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
California State University requires that all international students have valid medical, evacuation, and repatriation insurance coverage at all times during their academic program.

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 criteria:
1.    Minimum Coverage Amounts 
US$ 100,000 per accident or illness
US$ 50,000 medical evacuation
US$ 25,000 repatriation and return of mortal remains

2.    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.

Gallagher Student Insurance
(GSI) is the policy which CSU, Chico recommends for our students. GSI meets the coverage requirements set forth by California State University. To purchase GSI, go to Select the plan that provides coverage for the ALCI session of your choice (from month/day/year to month/day/year).

Please note this is an accident and sickness policy and does not provide coverage for routine check-ups, pre-existing conditions, expenses payable by any automobile insurance policy, injuries sustained while participating in club, intramural or intercollegiate sports or injuries resulting from travel in or use of any off-road motorized vehicle. This is not a complete list of exclusions. Before purchasing GSI, students are strongly encouraged to review the Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan Brochure in its entirety, including any and all exclusions and coverage limitations.

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 2018 January 18-19   
January 22 - March 9
7 weeks 20 hrs/wk $2,000USD
University Spring Break 2018: March 19-23 (No Classes)
Spring 2 2018 March 22-23 March 26 - May 11
7 weeks 20 hrs/wk $2,000USD
Summer 2018 May 31-June 1
June 4 - July 26
7 weeks 20 hrs/wk $2,000USD
Mid-Summer Break 2018: July 2-July 6 (No Classes)
Fall 1 2018 August 23-24 August 27 - October 12 7 weeks 20 hrs/wk $2,000USD
Fall 2 2018 October 18-19 October 22 - December 14 7 weeks 20 hrs/wk $2,000USD
Thanksgiving Break 2018: November 19-23 (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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