Educational Exchanges

Educational exchange programs allow Ivoirians and Americans to travel to the other’s country to study and to participate in direct exchange.  The Cultural Affairs Section oversees the Fulbright and Hubert H. Humphrey educational exchange programs, the International Visitor program, and provides links to other exchange programs.

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the opening competition for 2018 SUSI for Student Leaders on Women Leadership.

Interested and qualifying candidates are invited  to submit their THOROUGHLY completed applications (Application Form (PDF 208 KB) by COB Friday, Dec 9, 2017 via


2019-20 Teaching Excellence and Achievement – TEA program.

The U.S. Department of State and IREX announce a program for outstanding international secondary-level schoolteachers to come to the U.S. for a six-week professional development opportunity.

The program is NOT for English teachers ONLY.

Any eligible and interested candidate should fill in the application form and send it to no later than Friday, April 12, 2019 (deadline)


Completed applications must be e-mailed to by December 29, 2018

Scholarship awards for the 2019-2020 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 aims to foster mutual understanding between the citizens of the United States and the citizens of participating CCI countries.  The CCI Program provides participants with a non-degree, academic-year program at a U.S. community college 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.  The CCI Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

Eligible fields of study for the 2018-2019 CCI Program include agriculture, applied engineering, business management and administration, early childhood education, information technology, media, public safety, and tourism and hospitality management.  Participants may earn an academic certificate in their field of study and gain first-hand practical experience through internships.  After completing the program, participants return home with enhanced skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their countries.

Since the program’s inception in 2007, more than 2,900 students from 21 countries have received scholarships for study at community colleges throughout the United States.

The CCI Program demonstrates U.S. commitment to increasing access to higher education for underserved international students from selected countries and utilizes the learning environment offered at U.S. community colleges.  The program also builds U.S. community colleges’ efforts to deepen international education partnerships and programming.

Community colleges are predominantly publicly funded, inclusive institutions in local communities that welcome all who desire to learn, regardless of wealth, heritage, or previous academic experience.  Community colleges offer individual courses (credit and non-credit), certificate programs, workforce training, and Associate degrees.  There are 1,132 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:

  • Agriculture
  • Applied Engineering
  • Business Management/Admin
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Media
  • Public Safety
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management

The CCI Program offerings within these fields of study are limited to the specific concentration areas that are listed on the 2018-2019 CCI fields of study summaries included as part of this application.

Courses and programs of study vary by individual colleges. Participants will work with their Program Coordinators at each host college to develop an individual development 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 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, however, placements will be made based on chosen field of study at community colleges which do offer certificate programs in that particular field of study. Participants will take academic or professional coursework and gain first-hand practical experience through internships that are customized through the Individual Program Plan (IPP) to help participants build the professional skills and capacities they will need to reach their professional goals.

The CCI Program offers the following fields of study.


Agriculture students learn how to use general principles of agricultural research and production to approach practical agricultural problems.  These problems could range from soil conservation and animal husbandry to plant cultivation and business management.  Potential subjects that students may explore include agriculture business, animal science, farm management, feed and fertilizer marketing, or sustainable agriculture.

Applied Engineering

Applied engineering students learn theoretical and applied skills in a technical field.  Some programs are designed to train technicians in fundamental skills for a trade and other programs delve into technical background, system design, equipment troubleshooting, and technology and management issues within a technical field.  Potential subjects that students may explore include automotive manufacturing technology, construction management, electronics, energy management, engineering tech, heating ventilation and air conditioning, manufacturing maintenance, and welding.

Business Management and Administration

Business managers typically plan, organize, direct, and oversee operations and employers.  They may supervise a company or a department or territory within a company’s operations; they may seek to start up a business of their own; or they may seek to improve an existing small-scale family enterprise.  Exact duties vary depending on the type of business, the company, field, and industry. Potential subjects that students may explore include accounting, banking and finance, bookkeeping, business technology, customer service, energy and sustainability, entrepreneurship, financial management, human resources, international business, leadership development, marketing, project management, office administration, sales, small business management, and supply chain management.

Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education programs combine classroom instruction with supervised, hands-on experience to prepare students for early childhood education and care positions.  The programs focus on early childhood development and curriculum development.  Potential subjects that students may explore include early childhood development, infant and toddler care specialization, school-age specialization, family childcare specialization, and paraprofessional teacher assistant.

Information Technology (IT)

IT studies focus on how information and computing systems support business, research, and communications needs.  Instruction ranges from the basics of computer hardware to the complex relationship between humans and computers.  Potential subjects that students may explore include Cisco, commercial art tech, computer animation, computer forensics, Computer Information System (CIS), computer support specialist, data recovery, database, digital media, E-commerce, help desk, GIS, multimedia, mobile application development, networking, programming, web analysis and design.


