Study Abroad & Exchange

Getting Started

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

Discover the programs best suited for your major while also learning about all the different scholarships available to you during your time overseas.

Additionally, here is another great resource with country-specific details, academics, helpful tips, alumni photos, videos, blogs, and much more! Chico State Study Abroad Weebly

2) Attend Study Abroad Information Session

  • Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. in SSC 410
  • Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. in SSC 410
  • Thursdays from 11am-12pm in SSC 410
  • Fridays from 2-3 p.m. in SSC 410

3) Complete your TREK Account

  • Start at the Chico State Study Abroad homepage
  • At the top, click “Apply Now: to make a Trek Account
  • Click “Apply Now” under the header Advising Application
  • Click “I have a CSU-Chico username and password” if you are a Chico State student
  • Log-in using your Chico Portal account information
  • Click “Academic Year, 2018-2019”
  • Fill out the “Study Abroad Student Research Guide”
  • Complete the entire research guide at least one day before meeting with an advisor

4) Visit our Office (SSC 440)

  • Call our front desk at 530-898-5415 to make an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss the program specifics and requirements. 
  • Pamphlets and brochures for each of our programs 
  • Country-specific binders with great articles and past participants’ tips & photos
  • Study Abroad Peer Advisors (Why not interview a past participant of the country you're interested in?)

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 takes 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 online at www.state.gov(opens in new window), at the U.S. Post Office in your home town, or locally at the Vallombrosa Post Office in Chico. Visa instructions will be provided to you after your acceptance into the program.

6) Go to an Application Workshop

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.

Information Sessions

Where: SSC 410

Tuesdays from 4–5 p.m.
Wednesdays from 5–6 p.m. 
Thursdays from 11 a.m.–Noon
Fridays from 2–3 p.m.

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

Important Deadlines
AIFS & USAC
  • Fall & AY: April 15th
  • Spring: October 15th
  • Summer: April 1st
  • Winter: October 15th 

Important Note:

Some USAC/AIFS programs have an earlier deadline.

CSU IP
  • February 1st
  • Sept. 1st (S. Hemisphere)
Direct Exchange
  • Fall & AY: March 15th
  • Spring: October 1st
Faculty-Led Programs
  • April 1st
Gilman Scholarship
  • October 1st (11:59 CDT)
National Student Exchange
  • Fall & AY: February 20th
  • Spring: October 1st