2021 Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders Women’s Leadership program

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is pleased to announce the 2021 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders Women’s Leadership program. This intensive short-term academic program provides undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. For more information on this program, students can visit the website of the U.S. Department of State Exchange Programs. 

The program will include students from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia who are interested in women’s leadership.  SUSI will be hosted by Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana from June to August 2021; exact dates pending. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

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

  • Women aged 18-25; 
  • 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 ithe 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 programand 
  • Fluent in English. 

Qualified applicants must be able to demonstrate: 

  • Interest in the topic of Women’s Leadership; 
  • 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 Monday, January 112021.  Late submissions will not be considered. 

Click here to apply to the program. If you have an inquiry, please email BeirutPD@state.gov with the Subject Line SUSI-Women’s Leadership”. 

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, age, and/or physical impairment.