Community College Initiative Program for Indonesians

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Brief Description

The Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) provides a quality non-degree academic program at US community colleges intended to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency. The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities.

Participants spend one academic year in the United States and may earn certificates in their fields of study. After completing the program, participants return home with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their country.

CCIP participants are recruited from historically underrepresented and underserved communities. In Indonesia this means AMINEF aims to recruit applicants beyond Indonesia’s major cities and in provinces beyond Java, which historically have had fewer opportunities for study abroad. A special initiative funded by PT Freeport Indonesia allows a certain number of candidates from the provinces of Papua and West Papua every year to receive CCIP awards.

Fields of Study

The following are eligible fields of study: agriculture; applied engineering; business management and administration; early childhood education; information technology; media; public safety; and tourism and hospitality management.

General Requirements

Applicants should:

  • Be an Indonesian citizen and not permanent resident or citizen of the US, or be currently living in the US
  • Possess leadership qualities and show experience in community service
  • Have preparation in, and a demonstrated commitment to, their chosen field of study
  • Be proficient in English
  • Have an outstanding academic record
  • Not be employees or close family members or dependents of employees of AMINEF, or the US Embassy, or the US Department of State
  • Not be receiving another scholarship at the time of this scholarship application
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Specific Requirements

Applicants should:

  • Hold at least a high school diploma
  • Have basic knowledge of English, as testified by a minimum TOEFL ITP score of 450 or IELTS equivalent, and dedication to improving their English proficiency
  • Be currently working in the field in which they are applying or be running a small business

Applicants with D1, D2 or D3 degrees may apply, as well as those holding a bachelor’s degree (S1) as long as they are applying in a field different from the field of their degree and have relevant work experience in the field for which they are applying. Applicants with MA or PhD degrees are not eligible to apply.

Grant Benefits

The Community College Initiative Program will provide: funding for round-trip airfare to the US; a living allowance during English language, academic, and practical training program components; tuition costs; health insurance; and cultural enhancement activities. Students will be hosted in groups by community colleges competitively selected to participate in the program. Students are required to return home at the end of their program and may not transfer to a four-year US academic institution.

Community College Consortium

For the 2016-2017 academic year, Northern Virginia Community College will administer the program on behalf of the Community College Consortium in cooperation with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Formed in 2009, the Community College Consortium (CCC) is an informal association of geographically diverse community colleges that have significant international exchange experience and reflect the broad scope of US society and culture. CCC member campuses prepare CCIP participants to contribute to their home community workforces by strengthening their skills in a variety of professional fields, in leadership and community engagement, and in English.

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The following consortium members are currently hosting CCIP participants: Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA; College of DuPage, Glen Ellen, IL; Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, WA; Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI; Houston Community College, Houston, TX;  Kirkwood Community College, Des Moines, IA; Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ; Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale and Alexandria campuses), VA; Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI; Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA; Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ; and Valencia College, Orlando, FL.

Submission Requirements (supplied in English)

  • Completed application form (see download link below)
  • Copy of most recent (less than two years old) TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • Copy of high school diploma and transcript (in Indonesian and English translation)
  • Copy of associate (D1/D2/D3) or bachelor’s degree (S1) transcript (in Indonesian and English translation)
  • Copy of identity document (KTP or passport)
  • Official Statement of Employment (Surat Keterangan Bekerja) from Employer/Work Supervisor or HR Officer in Indonesian.


The deadline for the submission of application materials for the program is November 25, 2016.

*The exact deadline every year may be subject to change and if the application deadline falls on a weekend or public holiday, it is automatically extended to the next business day. Only short-listed applicants will be notified and interviewed.

How to Apply

Candidates should complete the appropriate application forms which can be downloaded below and submit them and any supporting documents in hard copy to AMINEF via mail (postage) or drop them off in person before the application deadline to the following address:

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American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF)
Intiland Tower, Lantai 11
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 32
Jakarta 10220
Tel : (021) 579 39 085  ~ 9086

Contact Information

Specific questions regarding the application process may be addressed via email to:

Download application form

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