American Language & Culture Institute at CSU, Chico

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How to Apply to ALCI Chico

You can start the application process today!

Fill out the ALCI Chico Application, sign it, and then send it back by postal mail, fax, pdf or scan it and email it back to

Questions? Send us an email at if you have any questions, we are more than happy to help you.

If you are also seeking Conditional Admission to the University as an undergraduate, you must apply by the University deadline prior to the ALCI session you plan to attend.

ALCI Chico Application Checklist:

    1. ALCI Application Form (writable PDF): all sections must be complete. Please sign and date the form.

    2. Application Fee: please enclose a non-refundable check or international money order drawn on a U.S. bank for $100USD payable to CSU, Chico Research Foundation” with your application. Enclose an additional check or money order for $45USD if you want your admission documents sent by express mail (2-3 day delivery). Application fee can also be paid online by credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

    3. Financial Certification: required if you are applying for F1 Student Visa. Please submit an official bank statement (copy is acceptable), less than 6 months old, in English, and stamped/signed by bank official.

- Verify funds of at least US $20,740 for one year’s education -Verify funds of at least US $11,400 for six months of study -Verify funds of at least US $3,800 for one session of study

Additional Requirements:

Sponsored Students
If you are a sponsored student you must include a letter from your sponsor verifying the amount of your funding.

Transfer Students
If you are currently in the U.S. on an F-1 (student) visa you must submit an ALCI Transfer Clearance Form and a photocopy of your I-20, I-94, and visa.

Sometimes a student needs to postpone his or her attendance at ALCI and be sent a revised I-20. We need to ask for a $75 reactivation fee, payable online, for all students who request a deferral to a different session. An updated financial certificate may be required.

To qualify for admission to ALCI, your secondary education must be complete, and financial documentation of sufficient funds for your educational and living expenses must be submitted.

Vaccination and TB Test Requirements
During the new student orientation, you are required to show proof of vaccination against mumps, measles, rubella (MMR) and a recent tuberculin skin test that shows negative for tuberculosis within the last 3 months.

Please have your physician verify your immunizations on the International Student Health Certificate Form.

If you do not have these records at orientation, you will be required to visit the Student Health Center during orientation to receive a MMR vaccination and a tuberculin (Quantiferon) test.  The MMR vaccination will cost approximately $60USD, and tuberculin (Quantiferon) test will cost approximately $50USD.

Health Insurance Requirement
All ALCI Chico students are required by the California State University to have valid health and accident insurance coverage by the start of their program at ALCI and at all times thereafter.

You MUST demonstrate proof of coverage (in English and/or US$) at time of Orientation.
You may bring a policy from home or you will have to purchase insurance when you arrive.

Your insurance policy must meet the following minimum criteria:
1.    Coverage Amounts 
US$ 100,000 per accident or illness
US$ 50,000 medical evacuation
US$ 25,000 repatriation and return of mortal remains
2.    Deductible
Less than US$ 500 per incident
3.    Length of Coverage
Option 1: One session at a time – students will be required to renew their policies before the beginning of the next session.
Option 2: The entire length of your program of study – no renewal necessary.

ALCI will verify students’ insurance coverage. Be sure to keep a copy of your proof of coverage with you.

Visa Information
It is important to consider your visa category before applying to ALCI. If your primary purpose for visiting the U.S. is to study, you are required to have a student visa (F-1). To obtain a student visa, you must submit a financial certificate as evidence of sufficient financial support, submit an application fee and a completed application to ALCI, and then await receipt of an I-20 from the institute. With your ALCI I-20, you should then apply for a student visa (F-1) at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy. Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate near you for a visa application and important updates on new immigration regulations.

ALCI Chico Academic Calendar and Fees

Session Orientation Dates   
Duration Hours/Week Tuition
Spring 1 2017 January 19-20   
January 23 - March 10
7 weeks 20 hrs/wk $2,000USD
University Spring Break 2017: March 13-17 (No Classes)
Spring 2 2017 March 23-24 March 27 - May 12
7 weeks 20 hrs/wk $2,000USD
Summer 2017 June 1-2 June 5 - July 28
7 weeks 20 hrs/wk $2,000USD
Mid-Summer Break 2017: July 3-July 7 (No Classes)
Fall 1 2017 August 17-18 August 21 - October 6 7 weeks 20 hrs/wk $2,000USD
Fall 2 2017 October 12-13 October 16 - December 8 7 weeks 20 hrs/wk $2,000USD
Thanksgiving Break 2017: November 20-24 (No Classes)

Additional Fees: Health Services Fee - $60 per ALCI Session; Student ID Card Fee -
$2 per CSU, Chico semester


Application fees are non-refundable.  The Student Health Services fee is non-refundable. If you withdraw from ALCI on or before the first day of class, you are eligible for a full tuition refund minus a $10 processing fee.  Be advised that the processing time for refunds is 2 to 3 weeks.  A maximum of 65% of tuition is refunded if you withdraw during the first week of classes.  No refund can be issued after the first Friday of the session.

Tuition is not refundable under the following circumstances:
•    You have been expelled or disenrolled from ALCI
•    Your attendance has caused you to lose your F-1 student status.

We Can Help You with the Application.
Let us Know If You Have Questions?

We understand that the process takes time and effort. If you have a question, please contact us. We are here to help you through the application and Visa process.

Send us an email at: or telephone the ALCI Chico Office (Pacific Time): 530-898-6821

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