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California State University, Chico is pleased to welcome you!

  • Academic Excellence
  • Great Location
  • Affordable Price
  • Internships

California State University, Chico is rated one of the top four public regional universities in the West and is home to more than 550 international students representing more than 40 countries. Students in Chico have the opportunity to enjoy the safe, friendly university-town atmosphere, the many shops and restaurants in the downtown area, and the many cultural and sporting events on campus and in the community.

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Exchange Students
Students attending one of CSU, Chico’s many international partner universities are invited to apply to spend a semester or a year studying in Chico.

English Language Students
The American Language and Culture Institute at CSU, Chico offers comprehensive English language training in small classes with highly experienced teachers. Conditional admission for all undergraduate programs and selected graduate programs is available to eligible students who need additional English language training prior to beginning a degree.

Chico-China Graduate Scholarship
Students from designated Chinese Universities are eligible to apply for a scholarship to pursue their studies at California State University, Chico.

Chat with a Current Student

If you would like to chat with a current international student about campus life, student activities, or the City of Chico, please email