2019 Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders Religious Freedom and Pluralism

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is pleased to announce the 2019 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Religious Freedom and Pluralism.

The SUSI-Student Leaders on Religious Freedom and Pluralism 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 program consists of a 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 Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, students will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The SUSI-Student Leaders on Religious Freedom and Pluralism will explore U.S. history, society, and institutions within the context of religious freedom, pluralism, and interfaith dialogue.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, early religious traditions in the United States, freedom of religion as a fundamental human right and source of stability, the introduction of new religions in the United States, protection and representation of minority groups and religions, the separation of church and state, and interfaith dialogue and cooperation in a diverse and rapidly changing world.  Participants will have opportunities to meet with U.S. community leaders of different faiths who advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religious groups.  Participants will also examine the leadership role that religious officials play in their own societies and develop ideas for how they can work with leaders, of similar or different faiths, on shared goals for their societies.

The program will include students from Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq and Lebanon who are interested in the topic of Religious Freedom and Pluralism. The Institute will take place from June to August 2019; exact dates and host university information will be provided at a later stage.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidate should be Lebanese or long-term Palestinian resident in Lebanon. American citizens or green card holders are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidate should be a student who has completed at least one semester of university and has at least one undergraduate semester remaining in his/her university studies after the end of this program; applicants who have already graduated from university are ineligible.
  • 18 – 25 years of age;
  • Fluent in English;
  • Interested in religious freedom and pluralism;
  • Committed to returning to Lebanon to complete university studies;
  • Committed to community and extracurricular activities;
  • Willing to participate fully in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,
  • Comfortable with campus life, sharing living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.


  • Applications are due to the U.S. Embassy by Monday January 7, 2019 – late submissions will not be considered.
  • Click here to download the Microsoft Word Document application form (40Kb).
  • Applications should be e-mailed to BeirutPD@state.gov.

As with all U.S. Embassy-sponsored programs, the U.S. Government pays for all major expenses, including roundtrip airfare, shared accommodation during the program, meals and health insurance.  Competition is merit-based and Lebanese and long-term Palestinian residents in Lebanon from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.