The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides undergraduate students from diverse communities across Europe with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture and institutions, while building lasting bonds between their countries and the United States. Through this program, FHI 360 continues its commitment to innovative international exchanges that support emerging leaders as they develop their skills, make valuable global contacts and gain a deeper understanding of each other’s society and culture.
The program provides 66 European students each year with the opportunity to participate in a five-week academic exchange that will build tangible leadership skills, form social networks, and strengthen their thematic knowledge of civic engagement, environmental issues or social entrepreneurship through community service activities, leadership development workshops, a study tour and discussions with U.S. peers.
FHI 360 works with the University of Oregon, University of South Carolina and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The academic exchange explores the influence, principles and values of democracy, individual rights, freedom of expression, equality and diversity, and tolerance in contemporary American life.
Through a Capstone Conference in Washington, DC, students will have the opportunity to share their U.S. experience with other students and the Department of State, reflecting on the knowledge and skills gained and how to leverage the experience to become change agents in their communities.
Watch a video welcoming some participants.