The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship is an intensive short-term academic program 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 five-week Institute will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.
The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institute will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week. During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.
The four-week academic residency will focus on the development, history, challenges, and successes of social enterprises and community leaders, in the United States and globally. Participants will discuss topics such as microfinance; organizational development and management; grant writing; innovation; emerging markets and risk analysis; strategic business planning; corporate social responsibility; and, women and minorities in entrepreneurship.
Students will also have the opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of non-profit organizations. The academic residency will be complemented by an educational study tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and nonprofit organizations working in the field. The Institute will then conclude with a three-day program in Washington, D.C.
Candidates nominated for this program will:
- be proficient in English;
- be interested in the Institute topic;
- be between 18 and 25 years of age;
- have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
- demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
- indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
- have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
- demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
- have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
- be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
- be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,
- be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.
Download the application form. Fill it out, and attach the document to your email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org No Later Than December 22, 2017, midnight. Please read the SUSI program requirements for more information.
The deadline for receiving/submission of application form is Tuesday, December 12, 2017. All applications should be submitted to the SUSI Program Officer by e-mail to email@example.com
Hard copy of the form should also be submitted to the University Counselling Centre, 1st floor, Bookshop Building. The application form could be downloaded via www.unilag.edu.ng
Applications must be sent to the U.S. Embassy in Tunis at TunisExchanges@state.gov no later than December 25, 2017. Late submissions and incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Questions should be sent to TunisExchangesHelp@state.gov.
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