Intercontinental Student Exchange with Mexico – Proyecta 100,000 at Chico State

Intercontinental Student Exchange with Mexico – Proyecta 100,000 at Chico State
By Ariana Roman, student reporter

English Proficiency Placement

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Class Level Assessment
During orientation, your language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be assessed. Your class level will be determined based on your test scores.

Reiko Akiyama

Reiko Akiyama couldn’t be happier in Chico. A student in the American Language and Culture Institute, she came to the University to improve her English skills and develop her ability to teach.

Aprenda Inglês em Chico, Califórnia

O Instituto Americano de Língua e Cultura, localizado no campus da California State University, Chico, oferece seis sessões de ensino intensivo de língua inglesa por ano, para estudantes estrangeiros de todos os níveis de proficiência, de iniciantes a avançados.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question. Do I need a student (F-1) visa to study at ALCI?
Answer. Yes, if your primary purpose for visiting the U.S. is studying, you are required to have a student (F-1) visa.

Q. Do I need a TOEFL score for ALCI admission?
A. No, TOEFL scores are not used for ALCI admission. Sharing your score with ALCI, however, can be useful for placement.

Q. When should I apply for ALCI admission?

Open University for ALCI Students

Open University provides an opportunity for returning ALCI students who have completed level 6 in at least three core subject areas, including Writing 6, to enroll in regularly scheduled CSU, Chico classes without formal admission to the University.

ALCI Open University - PDF Fact Sheet

Eligibility Requirements for Participation:

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission is designed for undergraduates and graduate students who have not yet met the University’s English proficiency requirement. Students must apply for conditional admission by the University deadlines and submit all required documentation and fees. ALCI Chico maintains conditional admission arrangements with CSU, Chico and Butte College. We can also assist in transfers between other universities and colleges.

Contact Us

American Language and Culture Institute ~ ALCI Chico

Regional & Continuing Education
California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, California USA 95929-0250

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• Telephone: 530-898-6821

• Fax: 530-898-5668

The University

California State University, Chico

About Chico State 

California State University, Chico, popularly known as “Chico State”, was established in 1887 and is the second oldest University in the 23-campus California State University system. Students enrollment is 16,000, including hundreds of international students representing more than 55 countries.

Current Students

Resources for ALCI Students


The American Language and Culture Institute administrative staff provide a full range of academic and personal advising. Assistance with academic planning, advice on housing options, and help with personal issues are available to you by our friendly, knowledgeable advisors.

If you have an advising question please send us an e-mail at or call our offices at 530-898-6821.