International Student Services

Conditional Graduate Applicant

Students who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement for admission may be able to apply for conditional admission. Students who choose the conditional admission option begin by studying English at the American Language and Culture Immersion on the CSU, Chico campus. 

When the appropriate language proficiency is reached, students may then begin their academic programs at the University.  Some programs may require additional test scores prior to making an admission decision.  Refer to the Graduate Programs and Coordinators page.

The following graduate programs will consider students for conditional admission:

  • Art (Art History, Fine Arts)
  • Biological Science
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Communication Studies
  • Education
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Geosciences
  • Kinesiology
  • Political Science
  • Teaching International Languages

The following programs will NOT consider students for conditional admission:

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Nutritional Science
  • Public Administration
  • Recreation Administration
  • Social Science
  • Social Work

For other programs, please contact International Education and Global Engagement at

If requesting conditional admission, the following language sessions are available to Master's level students:

Fall 1: Begins late August

Spring 1: Begins late January

Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis depending upon the program of study and time of University application submission.  For questions about exceptions, please contact your Admissions Evaluator at

Applying for Conditional Admission is easy! Here's how...

1. Apply online through Cal State Apply and pay the $70 application fee

2. ALCI Application 

  • Complete and print the ALCI Application
  • Pay the $100 (non-Refundable) application fee
    • Check or money order - drawn on a U.S. Bank
    • Visa or MasterCard

3. Supporting Documentation:

4. Mail Documents To:

CSU, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, CA USA 95929-0250