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

The American Language and Culture Immersion Program (ALCI Chico)

The COVID-19 international travel restrictions and transition to online instruction have greatly impacted the American Language and Culture Immersion. As a result, we must pause our programming and will not be offering classes in fall 2020 or spring 2021.
During this pause, the American Language & Culture Immersion program will work to improve the education and student support services offered to all international students. We plan that ALCI will re-open and accept students for summer 2021 to continue the 40-year tradition of quality English language instruction.

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.

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.
  • Academic programs that help you achieve your educational goals, including enrolling in the university and earning a degree.
  • 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 enjoy the view from atop "Monkey Face" in Upper Bidwell Park, Chico, CA

The Fall 2 Session has a terrific group of students in in regular academic classes, as well as Acting/Pronunciation, and Survival English electives. In addition to their academic work, students have enjoyed a number of cultural and recreational activities, including campus events, hikes in Upper Bidwell Park, a Sierra Nevada Brewery tour, a Thanksgiving dinner, and a day trip to Nevada City for a Victorian Christmas celebration.

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.

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

ALCI Chico welcomed new students traveling from home countries including Japan, Kuwait, Mongolia, and Libya for our Summer 2019 session.

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 Translated Fact Sheets

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