Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) Programs

The application period for Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) Program is now open. Please check our website and Facebook page frequently for updates on this and other exchange programs The Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) Program offers university faculty, secondary school teachers, and students the opportunity to participate in five weeks exchanges in the United States. The programs are organized around a central theme are aimed at strengthening curricula. They also provide opportunities for a deeper understanding of U.S. institutions and culture, and enhance leadership skills.

The typical SUSI programs available are:

2020 Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders Religious Freedom and Pluralism

U.S. Mission Iraq is pleased to announce the 2020 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Religious Freedom and Pluralism.

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 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.  The Institute 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 Institute on Religious Freedom and Pluralism in the United States will focus on U.S. history, society, and institutions within the context of religious freedom, pluralism, and interfaith dialogue. Topics may include, but are not limited to, early religious traditions in the United States, freedom of religion as a fundamental human right and source of stability, the introduction of new religions in the United States, protection and representation of minority groups and religions, the separation of church and state, and interfaith dialogue and cooperation in a diverse and rapidly changing world.  Participants will have opportunities to meet with U.S. community leaders of different faiths who advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religious groups. Participants will also examine the leadership role that religious officials play in their own societies and develop ideas for how they can work with leaders, of similar or different faiths, on shared goals for their societies.

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 exploring relevant topics from multi-regional perspectives.  The participants in this Institute will then travel to Temple University for their academic residency.  The academic residency will include a visit to New York City as well as a study tour to Salt Lake City, Utah.  The program will take place during the mid-June to early August timeframe in 2020.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the topic of Religious Freedom and Pluralism;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one year 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 5, 2020 at midnight, 11:59 pm – late submissions will not be considered.
  • Click HERE to download the Word Document application form.
  • Evidence of enrollment in the college
  • Copy of the Passport ID page
  • Applications must be e-mailed to IraqExchangePrograms@state.gov before the deadline.

 

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. For more questions, please call us at 07704432032 during the working hours from 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m., five days in the week, Sunday – Thursday.

 

2020 Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders Women’s Leadership program

U.S. Mission Iraq is pleased to announce the 2020 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership program.

The SUSI-Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership is an intensive short-term academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate students 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, participants will also can engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The Institute on Women’s Leadership will begin with an opening conference in Washington, D.C. The participants in this Institute will then travel to Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana where they will engage in a four-week academic residency focusing on the history and participation of women in public life in the United States. Entitled “Educating Tomorrow’s Global Women Leaders”, the academic program focuses on six proficiency areas that comprise the intercultural leadership model:  1) Recognize the Leader Within 2) Articulate your Ethical/Spiritual Center, 3) Engage and Value Diversity, 4) Dialogue on Power and Privilege, 5) Create Inclusive and Equitable Communities and 6) Make Your Difference in the World.  The Institute aims to develop participants’ leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and managerial abilities. The Institute will also examine the fields of women’s studies, U.S. women’s history, women’s economic empowerment, and global women’s movements to address challenges.

The program will include students from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia who are interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership. The Institute will be hosted by Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indianapolis from late June to early August 2020.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • be female;
  • be proficient in English;
  • be Iraqi;
  • be interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership;
  • 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.

Applications:

  • Applications are due to the U.S. Embassy by Sunday, January 5, 2020 at midnight, 11:59 pm – late submissions will not be considered.
  • Click HERE to download the Word Document application form.
  • Copy of the Passport ID page
  • Evidence of enrollment in the college
  • Applications must be e-mailed to IraqExchangePrograms@state.gov before the deadline above

 

For questions about the program, please send an email to IraqExchangePrograms@state.gov or call us at 07704432032. We will receive your calls every day from Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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.