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.


Getting to Chico

When you are making arrangements to travel to Chico, we recommend you fly into Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and utilize the North Valley Shuttle 530-891-1219 as ground transport to Chico (90 miles - 145 kilometers). The North Valley Shuttle has limited service (three round trips per day). A shuttle reservation with drop off service to your housing address in Chico (+$10) is recommended.

Housing for ALCI Students

There are several housing options for ALCI students. Housing in Chico is generally less expensive than in metropolitan areas of California. It is relatively easy to find housing on or near campus.

Housing prices vary, but you can expect to spend from $300 to $900 per month for rent.

Life as a Chico State Student

Participate in an Active California Lifestyle

As an ALCI student you will have the opportunity to participate in many activities through ALCI, Chico State, and the community. Both formal and informal events will provide valuable opportunities to practice your language skills with native speakers and experience American culture. A concert, a lecture, a game, or a film; there is always something interesting to do on campus.

Chico is a special place, through these activities you will be able to become active in a California lifestyle.

Prospective Students

About the ALCI Chico Program

The mission of the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI Chico) at California State University, Chico is to provide high quality language instruction, knowledgeable and supportive counseling, and a compassionate bridge between cultures.

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CSU, Chico Welcomes Summer Bridge Students from Japan

California State University, Chico American Language & Culture Institute welcomes 43 Nevada-California International Consortium students from Japan who will participate in this year’s Summer Bridge Program on the Chico campus.

The five-week, Summer Bridge Program runs through August 4, and features a combination of intensive English language coursework, academic preparation, and cultural immersion. Many of these students are improving their language skills in preparation for admission into an academic program at CSU, Chico, Butte College or another institution.