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CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM
STLCC has hosted German students through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) program for several years.  One student from Germany will study at St. Louis Community College-Meramec during the fall 2016 semester followed by an internship with a local company in the spring 2017. The student will be staying with a host family.

YEAR OF EXCHANGE IN AMERICA FOR RUSSIANS PROGRAM
STLCC is hosting one Russian student in 2016/17 through the Year of Exchange in America for Russians program that provides outstanding Russian students a unique opportunity to study for one year at U.S. institutions of higher education, to engage with local communities in sustained and meaningful dialogue, to educate Americans about Russia's history and culture, and to gain a new, nuanced understanding of American society. The program also aims to strengthen each participant's English skills and subject knowledge. Participants take undergraduate level courses in their major fields of study, American studies, and a wide range of electives that offer the opportunity to explore new disciplines. They live with American host families. The YEAR Program is fully funded, covering tuition, housing, international travel, medical insurance, and other basic living expenses.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
STLCC hosted several generations of students through the Scholarships for Education and Economic Development Program (SEED).  It supported economic and social development throughout Central America and the Caribbean. SEED scholarships provided training to youth and community leaders from economically disadvantaged and historically underserved populations, including women and ethnic/Indigenous groups, to become key protagonists in their countries' development. Countries that participated in the program were Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Haiti, Nicaragua, etc.

The SEED program was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and administered by Georgetown University's Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED).

YOUTH FOR UNDERSTANDING
Youth For Understanding (YFU) exchange students for several years were proudly hosted by STLCC as part of the YFU Community College Program (CCP). The program provides participants from around the globe diverse educational opportunities through academic and cultural experiences while living with a carefully selected host family. The participants bring a wealth of intercultural perspectives to the college communities.

International secondary school graduates between the ages of 17 and 23 can participate in university-level academic exchange programs at community colleges across the United States.

Established in 1951, YFU started out as a high school exchange program. The community college component of the program was started nearly 20 years ago. Partner colleges welcome YFU's young adult participants to pursue a mix of English as a Second Language and academic coursework for a semester, a year, or a two-year associate degree. Since the program's inception, over 3,000 students from more than 35 countries have taken on the exciting challenges of U.S. college life and become local community members.
YFU is a non-profit educational organization.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUMMIT INITIATIVE AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE INITIATIVE
Starting in 2008-2009 academic year, STLCC hosted three generations of student cohorts (total of 46) from Turkey, Brazil, Egypt, Costa Rica, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, and South Africa through the federally sponsored programs Community College Summit Initiative (CCSIP) and Community College Initiative (CCI) for Egypt managed by Community Colleges for International Development (CCID). These students took classes in different academic fields during for a whole academic year and completed internships in local companies. The program involved the students in campus and community activities. The knowledge gained and experience in our society enabled the students to contribute in the economic and democratic development in their countries after their return.

FUND FOR IMPROVEMENT OF POST SECONDARY EDUCATION
STLCC and its Nursing department in spring 2011 completed the fourth and final year of the partnership grant project in nursing sponsored by the Program for North America Mobility in Higher Education (FIPSE). STLCC cooperated with colleges from Texas, Canada, and Mexico to develop an online course, acquire multicultural awareness and competencies, gain linguistic skills, and disseminate knowledge gained through the program. Exchanges of faculty and students were ongoing in all directions from all participating colleges.