Study Of The U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders Summer 2023 – Apply Now


U.S. Embassy is pleased to invite candidates for the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders of Summer 2023 on Environmental Issues.
The deadline for candidate applications to be received is December 30, 2022.

Program Description:

Study of the U.S. Institute (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 program 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.

Institute Descriptions:

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Environmental Issues 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, and energy efficiency and sustainability.  Academic activities will be supplemented by opportunities to engage with the local community, including a weekend homestay and meeting with local environmental non-profits.

Candidate Description and Qualifications:

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.  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 should:

-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.

Application Format: SUSI on Environmental Issues

  1. Full name (as it appears in the passport
  2. Date of Birth (month in words, day, year)
  3. City of Birth
  4. Country of Birth
  5. Citizenship
  6. Health Considerations
  7. Contact information:Home address and
    Postal code
    Major and year of study
  1. Work Experience
  2. Volunteer Experience related to the institute’s topic
  3. Membership in Associations, Clubs
  4. Travel to the U.S. (year, dates, duration and purpose)
  5. Family Residing in the U.S. (city and State)
  6. Emergency contact information (name, relationship, phone, e-mail)
  7. Statement Justifying Participation in the Istitute (why you are well suited for the SUSI, what makes you unique, what will you contribute to the SUSI)
  8. A Letter of Recommendation describing your academic achievements and voluntarism activities
  9. Personal Essay (250 words max)

Please send your application to Rasa Baukuvienė to email: no later than December 30, 2022.