The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program provides a quality academic program at U.S. community colleges intended to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency. The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities.
Participants spend one academic year in the United States and may earn certificates in their fields of study. 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.
Program Length1 year or less
Eligibility and Application Overview
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. Applicants must have a diploma from a secondary school, basic knowledge of English and dedication to improving proficiency, a commitment to their proposed field of study, and a desire to build professional and leadership skills to contribute to the development of their home communities.
The recruitment, selection and nomination of candidates in the eligible countries is administered by the Fulbright Commission or the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy. See location details below for contacts in participating countries and to ask for more information about application eligibility requirements.
Since the establishment of the program in 2007, more than 75 community colleges have hosted over 2,740 participants from 21 countries. For 2016-2017 academic year, Northern Virginia Community College will administer the program on behalf of the Community College Consortium in cooperation with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Formed in 2009, the Community College Consortium (CCC) is an informal association of geographically diverse community colleges that have significant international exchange experience and reflect the broad scope of U.S. society and culture. CCC member campuses prepare CCI participants to contribute to their home community workforces by strengthening their skills in a variety of professional fields, in leadership and community engagement, and in English.
The following consortium members are currently hosting CCI participants: Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA; College of DuPage, Glen Ellen, IL; Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, WA; Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI; Houston Community College, Houston, TX; Kirkwood Community College, Des Moines, IA; Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ; Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale and Alexandria campuses), VA; Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI; Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA; Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ; and Valencia College, Orlando, FL.