California State University Chico

CHICO, UNITED STATES

Founded in 1887 as Chico State Normal School, California State University Chico, also known as “Chico State”, is the second oldest university in the entire network of California State Universities and was initially intended to train teachers.

Today it offers a friendly and safe learning environment for students from all over the world. Every year, several hundred students from over 55 countries come to Chico to complete a semester abroad or a language course.

According to AbbreviationFinder, the course and seminar groups are limited in the number of participants, so that individual support from the professors is possible. The aim is to create a positive and personal learning atmosphere – the ratio of students to teachers is 25 to 1, with the average number of course participants in the bachelor’s programs not exceeding 31.

A wide range of courses are available at the university’s seven colleges, five schools and 28 centers. The most popular areas at the moment are Business Administration, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Construction Management, Prenursing/Nursing and others.

  • California State University Chico website

University facts

Year of foundation: 1887

Type of university: State university

Number of Students: Total 15400, 14300 Undergraduate, 1100 Postgraduate, International 600

Accreditations:

  • WSCUC (WASC Senior Association of Schools and Colleges)
  • AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)

Academic year:

The academic year at California State University Chico is divided into two semesters.

Study programs

  • Academic gap year
  • postgraduate studies
  • semester abroad
  • bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree
  • language courses

International students have the opportunity to study for one or two semesters as a visiting undergraduate student at California State University Chico through the Office of International Education.

Chico State offers a wide range of courses. The subjects Business Administration, Psychology, Construction Management, Biological Sciences, Art History, Kinesiology and Journalism are particularly popular. Depending on their previous knowledge, participants can select their courses from the bachelor’s degree

programs offered at Chico State across departments and semesters.

  • Semester program of the CSU Chico

Fees

  • Fall semester 2022

Tuition

$4752.00

Registration fee

$3905.00

application fee

$55.00

The above fees include the attendance of 12 undergraduate units. This usually corresponds to four courses.

  • Tuition at Chico State

Financing options

Students from Germany can apply for an international BAföG for a semester abroad at the CSU Chico. Anyone who receives foreign BAföG receives a subsidy towards tuition fees of up to EUR 4,600. The subsidy also includes a travel allowance, a monthly foreign allowance and a subsidy for health and nursing care insurance.

Requirements

In order to be able to apply as a “Visiting Undergraduate Student” at Chico State, German applicants must have the Abitur or Fachhochschulreife and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of English. Proof is usually provided via a standardized English test such as the TOEFL or IELTS, but Chico State also accepts the DAAD language certificate.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

Undergraduate
DAAD language test B2 level in all areas
IELTS 6.0
TOEFL (internet based) 61

The language certificate cannot be submitted later.

