Study Abroad Information Sessions

Wednesdays 5-6 pm in SSC 150

Fridays 2-3 pm in SSC 150

*every week except for holidays, dead week & finals week

Getting Started

"If students don't take advantage of this opportunity they will regret it. The people I met, the things I learned, the beautiful places I saw, I wouldn't trade for anything, because each moment over there was priceless."

      - Fall 2010 USAC Torino, Italy Alumi

CSU, Chico is proud to offer a wide variety of study abroad options for our students.  There are over 300 CSU, Chico students, undergraduate and graduate, that study abroad in over thirty countries around the world each year, representing every major of study.

To start the Study Abroad process, follow the steps below:

1)  Explore the Study Abroad Website

There are many great resources for you in the prospective students section of the Study Abroad Website. This section includes the study abroad major/minor crosshatch, the "Study Abroad on the Cheap" flyer, deadlines, application procedures, information on financial aid and scholarships, resources for non-traditional students and more!

2) Visit the Office of International Education (SSC 440) for additional information including:

  • Pamphlets and brochures for each of our programs
  • Country-specific binders with great articles and past participants’ tips & photos
  • Study Abroad alumni contacts (Why not interview a past participant of the country you're interested in?)

3) Attend a Study Abroad Information Session:

      Every Wednesday from 5 - 6 p.m. in the Student Services Center (SSC) room 150

      Every Friday from 2 -3 p.m. in the Student Services Center (SSC) room 150

4) Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor 

Don't forget to bring purple Goals & Preference form with you (which you received at the info session).

Do you know EXACTLY which program you want to go on and when?

  • Make an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss the program specifics and requirements    
  • Call our front desk at 530-898-5415 to set up an appointment.
  • Be sure to identify the COUNTRY and TERM(S) to intend to study abroad. 

Do you need advising to help you decide which program is right for you?

  • Make an appointment with an "Undecided Peer Advisor"  to discuss your study abroad goals and top three choices (on the purple form).  
  • Call or stop by the Office of International Education to schedule an appointment (SSC 440); 530-898-5415

5) Apply for a passport!

Most countries require not only a passport, but a student visa to enter their country as well. The application process for both documents take time. A U.S. Passport is valid for ten years after the date of its issuance.  The sooner you apply for a passport, the better!  Applications are available on-line at, at the U.S. Post Office in your home town, or locally at the Vallombrosa Post Office in Chico or Paradise Post Office (in Paradise). Visa instructions will be provided to you after your acceptance into the program.

6) Begin the application process for your selected program.

Have you decided on a program? Now it's time to attend a USAC.  IP or Direct Exchange Application Workshop. Inquire at the OIED front desk on how to sign up for one of these application workshops, or simply ask your peer advisor.