SUSI for European Student Leaders 2017

Summer Institutes for European Student Leaders: Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues, Social Entrepreneurship

Application deadline: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Program Overview

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders from Europe are five-to-six-week academic programs designed for foreign undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 25 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; a one week educational study tour 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. Institute participation, including travel and lodging, is free.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes will take place in June and July 2017. Each Institute will have up to 22 participants and will include a four week academic residency component and a one week integrated study tour.

The Norwegian Fulbright commission will nominate four students (two for Social Entrepreneurship, and one each for Civic Engagement and Environmental Issues). 

Applicants can apply for one institute:

  • Civic Engagement ( University of South Carolina)
  • Environmental Issues (University of Oregon)
  • Social Entrepreneurship (University of Tennessee-Chattanooga)

Please be aware of the terms of application and nomination - before applying we encourage every applicant to read through the application requirements and FAQs.

Institute Descriptions

The Study of the U.S. Institute for European Student Leaders on Civic Engagement will provide participants with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups. The academic program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, 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. 

Study of the U.S. Institute for European Student Leaders on Environmental Issues will explore current themes in environmental studies, which may include natural resource management, sustainable development/ sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment. The program will be interactive and experiential, with field trips to research facilities and opportunities for classroom discussion. The issues will be explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation. The Institute might also examine the relationship between environmental security and national security. In addition, the Institute will explore environmental issues in the context of a globalized society, and will draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries. We expect the Institute on Environmental Issues to provide opportunities for participants to engage with policy makers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors committed to the protection and management of the environment. 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.

The Study of the U.S. Institute for European Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship will examine social entrepreneurship in the United States, including the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. social enterprises. The program will be interactive and experiential, and will combine classroom instruction with panel discussions, business visits, and volunteer opportunities. The Institute will give participants a foundation in how to employ entrepreneurial skills to address social issues and will provide opportunities to meet with American local community leaders. The Institute may address topics such as business ethics, negotiations, emerging markets and risk analysis, microfinance, corporate social responsibility, strategic business planning and innovation, and women and minorities in entrepreneurship.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. 

Application 

APPLICATION FORM (if you have trouble with the form you can print it and fill it out manually) 

Send the application by e-mail to: fulbright@fulbright.no before midnight February 2, 2017.

Candidates must specify which Institute they are applying for in the application form.

REFERENCE LETTERS

Note that in addition to the application, all applicants must submit two letters of reference and certified academic transcripts. The reference form should be forwarded to two recommenders. The letters should then be sent by the recommenders directly by e-mail to: fulbright@fulbright.no before midnight February 2, 2017.

Mailing address for certified (copies) of your academic transcripts: U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation, Arbinsgate 2, 0253 Oslo

Check list for application:

  • Application form
  • Two reference letters
  • Academic transcripts

An incomplete application may not be considered. 

Other essential program information

Program funding: all participant costs will be covered, including: program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence. The  U.S. recipient organization or institution will arrange and pay for participants’ international travel costs and travel allowances within set limits.

Housing and meal arrangements: Housing will be in shared university dorms on campus. Participants may be expected to share a room and bathroom with another student of the same gender.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own. 

Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied. 

Health benefits: all participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Information on the health benefit program may be found online at usdos.sevencorners.com.

Program requirements and restrictions: participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program. They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings. 

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the U.S. prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the U.S. after its end date. Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the U.S. If a relative or friend wishes to visit them, it will be addressed on a case by case basis, in consultation with the United States Department of State/ECA program officer and the host institution. Participants are required to return to their home countries immediately following the end of the Institute.  

Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

 

SUSI for European Student Leaders 2017
Alma Botten paints a house as part of a service project.