For the academic year 2010-2011, 50 students representing 11 countries are being hosted by the Community College Consortium.


Pre-Academic Study

Students participate in an intensive orientation program upon arrival to the US. They receive ESL training, an introduction to their respective college communities and host cities.
Academic program- Students complete coursework related to their field of study in Information Technology, Business Administration, Hotel Management and Tourism, Media and Journalism, Engineering and Health.

Service Learning

Service-Learning is another component of student’s integration on campus and in the community. Students participate in community service activities with local nonprofit organizations, join student groups to promote various causes, and participate in large scale events such as Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service.


Students are required to have an internship, which enables students to apply their skills and knowledge to support the work of companies and nonprofit organizations. In addition, the internship component allows students to gain hands-on experience, build their resume, further explore their fields of study and plan for their future careers.

Cultural Enrichment

Students learn about American culture and society by attending local arts and cultural events, visiting schools, touring historical sites and hearing from leaders of local organizations.

Special projects

The NOVA led Community College Consortium strongly encourages its CCI students to develop a product that would be used by the student, upon their return home to provide a comprehensive picture of the sum total of the student’s experience while in the CCI program. The product may be a portfolio of work, a paper on skills acquired, a reflection on the fellowship, a training or presentation manual.

End-of Year Retreat

The end of year retreat is designed to build the leadership capacity of students, develop an alumni network and enable students to learn about US history through excursions to monuments, museums and historical sites around DC.