Tunisia to America

International students from Tunisia study at NCC

Northampton Community College is pleased to welcome new international students on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program’s Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program (TCCSP). Joining the Northampton Community College family are Assia, Yassine, and Oumayma.

The Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program (TCCSP) builds the workforce and leadership skills of a diverse group of young technical institute students from across Tunisia. Through U.S.-based training, practical professional experience, community engagement and service learning, Tunisian youth gain the skills needed to contribute to economic and social development in Tunisia.

Through a year-long program of study in the United States, TCCSP participants develop academic knowledge and skills in their field of study. By interacting with Americans in the classroom, in the community and through service-learning activities, TCCSP participants develop a broad and nuanced understanding of U.S. values, become citizen ambassadors, and create links between Tunisians and Americans to increase cross-cultural understanding.

In order to gain practical hands-on experience in their fields of study, TCCSP participants engage in career preparation activities in the fall term and undertake professional internships in the community during the spring term. They return to Tunisia with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be leaders and innovators in their fields and contribute positively to Tunisia’s development.

The Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S Government and administered by IREX. For more information about the program, visit: https://www.irex.org/project/tccsp

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. For more information, visit: http://eca.state.gov/about-bureau or contact eca-press@state.gov

IREX is a global development and education organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world - where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people, and communities thrive. For more information, visit: http://www.irex.org/about-us or contact tccsp@irex.org