Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe

Ohjelmissa tutustutaan viiden viikon ajan yhteiskunnalliseen vaikuttamiseen ja sosiaaliseen yrittäjyyteen liittyvien teemojen lisäksi myös yhdysvaltalaiseen kulttuuriin ja yhteiskuntaan. Stipendiohjelmat on tarkoitettu 18–25 -vuotiaille alempaa korkeakoulututkintoa suorittaville suomalaisille korkeakouluopiskelijoille. Apuraha kattaa matkat, asumisen, opinnot ja opintoretket Yhdysvalloissa sekä oppimateriaalit ja ohjelman hallinnointikulut.

Program overview

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe are intensive short-term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of up to 22 undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.

The five-week Institutes 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 one-week integrated study tour.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes will take place over the course of five weeks in June and July 2018.

Institute descriptions

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Civic Engagement will provide participants with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups.  The academic program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism.  Other topics such as civil rights, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, and media will be discussed.  Students will also have the opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, 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 not-for-profit organizations working in the field.  The Institute will then conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C. Pending grant approval by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Institute on Civic Engagement will be hosted by the University of South Carolina.

Inari Ahokas, 2017 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Social Entrepreneurship

SUSI is an amazing opportunity for young students to learn about different cultures and different ways of doing business and making a change in the world we live in. This experience will change the lives of the participants and broaden their views of the world. The program will give them an opportunity to make friends and professionals contacts all around the world.

Inari Ahokas, 2017 Study of the U.S. Institute on Social Entrepreneurship

Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Social Entrepreneurship will examine social entrepreneurship in the United States, including the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. social enterprises.  The program will be interactive and experiential, and will combine classroom instruction with panel discussions, business visits, and volunteer opportunities. The Institute will give participants a foundation in how to employ entrepreneurial skills to address social issues and will provide opportunities to meet with American local community leaders.  The Institute may address topics such as business ethics, negotiations, emerging markets and risk analysis, microfinance, corporate social responsibility, strategic business planning and innovation, and women and minorities in entrepreneurship. 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 not-for-profit organizations working in the field.  The Institute will then conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C. Pending grant approval by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Institute on Social Entrepreneurship will be hosted by the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga.

Kesän parasta antia oli ryhmätyöskentely monikulttuurisessa ympäristössä. Hollantilaisen kulttuuriantropologin, islantilaisen oikeustieteilijän, portugalilaisen hallintotieteilijän, suomalaisen valtiotieteilijän ja ukrainalaisen taloustieteilijän työskentely oli sekä hauskaa, luovaa että tuottavaa. Lue lisää.
Juho Kähkönen osallistui Social Entrepreneurship -stipendiohjelmaan kesällä 2015.

Blogs written by the participants from all three themes can be found here! These blogs are the participants views and stories of how their days were and what they experienced during their time in the U.S.


Other essential program information

Program funding: The program will cover participant costs including: program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence. The  U.S. recipient organization or institution will arrange and pay for participants’ international travel costs and travel allowances within set limits.

Housing and meal arrangements: Housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms. Participants may be expected to share a room and bathroom with another student of the same gender.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own. 

Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied. 

Health benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s supplemental health coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and $75 co-pay per emergency room visit for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Information on the health benefit program may be found online at Participants are responsible for their own health and travel insurance for the duration of the program.

Program requirements and restrictions: Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program.  They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings. 

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the U.S. prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the U.S. after its end date.  Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the U.S.  If a relative or friend wishes to visit them, it will be addressed on a case by case basis, in consultation with the United States Department of State/ECA program officer and the host institution. Participants are required to return to their home countries immediately following the end of the Institute.  

Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program. 

English language ability: All candidates should be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program.  Host institutions will take into account that the level of comprehension and speaking ability of students may vary, and will prepare lectures and discussions that meet the highest academic standards while using language appropriate for students where English is their second or third language.

Candidate description and qualifications

The participants are expected to be highly motivated first through third year undergraduate students from universities, and universities of applied sciences, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.  Their fields of study will be varied, and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields. 

Candidates nominated for this program will:

  • be a Finnish citizen and hold a Finnish passport;

  • be proficient in English;

  • be interested in the Institute topic;

  • be between 18 and no older than 25 years old by the start of the Summer Institute program in the U.S.;

  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities/universities of applied sciences following completion of the program;

  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university/university of applied sciences and community activities;

  • 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;

  • demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university/university of applied sciences activities;

  • have little if any prior study or travel experience in the United States, or elsewhere outside Finland;

  • 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 Finland.

  • be able to participate in the Fulbright Finland Foundation's full-day pre-departure orientation on May 16, 2018.

  • be prepared to submit a report to the Fulbright Finland Foundation's on their program experience.

Participation in the Summer Institutes does not exclude participants from applying for a Fulbright award later in their academic career and returning to the USA as Fulbright Finland Undergraduate grantee or on graduate or postdoctoral level as a Fulbright Student or Scholar.

Application Information

Download the application form. Save the form on your computer in order to return to fill it in. Please note, if you cannot fill in the slots, open the document e.g. with Adobe Acrobat.

A complete application includes the following:

  • US Summer Institute Application Form

  • Academic Transcript

  • One Letter of Recommendation

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 10, 2017. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.

Interviews: December 18 and/or 19, 2017.

Applicants that pass an initial screening will be invited for a personal interview. The interviews are compulsory and will take place on December 18 and/or 19, at the Fulbright Finland Foundation office in Helsinki. Candidates invited to the interviews will be notified via email a couple of days prior to the interviews.

Fulbright Finland Board of Directors will select one candidate and two alternate candates per Institute to be forwarded to the U.S. for consideration. Final review of the international candidates and selection of the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders nominees from the multinational candidate pool will be conducted by the Study of the U.S. Branch of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs by the end of April, 2018.

Pre-departure orientation on May 16, 2018. 

The Fulbright Finland organizes a pre-departure orientation, award ceremony and reception on May 16, 2018, in which participation is mandatory for all grantees. Please reserve all day for the event.

Send the application by e-mail to:

Save the application documents on your computer, fill them in, and attach to e-mail. Please note that the letter of recommendation has to be signed, scanned and attached to the e-mail. If you are not able to fill in the actual forms, please type your answers to all questions in word format on a separate document and send that as an e-mail attachment.



Mirka McIntire
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