Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders 2024

The Study of the U.S. Branch (ECA/A/E/USS) is pleased to invite candidate nominations from
posts for a summer 2024 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders from
Bangladesh, Brazil, Indonesia, Jordan, and Nigeria interested in the topic of Climate Change
and the Environment.  The Northern Nevada will host the five-week program
International Center at the University of Nevada in Reno, via an award to Meridian
International Center.  The tentative dates are June 22 to July 25, 2024, and any changes will be
shared during selection.  Should health, safety, and travel conditions pose significant
challenges, the program will pivot to a modified virtual format.


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.  Each
Institute hosts 20 participants. The Institutes consist of a four-week academic residency with a
balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations and lectures.  Site visits,
leadership development, cultural activities, and community service complement the coursework
and academic sessions.  If conditions allow, the Institutes will include a one-week integrated
study tour in the United States
. Note that if the program must take place virtually, participants
will engage in similar activities but online from their home countries
The SUSI on Climate Change and the Environment will enhance participants’ knowledge of U.S.
history, government, institutions, society, and culture within the context of the theme.
Participants may also explore sustainable development; clean energy; conservation;
environmental justice; ocean protection; pollution; economic impact; public health; and the
impact of climate change specifically on underserved, youth, and minority populations and
communities, including indigenous peoples. The Institute will incorporate a focus on U.S.
historical events as well as contemporary American life, including current political, social, and
economic debates in a pluralistic society. In addition to classroom-based lectures and activities
learning about the science behind climate change, participants will engage with government
officials, nonprofit organizations, and business to learn about how these individual sectors are
working individually and together to address the unique climate risks in the state of Nevada.
Specific meetings may be organized with officials of the state of Nevada and of the Paiute Tribe
reservation; the Nature Conservancy and the American Red Cross; and with private sector leaders
in responding to sustainable industries, including Tesla, Switch Center, and Patagonia, Inc.
Participants will also visit San Francisco, California, and a study tour to New Orleans, Louisiana,
will conclude the program.

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  • be proficient in English;  
  • be interested in the topics of Climate Change and the Environment;  
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;  
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and be committed to returning 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;  
  • if the program is conducted in-person, be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country


The UPN and International Office are set to conduct an internal selection process for students interested in enrolling in the program. Following the administrative procedures, there will be interviews and presentations. If you successfully pass this phase, your name will be recommended by the International Office and subjected to further evaluation by the Consulate General in Surabaya. You can find the schedule below:

November 1st – 12th, 2023Administrative Selection
November 13th to 17th, 2023 Interview selection
November 19th, 2023Announcement of the shortlist

If you are interested in applying, please submit your application through the link: