ALCI program at CSU, Chico

"The students and faculty are encouraging and I have learned a lot. My English is improving and I am getting plenty of chances to practice my speaking." ALCI Chico student H. Kim

    Learn English at a world-class institution

Located on the campus of California State University, Chico, the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI Chico) offers five seven-week sessions of intensive English language instruction per year to international students of all proficiency levels, from beginners to advanced. The program provides general English language skills for students’ personal and professional growth, as well as an introduction to American culture and the US higher education system.

    The benefits of studying at ALCI Chico

There are multiple benefits to enrolling on the ALCI Chico program. The first is that ALCI is located on a safe and picturesque campus in an affordable college town in stunning Northern California. There is a natural positive feeling across campus as students from around the world study and relax together, with countless extracurricular activities to enjoy. ALCI Chico also provides:

  • An excellent faculty presenting high-quality English language courses and curriculum
  • Small classes and one-on-one advisement from experienced faculty and staff
  • Year-round instruction with a full schedule of courses
  • The ability to prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the IELTS exam throughout the year
  • Math preparation courses to prepare for university entrance exams or college-level math in courses customized for English language learners
  • Use of all campus facilities including our computing, library, health center, recreation and sports facilities
  • A full schedule of social, recreational and cultural activities
  • Conversation partners to help students practice their English with native speakers

    Additional courses for ALCI Chico graduates

ALCI Chico can also facilitate a transition from the intensive English language program to an academic program at Chico State or to other US colleges and universities. Students can choose from the following options:

  • International admission: International students can apply for undergraduate or graduate admission to CSU Chico through the Office of International Education. Students must submit proof of English language proficiency and financial resources when applying to the University
  • Conditional admission: Conditional admission to the University is designed for undergraduate students who have not yet met the University’s English proficiency requirement (TOEFL)
  • Open University: Qualified students may attend regular CSU Chico courses through Open University
  • Butte College: Through a partnership with Butte College students can apply for conditional admissions to the local community college