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.
Students complete coursework related to their field of study in Information Technology, Business Administration, Hotel Management and Tourism, Media and Journalism, Engineering and Health.
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.
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, training or presentation manual and a yearbook.
Service Learning and Community Service
Community service and service–learning are other components of students´ 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 the National Day of Service and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Students learn about American culture and society by attending local arts and cultural events, visiting schools, touring historical sites, celebrating American holidays and hearing from leaders of local organizations. Students also enroll in the American Democracy and Society Course and take field trips to government buildings and business corporations.
Mid-Year and End-of Year Retreats
The retreats are designed to build students´ leadership capacity, develop an alumni network among all partner institutions and enable students to learn about each other. In addition to traveling to the Grand Canyon and New York City, students learn about US history through excursions to monuments, museums and historical sites in Washington, DC.