International Services and Programs (ISP)

International Services and Programs (ISP)

International Initiatives and Study Abroad
Houston Community College, with a diverse student body and its location within a global city, is committed to globalizing learning for students so they are equipped to compete in the global workforce. Students, faculty and staff collaborate with institutions abroad to create exchange programs and study abroad opportunities through this initiative.

Training Programs
Instructional programs and/or customized training are conducted through workforce partnerships to help students gain specific skills. English for Speakers for Other Languages (ESOL) training and development for certificates and/or degrees are conducted through credit programs and continuing Education (CE). For more information, see

J-1 Visa Program
HCC was awarded the J-1 visa sponsorship through the U.S. Department of State. Only a few community colleges in the nation are eligible to host under the J-1 visa.

What is the J-1 Visitor Program?
The J-1 program enables foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills or receive on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years. The exchange of professors and research scholars promotes the exchange of ideas, research, mutual enrichment and linkages between research and academic institutions in the U.S. and foreign countries. For more information about the J-1 Visitor Program or international initiatives, please contact the International Services and Programs (ISP) director at

Houston Community College (HCC) considers students holding a nonimmigrant visa to be international students. Prospective students maintaining any other type of visa status, except B (visiting) visas, may enroll at HCC as permitted by U.S. federal law. The student should call the program of choice for admission instructions and meet the published application deadline.