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The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe (SUSI) is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by FHI 360, in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Welcome to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga! Center for Global Education is the central office that will assist you during your time at UTC. This website has been prepared to introduce you to the SUSI on Social Entrepreneurship at UTC, the host university, the city of Chattanooga, and to the resources available to support you during your time at UTC.


SUSI 2018

SUSI on Social Entrepreneurship at UTC

The Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe, sponsored by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by FHI 360, is an intensive academic program for undergraduate students from Europe.  Institutes, which are hosted by universities across the U.S., focus on a theme and its expression in contemporary American life as shaped by historical and current political, social, and economic issues. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been selected to host the Social Entrepreneurship Institute. 

Pre-departure material available here.

Social Entrepreneurship. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will provide a launching pad for the next generation of entrepreneurial ideas that change minds, influence processes, positively change the world through the exploration of social entrepreneurship, across the socio-economic, cultural and geographic landscapes. The University will expose participants to current themes in studies of social entrepreneurship, including social justice, diversity, American intercultural studies, and leadership in community development. The issues will be explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation. The Institute will explore social entrepreneurship in the context of a globalized society, and draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries. The Institute will also provide opportunities for participants to engage with policy makers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors committed to the promotion and management of social entrepreneurship.

The countries represented include: Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.

Program Dates: from Wednesday, June 27, 2017 to Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

Program calendar available SUSI 2018 Calendar.

Press release is available here.

Program Information

  • Week 1: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • Week 2: American Intercultural Studies in Business 
  • Week 3: Management and Diversity
  • Week 4: Study Tour in New York – FHI 360 Capstone Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Entrepreneurial Engagements

  • CO.LAB and The Edney Center
  • EPB
  • Green Spaces
  • INCubator
  • Mad Priest Coffee
  • The JumpFund
  • GreenSpace
  • Chattanooga Football Club (CFC)

Community Service Engagements

  • American Red Cross
  • Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga
  • Northside Neighborhood House
  • Salvation Army
  • Life Care Center of Hixson

Day Trips

Homestay Experience

  • July 14th & 15th

Staff Contact Information

Academic Instructors

 Student Mentors - learn more about them here. 

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Abdul Alenezi

is a junior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is studying electrical engineering. He likes to do different hobbies like camping and fishing. He enjoys a wide variety of sports like soccer, volleyball, ping pong, and pool. Abdul likes making new friends and interacting with people!!!

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Abigail King

is a junior studying biology. She enjoys doing photography, traveling, and hiking in her spare time. She also enjoys getting new books to read and meeting new people.

 

 

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Aubrey Buttrey

is a junior Honors student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is studying Psychology and hopes to one day be a child and family counselor and open her own holistic wellness center. She would also like to become a professor and teach Psychology classes at a university. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, playing sports, hanging out with friends, and listening to music.

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Carly Jessup

is an upcoming 1st year student in the UTC Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. She recently graduated from UTC with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She loves traveling and learning about other countries and cultures. In her free time, you can probably find her on the Chattanooga walking bridge. She is excited for a fun summer with everyone!

 

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Jacey Edwards

will be a junior in the fall. She is a psychology major with an organizational concentration. She loves being outside, experiencing new things, and meeting new people!

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Plunk

will be a senior in the fall majoring in Biology Pre-professional in preparation to become an Occupational Therapist. She loves traveling and learning about different cultures. In high school, she studied in a town called Denia in Spain and participated in a short term exchange to Belgium. Elizabeth enjoys being outside, reading, cooking, and spending time with her friends. 


SUSI Mentor Application: Summer 2018 

The Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe, funded by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by international development organization FHI 360, enables three cohorts of twenty-three (23) European undergraduate students to attend intensive academic programs at three U.S. host institutions.

Each student participates in a five-week program that includes classroom instruction and other unique educational opportunities related to civic engagement, environmental issues, or social entrepreneurship. Each host institution focuses on one of these themes and its expression in contemporary American life as shaped by past and present political, social, and economic issues. For the third consecutive year, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been selected to present the social entrepreneurship theme.  

