Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders

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Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. Institutes include a four-week academic residency and a one-week study tour to a different part of the United States. Leadership sessions and community service activities, as well as getting to know Americans, are also integral components of the Institute.

Qualifications:

  • be between 18 and 25 years of age with proficiency in English;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
  • be interested in the topic of Civic Engagement;
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States and civic engagement;
  • have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
  • have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,
  • be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.


Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators (to be held in June 2021)

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.  The program will be offered in a hybrid format (virtual and face-to-face) and will be conducted by several colleges, universities and academic institutions in the United States with an initial virtual component that will take place from June until August. Each Institute will include a virtual academic residency and an integrated in-person experience of approximately two weeks at the U.S. host institution.  During the academic residency, participants will engage in Institute activities remotely from their home countries.  If conditions allow, participants will travel to the U.S. to participate in educational and cultural activities inside and outside of the classroom, such as lectures and site visits to local communities.  The in-person component in the U.S. will be organized taking into consideration all necessary safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local and campus authorities.

Requirements: Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, fluent in English, highly motivated and experienced secondary school teachers and administrators.  Ideal candidates are individuals who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.   Ideal candidates will have little or no prior experience in the United States.

For general information about Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSI) please, visit the website page, exchanges.state.gov/susi

The application form must be completed here in English and sent electronically to: PASInboxLuanda@state.gov

Deadline for application submission – March 12

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) (to be held in June 2021)

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. The program will be offered in a hybrid format (virtual and face-to-face) and will be conducted by several colleges, universities and academic institutions in the United States with an initial virtual component that will take place from June until August.  Each Institute will include a virtual academic residency and an integrated in-person experience approximately two weeks in length at a U.S. host institution.  During the academic residency, participants will engage remotely from their home countries in Institute activities.  If conditions allow, participants will travel to the U.S. in fall 2021 or winter 2022 to participate in educational and cultural activities inside and outside of the classroom, lectures and site visits to local communities.  The in-person component in the U.S. will be organized taking into consideration all necessary safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local and campus authorities.

The themes of the program are: American Culture and Values; Journalism and Media; Religious Pluralism in the United States; U.S. Economics and Business; U.S. Foreign Policy; and Workforce Development.

Requirements: Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, fluent in English, highly motivated, experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research-focused organizations (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.).  While the educational level of participants will likely vary, most should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute or a related field. Ideal candidates will have little or no prior experience in the United States.

For general information about Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSI) please, visit the website page, exchanges.state.gov/susi

The application form must be completed here in English and sent electronically to: PASInboxLuanda@state.gov

Deadline for application submission – March 12

Applications for Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are now closed.

For general information about the Institute, click here: https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/study-us-institutes-student-leaders