SUSI Summer Exchange Program 2023

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Women and Men Leaders is inviting applications for the SUSI Summer Exchange Program 2023. This fully-funded program, hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students from Pakistan interested in comparative public policymaking.

About the Program

The SUSI Summer Exchange Program is a 5 to 6-week cultural and leadership-based exchange program for Pakistani male and female students. The program is designed to provide a better understanding of the United States and to enhance leadership abilities among undergraduate student leaders. The program is scheduled to take place from late June to early August 2023, but could transition to a virtual format depending on health and safety conditions.

The program comprises an academic residency component of four weeks and a study tour of one week. It focuses on two major fields: leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and managerial abilities, and placing these abilities in the context of history, politics, economics, culture, and society.

Benefits of the Program

The SUSI Summer Exchange Program is fully funded, covering all costs including domestic and international travel, accommodation, meals, health insurance, and visa fees. Disciplines being offered include US culture and society, religious pluralism in the United States, American politics and political thoughts, US national security and policymaking, US foreign policy, secondary education, journalism and media, and contemporary American literature.

Eligibility Criteria

The program is open to both male and female undergraduate students currently enrolled in a public college/university or studying in a private institution. Applicants must not be US citizens or permanent residents in the United States and should have English language proficiency. Students enrolled in the 2nd to 7th semester of their 4-year bachelor’s degree or the 2nd to 9th semester of their 5-year medical degree can apply. Applicants should be between 18-25 years of age and must have at least one semester of their undergraduate studies left to be completed after their return. They should be eligible for a J-1 United States visa and must have no or very little prior experience in the United States.

How to Apply

To apply for the SUSI Summer Exchange Program, applicants need to fill out an application form and send it. The deadline for the program is October 28, 2022. Interviews will be conducted in late December 2022 or in the first week of January 2023 through Skype or a telephonic interview. The final result will be announced in late April or May 2023, and travel to the US will take place in the summer of 2023.

The SUSI Summer Exchange Program 2023 is a golden opportunity for students to visit and study in the USA, free of cost. It is a chance to enhance their leadership skills, gain a better understanding of the United States, and broaden their academic and cultural horizons.