The 2019 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Rabat, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Morocco Full-time

The 2019 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development


The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2019, specific dates will come soon.

The application deadline is Sunday, December 16, 2018.  No late applications will be accepted.


The U.S. Embassy in Morocco is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2019 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.


Program Description

The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on SEntrepreneurship and Economic Development is an intensive short-term academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The five-week Institute will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institute will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.


The four-week academic residency will provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches by reviewing the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. entrepreneurial enterprises, including social enterprises, business leadership and women’s economic empowerment, in the United States and globally.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, trade, investment, financial literacy, banking, microfinance, organizational development and management, innovation, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility, and minorities in entrepreneurship.  To the extent possible, academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above. 

All participant costs, including program administration, international and domestic travel and ground transportation, book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances, housing and subsistence will be paid by the U.S. Department of State.


Candidate Description and Qualifications

Applicants for this exchange program are expected to be highly motivated, 1<sup>st</sup> through 3<sup>rd</sup> year of undergraduate studies from universities, or other schools and institutions of higher education in Morocco. Applicants should be able to demonstrate leadership through their academic work, community involvement, extracurricular activities and interest in entrepreneurship and economic development, with little or no prior experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of Morocco. The fields of study will be varied and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other prfessional fields. 


This program is open to all Moroccan applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the topic of entrepreneurship and economic development;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;(by the time of the program)
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
  • have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,
  • be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.


How to apply?

Complete and submit your online application in English, through this online platform:

Questions about the program can be sent to the following e-mail address:


The application deadline is Sunday, December 16, 2018 at midnight.  No late applications will be accepted.


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