American Language & Culture Institute at CSU, Chico
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Improve Your English at ALCI Chico on the California State University, Chico campus

The American Language and Culture Institute (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 Institute on the Chico State campus welcome you to learn at our University. We are an inclusive program and believe in active student engagement, the free expression of ideas, unity through diversity and every person’s right to a good, healthy lifestyle. Join us and discover our welcoming community.

Located on the campus of California State University, Chico, 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 and IELTS 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 Student News

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!


ALCI Chico Translated Fact Sheets

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