Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators

The Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Secondary Educators is an intensive academic program with an integrated study tour 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 program goal is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions.

The five-week program for teachers and administrators will take place at various academic institutions throughout the United States starting in June 2024, contingent upon health, safety, and travel conditions. Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency and a one-week integrated study tour in another region of the United States.

* Administrators include teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and Ministry of Education officials.

The following criteria apply:

  1. Candidates should be mid-career, between ages 30-50, motivated and experienced teachers or administrators from secondary schools OR language learning centers, whose students are approximately 14-18 years of age.
  2. Candidates should have at least five years of work experience.
  3. Candidates should have little or no prior experience in the United States.
  4. Candidates should demonstrate high level of English language proficiency.
  5. Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to update or develop courses or educational materials with U.S. studies focus or component, develop new courses in the subject of the visited institute, enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or offer specialized seminars for professionals in US studies areas related to the program theme.

Candidates should demonstrate English language fluency. They must be able to handle substantial reading assignments in English, and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions.

The program covers all costs, including travel, living expenses, books, incidentals and medical insurance.

Each candidate should provide a short personal statement (one page) indicating why he or she is interested in participating in the program and what he or she expects to get out of the program.

Priority will be given to candidates who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments and professional duties.

Applications can be downloaded here: MS Word version, you can fill in and print (DOC 63 KB) or in Adobe PDF format (PDF 127 KB). For additional information please email: AshgabatEducation@state.gov.

Applications should be submitted to AshgabatEducation@state.gov by  December 20, 2023.