Wednesday, February 15, 2012

For Laos: Study of the United States Institute (SUSI)


The Public Affairs Section (PAS), U.S. Embassy Vientiane, is seeking candidates for the 2012 Study of the
United States Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders program focused on global environmental issues. First
through third year undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership through academic work,
community involvement and extracurricular activities and have a good command of English are invited to
apply for the program. Up to five scholarships are available for Lao students. The application deadline
is 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

Program Overview

SUSI for Student Leaders is an intensive academic program 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 institute 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 to other parts of the United States, local site visits, and volunteer

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Global Environmental Issues 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, marketoriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulations. The Institute might also examine
the relationship between environmental security and national security. 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.

All participant costs, including program administration, international and domestic travel and ground
transportation, book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances, housing and subsistence will be covered
by the U.S. Department of State.

This SUSI program, offered to 20 student leaders from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Vietnam, will
take place over the course of five weeks, from approximately July 2 to August 6, 2012 (exact dates will
be announced at a later time), including an academic residency component of approximately four weeks
and a domestic travel component of approximately one week that will conclude with a 3 day program in
Washington, D.C.

Candidate Qualifications

Competition will be based on the potential of the candidates to become student leaders through academic
performance, community involvement and extracurricular activities, without regard to their field of study,
race, religion, or gender. Competition is open to all applicants who meet the following minimum criteria:

 have a strong interest in the environment
 be fluent in English  be a first year, second year or third year student;
 be no more than 25 years of age;
 be committed to returning to their home universities following completion of their SUSI program;
 demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
 indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
 have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated in grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
 have demonstrated commitment to community and extracurricular activities;
 have had little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of Laos;
 be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and
 be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel program; 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.

How to apply?

Eligible candidates are invited to email complete application forms (attached to the bottom of this
document) to the email address no later than 12:00 noon, Tuesday, February
21, 2012. Hard copies of applications should be sent to the following address by the same deadline.

The SUSI for Student Leaders Program
Public Affairs Section
United States Embassy
Rue Bartholonie
P.O. Box 114

No exception will be made regarding the deadline. All communications and questions regarding this FY-
2012 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Global Environmental Issues should be
addressed to Vimol Dalaloy, telephone: 856-21-267055,

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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