The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders is offered for undergraduate students between 18 and 25. This year the Institute will focus on Environmental Issues. Selected students will spend five weeks in the United States.
IS IT FOR ME?
Candidates should be highly motivated first- through third-year undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement and extracurricular activities. Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds, including those with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. The Institute will tentatively be held from June 25 to July 31, 2024. The exact dates of the program will be communicated at the time of selection.
The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Environmental Issues hosted by Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, will provide participants with an overview of climate change along with its impact on local communities, natural resources, and the local economy. Academic sessions and experiential learning opportunities will explore clean energy, sustainable development, the risks of natural disasters, and the intersection of climate justice and community activism. To enhance the academic experience, the Institute will focus on specific themes and sub-topics such as strategic communication, social justice, emergency response, water rights, agriculture and food systems, biodiversity, and energy efficiency and sustainability. Academic activities will be supplemented by opportunities to engage with the local community, including a weekend homestay and meeting with local environmental non-profits. Program components may include hiking a section of the Appalachian trail, a visit to the Chincoteague Bay Field Station, and a kayak tour with the Susquehanna Riverkeepers, an environmental organization. Each Institute will consist of approximately 20 students.
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested applicants need to complete and submit an application form and two independent letters of reference. These forms should be requested by sending an email to the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.