Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI)
Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for European Student Leaders are intensive, short-term, academic programs providing undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the U.S. while enhancing leadership skills.

They will take place over 5-weeks in June and July each summer, and consist of a series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. Grants include airfare, tuition, fees, lodging and meals at the host university, incidentals allowance, visa sponsorship, and accident & sickness coverage. A range of associated academic and cultural programming will also be covered. Each Institute will conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C.

Please note that these are not Fulbright Awards, but grants from the U.S. Department of State.

Click here for a printable announcement of this year's program.

This year, two Institutes are available for Swedish citizens.

I. The SUSI for European Student Leaders on Civic Engagement:

  • provides participants with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government and society.
  • explores topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activitism, political leadership and volunteerisim.
  • includes field trips to meet community leaders, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.
  • travel to another area of the U.S. to meet local, state and not-for-profit organizations.

II. The SUSI for European Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship:

  • provides participants with a foundation in how to employ entrepreneurial skills to address social issues
  • combines classroom instruction with panel discussions, business visits, and volunteer opportunities
  • explores such topics as business ethics, negotiations, emerging markets and risk analysis, microfinance, corporate social responsibility, innovation, and women and minorities in entrepreneurship
  • provides opportunities to meet with American local community leaders
  • participants will travel to another area of the U.S. to meet with local, state, private and non-for-profit organizations working in the field

Participants are expected to be highly motivated 1st to 3rd year undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education. Fields of study may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields. Applicants must:
  • be a Swedish citizen;
  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the Institute topic;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return 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 their 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; and,
  • be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.
Please see the FAQs for more information.

Please note: Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.  Please note that this Institute will take place during Ramadan.  While the host institution will make every effort to accommodate participants who are fasting, participants should be made aware of the rigorous nature of the Institute and the expectation that the success of the Institute depends on their full participation. 
Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program.  They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Candidates should be made aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.
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 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.  It is important that these requirements and restrictions be made clear to all candidates before nominations are submitted.

How To Apply?

If you meet the criteria, please email to confirm your interest, to receive the application form and to be added to our mailing list for relevant reminders & updates. In your email please state:

    Your full name
    Your current educational institution
    Which Institute you are interested in


The Deadline for the SUSI applications is January 8, 2018. Please note that applicants must submit 1 soft copy (via email) and 1 hard copy of their application to the Commission office.
All applicants will be notified by the end of April 2018.


We have received a number of queries on what is required in terms of a transcript. A transcript is a full list of courses and final grades that comes as an official document from a school. For SUSI applications, undergraduate transcripts (college courses and grades for each year) will be required if applicants are currently in college; this information can be obtained from the College Registrar. If applicants are in sixth year and going into college, then the final four years of secondary school (courses, grades, and exam results) will be required; this information can be obtained from the school guidance counsellor.

Please note that official transcripts (stamped and sealed) are not required unless you are successful. Therefore, photocopies or downloads are sufficient for the application.