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Community College Initiative Program
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October 30, 2023

2024-2025 Applications are CLOSED

The Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) is a U.S. State Department exchange program that provides a oneyear non-degree academic and personal development experience at a U.S. community college.  It is designed to build technical skills in applied fields, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English proficiency.  Competitive applicants will be able to speak about their plans to return home and use their enhanced skills to contribute to their home communities.  The program empowers participants with a focus on five key pillars:

  1. Academics,
  2. Cultural exchange
  3. Service learning,
  4. Internships, and
  5. Leadership and community impact projects.

Review the criteria below. To be eligible, you:

  • Are a citizen, national or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the Government of the Republic of South Africa.
  • Are currently residing in the Republic of South Africa.
  • Are or will by 18 years of age or older by July 1, of the program year.
  • Have successfully earned a secondary school diploma.
  • Have not completed the equivalent of three years toward a U.S. bachelor’s degree or higher in the field of study the applicant is nominated to pursue. Nominees without substantive post-secondary education will be given placement priority.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to the selected field of study through some academic or professional experience. The program aims to identify participants with proven skills or interest and limited professional experience in the fields of study offered.
  • Have a basic working knowledge of English language.
  • Have limited or no overseas study experience.  Nominees with no prior overseas study or travel to the United States will be given placement priority.
  • Are able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa and meet the program conditions to maintain that status.
  • Are willing and mentally and physically able (with accommodations as required) to complete the program in its entirety, including activities or travel that may be programmed on any day of the week, possibly including early morning or evening hours.
  • Are committed to returning to your home country and use this experience to make a difference.
  • Are able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in July through May (+/- 10 months) of the program year.

Everyone who meets the above eligibility criteria is welcome to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Participants study one of the following fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Media
  • Social Services, Health, and Public Safety
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management

Applications usually open in October to December each year, depending on the availability of funds to sponsor the program.

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