Maria Eima with her host family during Thanksgiving.

Celebrating Thanksgiving as an International Student

Last week, CCI international exchange participants celebrated Thanksgiving. Some joined their local host families for dinner and others took the short break from school to learn more about their host country by traveling to new states. For most CCI students, this was their first Thanksgiving celebration and was the one […]

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CCI COD IEW 2017

International Education Week 2017

Last week, CCI international exchange students participated in and hosted a series of events at their host community colleges to celebrate International Education Week (IEW) 2017. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and is an opportunity to […]

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Social Host Lt. John Weinstein

College Police Lieutenant Hosts CCI International Students

Lt. John Weinstein, a police lieutenant at one of the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program’s host campuses, has taken on the role of social host for two 2017-2018 CCI participants from Colombia: Camila Colorado and Natalia Martinez. In an article published in the November 2017 edition of NOVA’s Public Safety Newsletters, Lt. Weinstein […]

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Introducing the 2017-2018 CCI Program Participants

Throughout July and August, the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program welcomed 154 participants from 11 countries to the United States. This year, participants come from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey. As international exchange students, CCI participants complete academic coursework at […]

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CCI participant Adi reads to kids

Celebrating American English in the CCI Program

For millions of people, learning to speak English is a gateway into the global economy. As emerging change-makers, English language proficiency offers CCI participants access to information, education, job skills, and the shared communication that is shaping the 21st century—this is why the CCI Program places a strong emphasis on […]

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CCI NOVA 17-18 at Washington Monument

CCI Celebrates J-Day

On August 7, 2017, J-1 visa participants around the country gave back to their host communities by celebrating J-Day, and Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants and alumni around the world joined the celebration. J-Day is a nationwide and worldwide celebration of the power of international exchanges and is meant […]

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The Gateway to Success Program

It seems like just yesterday the CCI Program said “farewell” to the 2016-2017 cohort and already the newest class of CCI participants has arrived! For the 2017-2018 CCI Program year, participants from 11 countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey […]

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BHCC CCI end of year ceremony

Exchange Participants at Bunker Hill Community College Celebrate Personal Achievements and Contributions to Host Community

On Friday, May 12, 2017, twelve CCI students from eight countries celebrated the culmination of a year of hard work engaging in internships, volunteer work, and college coursework at Bunker Hill Community College. They came to Boston from countries such as Colombia, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, South Africa and […]

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Ebenezer and Mehedi sit with their social host's family.

International Exchange Through the Eyes of a Social Host

Each host campus of the Community College Initiative Program has a different way of approaching social hosts. At Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the Social Host Program is an opportunity for local U.S. citizens to act as cultural ambassadors to CCI participants by sharing aspects of their everyday lives. Throughout […]

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