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

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Improve Your English at ALCI Chico on the California State University, Chico campus

The American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI Chico)

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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 northern California, and improve your English!

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ALCI Chico Features

  • A safe, beautiful campus, in an affordable, California college town.
  • Excellent faculty presenting high value intensive English language courses and a proven curriculum
  • Small classes with individual attention from experienced faculty and friendly 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.
  • Great housing options. Affordable dorms, apartments and homestays.
  • Full schedule of fun, social, recreational and cultural activities.
  • Year-round instruction with a full schedule of courses.
  • Conversation partners to help you practice your English with native speakers.
  • Chico is a great place! Learn English as your next language
    (ESL), access a great University, and meet new friends!

ALCI Chico Special Offerings

  • Open University - Take regular California State University, Chico classes.
  • Conditional Admission - Undergraduate and Graduate Student Conditional Admission to the University without taking the TOEFL. Apply to Cal State Chico pending your English language proficiency assessment.
  • Prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS through ALCI Chico. TOEFL and IELTS preparation courses and 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 Student News

Congratulations ALCI United Women’s Team
Chico State Intramural Soccer Champions!ALCI United Women's Team Chico State Intramural Soccer Champions

Learning about lactic acid fermentation!
Great 김치 Kimchi Workshop!
김치 kimchi workshop at Chico State

Thank you Chico State Department of Nutrition and Food Science for helping us put on our kimchi workshop! Learning and having fun by making great food!

Dean’s Cup Soccer Tournament = Fun!
ALCI Chico Deans Cup Champs 2016 KSA - 1

Congratulations to Team K.S.A. the winner of 2016 Dean’s Cup Soccer Tournament! Congratulations to the Thunderbirds (runner up) and all the teams and players for making it a fun event! See you next year!

Welcome New Students! Check Out Our Spring Activities

ALCI Chico Calendar Spring 2 2016

Students Take to the Slopes at Mount Shasta Ski Park
ALCI Chico Students at Mt Shasta California

Enjoying winter fun, skiing and snowboarding in the beautiful mountains north of Chico, California.

Celebrating Mardi Gras!
Mardi Gras at ALCI Chico @ChicoState

Making Valentine’s Day Cards at Craft Night!
ALCI Chico Craft Night Valentines

Students take a break from a busy day of studies to enjoy Craft Night a regular ALCI Chico activity.

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 Translated Fact Sheets

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