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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

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!

World Cup Fun in Chico!
World Cup fun in Chico with ALCI

Students recently got together and celebrated the World Cup quarter-finals at the Graduate restaurant in Chico.

Welcome Chung Yuan Christian University Students
to Chico State!
CYCU Students at Chico State California 2014

ALCI is happy to welcome back our CYCU friends to Chico State!

NIC Summer Bridge at Chico State
NIC Students at ALCI Chico State

Welcome NIC International College students! Enjoy Chico State!

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.

Welcome New Students! Time to Study and Discover Northern California

ALCI Student Summer Session 2014 English Language Study Abroad in California

Summer Session has started! Welcome new students! Time to study! Time to make friends!

Summer Events and Activities!

ALCI Summer Session Calendar first page

Lots of fun activities planned. Check out our Summer Session activites and events!

Thank You Students and Faculty for a Great Spring Session!

English Language Program Chico California - ALCI Spring 2014

Congratulations students for completing another session with ALCI! Summer Session will be starting soon, join us in Chico!

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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