Up to four scholarships are available for Vietnamese students.
The Public Affairs Section (PAS) seeks candidates for the 2013 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for
Student Leaders on Global Environmental Issues. First- through third-year (or fourth-year at universities with a
five year curriculum) undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community
involvement and extracurricular activities, have a strong interest in the environment, and have a good command
of English are invited to apply for the program. Up to four scholarships are available for Vietnamese students.
The application deadline is 5:00 PM, Monday, December 17, 2012.
Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive 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. The Institute will consist of a balanced series of seminar
discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. Educational travel to other parts of the United States,
local site visits, and volunteer opportunities will complement the coursework and classroom activities.
The Study of the U.S. Institutes on Global Environmental Issues will explore the role that environmental policy
has played in the economic and political development of the United States. The Institute will use experiential
learning techniques to expose participants to current themes in the field, including natural resource
management, sustainable development/sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy
generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment. The issues will be explored from
numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal
government policies and regulations. The Institute might also examine the relationship between environmental
security and national security. Finally, the Institute will explore environmental issues in the context of a
globalized society, and draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries.
All participant costs, including program administration, international and domestic travel and ground
transportation, book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances, housing and subsistence will be paid by the
U.S. Department of State.
This SUSI program, offered to 20 student leaders from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, will
take place over the course of five weeks, beginning June 2013, including an academic residency component of
approximately four weeks and a domestic travel component of approximately one week that will conclude with
a 3-day program in Washington, D.C. The host institution will be announced at a later time.
Please find the announcement of Study of the United State Institute for Student leaders on Global Environmental Issues below: