Civic Engagement

This Study of the US Institutes provides participants with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups.


Please note: due to COVID-19, we have not been able to select participants for the 2021 Study of the US Institutes Programme. Applications for the 2022 Summer Institutes are due to open in November 2021. Please continue to check our website for updates.


The academic program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, and explore topics such as:

  • citizenship
  • community building
  • economic development
  • grassroots activism
  • volunteerism

The Institute also includes workshop sessions that allow participants to develop skills for journalism, story-telling and media literacy.  Study tours to Charleston, South Carolina; Williamsburg, Virginia; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will explore civic engagement through perspectives of different communities in the US.  The programme will end in Washington DC where all participants for all Institutes will gather for a closing forum.  During this forum, students will have an opportunity to network, discuss action plans, and engage in conversation.