American Language & Culture Immersion at CSU, Chico
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Improve Your English at ALCI at California State University, Chico

Apply to ALCI ChicoThe American Language and Culture Immersion (ALCI Chico)

Students of all Nations! You Are Welcome Here!
Players from the ALCI United co-ed soccer/futbol team celebrate their campsionship win in the Chico State Intramural Sports tournament.The faculty, staff and students of the American Language and Culture Immersion at California State University, Chico welcome you to learn at our University. We are an inclusive program and believe in active student engagement, the free expression of ideas, and unity through diversity.

Located on the Chico State campus, we offer five, seven-week sessions of intensive English language instruction per year to international students of all proficiency levels, from beginning to advanced. Our faculty and staff can support your transition from an intensive English language program to an academic program at Chico State or to other colleges and universities in the United States.

The ALCI Fact Sheet highlights our program, our students, and our wonderful location in California.We provide general English language skills for your personal and professional growth, as well as an introduction to American culture and the higher education system in California and the United States. Find out why thousands of students around the globe have found Chico to be an excellent place to learn English and prepare for their academic success.

Come to a great University, enjoy beautiful Northern California, meet new friends, and improve your English! #YouAreWelcomeHere

ALCI Chico Features

  • A safe, beautiful campus, in an affordable, California college town.
  • Excellent faculty presenting high value intensive English language courses and a proven curriculum
  • Small classes with individual attention from experienced faculty and friendly staff.
  • Conditional admission and access to regular University degree programs and courses for qualified students.
  • Use of campus facilities including computing, library, health center, recreation and sports facilities.
  • Great housing options. Affordable dorms, apartments and homestays.
  • Full schedule of fun, social, recreational and cultural activities.
  • Year-round instruction with a full schedule of courses.
  • Conversation partners to help you practice your English with native speakers.

ALCI Chico Special Offerings

  • Open University - Take regular California State University, Chico classes.
  • Conditional Admission - Undergraduate and Graduate Student Conditional Admission to the University without taking the TOEFL. Apply to Cal State Chico pending your English language proficiency assessment.

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  • Prepare for the TOEFL, TOIEC, and IELTS exams with ALCI Chico preparation courses and testing offered year-round.
  • Math Preparation Courses - Prepare for University entrance exams or college-level math in courses customized for English language learners.
  • Special and custom programs creation.

ALCI Chico News

ALCI students smile for the camera with Lake Shasta in the bakcground

ALCI Chico is excited to welcome new students traveling from home countries including Japan, Kuwait, Mongolia, and Libya. Orientation will be May 30–31 and Summer Session classes begin June 3. Read more.

ALCI United Womens Soccer Team

The ALCI United women's soccer team began league play and did great in their first game! We are so excited to watch these women in action this season.

Otsuma Women's University student receive end-of-program certificates from ALCI faculty Jamie Morris

Farewell Otsuma Women's University students and congratulations on a successful short program at ALCI Chico. You were so much fun and we miss you already!

Students from the Naha Nikkei Business College arrive for their studies at ALCI, Chico

Naha Nikkei Business Vocational School participants completed the Spring Higher Education Preparation Program. It was an honor to host them at ALCI Chico! Read more about their visit.

ALCI United Football at Chico State CSU Chico Cal State Chico Soccer Fun

Congratulations ALCI United Football - Chico State Intramural Soccer Champs Once Again!

Okinawa Global Leadership Students

Well done, Okinawa Global Leadership Program students and teachers! We were honored to host you in Chico.

Shinshu University at ALCI Chico group photo

Congratulations to Shinshu University Students on a Successful Session!

alci chico kimchi class

Learning About Fermentation by Making Kimchi!

ALCI Chico fun on the river 2017 photo

Fun on the River! Join Us in Beautiful Chico!

Deans Cup Winners 2017 ALCI chico

Congratulations Dean's Cup Soccer Tournament Winners!


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