SUSI FAQs

Q: What degree of English proficiency should applicants have?
A: All participants must be fully proficient in English; throughout the Institute they will need to fully understand lectures, actively participate in discussions, and read and write assignments in English.

Q: Can dual citizens (U.S. and country of origin) participate in Study of the U.S. Institutes?
A: No.  U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) are NOT eligible to participate in this program.

Q: Can applicants who have been to the U.S. before apply?
A: The successful candidate will have minimal experience in the U.S., priority will be given to nominees with no previous experience in the United States.

Q: How much free time will a participant have during the program?
A: There will be some free time during the program.  However, applicants MUST understand that this is an intensive academic program and they are expected to fully participate in all lectures, activities, site visits, and scheduled events.

Q: If an applicant has relatives in the U.S., would he/she have time to see them?
A: Participants will NOT be allowed to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends.  Occasionally it is possible for a relative or friend to visit the participant on a specific day designated by the host institution if the schedule permits.  These situations will be addressed on a case by case basis in consultation with the ECA program officer and the host institution.

Q: Can a participant arrive early/late or stay after the Institute?
A: No. Participants who choose to travel to the U.S. on a SUSI are required to abide by the terms and conditions of the program.  These terms state clearly that student leaders may NOT arrive in the U.S. before the program start date or remain in the country after the close of the Institute.

Q: Can a graduate student participate in this Institute?
A: No. Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders are designed exclusively for undergraduate students with at least one remaining semester of study.

Q: Can a participant miss one part or component of the Institute?
A: No. All participants are expected to participate in all scheduled lectures, events, site visits, trips, and activities.

Q: How much money will participants need to bring for the program?
A: The SUSI covers all basic costs of an individual’s participation including transportation, lodging, and meals. Participants should bring their own spending money if they wish to purchase souvenirs or other items during their time in the U.S.