Experience Excellence

A Global Education

Since 2010, Chico State has been ranked a top-four school for yearlong study abroad participants by the Institute of International Education and the No. 3 sending institution in the nation for participants in the University Studies Abroad Consortium. Dana Brady, pictured at Cascata delle Marmore in Umbria, Italy, was one of 315 students who studied abroad in 2017–18. Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, and Brazil were the top five destinations among 40 available countries.

kine student team to India

Kinesiology faculty members Rebecca Lytle and Marci Pope took a student team to India to collaborate with university partners at the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education. They exchanged best practices and research for adaptive physical education and creating inclusive environments.

Through a day of entertainment, food, music, crafts, and other activities, more than 24 student groups celebrated world cultures at our annual International Festival.

Acquah Florence, Egbiri Joy, and Haruna Usman participate in a class where they study entrepreneurship.

Twenty university student leaders from five West African countries visited campus for a five-week study of social entrepreneurship. The program, funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, concluded with their project proposals in hopes of changing circumstances in their worlds.


Chico State welcomed 391 students and 42 educators and scholars from 50 nations around the world in 2017–18.

Darcy Hostetter-Lewis with child from Nigeria

Nursing faculty Darcy Hostetter-Lewis, seven students, and two alums traveled to Nigeria over winter break to help open a new medical clinic in a remote town. They treated nearly 500 patients, stocked the facility with medical supplies, and established a pharmacy and surgical suite.

Forensic anthropology student Jacqueline Galimany

When international student and Fulbright Scholar Jacqueline Galimany Skupham considered where to earn her master’s degree in forensic anthropology, she looked at universities around the world before choosing Chico State. Here, the Chilean native works as a teaching assistant and supports federal and state investigations of human remains to hone skills she will need to investigate human rights abuses in her home country.

group of students in north-central Nepal

Agriculture professor Lee Altier and mathematics professor Sanjay Dev led a group of students through north-central Nepal for five weeks to explore sustainable agriculture and conduct partner research with Nepali graduate students as part of the Cross-Cultural Exploration in Development program.