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

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Angola welcomes applications for the 2022 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) Program for Student Leaders. SUSI programs are designed to provide undergraduate student with leadership skills, academic programs to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions through intensive academic programs at U.S. Universities and study tours throughout the country.

Program Details: SUSI for Student Leaders are intensive academic programs hosted by U.S. universities to provide undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States and simultaneously enhance their leadership skills. This 5 week SUSI Program will provide students with an overview of how citizens in the U.S. have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups. The academic program will define Civic Engagement, examine its development in the United States, and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism. Academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above. The Institute will encourage participants to develop innovative and practical plans to become engaged citizens in their own Communities.

Other topics such as Civil Rights, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Leadership, and Media will be discussed. Following a four week academic residency, participants will take part in a one-week study tour to Washington, DC, and New Orleans, Louisiana, where participants will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field. Leadership sessions and Community Service activities, as well as getting to know Americans, are also integral components of the SUSI Program. This program will take place from January 10 to February 11, 2022. The Institute will be conducted in English and will be hosted at the Foundation for International Understanding through Students (FIUTS) in Seattle, Washington, via an award to Meridian International Center.

All program expenses will be covered by the U.S. Department of State. More information on the program and Study of the U.S. Institutes can be found online at: exchanges.state.gov/susi.

The Department of State will cover travel and ground transportation, as well as book, cultural, housing, subsistence, mailing, incidental allowances and health benefits for all participants.

To obtain more information on the Study of the U.S. Institutes program, visit:  http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

Candidate Description and Qualifications: Candidates should: must be highly motivated first through third year undergraduates aged 18-25 who demonstrate strong leadership through high academic achievement, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.  Their fields of study can vary, and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields. However candidates must indicate a serious interest in civic engagement and learning about the United States. Candidates should have sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to participate in a university-level academic program. Candidates must have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies upon completion of the SUSI program.  Candidates from non-elite backgrounds, from both rural and urban sectors, and with little or no prior experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of Angola will receive priority.  To the extent possible, nominations should be focused on historically underserved, indigenous groups, and minority communities.

Candidates should have sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to participate in a university-level academic program.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

To submit an application by e-mail, send materials to PASInboxLuanda@state.gov with your name and “2022 SUSI for Student Leaders Program” in the subject line.

For more information on the SUSI Program, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/susi or e-mail PASInboxLuanda@state.gov


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