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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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Learn English at California State University, Chico through ALCI Chico

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 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

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.

September and October Activities

ALCI fall activities calendar
There are many fun events and activities scheduled this fall at ALCI Chico! Check out our updated activity calendar for September and October; trips to the farmer’s market downtown, a field trip to see the San Francisco Giants vs. the San Diego Padres at ATT Park in San Francisco, concerts, craft nights, conversation hours, and the National Yo Yo Contest! And if that is not enough, the University hosts daily social and recreational programs so you can easily engage in the student culture on campus and in the community. Make plans to join us for the next session! Chico, California’s English language city!

Chico State @ Korea Study Abroad Fair

ALCI Chico in Korea 2014 Chico State California

Greetings to all our new Korean friends! We welcome you to Chico State!

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.

In the News: The Orion - Chico State Student Newspaper - Why Studying in the US is Important

The Orion In the News with ALCI Chico Image

Feliz dia da Independência Brasil !

Brasilian Students Celebrate Sept 7 Brasil Independence Day @ChicoState
Faculty, students, and friends celebrate September 7th, Brasilian Independence Day at Chico State!

Welcome Shinshu University Students to Chico State

Shinshu University Students @ Chico State ALCI Chico California
Chico State is happy to welcome students from Shinshu University, a system of universities from Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Welcome New Students!

ALCI Chico Students Fall 2014 at Chico State University Chico California
It’s fall, the start of the academic year here at California State University, Chico. The faculty and staff welcome all our new students to Chico and welcome back many continuing students. Have a great session!

Learning English, Food Technology, Fermentation Science, Photovoltaic Energy Systems, Humulus lupulus appreciation and so much more in Chico!
ALCI Students Tour of Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico California

ALCI Chico students recently toured the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico - a great place to practice your English language. Join us in Chico for the next Sierra Nevada tour!

Fun Kayaking and Paddleboarding at the Forebay

ALCI Summer fun at the Forebay Photos

Weekend kayaking and paddleboarding at the forebay. A great place to enjoy a nice summer day!

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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