A Global Education

Since 2009, the Institute of International Education has ranked Chico State a top-four school for year-long study abroad participants. For the last eight years, we have been a national leader for the number of students we send abroad long-term each year and were ranked the No. 3 sending institution in the nation for participants in the University Studies Abroad Consortium. Animal science major Roxanna Gonzalez, pictured in front of Mount Cook in New Zealand, was one of 337 students who studied in 30 countries in 2016–17. 

International students in a classroom

Chico State welcomed 545 students as well as 42 educators and scholars from 53 nations around the world in 2016–17.

The International Faculty Network strives to connect the dozens of international faculty on campus, supporting their needs, fostering community, and improving retention to bring a diverse world-view, new perspectives, and educational depth to classrooms across campus.

Working with the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, forensic anthropology graduate student Martha Diaz helped to identify the remains of border crossers who died during their journeys to the United States from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and other Central American nations.

Martha Diaz examines a human skull in the forensics laboratory

With leadership from faculty member Joel Zimbelman, MBA students Kaitlin Tillett and Elizabeth Massie traveled to Tanzania in 2017 for a first-of-its-kind alliance in overseas teaching. The multi-year project will forge research partnerships, strengthen computer science and music education instruction, and provide nursing education. 

Two MBA students assist a local Tanzanian with learning computer software Quickbooks

Nearly 40 alumni from 30 countries reunited in Portugal for a Study of the US Institute for Secondary Educators workshop. There, they reinforced skills learned studying abroad and how to apply them in their home countries.

Graduate student filmmaker Tamara Maxey worked with the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology to produce Stories in Thread: A Tapestry of Hmong Identity, a film that highlights the crucial importance of handmade textiles to the identity, inheritance, and cultural survival of the Hmong American community.

Stories of Thread logo

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts International Fellows program sent seven professors to countries around the globe—such as Brazil, Chile, Russia, and Tanzania—for research, music education, and analysis of literature, language, and politics. 

Nearly 40 alumni from 30 countries reunited in Portugal fro a Study of the US Institute for Secondary Educators workshop. There, they reinforced skills learned studying abroad and how to apply them in their home countries.