Educational Exchanges

Educational exchange programs allow Ivoirians and Americans to travel to the other’s countries to study and participate in direct exchanges.  The Embassy’s Public Affairs Section oversees the Fulbright and Hubert H. Humphrey educational exchange programs and provides links to other exchange programs. 

2020-2021 Fulbright TEA Program

2020-2021 Fulbright TEA Program

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the non-profit organization, IREX.  TEA brings some 160 secondary-level teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language, math, science, and social studies—including special education teachers in those subjects—from around the world to the United States for a six-week program of academic seminars and professional development at a host university, and to observe and share their expertise with U.S. teachers and students.

As part of the application, candidates indicate their preference for a program start date in January or September 2021. Teachers are placed at a university that has been competitively selected.  The program consists of seminars focusing on subjects such as new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology for teachers.  Intensive English language instruction will be offered to teachers who need additional practice. TEA includes a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a local secondary school to actively engage participants in a U.S. classroom environment.  Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies—including special education teachers in those subjects—at institutions serving primarily a local population are eligible.  Applicants must:

  • Have a minimum Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
  • Completed at least five years of full-time teaching before their start date
  • Be secondary-level teachers at the middle and/or high school level serving students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age. Teachers responsible for additional or other grades must teach middle or high school students at least 50% of the time to be eligible for TEA.

Competitive applicants have demonstrated evidence of leadership in their schools or districts.

TEA is an upper level university or graduate level academic program for practicing teachers.

  • Those who are not eligible include: Administrators, e.g., Ministry of Education or school administrative officials who do not teach at least 50% of the time; full-time Teacher Trainers; University Faculty; private English Language Tutors; and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates.  Applicants must reside in their country of citizenship at the time of application and program participation.

Candidates must have sufficient oral and written English language skills to take part in rigorous and specialized seminars and who are able to give presentations in English at U.S. schools.  Applicants must have demonstrated English language proficiency and minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 450 or the equivalent on a similar exam.   Preference will be given candidates with no previous travel to the United States on a U.S. government exchange program, and to those from traditionally under-represented areas or serving student populations in marginalized communities and schools.

Please see this online application link: https://oas.irex.org/fulbrighttea and apply no later than March 12, 2021

Recruitment for YALI 2020 Fellows is now closed.

Recruitment for CCIP 2021 participants is now OPEN.

Completed applications must be e-mailed to FulbrightCdI@state.gov no later than January 15, 2021. 

Scholarship awards for the 2021-2022 Community College Initiative (CCI) Program are contingent on the appropriation of federal funding by the United States Congress.

Program Overview

The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program seeks to foster mutual understanding between the citizens of the United States and the citizens of participating CCI countries.

Since the program’s inception in 2007, more than 3,400 participants from 21 countries have received scholarships for study at community colleges throughout the United States. The CCI Program is offered by the U.S. Department of State.

The CCI Program encourages a broad and holistic academic learning and exchange experience and focuses on five pillars: academic; cultural exchange; service-based learning; professional and career development; and, leadership and action planning. All pillars of the CCI Program are of equal importance. The program provides participants with a non-degree, academic program at a U.S. community college designed to build participants’ technical skills in applied fields, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency. The Program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement. After completing the program, participants return home with enhanced skills to help them contribute to the economic development of their countries.

The CCI Program demonstrates U.S. commitment to increased access to higher education for international students from underrepresented and underserved communities in selected countries and highlights the learning environment offered at U.S. community colleges. The program also supports U.S. community colleges’ efforts to deepen international education partnerships and programs.

Community colleges are predominantly publicly funded, inclusive institutions located in both urban and rural communities that welcome all students who seek to learn, regardless of income, age, ethnicity, or prior academic background. Community colleges offer individual credit and non-credit courses, certificate programs, specialized workforce development training, and associate degrees. Associate degree coursework at community colleges is roughly equivalent to that offered in the first two years of a four-year Bachelors’ degree program. There are more than 1,100 public, independent, and tribal community colleges across the United States. Community colleges are sometimes referred to as technical colleges or junior colleges.

Fields of Study Summary

The CCI Program offers study in the following fields:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Applied Engineering
  3. Business Management/Admin
  4. Early Childhood Education
  5. Information Technology (IT)
  6. Media
  7. Public Safety
  8. Tourism and Hospitality Management

CCI Program offerings within each field of study are limited to specific concentration areas (see the lists in the “2021-2022 CCI fields of study” summaries included in this application.

Courses and programs of study vary by individual college. All colleges offer introductory classes that would be taken during the first two years of a four-year Bachelors’ degree. The CCI Program does not offer advanced field-specific courses. Participants will work with Program Coordinators at their college to develop an individual program plan within his/her field of study and concentration area. Participants should develop their goals broadly within these fields of study and concentration areas. In this application, participants should describe their specific areas of interest in their proposed fields of study and concentration areas, their related experience, and their long-term goals.

