Foreign Language Teaching Assistants/Secondary School Teachers

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Secondary Educators are post-graduate level academic programs for secondary educators designed to strengthen curricula and to improve the teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. These Institutes are comprised of a five-week academic residency and one to two weeks of educational travel to a different region of the United States. During the Institutes, scholars engage in rigorous academic coursework and panel discussions, interact and establish networks with American scholars, meet with experts in respective disciplines, visit civic institutions, and in some cases, participate in research symposia and conferences.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrated English language proficiency
  • Have limited prior experience in the United States
  • Have firm plans to enhance, update, or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus
  • Not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa

How to Apply

Applications for the 2019 summer institute will be posted online in December 2018.

Hear from Grantees

Anja Lerno (Summer 2013): “I went to the United States to learn about American culture, but I got to know 24 other cultures too. I have friends now in Uruguay, Greece, Guatemala, Birma, Borneo, Panama, Norway, …. When we met, we already had one thing in common, being passionate about teaching English and now we will never forget sharing this wonderful experience of SUSI 2013. Thanks to modern technology and social media, we will not only be able to keep in touch personally, but also professionally: the sharing of resources has already begun!” Read more about Anja’s experience.

Rajae Ramram (Summer 2015): “The program provided us with a view on the U.S. Education system through different angles. I especially enjoyed the school visits and the interesting conversations I shared with my fellow teachers in the USA. I also loved the interesting workshops and lectures we attended, all given by great knowledgeable people who shared with us their educational expertise and Experiences.” Read more about Rajae’s experience.