Study of U.S. Institutes

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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.

The program 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.

Study of the U.S. Institutes on The Rule of Law and Public Service

Program dates: June 18-July 20, 2022

For more information, contact SUSI Program Manager Nilufer Leuthold at

The study of U.S. Institutes on Climate Change and Environmental Issues

Program dates: June 25-July 24, 2022

For more information contact SUSI Program Manager Nilufer Leuthold at

Get involved

University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College 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, receive a stipend of $1,000 at the end of the program and have fun! 

If you have questions about the Ambassador program, please contact Program Manager Nilufer Leuthold at

Learn more about becoming a SUSI ambassador