Study of U.S. Institutes

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The Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are programs 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.  SUSIs are five-to-six-week academic programs designed for foreign undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 25. The aim of these programs are 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 Institutes include a four-week academic residency consisting of interactive classroom activities, discussions, lectures, readings, site visits and workshops; a one-week educational study tour to a different region of the United States; leadership skills building activities; community service; and opportunities to interact with their American peers on a college campus. Each Institute includes approximately 20 participants from selected countries.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, the Northern Nevada International Center administers two different SUSI programs. The first is the John McCain Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on the Rule of Law and Public Service, and the second is the Study of the U.S. Institute for Global Student Leaders on Climate Change and the Environment.

Prospective participants should contact the Public Affairs Section of their local U.S. Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information about 2024 and 2025 Institutes. U.S. Embassies manage the nomination of candidates, as well as organize participants' visa interviews and pre-departure orientations. In some countries, Fulbright Commissions may select candidates.

John McCain’s study of the U.S. Institutes on the Rule of Law and Public Service (SUSI McCain)

Program dates: June 19-July 26, 2024

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator Sara Jones at

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Global Student Leaders, on Climate Change and the Environment (SUSI GSL)

Program dates: June 20-July 27, 2024

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator 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 one of the Program Coordinators, or you may email

Learn more about becoming a SUSI ambassador