Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders 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 Study of the U.S. Institutes program 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 such topics 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.
The five-week 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 within the local community. Each Institute will have 20 participants and will include a four-week academic residency component and a one-week integrated study tour to another region of the United States. During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.
The SUSIs for Global Student Leaders will begin with an Opening Forum in Washington, D.C., offering opportunities for networking, foundational leadership skills development, and discussions on relevant topics from multi-regional perspectives. The 20 participants in this Institute will then travel to Bard College for their academic residency. The program will include a visit to New York City, as well as a study tour to another region of the country.
Posts and prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes. The address is: https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/study-us-institutes.
Who can apply?
Candidates eligible for this program will:
be proficient in English;
be interested in the topic of civic engagement;
be between 18 and 25 years of age;
have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore 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 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at an assigned U.S. college or university. Participants are emerging leaders committed to their home communities. During the Program, Global UGRAD participants challenge themselves to explore U.S. society, culture, and academic learning. They also participate in community service and enhance their professional skills.
The Global UGRAD Program is open to anyone who is/has:
over 18 years of age by the start of their program;
a citizen of Azerbaijan, currently residing in the country;
enrolled as an undergraduate in good standing at any accredited university, public or private, and has at least one semester remaining at their home university at the conclusion of the Global UGRAD Program;
has a solid command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible);
able to begin studies in the U.S. in August 2020 or January 2021 (selected participants may not defer to a later date);
eligible to receive and maintain the U.S. student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program;
cleared by a physician to participate in the program;
Committed to returning to their home country after the completion of the program.
Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:
Citizens and permanent residents of the U.S.;
Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country;
Anyone who has already graduated from university
Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members.
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