry facilities, 24/7 staffed security and secure WIFI.

Included in the CUAbroad program fee is a daily breakfast, one other meal (lunch or dinner) and two Formal Dinners taken in the College’s medieval Dining Hall.


Applicants to this program are encouraged to apply for a Theresa Khuri Scholarship, which is specifically dedicated to this program. Other scholarship opportunities can be found on the Office of Education Abroad scholarships website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/01/2022
Rolling Admission 07/10/2022 08/06/2022
Summer 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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