Application Deadline: October 7th 2016
Host Institution: FIUTS
Program Dates: January 7-February 11, 2017
Countries Hosted: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe
The Study of the U.S. Institute on Civic Engagement provides student leaders with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups. The coursework examines the development of civic engagement in the U.S. and explores topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism. Other topics such as civil rights, entrepreneurship, ethics, and leadership are discussed.
In addition to classroom sessions, participants will meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of non-profit organizations. The academic sessions are complemented by workshops designed to build practical skills and a study tour that allows participants to broaden their understanding of citizen engagement across the United States.
Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are five-to-six-week academic programs designed for foreign undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 25 to improve their understanding of the United States and to develop their leadership skills. Institutes include a four-week academic residency consisting of interactive classroom activities, discussions, lectures, readings, site visits, and workshops; a one week educational study tour to a different region of the United States; leadership skills building activities; community service; and opportunities to interact with their American peers on a college campus. Each Institute includes approximately 20 participants from selected countries.
Eligibility and Application Overview
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 25 and have at least one semester left of college or university
- Demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities
- Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English
- Have little or no prior travel or study experience in the United States
- Not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- Eligible to receive a United States J-1 Visa
If interested, please e-mail an application with the format outlined below and up-to-date CV to [email protected]state.gov with subject line Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement.
Full Name (as it appears in passport):
Date of Birth:
Place/City of Birth:
Country of Birth:
Country of Residence:
Country of Citizenship:
Home address, telephone & e-mail:
Medical, Physical, Dietary or other personal considerations:
Position and Title in Student Body:
University, Complete Address:
Degree Enrolled & Year of Study:
Previous travel to the U.S.
Personal Statement (One page personal statement indicating why you are interested in participating in the program and what you expect to get out of the exchange program).
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) 2017