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2021 Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders – Slovakia

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted December 14, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on January 10, 2021
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The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava and the Slovak Fulbright Commission is pleased to announce Summer 2021 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) which is intensive five–week 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 Institutes will consist 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 an academic residency component and, if the program is conducted in-person, a one-week integrated study tour. During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

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Eligibility Criteria:
1) 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 may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields.
2) Participants could be from non-elite backgrounds, historically underserved groups, disadvantaged groups, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBTI community, and ethnic minority communities.
3) Candidates nominated for this program must:
a) be proficient in English;
b) be interested in the Institute topic;
c) be between 18 and 25 years of age;
d) have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to returning to their home universities following completion of the program;
e) demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
f) indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
g) have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
h) demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
i) have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
j) be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
k) be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and
l) 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 program will take place in early July through August 2021, exact dates will be communicated at a later time.

Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program. They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings. Candidates should be made aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.

The application period will be closed on January 11, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jan 07
Jan 07

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Jill Langhus
Dec 16, 2020
Dec 16, 2020

Thanks, Ana.