Civic Engagement

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

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.

Applications are due: 12 January, 2020. Please see the How to Apply page for further instructions on the application process.

The Institute will take place in early July and end in early August 2020. The host Institution for this Institute is the University of South Carolina. Specific dates will be announced at a later date - we will post new information on the website once it is available.