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

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Journalism and Media

Application Deadline: December 19, 2021, at 23:59.

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are 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 Study of the U.S. Institute on Journalism and Media hosted by Arizona State University, will provide participants with a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities for modern journalism.  The Institute will examine freedom of expression in democracy, leveraging multimedia tools, and exploring the role of journalists in promoting media literacy and preventing disinformation.  Academic sessions will examine First Amendment rights, fundamentals of multimedia journalism, compelling storytelling, editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, civic journalism, media literacy, and digital and social media.  The Institute will encourage participants to analyze future trends in media as well as gain practical experience in the tradecraft of journalism, including building trust, interviewing, researching, writing, reporting, and editing.  Academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above. In addition to classroom activities, participants will meet with local news outlets.


The participants are expected to be highly motivated first through third year undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.  Their fields of study will be varied and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields.  Emphasis should be made on recruiting participants from non-elite backgrounds, from both rural and urban areas, and with little or no prior experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of Europe.  In addition, recruitment of participants should include historically underserved groups, disadvantaged groups, individuals with disabilities, and ethnic minority communities.

Potential candidates for this program need to:

  • · 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 be committed to returning 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 Europe;
  • · 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;
  • · if the program is conducted in-person, 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; and,


Program Requirements and Restrictions: Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program. They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings. Candidates should be aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the United States prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the United States after its end date. Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the United States. Participants are required to return to their home countries immediately following the end of the Institute. Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program. If the Institute is conducted as a virtual program, it would consist of a minimum of 36 hours of required programming with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  To the extent possible, the virtual programming would include lectures, small group discussions, videos, readings, panels, site visits, leadership development, assignments, and individual and group activities.  Participants will be expected to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their location.

Program Funding:

All participant costs are covered by the SUSI program.

Housing and Meal Arrangements: If program will be conducted in-person housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.


Please fill in the application with all the required information. Applications should be emailed to as one PDF document.

Only applications submitted in the required format and marked subject line: 2022 SUSI for Young Leaders Application will be reviewed. Additional supporting documents such as scanned copies of grade transcripts and reference letters are preferred.

Download the Application Form here. Application Form

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 19, 2021, at 23:59.