International Education and Global Engagement

Current Projects

International Training Programs (ITP) implements short-term study and professional development programs in collaboration with both private and government funders. Each program is individually designed to meet the needs of the participants. ITP has the capacity to provide a rigorous academic experience through California State University, Chico, as well as a variety of site visits within the local community and throughout northern California.

Not only do participants from around the world benefit from these programs, but our university faculty, students, and local community, especially schools and citizens who host, learn about each other and extend the meaning of friendship.

ITP is currently planning and hoping to offer the following programs in summer of 2024, and over the 2024-2025 academic year.

Twenty secondary educators from twenty countries will take part in the third year of the three-year funded 2021-2024 Study of the United States Institutes for Secondary Educators program (SUSI) during the summer of 2024 (June 1st through July 27th in Chico, CA, and June 28th through July the 7th in Chicago and Washington D.C.).  The three-year project will provide three separate groups of international educators a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, culture, values, and institutions. The 2023 group will be the second of the three groups.

Twenty-seven Iraqi university students will take part in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP-UG) during the summer of 2024 (July 11th to the 23rd).  The ITP staff members have also successfully worked with this program during the summers of 2021, 2022, and 2023. 

It is also hoped that two hundred high school and middle school students from China will visit over the course of four weeks (groups of fifty for seven days and six nights during four consecutive weeks from mid-July through mid-August) to explore life in the University setting attending presentations from CSU, Chico discipline-specific faculty members.

We have applied to host twenty-three educators from twenty-three countries who will take part in the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) from late January through mid-March of 2025. The project would provide educators with relevant professional development in General Pedagogy, Discipline Specific (Language Development) Pedagogy, Instructional Technology, English as a Foreign Language, site-based school visits, and weekend cultural excursions to northern California sites of interest.

Study of the U.S. Institutes