Participants are applying for the CCI Program and not to a specific academic degree program or to a specific institution. Based on their proficiency in English, participants will have access to courses at the CCIP-selected community college where they are placed. Participants may earn an academic certificate in their field of study or complete courses that are relevant to their professional goals. Certificate programs are not available for all programs at all campuses and are contingent upon multiple factors, including the participant’s level of English. Participants will combine academic or professional coursework with first-hand practical experience through internships or service-based learning to help them build their professional skills and capacities.

The educational system in the United States will be different from the educational systems in the participants’ home countries. To be successful in U.S. academic courses, participants will need to attend all classes, participate fully, complete assignments on time, and complete additional coursework (such as readings, essays, individual and group projects) during their own time outside of the classroom. It is common practice to have 6-10 hours of homework each week after each 3-hour/week class.

CCI Eligibility Requirements 

Everyone who meets the CCI eligibility criteria listed below 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. Competition for the CCI Program is merit-based and open to anyone who:

  • Is a citizen, national or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by a country participating in the CCI Program.
  • Is currently residing in the eligible country.
  • Is 18 years or older by July 1, 2021.
  • Has successfully earned a secondary school diploma.
  • Has not already completed the equivalent of three years toward a U.S. Bachelors’ 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.
  • Has 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.
  • Has basic working knowledge of English language as demonstrated by a minimum paper-based TOEFL score of 400. (Note: To enroll in credit-bearing courses in an academic field of study, the applicant must meet the minimum language requirements of the host college—usually 500 on the TOEFL test or equivalent scores on other standardized tests. English language training will be necessary and is available for those who do not demonstrate this level of proficiency. Participants with a score below 500 must have an interest in taking English language classes as a primary academic focus; they will have very limited access to courses in their field of study. All participants will be retested upon arrival at their host institutions. The host campus testing result will be the score used to determine course placements.)
  • Has limited or no overseas study experience. Nominees with no prior overseas study or travel to the United States will be given placement priority.
  • Meets any customized requirements of the home country Embassy/Consulate or Commission.
  • Submits a complete, original application.
  • Is able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa and meet the program conditions to maintain that status.
  • 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, possibly including early morning or evening hours.
  • Is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program and satisfying the J-visa two-year residency requirement.
  • Is able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in July 2021.

Ineligibility

Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible for the Community College Initiative Program:

  • U.S. citizens.
  • Non-U.S. citizens living in the United States.
  • Individuals currently participating in academic, training, or research programs in the United States.
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of the eligible countries.
  • 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 their CCI application.
  • Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency.
  • Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment.
  • Immediate family members (i.e., spouses and children) of U.S. Embassy and 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).

Application Review Process and Criteria 

The CCI Program is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the application deadline, all applications will be reviewed in country for eligibility and assessed by a panel of exchange program specialists. Competitive applicants will be interviewed in their home countries by a nomination committee. All applicants will be notified of their nomination and placement statuses on a rolling basis from spring to summer 2021.

The nomination committee will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):

  • Demonstrated interest and professional goals in the field of study applicant wishes to pursue.
  • Cross-cultural interest.
  • Leadership potential.
  • Flexibility and suitability as an exchange student.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Physical ability and willingness to complete the program in its entirety, including activities or travel that may be programmed on any day of the week and during early morning or evening hours.
  • Commitment to returning to the home country after the program to fulfill a two-year home residency requirement.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have no prior experience outside their home countries.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who represent underserved and underrepresented communities, including women.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who have completed secondary school and have not yet earned a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who can express how the CCI Program connects directly to their personal and professional short-term and long-term goals.

General Application Instructions

  • Submit a completed original application with signature on the last page.
  • Each applicant must

complete his/her own application form. Applicants may consult with others for advice on how to complete the form, but each applicant must write his/her own responses.

  • Please answer ALL questions on the application in English. Do NOT leave a space blank. If a question does not apply to you, enter N/A (not applicable).
  • Include your full legal name with family name (surname) in CAPITAL LETTERS first as spelled on your international passport (if available).
  • Include complete contact information, including postal codes for all addresses and city/country codes for all phone numbers.
  • Handwritten applications must be neatly printed.
  • Submit the application by the deadline established by the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission located in your country.

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.

Click here to apply: Application Form (Attached doc) 

Completed applications must be emailed to FulbrightCdI@state.gov by January 15, 2021.

Learn More: CCI Program Information and Social Media Sites

U.S. Embassy Abidjan is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the Fulbright Foreign Students, Fulbright Visiting Scholars, the Teaching Excellence & Achievement programs for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program will be released very soon. Stay tuned!

