Study of the U.S. Institutes-Women's Leadership (SUSIWL)


About the Program

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders (SUSI), by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, are 5-6 week academic programs for foreign undergraduates students and scholars hosted by colleges and universities across the United States. These programs are designed to provide participants a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, and institutions through leadership training, civic engagement, a domestic study tour, and interacting with Americans of all walks of life.

The SUSI-WL focuses on the history and participation of women in public life in the United States while working with participants to: 1) develop leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and managerial abilities; 2) place these abilities in the context of women’s engagement in U.S. politics, economics, culture, and society; and 3) utilize the knowledge gained during the program to activate projects/activities in participants’ home communities

As a part of the Women's Global Leadership Consortium (WGLC), the University of Delaware will be host to the SUSI-WL for participants from sub-Saharan Africa. Twenty participants will engage in an academically grounded program that includes community service and cultural activities throughout Newark, Delaware and in nearby metropolitan areas. In addition to the Delaware-based components, study tours include trips to Atlanta, Georgia, New York City, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

The University of Delaware has long been recognized as a leader in international education. It was an early pioneer in study abroad and now regularly hosts groups of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from abroad providing them with creative programs blending academics and cultural enrichment.


This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by the University of Delaware.

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