Community College Initiative Program

At-a-Glance

Increase your skills and expertise at a U.S. Community College!

The Community College Initiative Program (CCI) provides scholarships to spend up to one academic year at U.S community colleges. Participants build technical skills and may earn certificates in their fields of study.  Through professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities, participants strengthen English language proficiency and immerse themselves in the culture and day-to-day life of the United States.

Participants study in one of the following eligible fields: agriculture, applied engineering, business management and administration, early childhood education, information technology, media, public safety, and tourism and hospitality management.

CCI Program participants are recruited from historically underrepresented and underserved communities. After completing the program, participants return home with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their country.

Visit the Community College Consortium website for stories from past participants about their experiences.  

Program Length

1 year or less

Eligibility and Application Overview

All applicants must:

  • Be 18 years old at the start of the program         
  • Have a diploma from a secondary school
  • Possess a basic knowledge of English
  • Desire to build professional and leadership skills to contribute to the development of their home communities
  • Be able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in July 2019
  • Meet country-specific requirements

The recruitment  and nomination of candidates in the eligible countries is administered by the Fulbright Commission or the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy. CCI awards are not Fulbright awards. See location details below for contacts in participating countries and to ask for more information about application eligibility requirements.

Country-Specific Information

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy
Public Affairs Section
The American Center
Plot No-1, Progati Sharani, J-Block
Baridhara Residential Area, Dhaka
Phone: (880) (2) 885-5500 up to 22, Ext. 2832
Fax: (880) (2) 9881677
Email: DhakaPA@state.gov

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