Community College Initiative Program

Common Questions

Community College Initiative CAQs
  • What does the CCI scholarship cover?

    CCI scholarships cover J-1 visa support; round-trip travel from the participant’s home country to host institution in the United States and return travel at the end of the program, tuition and mandatory college fees, housing and meals, a small allowance for books and incidental expenses, limited accident and sickness coverage that is J-1 visa compliant, and a variety of personal and professional development activities.

  • How long is CCI?

    CCI participants come to the United States for an academic year, typically 10 months.

  • Where will I study?

    Participants selected and placed in the CCI Program will be contacted each spring in April-May about their college placements. Community colleges hosting CCI participants in 2018-2019 are Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA; College of DuPage, Glen Ellen, IL; 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, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ; and Valencia College, Orlando, FL. Colleges for the 2019-2020 academic year will be finalized in 2019.

  • Where will I live?

    Housing is either in dormitory or other campus housing or in approved apartments.

  • Will I be able to obtain credits for the program from institutions in my country when I return home?

    There is no guarantee that institutions in a CCI participant’s home country will give credit for the program.  Applicants concerned about obtaining credit should check with their home institutions in advance to determine whether credit for the program is possible.      

  • May I engage in travel on my own during program breaks?

    CCI participants will have a full schedule during their programs.. During program breaks, participants are required to have written permission from their CCI colleges before traveling out of town within the United States.  Participants are expected to remain in the United States for the entire program except in cases of emergency.

    More information about the program is available from the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in CCI eligible countries.  For contact information, see the drop-down list on this website.

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