Students in media studies examine content, production, and effects of various media.  Potential subjects that students may explore include advertising, computer animation, desktop publishing, digital media, film making, graphic design, public relations, social media, television, visual communication.

Public Safety

Programs in public safety focus on the technical and logistical issues facing emergency management professionals and the importance of planning and response as they relate to emergency management.  Fire science programs in particular are concerned with the science of firefighting and fire prevention as well as the safety and hazards associated with fires.  Potential subjects that students may explore include fire science, emergency management, continuity of operations, critical incident management, and disaster management and response.

Tourism and Hospitality Management

Tourism focuses on the range of businesses that serve the needs of travelers, such as tourism planners, marketers, and service suppliers.  Hospitality management covers the study of hotel management and operations, restaurants and institutional food service facilities, culinary arts, customer service, and conference, meeting and event management.

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, 2018.
  • Has successfully earned a secondary school diploma.
  • Has not completed the equivalent of three years toward a U.S. bachelor’s 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 TOEFL score of 400. (Note: To pursue 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; these participants are likely to have extremely limited access to courses in their fields of study and must have an interest in pursuing English language study as their primary academic focus. 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 2018.

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 U.S.
  • 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 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 vetted by a panel of exchange program specialists.  Competitive applicants will be interviewed in their home country by a nomination committee.  All applicants will be notified of their status on a rolling basis from spring to summer 2018.

The nomination committee will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not necessarily 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 their home countries after completion of the program to fulfill a two-year home residency requirement.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who have no prior experience outside their home countries.
  • Preference will be given to those 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.

General Application Instructions

  • Submit a completed original application with signature on the last page.
  • 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) 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.
  • Hand written 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 and incidental expenses.
  • Limited Accident and Sickness coverage.
  • A variety of personal and professional development activities.

Program Description and Application Form (DOC 374 KB)

Completed applications must be emailed to by December 29, 2018

U.S. Embassy Abidjan 2020-2021 Fulbright Foreign Programs Announcement  

Information Session on Fulbright Programs: Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM at ENSEA— Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée

The deadline for submitting preliminary applications is March 8, 2019. APPLICANTS FORM (PDF 144 Kb)

The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan is pleased to announce the competition for the Fulbright Programs: African Research Scholars (ARS), Junior Staff Development (JSDP) and Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (HHH) for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Fulbright Foreign Scholars (FF SCHOLARS) / African Research Scholars (ARS)

The ARS program gives Ivorian researchers the opportunity to pursue post-doctoral or program development research at American educational institutions and laboratories and to establish contacts with their American peers.  The program lasts three to nine months.  Although a TOEFL score is not required, candidates must have good English language skills to compete.  The competition is open to all disciplines, but priority is given to those in the humanities, economics, law, science, and medicine.  Researchers working on AIDS-related projects are also given priority, regardless of the discipline. Candidates must be Ivoirian citizens; have a minimum of three years experience as a professor or researcher and have published articles or books in their field. Candidates’ research in the U.S. must also directly link to their teaching and/or research responsibilities in Cote d’Ivoire.

  • Fulbright Foreign Students (FF STUDENTS) / Junior Staff Development Program (JSDP) 

This JSD program, which lasts for two years, targets young professionals and graduate students who wish to earn a master degree (Doctorat de 3ème cycle) or a Ph.D. (Doctorat d’Etat) in the United States.  Candidates must be Ivorian citizens with an outstanding academic record and a high level of English proficiency (a minimum TOEFL score of 580 and a minimum GRE/GMAT score of 1000). They must hold at least a D.E.A. or equivalent; be well prepared to study for an advanced degree in their current field or a related field; be committed to working in Cote d’Ivoire upon completion of their U.S. studies and have the endorsement of their home institution. Preference is given to candidates who have not studied in the U.S.

  • Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (HHH) 

The HHH program provides 10 months of professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level study in the U.S. for accomplished mid-level Ivorian professionals in various fields. Fellows are nominated based on a demonstrated commitment to public service; leadership ability, and a strong desire to effect change in their workplace and community. Candidates must have goals and qualifications, but also the ability to operate in an unstructured environment and benefit from a Humphrey Fellowship. Candidates must be Ivoirian citizens; have an undergraduate university degree (Licence); a minimum of five years of substantial professional experience; demonstrated leadership qualities, a record of public service in the community, and strong English language skills.

Preliminary application forms and detailed information on the programs can be found on the Embassy’s website:


Application forms should be sent to:

WHAT: Information Session on Fulbright Programs


WHEN: Thursday February 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM


HOW to apply: Find application form here: APPLICANTS FORM (PDF 144 Kb)

Please send your completed application form to: by March 8, 2019 at Noon