Study of the US 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. Each Institute has 20 participants.
The Institutes consist of a four-week academic residency with a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. Site visits, leadership development, cultural activities, and community service complement the coursework and academic sessions.
If conditions allow, the Institute will include a one-week integrated study tour in the United States. Note that if the program must take place virtually, participants will engage in similar activities but online from their home countries.
The Study of the US Institute on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development will provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches by reviewing the development, history, challenges, and successes of US entrepreneurial enterprises, including social enterprises, business leadership, and women’s economic empowerment, in the United States and globally.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- social capital strategies for sustainable economic development, financial literacy;
- organizational development and management;
- emerging markets and risk analysis;
- strategic business planning;
- corporate social responsibility; and minorities in entrepreneurship.
Academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics. The Institute will encourage participants to develop innovative and practical plans to become engaged citizens in their own communities. Should conditions allow, the SUSIs for Global Student Leaders will begin with an Opening Forum in Washington, DC, offering opportunities for networking, foundational leadership skills development, and exploring relevant topics from multi-regional perspectives.
Candidate description and qualifications:
- be proficient in English;
- be interested in the topics of entrepreneurship and economic development;
- be between 18 and 25 years of age;
- have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and be committed to returning 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 Morocco;
- be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel;
- if the program is conducted in-person, be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country;
- if the program must be conducted virtually, the Embassy will ensure that participants have access to the internet or help facilitate such access.