Study of U.S. Institutes

Welcome to the Study of the U.S. Institutes For Student Leaders 2019 on the Rule of Law and Public Service in Honor of Late Senator John McCain

The Study of the U.S. Institutes on the Rule of Law and Public Service includes 20 undergraduate military student leaders from Poland, Colombia, Bangladesh, and Malaysia. It is an intensive five-week academic program that provides participants with a transformative learning experience of leadership, U.S. Federalism, including the judicial, legislative, and executive branches as well as individual project planning. Throughout the program, students will participate in volunteer and community service activities, leadership workshops, homestays, and cultural excursions. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with community leaders and representatives of non-profit organizations.

During the program, students will engage in a variety of other activities such as leadership seminars, action planning sessions, and will gain valuable skills to create, prepare, and lead projects that benefit their home counties.

During the program, students will travel to Atlanta and Washington DC for the Study Tour and the Closing Conference. During that time, students will participate in global leadership seminars and networking events.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes is a program designed for foreign undergraduate students, teachers, and scholars to improve their understanding of the United States and to develop their leadership skills.

The Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders is a program designed and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government, managed by Meridian International Center, and administered by Northern Nevada International Center, at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Program theme

The Rule of Law and Public Service for undergraduate students. The program aims to provide a better understanding of the people, culture, judicial system, and institutions of the United States.

At the end of the academic program, students will be able to;

  • Define the "rule of law"
  • Describe the basic organizations of the U.S. justice/court system
  • Explain the difference between state and federal courts
  • Discuss leadership models at the executive branch level, from city, county, state, and national levels
  • Discuss the role the non-profit sector plays in US society
  • Outline the importance of transparency in justice, and the role of media

In addition, participants will gain relevant experience about Americans and their relationship to governance, public service and the rule of law.

  • Program Dates: Saturday, June 22, 2019 to Sunday, July 28, 2019.
  • Homestay Experience: June 28th - 30th, 2019

For more information contact SUSI Program Manager Nilufer Leuthold at

Get involved

University of Nevada, Reno students can get involved in the SUSI program by applying to be a SUSI Ambassador. Ambassadors are a critical piece of the program and act as peer mentors, cultural liaisons, friends and student leaders. SUSI Ambassadors learn new skills, build their resume, make international friends and have fun! 

If you have questions about the Ambassador program, please contact Program Coordinator Nilufer Leuthold;

Apply to be a SUSI ambassador

About the Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI)

A program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government. It is managed by Meridian International Center and administered by Northern Nevada International Center It is designed for small groups of foreign undergraduate students, scholars, and teachers. SUSIs aim to promote a better understanding of American people and institutions; explore the diversity and culture of the United States, and develop or expand curricula on the U.S. The program helps participants to develop their leadership skills through leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and local community engagement.