2022 Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders on Religious Pluralism in the United States

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is pleased to announce the 2022 Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Religious Pluralism in the United States.  This is an intensive five-week academic program with a purpose to provide undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. For more information about this program, students can visit the website of the U.S. Department of State Exchange Programs.

The program will include students from Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq, and Lebanon, who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of Religious Pluralism.  SUSI program will be hosted by Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, during the summer 2022; exact dates pending.  Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the program will pivot to a modified virtual format.

Eligibility Requirements:

This program is merit-based.  To be considered, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Lebanese citizens or holders of the Special Travel Document for Palestinian Refugees issued by the Lebanese authorities (U.S. citizens, dual-U.S. citizens, and U.S. permanent residents are ineligible to apply);
  • Undergraduates in the first, second, or third year of a full-time undergraduate program at a registered academic institution in Lebanon at the time of application and have at least one semester remaining in their university studies after the end of this program;
  • 18-25 years old; and
  • Fluent in English

Qualified applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • Interest in religious freedom and pluralism;
  • Commitment to returning to Lebanon to complete university studies;
  • Commitment to community and extracurricular activities;
  • Willingness to participate in all aspects of the program; and
  • Comfort with campus life, shared living accommodations, and cultural/social adaptability.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM Beirut time on Friday, December 31, 2021.  Late submissions are not possible.

Click here to apply to the program. If you have an inquiry, please email BeirutPD@state.gov with the Subject Line “SUSI-Religious Pluralism in the U.S.”.

The U.S. Government pays for all major expenses, including roundtrip airfare, shared accommodation during the program, meals and health insurance.  Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.