  • Chico State Application Requirements

Degrees/Courses

Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art
  • Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Arts in Child Development
  • Bachelor of Arts in Comm. Science & Disorders
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design – Communication Public Affairs
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design – Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design – Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design – Media Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design – Organization Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics – Environmental Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics – International Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in English – English Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in English – English Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in English – English Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in French
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography
  • Bachelor of Arts in German
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
  • Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Child
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural & Gender
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre
  • Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Special Major
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Graphics
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Entrepreneur
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Human Resources
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Operations Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Project Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Concrete Industry Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science – Applied Ecology
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science – Atmosphere Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science – Energy and Earth Resources
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Geosciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Minor in Accounting
  • Minor in African American Studies
  • Minor in African Studies
  • Minor in Agricultural Business
  • Minor in Agriculture
  • Minor in American Indian Studies
  • Minor in Animal Science
  • Minor in Anthropology
  • Minor in Applied Computer Graphics
  • Minor in Art History
  • Minor in Art Studio
  • Minor in Asian American Studies
  • Minor in Asian Studies
  • Minor in Biological Sciences
  • Minor in Broadcasting
  • Minor in Business Administration
  • Minor in California Studies
  • Minor in Career & Life Planning
  • Minor in Chemistry
  • Minor in Chicano Studies
  • Minor in Child Development
  • Minor in Cinema Studies
  • Minor in Classical Civilization
  • Minor in Coaching
  • Minor in Communication Design
  • Minor in Comparative Religion
  • Minor in Computer Engineering
  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Minor in Creative Writing
  • Minor in Criminal Justice
  • Minor in Diversity Studies
  • Minor in Economics
  • Minor in English
  • Minor in Entrepreneurship / Small Business
  • Minor in Environmental Studies
  • Minor in Ethics
  • Minor in Ethics, Justice and Policy Studies
  • Minor in European Studies
  • Minor in Family Relations
  • Minor in Foodservice Administration
  • Minor in French
  • Minor in Geography
  • Minor in Geology
  • Minor in Gerontology
  • Minor in Health and Wellness Studies
  • Minor in Health Promotion
  • Minor in Heatlh Service Administration
  • Minor in History
  • Minor in Humanities
  • Minor in International Relations
  • Minor in Information Technology
  • Minor in Instructional Design
  • Minor in International Business
  • Minor in International Studies
  • Minor in Italian
  • Minors in Japanese
  • Minor in Journalism
  • Minor in Latin American Studies
  • Minor in Leadership Studies
  • Minor in Linguistics
  • Minor in Manage Sustainability
  • Minor in Management
  • Minor in Management Information Systems
  • Minor in Managing Diversity
  • Minor in Manufacturing
  • Marketing minor
  • Mathematics minor
  • Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Minor in Middle Eastern Studies
  • Minor in Modern Jewish & Israel Studies
  • Minor in Multicultural Studies
  • Minor in Music
  • Minor in Music Theater Dance
  • Minor in Nutrition
  • Minor in Philosophy
  • Minor in Photographic Studies
  • Minor in Physical Education
  • Minor in Physics
  • Minor in Planning & Development
  • Major in Political Science
  • Minor in Production & Operations Management
  • Minor in Project Management
  • Minor in Psychology
  • Minor in Public Administration
  • Minor in Recreation Administration
  • Minor in Science, Technology and Values
  • Major in Sexual Diversity
  • Minor in Sociology
  • Minors in Spanish
  • Minor in Special Education
  • Minor in Statistics
  • Minor in Theater Arts
  • Minor in Tourism
  • Minor in Video Game Design
  • Minor in Women’s Studies

Campus

The main campus of CSU Chico is in the middle of the city. Here you will find the four-story Meriam Library, all departments and other important facilities such as Kendall Hall, built in 1929, where the administration is based. However, the oldest building on campus is Colusa Hall, built in 1921. It is now used as an art gallery and venue.

There are nine footbridges on campus that cross Big Chico Creek. In addition, there are hundreds of trees, a rose garden, old brick buildings and plenty of benches to sit on – all in all a beautiful, picturesque atmosphere.

There is also a farm attached to the university and a dormitory compound about a mile from the main campus. In addition, CSU Chico has jurisdiction over the nearby Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve and Butte Creek Ecological Reserve.

  • California State University Chico campus maps

Housing

International students can choose between different types of accommodation. The accommodations offered include, for example, the University Village directly on the Chico State campus as well as Craig Hall, a privately run student residence near the campus and private apartments/shared rooms. Chico State’s Office of International Education (OIE) assists undergraduate students in finding housing. The American Language and Culture Institute is responsible for language course participants.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Apartments on campus
  • Private apartments / hotels

The college town of Chico

The city of Chico, founded in 1860, has about 87,000 inhabitants and is located in “Butte County” in the American state of California. Around 212,000 people live in the entire catchment area of ​​the city. Chico is the cultural and economic center of the northern Sacramento Valley and is also an educational center in the region through California State University Chico. The city’s nickname is “City of Roses”. For 23 years, Chico was also one of the so-called Tree Citys of the National Arbor Day Foundation, which requires a special reforestation and tree conservation program. Although the Sacramento Valley has a very agricultural character, it is also economically important.

Worth seeing in Chico are Bidwell Park, which is one of the ten largest municipal parks in the USA, but also the brewery of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Chico is also a bike-friendly city and was named the number one bike city in the United States by US Bicycle Magazine in 1997, so there are numerous bike paths and trails that also lead through the beautiful countryside outside of the city.

California State University Chico