All candidates must be Ivoirian citizens.   Application deadlines for Fulbright Foreign Students (FFS), Visiting Scholars (FVS) is April 16, 2021The deadline for the Fulbright Teaching Excellence & Achievement (TEA) is March 12, 2021

Important note: In 2019, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program implemented a zero-tolerance plagiarism policy.  ECA and IIE follow the Oxford English Dictionary definition of plagiarism as “the wrongful appropriation or purloining and publication as one’s own, of the ideas, or the expression of the ideas of another.”  Applications are processed using software that helps identify any instance of plagiarism, and, if plagiarism appears in any part of the application, may result in the nominee’s disqualification from the program.

Details and application forms are at https://ci.usembassy.gov/education-culture/study-usa/educational-exchanges/ and the U.S. State Department Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Bureau https://exchanges.state.gov/ or https://eca.state.gov/fulbright, and program partners:  Institute for International Education https://www.iie.org/ and Council for International Exchange of Scholars http://www.cies.org/ or the International Research & Exchanges Board at https://www.irex.org/.

For any questions, please e-mail: FulbrightCdi@state.gov

Fulbright Foreign Students (FFS):  The two-year FFS program seeks young professionals and graduate students who wish to earn their Master’s degree (Doctorat de 3ème cycle) in the United States.  Candidates must have a minimum equivalent of four (4) years of university study and the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree or three (3) years of tertiary study equivalent to thirteen (13) years of primary and secondary school AND an undergraduate degree that allows them to be eligible to pursue higher education in Cote d’Ivoire. TOEFL scores (with a minimum 90 on the Internet-Based Test, IBT) are required of all candidates, and, in some cases, GMAT (with a minimum score of 550) for business students or GRE scores (at the fiftieth percentile and above) for other fields may be required.  Selected short-listed candidates will be sponsored by the Embassy for testing in May 2021 and may, as part of their exchange program, be required to undertake intensive English language training in the United States prior to their degree programs.  Reference letters are a key component of the application package and will detail the candidate’s academic or work contributions, maturity, and readiness for U.S. studies.

To apply to the FFS, please see https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2022 and for further details, please see https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/about/foreign-fulbright and https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/fulbright-foreign-student-program

Fulbright Visiting Scholars (FVS):  The three to nine-month FVS program seeks university-level professors and researchers with a minimum three years’ experience to undertake post-doctoral or program development research at U.S. educational institutions and laboratories where they will establish professional contacts with their American peers.  A TOEFL score is not required; however, competitive candidates will demonstrate English language competency sufficient to carry out their proposed area of work and study.  The FVS is open to all disciplines, with priority to studies and research in the humanities, economics, law, science, and medicine, including research in the field of HIV/AIDS.  In addition to a minimum three years’ experience as a university-level professor or researcher, competitive candidates will have published articles or books in their field and their proposed U.S.-based research must directly link to their teaching and/or research work in Cote d’Ivoire.  Reference letters are not required for the FVS program; however, competitive applicants will have demonstrated professional and academic contacts in the United States. 

To apply to the FVS program, please see https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2022, and, for further details, please see: https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/fulbright-visiting-scholar-program and https://www.cies.org/program/fulbright-visiting-scholar-program

Hubert Humphrey (HHH):  The ten-month HHH program provides accomplished mid-level Ivorian professionals in various fields professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level studies in the United States.  HHH Fellows have a demonstrated commitment to public service and leadership skills and a strong desire to improve their workplaces and communities. Candidates are selected based upon their professional and/or academic goals and qualifications as well as their ability to operate in unstructured environments and to derive benefit from a HHH Fellowship.  Candidates must have an undergraduate university degree (Licence), a minimum five years of substantial professional experience, demonstrated leadership, record of public service in the community, and strong English language skills.  Selected short-listed candidates may, as part of the exchange program, be required to undertake intensive English language training in the United States prior to their programs.  Reference letters are a key component of the application package and will detail the candidate’s academic and work contributions, leadership potential, and ability to achieve the program goals in the United States. 

To apply to the HHH program, please see https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey (the application period is not opened yet) and for further details, https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/hubert-h-humphrey-fellowship-program

Fulbright Teaching Excellence Achievement (FTEA) is a six-week program for secondary-level, teachers at local schools (i.e., not primarily expatriate students) who have a minimum five years’ classroom experience teaching English or English as a Foreign Language; Social Studies (including philosophy, geography, history and related subjects); Mathematics; Sciences, e.g., chemistry, biology, physics, and related subjects; or Special Education.  While in the United States, participants take academic and professional development seminars at a host university, observe classrooms, and share their expertise with teachers and students at a host university and local secondary schools.  Successful applicants must be able to obtain a minimum 450 on the paper-based TOEFL or an equivalent English test.  Reference letters are a key component of the application package and will detail the candidate’s contributions as teachers and leaders, and commitment to the field of teaching.

To apply to TEA, please see https://fulbright.irex.org/Account/Enroll and for further details, https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/fulbright-teaching-excellence-and-achievement-program and https://www.irex.org/program/opportunity-international-teachers-fulbright-teaching-excellence-and-achievement-program-0