SUSI For Student Leaders

Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders for Year 2019

Application deadline: January 31, 2019


U.S. Embassy is pleased to invite candidates for the two summer  Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders in the topics of Civic Engagement and Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.  The deadline for candidate applications to be received is January 31, 2019.

1. Program Description:

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe are intensive short term 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.  The SUSI programs for Student Leaders from Europe are five-week Institutes that consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  Each Institute will include a four week academic residency component and a one week integrated study tour.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

2. Institute Descriptions:

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Civic Engagement will provide participants with an overview of how citizens 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.  In order to enhance the academic experience, to the Institute may focus on a specific theme or sub-themes such as civil rights and protections, public health, education, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, or media.  To the extent possible, 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.

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development will provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches by reviewing the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. entrepreneurial enterprises, including social enterprises, business leadership and women’s economic empowerment, in the United States and globally.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, trade, investment, financial literacy, banking, microfinance, organizational development and management, innovation, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility, and minorities in entrepreneurship.  To the extent possible, academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above.

3.Candidate Description and Qualifications:

The participants are expected to be highly motivated first through third year undergraduate students from universities, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.  Their fields of study will be varied, and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields.

Candidates nominated for this program will:

-be proficient in English;
-be interested in the Institute topic;
-be 1-3 year BA students (between 18 and 25 years of age);
-be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
-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, 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.

4. Application Format:

Application Format:

1. Title of the Institute you are applying for:
2. Full name (as it appears in the passport
3. Date of Birth (month in words, day, year)
4. City of Birth
5. Country of Birth
6. Citizenship
7. Health Considerations
8. Contact information:

  • Home address and postal code
  • Phone
  • E-mail
  • University name
  • Major and year of study, GPA

9. Work Experience
10. Volunteer Experience related to the institute’s topic
11. Membership in Associations, Clubs
12. Travel to the U.S. (year, dates, duration and purpose)
13. Family Residing in the U.S. (city and State)
14. Emergency contact information (name, phone, e-mail, relationship)
15. Statement Justifying Participation in the Institute (why you are well suited for the SUSI, what makes you unique, what will you contribute to the SUSI)
16. Personal Essay (250 words max)
17. Letter of Recommendation is required from your volunteering site, including contact info of the referee.

Please send your fully completed application form (here) to no later than January 31, 2019.