Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement
Applications for the 2017 Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement are being accepted now through January 02, 2017.
U.S. Mission Iraq is pleased to announce the 2017 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders on Civic Engagementprogram.
The SUSI-Student Leaders on Civic Engagement is an intensive short term academic program is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The five-week program 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. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week. During the academic residency, students will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.
The four-week academic residency will provide students with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups. The program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the U.S., and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism. Other topics such as civil rights, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, and media will be discussed. Students will also have the opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of non-profit organizations. The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field. The Institute will then conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C.
Travel to visit family or friends elsewhere in the United States will not be permitted before, during or after the program, including on weekends during the whole period. Students must return to Iraq immediately upon conclusion of the program. All participants are expected to travel unaccompanied.
· 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.
How to Apply:
· Applications are due to the U.S. Embassy by Monday, January 2, 2017 at midnight – late submissions will not be considered.
· Click here (DOC 213 KB) to download the Word Document application form.
· Applications must be e-mailed to IraqExchangePrograms@state.
For questions about the program, please send an email to IraqExchangePrograms@state.
As with all U.S. Mission-sponsored programs, the U.S. Government pays for all major expenses, including roundtrip airfare, shared accommodation during the program, meals and health insurance. Competition is merit-based and all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, age, and/or physical impairment.