With that said, the Center for Global Education is searching for program mentors. Mentors serve in a variety of capacities throughout the SUSI program. They are integral to its functioning, maintaining direct contact with the SUSI students daily. All interested students should apply.

Refer to section below (SUSI 2017) for more details on the program.

Step 1: Submit an application

Applications take time, so avoid doing this at the last minute. You should plan to spend at least 30 minutes on your application. You will be asked to list your community involvement, provide two professional references, and respond to a variety of short-answer questions. You should ask your references for permission prior to listing them.

Step 2: Notify references

Once you have submitted your application, we ask that you inform your references that you have listed them on your application. Let them know that they will receive either an email or a phone call.

Step 3: Interviews

Once applications close, a selection committee will review the applicants and select a group for participation in individual interviews. If you are selected, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for an interview time. Interviews will take place in 20-minute time blocks.

Note: No applicant is guaranteed an interview.

Step 4: Selection

After interviews are complete, the selection committee will select the most qualified mentors for the SUSI program. You will be contacted by email or phone regardless of whether or not you receive a mentor position.

Tentative Timeline

April 24th, 2018: Applications for SUSI Mentor positions open.

April 30th, 2018: Applications are due by 11:59pm.

May 1st to 3rd, 2018: The selection committee will review applications.

May 4th, 2018: You will receive an email notifying you of whether or not you are eligible for an interview. If you are, you must sign up for an interview time by 11:59pm that night.

May 7th to 8th, 2018: Interviews

May 9th, 2018: Notification of selection decision

May 22nd, 2018: First team meeting (time TBD)

Please, click here for the job description and requirements

Compensation: between $1,000-$1,500 for the program period (6/18-7/27)

Regular hours of work: between 12pm (noon)- 6pm * and all Saturdays between 6/30-7/21

*Mentors might be required to work some early hours and late evenings as well

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Lin-Steadman at patricia-lin-steadman@utc.edu


SUSI 2017

For Information about SUSI 2017, please refer to the tab below:

SUSI on Social Entrepreneurship at UTC

The Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe, sponsored by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by FHI 360, is an intensive academic program for undergraduate students from Europe.  Institutes, which are hosted by universities across the U.S., focus on a theme and its expression in contemporary American life as shaped by historical and current political, social, and economic issues. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been selected to host the Social Entrepreneurship Institute. 

Pre-departure material available here.

Social Entrepreneurship. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will provide a launching pad for the next generation of entrepreneurial ideas that change minds, influence processes, positively change the world through the exploration of social entrepreneurship, across the socio-economic, cultural and geographic landscapes. The University will expose participants to current themes in studies of social entrepreneurship, including social justice, diversity, American intercultural studies, and leadership in community development. The issues will be explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation. The Institute will explore social entrepreneurship in the context of a globalized society, and draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries. The Institute will also provide opportunities for participants to engage with policy makers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors committed to the promotion and management of social entrepreneurship.

The countries represented include: Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Ukraine.

Program Dates: from Wednesday, June 28, 2017 to Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

Program calendar available here.

Program Information

  • Week 1: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • Week 2: American Intercultural Studies in Business 
  • Week 3: Management and Diversity
  • Week 4: Study Tour in New York – FHI 360 Capstone Seminar in Washington, D.C

Entrepreneurial Engagements

  • River City Company
  • CO.LAB and The Edney Center
  • INCubator
  • The JumpFund
  • Causeway

Day Trips

Staff Contact Information

Academic Instructors

 Student Mentors - learn more about them here

  • Abdul Alenezi
  • Rhys Cooper
  • Thomas Davis
  • Jessica Neill
  • Will Patterson
  • April Shaw

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a national model for metropolitan universities. In collaboration with our many regional partners, we offer our students an experiential learning environment graced with outstanding teaching scholars in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. 

SUSI2017 logos

 The Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe is funded by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by FHI 360.