Community College Initiative Program (CCI)


  برنامج الكليات المجتمعية يقدم منح للشباب المصري للدراسة بالكليات المجتمعية في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية بهدف تطوير خبرتهم المهنية والأكاديمية لمدة عام أكاديمي. لمزيد من المعلومات عن البرنامج برجاء الضغط هنا

Program Overview

The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program provides Egyptian young professionals an opportunity to attend one academic year of non-degree study at accredited U.S. community colleges. The CCI Program encourages a well-rounded learning and exchange experience and focuses on five program pillars: academics, cultural exchange, service learning, internships, and leadership and action planning.  All pillars of the CCI Program are of equal importance. The CCI Program is designed to build participants’ technical skills in applied fields, enhance their leadership capabilities, and strengthen their English language proficiency.  The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement. Immediately after completing the program, participants are expected to return to Egypt with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the country’s development and economic growth. The CCI Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.

What are community colleges?   In the United States, a community college is a two-year post-secondary institution that offers certificate programs, Associate of Arts degrees, Associate of Sciences degrees, plus many other programs.

Fields of Study:

  • Agriculture
  • Applied Engineering
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Information Technology
  • Media
  • Public Safety
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Egyptian Citizenship.
  • Age between 21 and 30.
  • Has completed a secondary (technical or general) degree or its equivalent with a minimum grade of 70%.
  • Highest Educational Degree:
  • Graduates of Technical Schools/Institutes: 3-year Technical Secondary School; 5-year Technical Secondary School; 2-Year Higher Institute; or General Secondary School
  • Bachelor’s degrees: A. holders must have a minimum of 2 years recent work experience in the field of application, which must be other than the field in which the B.A. was attained.
  • Minimum valid TOEFL score of 400 (TOEFL ITP), or 32-34 (TOEFL IBT) from AMIDEAST or from one of the official ETS-approved centers listed below, or a minimum valid IELTS score of 4.5.
Test Type Test Center Name Location of Test Center
TOEFL ITP AMIDEAST Cairo – Alexandria
Tamkeen New Era Mansoura
The Scientific Center for Consultations and Development Beni-Suef
Skills Castle Benha – Tanta
American Center for Continuing Education Assiut
The American Language Center Damietta
El Manara International Academy Minya
Suez Language and Computer Center Suez
The American Canadian Center Menoufia
TOEFL iBT Please check available test centers at: Various governorates across Egypt
Academic/General Training IELTS British Council Cairo – Alexandria
IDP Center Cairo – Alexandria
  • Has limited or no overseas study experience.
  • Is able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 visa.
  • Is willing 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
  • Is currently residing in Egypt and will remain in Egypt from the application date till the program start date.
  • Male applicants must have military service exemption/postponement at the time of application.
  • Is committed to returning to Egypt immediately after completion of the program.
  • Women, people with disabilities, and candidates from ALL Egyptian Governorates are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be considered Ineligible in the following cases:

  • Individuals who have a U.S. citizenship or U.S. green card, or hold dual Egyptian and U.S. citizenship.
  • University graduates from the same field of application.
  • Lack of TOEFL required score or its equivalent at the time of application submission.
  • Individuals currently participating in academic, training, or research programs in the U.S.
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of Egypt.
  • Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. government for a period of more than six weeks and who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application.
  • Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency.
  • Employees of U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development, or employees at any organization implementing exchange programs for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State are ineligible to apply. Previous employees at these organizations are eligible, and may apply, one year after employment has ended.
  • Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State, USAID, or Fulbright Commission employees. Family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment.
  • Persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime (excluding minor traffic violations).

Important: The Community College Initiative Program seeks applicants that have developed a sense of personal integrity and are original thinkers.  Copying someone else’s writing, whether from the Internet, from a book or from a friend is considered plagiarism. Any quoted words or sentences should include a citation. An applicant who is found to have plagiarized in any form (including unintentional or accidental plagiarism) in his or her application will be disqualified.  For further information about plagiarism and citation, please click on the following link:

Financial provisions of the grant:

  • J-1 visa support.
  • Round-trip travel from participant’s home city to host institution in the United States.
  • Tuition and mandatory college fees.
  • Housing and meals.
  • Small allowance for books, materials, and incidental expenses.
  • Limited Accident and Sickness coverage that is J-visa compliant.
  • A variety of personal and professional development activities.

Important Notes:

  • Plagiarism or misrepresentation in an application can lead to disqualification at any stage of the program.
  • Dependents are not allowed for any part of this grant.
  • Program participants cannot undertake paid employment in the U.S. during this grant.

Preference will be given to applicants without prior significant experience in the U.S. 

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Tel: (202) 33359717 / 33365300 / 33357978 ext. 140/ 139
Mobile: 01003380228
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