Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are five-to-six-week academic programs during the summer (July-August) designed for foreign undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 25 to improve their understanding of the United States and to develop their leadership skills. Institutes include a four-week academic residency consisting of interactive classroom activities, discussions, lectures, readings, site visits, and workshops; a one-week educational study tour to a different region of the United States; leadership skills-building activities; community service; and opportunities to interact with their American peers on a college campus. Each Institute includes approximately 20 participants from selected countries. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy to Belgium.


Between November and January.


Review eligibility requirements below and include all required documents in your online application.




2020 SUSI Program

Study of the U.S. Institutes on Education and the Future of Work at the University of Massachusetts, Boston

The Study of the U.S. Institutes on Education and the Future of Work explore how technology, the job economy, and skill-based education are interconnected in the United States. The Institutes expose participants to global issues in the context of the future of work by examining educational, social, and economic trends. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the academic program examines the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries and sectors including business, technology, science, higher education, the creative arts and other fields. Topics may include communication, entrepreneurship and the gig economy, globalization and urbanization, innovation and technology, organizational development and management, skills development, and strategies for reskilling and retraining. The Institutes also provide opportunities for participants to engage with educational and industry leaders, policy makers, trade associations and other key actors. Educational travel to another region of the United States complements the academic residencies and allows participants to broaden their understanding of skill-based educational training within the United States.


The application period to apply for this summer program is between November and January.

A mandatory in-person interview will take place near the end of January. If the candidate has completed any post-secondary courses, he or she should also submit transcripts (grade reports) for those courses along with the final application.

The complete application includes your application form, a short essay (250 words), and two reference forms to be completed by professors or professional supervisors. For clarity, please type as much of the application as possible. The application must be sent with all required documents to

All applications are evaluated by the staff of the Fulbright Commission in Brussels and the U.S. Embassy of Brussels. The most competitive applicants demonstrate ambassadorial qualities and a genuine interest in cultural exchange.

More details on the SUSI Program for Student Leaders can be found here.


"This experience enriched me in many different ways. I developed my understanding of the aforementioned topics, gained insights into the European and American cultures, and strengthened my network with committed, interested and interesting individuals from across the European continent and the United States. I look forward to applying the acquired knowledge as I return to my home country, motivated to launch a project that would benefit my local community and the wider society."
Ryan Danenberg
Summer 2019
“It’s a dream for many Europeans to study and live in the US. Well, for me that dream came true in the summer of 2018 by participating in the SUSI program on environmental issues. The program is not only focused on one subject. So, I learned more about leadership of the future, American history and values, living together with different nationalities from all around Europe and most importantly you will get to know yourself. The program made me more mature and helped me thinking with a more open mindset. I would like to thank everybody that made this experience better than I ever could ever imagine.”
Matthias Dehont
Summer 2018
“This experience changed me forever. I couldn’t have expected better from this program and from the people that I met. I had the time of my life during these five weeks and this opportunity turned me into somebody that is more open-minded, grateful and dreamer than ever. (…) A part of me is now up there with all my friends and my family that is and will be forever in my heart. Being a cultural ambassador is definitely the most exciting experience as a young leader.”
Chiara Loddo
“The summer institute for social entrepreneurship was one of the best experiences of my life, it didn’t only provide me with an understanding of social entrepreneurship in general and more specifically in the US, it also helped me step out of my comfort zone. This program taught me how to deal with communication issues due to the difference of languages but also due to the different cultures and perceptions of each of us. To live with 21 other students from all around Europe made me feel more like a world citizen than a European or Belgian one.”
Bouchra Zaidouni
Summer 2016

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