SUSI Exchange Program – Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs)

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are five- to six-week academic programs for foreign undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 25 designed to improve their understanding of the United States and to develop their leadership skills. Institutes include a four-week academic residency consisting of interactive classroom activities, discussions, lectures, readings, site visits, and workshops; one week of educational travel to a different region of the United States; leadership skills building activities; community service; and opportunities to interact with their American peers on a college campus.

Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility criteria of SUSI Exchange Program is given below:

  • Participants are expected to be highly motivated and exemplary undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education. While all candidates will have a strong interest in public policy, their fields of study might vary, and can include disciplines such as Politics, Law, Engineering, Medicine, Science, Biotechnology, Business, Economics, International Development, Management, and others.
  • Currently enrolled in a public college/university or studying in a private institution on a scholarship/financial assistance.
    • If you are enrolled in a two-year bachelor’s program, you are eligible to apply if you are not in your final year of study. Final year students are not eligible to apply.
    • If you are enrolled in a four-year bachelor program you can apply if you have at least one semester of study remaining.  Final semester students are not eligible to apply.
    • Participants must be committed to returning home to complete their degrees.
  • 18-25 years old
  • Interested in local, state, and federal public policy making
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • High academic achievement
  • have demonstrated commitment to community and extracurricular university activities
  • Have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of 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
  • Be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of home country.
How to Apply:
  • Applications are due in November
  • Program is managed directly by U.S. Embassy
  • Application info is available on the U.S. Embassy’s website.
  • For more information please visit Official Website
Tips for Interview:
  • Try to answer to the point. Don’t brag or make stories.
  • Introduce yourself , tell briefly about your background.
  • Answer their questions in a relevant tone.
  • Speak fluently and don’t get confused.
  • Normal questions asked are:
    • How will you contribute to the group?
    • Why you should be selected?
    • What do u think you will do when u will come back?
    • Is this program going to have an impact on your country? How?
    • Do u want to study in USA ?

P.S :Please don’t upload your SOP on any site to check. That is saved by the software and when the program managers would check , the plagiarism check would be shown as 100%. 

SUSI Exchange Program doesn’t have any essay topic to write upon, every year the questions differ according to global agenda, write the answers after a thorough brainstorming. Do give ample time to review your application.

Try to submit your application before a week as the server doesn’t responds in the last week due to load of applications.

About Author: 

SUSI Exchange Program

“Marina Khan” She belongs to the city of flowers Peshawar and like her name she is a sea of knowledge hard work and creativity.

Marina is an International Exchange Alumna of SUSI- Study of US Institutes Program for Women’s Leadership which made her a cultural ambassador of US Department of State and Russian Clan Leader for Pakistan.

She is a Chemical Engineer by profession and pursuing her masters degree in Renewable Energy Engineering. She has been involved in social sector for about 5 years. Her life cycle revolves around learn, educate and motivate.  Marina recently joined National Youth Association as a Development Director and is working with Code for Pakistan.

Good Luck for SUSI Exchange Program 2019.

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