FAQs

Find answers to questions about the Study of the US Summer Institutes.

Are Commissions required to interview nominees? 

Yes.  Interviews will take place via video call.

Can a dual citizen (U.S. and country of origin) participate in Study of the U.S. Institutes?

No.  U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) are NOT eligible to participate in this program.

Can an individual who is not a citizen of the nominating post country be nominated?

Yes. However, Study of the U.S. Institutes are programs designed to further mutual understanding between U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries.

I have been to the U.S. before; would I be disqualified?

No. Nominees with very minimal experience in the United States may be considered for the program. However, priority will be given to nominees with no previous experience in the United States.

How much free time will a participant have during the program? 

There will be some free time during the program. However, nominees MUST understand that this is an intensive academic program and they are expected to fully participate in all lectures, activities, site visits, and scheduled events.

If I have relatives in the United States, would I have time to see them? 

Participants will NOT be allowed to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends. Occasionally it is possible for a relative or friend to visit the participant on a specific day designated by the host institution if the schedule permits. These situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Can I arrive early/late or stay after the Institute?

No. Participants who choose to travel to the United States on a Study of the U.S. Institute are required to abide by the terms and conditions of the program.  These terms state clearly that student leaders may NOT arrive in the United States before the program start date or remain in the country after the close of the Institute.

Can a graduate student participate in this Institute?

No. Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders are designed exclusively for undergraduate students with at least one remaining semester of study.

Can I miss one part or component of the Institute? 

No. All participants are expected to participate in all scheduled lectures, events, site visits, trips, and activities. 

How much money would I need to bring for the program? 

The Study of the U.S. Institutes cover all basic costs of an individual’s participation including transportation, lodging, and meals. Generally, host institutions provide for meals through a combination of a cafeteria meal plan, a pre-loaded debit card for use at local restaurants, and/or a cash allowance to permit participants to purchase food for cooking. Other than a meal stipend, participants should not expect to receive any spending money from the Institute. Participants should bring their own spending money if they wish to purchase souvenirs or other items during their time in the United States.

 

Will applicants with disabilities be considered? 

Yes, the Study of the U.S. Branch welcomes nominations for individuals with disabilities. We are committed to working with our Institute hosts to arrange reasonable accommodations for all participants. While notification of a disability will not negatively impact selection, we ask that you identify disabilities during the nomination process so that we can begin working with our Institute hosts to ensure appropriate accommodations.