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The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educator
September 28, 2023

Program Overview

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad. The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will take place at various academic institutions throughout the United States over the course of five weeks in summer 2024. Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and, if possible, a one-week integrated study tour to another region of the United States. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the SUSI website to obtain general information about the Institutes. The website address is: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi

Program description

 The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. The Institutes focus on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. Two of the Institutes are tailored for secondary school teachers (Note: the Institutes for Teachers focus on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy). The third Institute is tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others. Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined. The programs will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society. The four-week academic residencies will take place at U.S. university and college campuses and will consist of a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities. The one-week study tours to a different region will complement the academic residencies and showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States. The program features curriculum based on the study of how America’s foundations and historical development have shaped and continue to inform U.S. politics, economics, and society. A key cultural component of the program involves community service activities, which will provide participants with a first-hand experience of how volunteerism plays a vital role in U.S. civil society. The program will offer multiple opportunities for follow-on engagement through alumni webinars, grant-funded follow-on projects, social media, and an alumni workshop. The University of Montana in Missoula will oversee and administer the three SUSIs for Secondary Educators and will conduct one Institute for teachers which will explore American studies through the lens of democracy and citizenship. The Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, Massachusetts will conduct the second Institute for teachers which will explore the ways in which individual rights and social obligations have evolved through American history. California State University at Chico will conduct the Institute for Administrators and will focus on sociocultural understanding, equitable learning communities, and diversity and inclusion in U.S. education and society.

Candidate description and qualifications

The Candidates should:

  • Be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated, experienced secondary school teachers and administrators. Ideal candidates are individuals who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.
  • Have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with U.S. studies focus or component
  • Have no prior or limited experience in the United States
  • Demonstrate English language fluency
  • Be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour

Not Eligible

Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for SUSI Programs:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country
  • Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID and their immediate family members.)

Program requirements and restrictions

All participants are expected to fully participate in the program. Candidates should be aware that they are applying for an intensive program and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. The Institute is not a research program. Participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings. Family members and/or friends may not accompany participants on any part of the program. Please note that Institute curriculum will not formally address teaching methodology and pedagogical methods. If the program is conducted virtually, the same participation requirements apply.

Program Funding: All participant costs are covered by the SUSI program.

Selection process: After the application review process, the U.S. Embassy in Tirana can nominate ONE teacher and ONE administrator. However, the nominees will participate in the program only if selected as a finalist by the final selection committee in Washington DC.

Application guidelines

Please fill in the application (Word Document 24 KB) with all the required information. Make sure to specify the program you are applying for.  Applications should be emailed to CultureandEducationTirana@state.gov as one Word document.


For further information, contact: Public Affairs Office, U.S. Embassy Tirana via e-mail at CultureandEducationTirana@state.gov