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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)!

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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.
  • 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 Features

  • A safe, beautiful campus, in an affordable, California college town.
  • Excellent faculty presenting high quality English language courses and curriculum
  • 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.
  • 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, California is a great place! Learn English as your second language (ESL), access a great University, and meet new friends!

ALCI Chico Student News

Welcome New Students! Check Out Our Activities!
ALCI Chico Activities

Thanks for the Great Session!
ALCI Chico End of Session 2015

Congratulations on a great session of learning and discovery! We are looking forward to 2016!

Congratulations ALCI United Intramural Coed Champs!

ALCI United Soccer Coed Champs 2015 Fall

Thank you Thunderbirds for a great soccer match! Come to Chico, improve your English and enjoy an active lifestyle.

Fun 김치 Kimchi Workshop!

Fun 김치 Kimchi Workshop @ChicoState

ALCI Chico and Chico State students got together to celebrate 김장 kimjang season,
make 김치 kimchi and learn about the benefits of organic fermented foods! Thank you Department of Nutrition and Food Science for supporting this event. Come to Chico and share the experience with us!

ALCI United Men’s Team Win
2015 Fall Chico State Intramural Championship!
ALCI Chico - ALCI United Champs 2015

Thank you officials, thank you players, thank you fans! Great season and great soccer game! ALCI United! Come to Chico, improve your English and join our 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 Translated Fact Sheets

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