Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders 2016 Program Pakistan
Information for Applicants
Students from Pakistan interested in the topic of Local, State, and Federal Public Policymaking areinvited to apply for participation in the Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders. TheInstitute will take place at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in from late June to early August2016; please note that the entirety of this Institute will take place during Ramadan. The program willbe intensive, academic, and highly interactive. The program sponsors seek energetic applicants whoare ready to develop their skills in order to be effective leaders in their schools and communities.
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. Institutes consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. Coursework and classroom activities are complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. During the four-week academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.
The six-week Institute on Local, State, and Federal Public Policymaking for Pakistani Student Leaders will be hosted by the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. The program will bring together 30 Pakistani undergraduate students with up to 15 U.S. students to address issues of public policy and democracy within Pakistan and the United States. Entitled Getting Things Done: The Context of Public Policy, the Institute examines questions such as: How do problems get on the public agenda? Who has the power to define a problem and how? Where do policy options come from? How are forces mobilized for and against this or that solution? How are responses actually formulated, implemented, and evaluated? Participants will explore the institute theme through hands-on activities including case studies, simulations, presentations, leadership activities, community service, visits, with elected officials, and discussions with the local community. These activities coupled with lectures on policymaking at the federal, state, and local levels of government, the role of the private sector in policymaking, and various other policy topics, will weave together a strong understanding of American institutions, and how they function in practicality on a day-to-day basis. The Pakistani students will also travel to New York City, Boston, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C. during a two-week study tour component.
Other Essential Program Information:
A. Program Funding: Through the award to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the Department of State will cover all participant costs, including: program administration; international and domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.
B. Housing and Meal Arrangements: Housing will be in university dorms on campus. Participants may be expected to share a room and bathroom with another student of the same gender. Most meals will be provided at the campus dining hall where Halal food is served. Participants may also have access to a shared kitchen facility and basic cooking equipment in order to cook some meals on their own. It is important that applicants are comfortable with such accommodations.
Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied. Please note that a portion of this Institute will take place during Ramadan. While the host institution will make every effort to accommodate participants who are fasting, applicants should understand the rigorous nature of the Institute and the expectation that the success of the Institute depends on their full participation. It should also be noted that the hours of daylight in Massachusetts during summer are significantly long or longer than what participants may be accustomed to. Daylight may be longer than 15 hours per day.
C. Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with $25 co-pay for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered.
D. 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. The Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.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.
E. English Language Ability: All candidates must 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.
4. Candidate Description and 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. 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 proficient in English;
-be interested in the topic of local, state, and federal public policymaking;
-be between 18 and 25 years of age;
-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;
-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 by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
-demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
-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.
How do I apply?
Complete an application form and submit it to IslamabadExchanges@state.gov by Sunday November 29, 2015. Only emailed applications will be considered for review. Take special care in answering the essay questions. While saving the file and e-mailing the application kindly use thefollowing format for the subject line: Applicant Name, Name of Institution, city in which you study, for e.g. GULSHAN BATOOL, NUST, ISLAMABAD. (This is important, please do not ignore this)
SUSI for Student Leaders application form. (PDF 359 KB)
If you are applying for SUSI for Student Leaders on Women Leadership, follow the same instructions above. The participants for both the programs are selected from the same pool of applications.
While answering the question please be mindful of the word limit.
The U.S. Embassy will contact the applicants selected for interviews based on the criteria above, as demonstrated in the application. Interviews will take place in late December 2015 at a location specified to the shortlisted candidates at a later date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The list of finalists and alternates will be announced by the end of February, 2016.
And after that…?
The selected participants will need to obtain passports and apply for U.S. visas with the assistance of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy.
Students will receive orientation materials in the weeks prior to the start of the program to help prepare them for the program and their trip to the United States. Participants will have an opportunity to speak with the Public Affairs Section about the program.
Participants will travel to the United States for the Institute in the summer of 2016.
Thank you for your interest in the program and good luck with your application!
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