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Study Abroad to USA 2014

Posted by on February 2, 2014

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States in Jakarta is pleased to announce the call for applications to the 2014 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on “Global Environment Issues.”

Program Description

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive short term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week. During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The Institute on Global Environmental Issues will be hosted by the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The four week academic residency will explore the role that environmental policy has played in the economic and political development of the United States. The Institute will use experiential learning techniques to expose participants to current themes in the field, including natural resource management, sustainable development/sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment. The issues will be explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation.

Finally, the Institute will explore environmental issues in the context of a globalized society, and draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries. Students will also have the opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, and representatives of non-profit organizations.

The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and nonprofit organizations working in the field. The Institute will then conclude with a 3 day program in Washington, D.C. Information on the 2013 program can be found at http://www.susieastwestcenter.com/.

Desired Qualifications

The participants are expected to be highly motivated first through third year undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.

Proficient in English.

While all candidates will have a strong interest in global environmental issues, their fields of study might vary, and can include disciplines such as Agriculture, Biology, Ecotourism, Environmental Law, Environmental Science, Engineering, International Affairs, Public Policy, and Sustainable Development.

IMPORTANT: Must have proven track of previous and current activities on global environmental issues, included but not limited to those listed in the program description, namely natural resource management, sustainable development/sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment.

Must demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities related to the institute theme – global environmental issues – including but not limited to those listed
in the program description.

Must demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities related to the institute theme – global environmental issues- including but not limited to those listed in the program description.

Ages between 18 – 25 years old.

Have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program.

Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States.
Have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations.

Have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country

Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;

Be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,

Be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a complete application form (Word document, 208KB) and two letters of recommendation that should be attached to the application form. One of the letters of recommendation must be from the Head of Department.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for selection. All information MUST be in English and clarify all acronyms.

Application package file MUST NOT exceed 1 Megabytes (MB) and application form MUST be in Microsoft Word format.

Sending a CV alone is not adequate.

Please attach only the letters of recommendations and not certificates or any supporting documents in the application form.

Please submit the application form via email to:

SUSIApplicationform@state.gov

http://jakarta.usembassy.gov/study/susi-2014.html

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