CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Civic Engagement for Student Leaders(2017)

The 2017 SUSI will be hosted at the Foundation for International Understanding through Students (FIUTS) in Seattle, Washington from January 7 to February 11, 2017.  The application deadline for candidates is October 7, 2016

Zimbabwean students leaders have been participating in the SUSI together with student leaders from Angola, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa since 2014 and have consistently set the bar high – congratulations to you all! This is a testament of the caliber students at your institutions!


Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive 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.  Institutes include a four week academic residency and a one-week study tour to a different part of the United States.  Leadership sessions and community service activities, as well as getting to know Americans, are also integral components of the Institutes.

Candidate Description and Qualifications

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

-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;

• If interested, please e-mail an application with the format outlined below and up-to-date CV to with subject line Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement.

Application format:

 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).


Applications with the format outlined above and up to date CVs should be e-mailed to with subject line Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement.



Inbox  or whatsapp +14023046540 if you have any questions about this program and how to apply.

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