Special Projects

Kazakhstan Grant

The number of students from Kazakhstan studying in the United States has grown in recent years. Still, without access to reliable resources and information, a U.S. education remains out of reach for many. As many as 65 leading secondary schools in the country have created counselor positions in recent years. However, many of these counselors have received limited training, networking, or mentorship opportunities.

In August 2021, the U.S. Department of State, Embassy of the United States in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, commissioned the IC3 Institute to train 100 high school counselors to support student mobility between the United States and Kazakhstan. 

Program Delivery:

March – May 2022

Program Objective:

The program's primary objective was to assist Kazakhstani students who wish to pursue a U.S. higher education and invest in local institutional capacity by training secondary school counselors. 

The IC3 Institute's tailor-made program for Kazakhstan helped high school counselors inform students, assist them with their applications, and bring counselors together for professional development, helpful information, and materials. It also connected them to peers in the U.S. and enabled them to inform students more effectively about higher education opportunities in the United States. 

Training Components

The advantages of studying in the United States
Differences in the U.S. education system: community colleges vs. colleges vs. universities
How to use ranking systems
Timeline and application process
Test preparation advice (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, SAT)
How to make students’ applications more competitive
How to afford study in the United States: scholarships, 2+2 programs
These workshops introduced best practices and increased participants' knowledge and understanding of the U.S. higher education system. By strengthening their professional capacity, the program enabled counselors to share accurate and relevant information about U.S. education opportunities with high school students in Kazakhstan and contribute to greater student mobility between Kazakhstan and the United States.

IC3 Institute COVID-19 Support Initiative

The COVID-19 surge in India has brought many challenges, one of which is the loss of the breadwinner in many families, pushing them to the brink of imminent poverty. While there has been a lot of international and domestic support for immediate relief measures, as the pandemic wears on, these families need sustenance support beyond having their immediate relief needs met.

The IC3 Institute is helping women from families that have lost their breadwinners by empowering them with training and employment opportunities as career counselors within IC3's global network.

YOU have the power to make a lasting change in the lives of these women and their families.