Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours 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 programs for teachers and administrators* will take place over the course of five weeks beginning in early June 2019.

* Administrators include teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials.

The following criteria apply:

  1. Candidates should be mid-career, motivated and experienced professionals from secondary schools – teachers or administrators.
  2. Candidates should have little or no prior experience in the United States.
  3. Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses or educational materials with a 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.
  4. Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30–50.
  5. Candidates should be able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Priority will be given to candidates who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments and professional duties.

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

Applications can be downloaded here: MS Word version, you can fill in and print (DOC 42 KB) or in Adobe PDF format (PDF 55 KB). For additional information please email: AshgabatEducation@state.gov.

Deadline for applications is January 4, 2019.