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Chico Welcomes NIC International College Summer Bridge Students

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We are happy to welcome 38 Japanese students from NIC International College who are participating in the annual Summer Bridge Program on campus.
This year marks the 17th year we have hosted NIC International College students from Tokyo, Japan.

The Summer Bridge Program is an intensive, six-week schedule of English language, culture, and academic preparation courses and activities. The courses, presented according to skill level, enable the visiting student an opportunity to learn English and prepare for academic study. Many of the students will study to meet the language requirement for admissions at Chico State, Butte College, Shasta College, or another university.

During the Summer Bridge Program, students who have met the English language proficiency required for admission at Chico State, Butte College, or Shasta College will be able to take college-level art, history, and geography courses offered through ALCI in conjunction with Butte College.

While in Chico, the students board at Whitney Hall and get to experience first hand what it is like to live on a residential campus. To immerse the students in the local culture, ALCI student services coordinator, Yuki Watanabe Rojas, has developed a full schedule of socio-cultural and community activities.
“We are happy to host our NIC friends, again. The students love Chico; they enjoy experiencing student life, participating in an American university classroom, and learning from our excellent faculty. When they are not studying, we have a full schedule of fun activities planned, including trips around the North State and heading downtown for the Thursday Market and Friday Night Concerts,” mentioned ALCI Director William Dantona.
“Every year we look forward to the time when we get an opportunity to bring our students to Chico State. The faculty and staff provide an excellent learning experience and a cultural bridge to the American university. Since 1994, hundreds of our students have successfully participated in the program and continue to talk about their positive Chico experience,” remarked Ayano Masuda, Coordinator for Student Placement Services, NIC International College.