Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI)

Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) programs are sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Programs for Student Leaders are intensive short-term academic projects whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.

All programs are 5 weeks in length and take place in summer, mid-June – early August. Each program includes two components: a four-week intensive academic program and a trip around the United States. The Department of State will cover all participant costs, including program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.

In 2020, there will be three Institutes for Student Leaders: on Civic Engagement, on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, and on Education and the Future of Work.

If you have any questions, please write to susi-students@ph-int.org

Program duration: mid5-6 weeks from mid-June – early August (tentative)

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders is designed to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week. During the academic residency, participants will also engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

Students will also have the opportunity to meet with community leaders, and representatives of non-profit organizations. The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and nonprofit organizations working in the field.

In 2020 the following Institutes will be offered:

The Study of the U.S. Institutes 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. The Institute will also have content dedicated to developing skills for journalism, story-telling, and media literacy. 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 Institutes will encourage participants to develop innovative and practical plans to become engaged citizens in their own communities.

Institute 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, business development in a global setting, diversity in the workforce, management strategies and techniques, and the relationships among businesses, governments and NGOs. To the extent possible, academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above.

Institute on Education and the Future of Work will explore how technology, the job economy, and skill-based education are interconnected in the United States. The Institute will expose participants to global issues in the context of the future of work by examining educational, social, and economic trends.  Using an interdisciplinary approach, the academic program will examine the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries and sectors including business, technology, science, higher education, the creative arts, and other fields.  Topics will include, but are not limited to, communication, entrepreneurship, globalization and urbanization, innovation and technology, organizational development and management, skills development, and reskilling and retraining.  The program will also provide opportunities for participants to engage with educational and industry leaders through site visits.  A study tour to another region in the United States will explore the theme from a different perspective.

The Department of State will cover all participant costs, including: program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.

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. Their fields of study can vary, and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields.

Candidates nominated for this program will:

  • be citizens of Russia living and studying in the Russian Federation;
  • be proficient in English;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • be first through third year undergraduate students from colleges, universities and other institutions of higher education and 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.

The 2020 SUSI Student Leaders Application Deadline is 23:59 (Moscow Time), Sunday, December 15, 2019

Applications should be sent to susi-students@ph-int.org. Each application should have THREE ATTACHMENTS (Grades, Recommendation and Consent for Use of Personal Info).

Please find Program Application here (DOCX, 49Kb)