Study of the U.S. Institutes

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Each year, the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana is host to three Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) programs sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  Below are the three programs that the Mansfield Center has the honor of hosting:

The first program is the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Secondary Education.  This program brings together 20 educators from around the world to study secondary education through a lens of democracy and citizenship.  Over the course of their five-week program in the United States, the participants visit numerous places around Montana, as well as Charleston, SC and Washington, DC.  This program is led by Academic Director Dr. Rob Saldin. 

The second program is the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Environmental Issues as part of President Barack Obama’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).  This program spans five weeks during the summer and brings together 20 young leaders from the Mekong River Delta of mainland Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam) to study environmental issues with an emphasis on collaboration between the nations that share a stake in the future of the Mekong River and its surrounding landscapes. YSEALI Fellows stay in Missoula and visit a number of sites around Montana, after which they travel to New Orleans and Lafayette, LA as well as Washington, DC. This program is led by Academic Director Dr. Len Broberg.

The third program is another YSEALI SUSI program with a focus on Environmental Issues. This program is hosted in the fall and brings together 21 young leaders from various ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries to study environmental issues for five weeks during the University of Montana’s Fall Semester.  While this Institute also takes place across Montana, New Orleans, Lafayette, and Washington, DC, it places an academic emphasis on coastal climate change and collaborative transboundary natural resource management. This program is co-led by Academic Directors Dr. Len Broberg and Dr. Nicky Phear. 

Over the course of each program, participants attend classes, seminars and leadership workshops, engage in hands-on field work, develop a deeper understanding of US culture & society, and make lasting international connections.  Throughout their programs, SUSI groups are joined by student leaders from the University of Montana who show participants what they love about Missoula while also learning more about participants’ home countries. 

See photos of SUSI Alumni from 2010 through 2015

Read the daily blog written by our Summer 2015 YSEALI Fellows

Visit the State Department’s Webpage on SUSI

Visit the Department of State’s webpage on YSEALI

Visit ASEAN’s official website

Som Rina and Win Lai Lai posing in the river

SUSI 2013 participants posing with Montana Governor Steve Bullock

SUSI 2013 participants playing in the snow