SUSI For Student Leaders

Summer 2022 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe on Environmental Issues

 Application Deadline: January 7, 2022

The five-week program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2022. Exact dates will be announced later.

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Environmental Issues hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno will provide participants with an overview of climate change along with its impact on communities in the American west, natural resources, and the local economy. Academic sessions will explore clean energy, sustainable development, the risks of natural disasters, and the intersection of climate justice and community activism. In order to enhance the academic experience, the Institute will focus on specific themes and sub-topics such as strategic communication, social justice, emergency response, water rights, energy efficiency and sustainability. Academic activities will be supplemented by opportunities to engage with the local community, including a weekend home-stay, meeting with local environmental non-profits, and, if conducted in-person, a study tour to New Orleans, Louisiana. Should conditions allow, the SUSIs for Student Leaders from Europe will begin with an Opening Forum in Washington, D.C., bringing together participants in all three Institutes for networking, foundational leadership skills development, and exploring relevant topics from multi-regional perspectives.


The participants are expected to be highly motivated first through third year undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.

  •   be proficient in English;
  •   be interested in environmental issues;
  •  write an essay on environmental issues (250 words max);
  •  demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
  •   indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  •   have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades and awards;
  •   demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;  (have a letter of recommendation regarding these activities).
  •   have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of Europe;
  •   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;
  •   if the program is conducted in-person, 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; and,
  •    if the program is conducted virtually, have access to the internet.

Send application form, recommendation and essay to by the indicated deadline.