Study Abroad & Exchange

Planning to Apply

We are happy that you are considering studying at California State University, Chico. 

We do everything we can to guarantee that our international students will have a wonderful experience in Chico. While you are here we arrange various activities for you through our International Buddy Program. These activities are designed to help you meet American students, experience America, and learn more about our culture.

Chico is located north of Sacramento and is only a few hours away from Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the Oregon border. A three-hour drive will bring you to the mountains, the city or the beach.

Our University offers you a quality education in a gorgeous setting. Whether you enjoy sports, shopping, hiking, mountain biking, eating different types of cuisine or sitting at local cafes, Chico has it all.

Application Steps

There are three main steps in the application process for exchange students:

  1. The first step in coming to CSU, Chico is to make sure your University is one of our Exchange Partners (see list below).  If your university is not on this list, you will need to work directly with our International Admissions office

  2. Once have confirmed that your University is our Exchange Partner, you must receive permission from your home University's international programs office to participate in the exchange.

  3. After your University has selected you as a participant in the exchange, you will be ready to apply to CSU, Chico. Learn more at How to Apply.

Exchange Partners

Application Deadlines

  • Fall (August – December) Semester – April 1st
  • Spring (January – May) Semester – October 1st

The academic year at CSU, Chico begins in late August and concludes in late May.