Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap

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About the Program

In 2019, FIUTS was selected to host the Study of the US Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap. This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, administered by Meridian International Center and FIUTS. The 2019 program will run from June 22-July 21 in Seattle, followed by a week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Washington DC.

The group includes 20 undergraduates (ages 19-25) from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Tunisia. They were selected by the U.S. embassies in their home countries through a competitive application process. Students receive full scholarships to participate in the program, with all expenses paid.

During the program, students will study the ways in which technology, innovation, and globalization are prompting the development of new initiatives to educate and prepare youth with the professional skills needed to succeed in the future. They participate in academic classes, volunteer and service activities, leadership workshops, and cultural and educational excursions. Participants will also design curriculum for a unique training session that they can deliver in their home communities and beyond that addresses the changing nature of work in their own local context.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes promote a better understanding of the people, institutions, and culture of the United States among students, teachers, and scholars. Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) are short-term academic programs for groups of undergraduate leaders, educators, and scholars from around the world. Learn more about the Study of the U.S. Institutes here.

For more general information about the FIUTS SUSI program, please contact FIUTS Manager of Education Programs, Ellen Frierson.

Get Involved

General Public: Meet the SUSI students at two free events that are open to the public.

UW Students can get involved in the SUSI program by applying to be a SUSI Ambassador. Ambassadors are a critical piece of the program and act as peer mentors, cultural liaisons, friends and student leaders. SUSI Ambassadors learn new skills, build their resume, make international friends and have fun! Apply to be an Ambassador here by Monday, June 10, 2019.

If you have questions about the Ambassador program, please contact FIUTS Education Programs Coordinator, Kailyn Swarthout, at


Community Members are invited to host one or more SUSI participants for one week, June 22-29. The week-long homestay is an important opportunity for participants to learn about U.S. culture and connect with local people. On Sunday evening, all hosts are invited to join us for a potluck dinner on the UW campus to celebrate the program and enjoy cultural presentations from student participants. Learn more here or contact for information about hosting a SUSI participant.