American Language & Culture Institute at CSU, Chico

Learn English in Chico, California - The American Language & Culture Institute (ALCI Chico) at California State University, Chico

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Learn English at California State University, Chico through ALCI Chico

The American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI Chico)

ALCI United Futbol Wins Campus Championship

Located on the campus of California State University, Chico, ALCI Chico offers five, seven-week 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 to other colleges and universities in the United States. 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 in California and the United States.

Find out why thousands of students around the globe have found Chico to be an excellent place to learn English and prepare for their academic success.

Come to a great University, enjoy beautiful California, meet our great faculty at ALCI Chico and make English your second (or third!) language (ESL)!

ALCI Chico Special Offerings

  • Open University - Take regular California State University, Chico classes.
  • Conditional Admission - Conditional Admission to the University without taking the TOEFL. Apply to Cal State Chico pending your English language proficiency assessment.
  • TOEFL - Prepare for the TOEFL through ALCI Chico. TOEFL testing offered year-round.
  • Math Preparation Courses - Prepare for University entrance exams or college-level math in courses customized for English language learners.

ALCI Chico Features

  • A safe, beautiful campus, in an affordable, California college town.
  • Small classes with individual attention from experienced faculty and staff.
  • Conditional admission and access to regular University degree programs and courses for qualified students.
  • Use of campus facilities including computing, library, health center, recreation and sports facilities.
  • Fun social, recreational and cultural activities.
  • Active and fun sports activities and events.
  • Year-round instruction with a full schedule of courses.
  • Conversation partners to help you practice your English with native speakers.
  • Chico, California is a great place! Learn English as your second language (ESL), access a great University, and meet new friends!

ALCI Chico Student News

Go San Francisco!
ALCI at ATT Park @alcichico

ALCI students celebrate the San Fancisco Giants during a recent trip to AT&T Park.

ALCI United Wins First Match of the Semester
ALCI Chico United Soccer Chico State

Congratulations! ALCI United Men’s football (soccer) team pose for a victory picture to celebrate their 6-1 match win over Sigma Nu (ΣΝ) fraternity @ChicoState. Do you enjoy sports? Chico State is a great place to learn and recreate!

Thank You Shinshu University Students!
Shinshu University students at Chico State

Thank you Shinshu University students for making Chico an even better place to be. Farewell and all the best from the faculty and staff at ALCI Chico.

Another Day in the Sun! Enjoying The Chico World Music Festival

Chico World Music Festival - ALCI Students Jump

Jumping to world music. One of the best things about Chico State are the numerous free activities, concerts, art shows and events. Every fall the University hosts The Chico World Music Festival, a day of free music, art and fun.

Welcome to Chico State!

ALCI Chico Faculty and Staff Welcome You to Chico State

ALCI Chico faculty and staff welcome you to Chico State, a great place to improve your English and start a University degree program.

ALCI Chico is Celebrating 35 Years
of International Friendships in 2014!

ALCI graphic celebrating 35 years at Chico State

Happy 35 ALCI Chico! Thank you goes out to all our wonderful students, their families, our alumni, international representatives, and our great faculty and staff. Thank you for all the support in making ALCI Chico one of the best intensive English language programs in the United States!

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