California State University, Chico ALCI
American Language and Culture Institute

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $1,000—$5,000 Session

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Education, General English Programs

  • Setting

    Small/College town

  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Social Media

About California State University, Chico – Chico State

California State University, Chico, popularly known as “Chico State," established in 1887, is the second oldest university in the 23-campus California State University system. Student enrollment is just under 16,000, including hundreds of international students.

CSU, Chico offers an inviting and comfortable educational environment in a small, college-town setting. Visit the Chico State Web site,, and discover why Chico State is internationally recognized for its excellent faculty, academic programs, and engaging campus community.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

CSU, Chico offers more than 100 undergraduate degree programs and options including business administration, computer science, the biological and physical sciences, the arts and humanities, agriculture, engineering, construction management, health and human services, nursing, education, teacher credential program, and international relations.

Graduate Degree Programs

CSU, Chico offers more than 25 graduate degree programs with many options and certificates available.

University Admission

For admissions requirements, applications, and questions visit the CSU, Chico admissions office website

California State University, Chico

Intensive English Language Program at California State University, Chico
The American Language and Culture Institute – ALCI Chico

The American Language and Culture Institute, located on the campus of California State University, Chico, offers five sessions of intensive English language instruction per year to international students of all proficiency levels, from beginning to advanced.

ALCI Chico facilitates a transition from an intensive English language program to an academic program at Chico State or other colleges and universities. The program provides general English language skills for students’ personal and professional growth, as well as an introduction to American culture and the higher education system.

ALCI Chico also administers conditional admissions for undergraduates who have not yet met the University’s English proficiency requirement. Students with qualifying English skills can seek access to University courses without formal admission through the Open University Program.

ALCI Chico Offers

  • High quality, intensive English language instruction
  • Affordable college town in beautiful northern California
  • Excellent faculty, small class sizes, and individual attention
  • Access to University courses and student services
  • Conditional admission to the University without TOEFL
  • Admissions counseling, TOEFL and math prep
  • Conversation partners and access to University student clubs
  • Great housing options; on campus, private apartments, and homestays
  • Fun social, travel, and recreational opportunities

Your Invitation to Chico

Thousands of students and their families have found ALCI Chico and the Chico campus to be an excellent place to learn English and prepare for their academic success.

Discover why ALCI Chico students say, “Chico’s the best place to be!”

When you are planning your next trip to California, please be sure to contact us to schedule a visit and tour.

We welcome you!



California State University, Chico ALCI
American Language and Culture Institute

California State University, Chico Center for Regional and Continuing Education
400 West First Street
Chico CA 95929-0250
P: 530-898-6821

California State University, Chico Student Services Center, Room 440
400 West First Street
Chico CA 95929-0680
P: 530-898-5415
EnglishUSA Member
For more information: California State University, Chico ALCI
American Language and Culture Institute