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Study Abroad/ Exchange Programs

The Office of International Education serves as the administrative unit responsible for all campus activities relating to internationalization. CSU, Chico is home to over 500 international students from 40 countries around the world. Each year our Study Abroad Program sends over 300 students representing all majors of study to more than twenty-five countries around the world. CSU, Chico’s Study Abroad Program has consistently been ranked third in the nation for the number of students sent abroad for a full academic year or longer, as compared with other masters-granting institutions. More infor­mation on all the following study abroad opportunities is available at the Office of International Education.

CSU International Programs (IP)

International Programs (IP) is the system-wide study abroad program of the California State University. IP provides students with yearlong international academic opportunities which fit into the framework of a California State University degree program of nearly any discipline. IP is affiliated with over 60 distinguished universities and institutions of higher learning in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

CSU, Chico is a member of a consortium of universities offering summer, winter intersession, semester and year-long study abroad programs in Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Thailand. USAC offers language courses for students from beginning to advanced levels of proficiency. On some USAC programs it is possible to fulfill up to two years of language requirements in one semester. USAC also offers many courses taught in English which may satisfy students’ majors, minors and GE requirements.

CSU, Chico Direct International Exchanges

These programs are offered through bilateral exchange agreements between CSU, Chico and our partner universities overseas in order to provide students with a complete cultural immersion experience abroad. Each Direct Exchange program has a unique arrangement upon which the exchange was founded and varies in terms of exchange duration, course offerings, requirements, application procedures and services offered to exchange students. Direct Exchange programs are located in thirteen different countries abroad including Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Taiwan.

Faculty-Led Programs

These programs are usually offered during summer break or January intersession and are taught by one or more CSU, Chico faculty members abroad. Faculty-led options provide CSU, Chico students the opportunity for a short-term experience abroad as they take one, or sometimes more than one CSU, Chico course often with an experiential learning component. The Faculty-led programs offered may change on a yearly basis, but previous programs have included trips to Antigua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Japan, Mexico, and Thailand.

National Student Exchange

You may be eligible to exchange up to two consecutive terms in new academic, geographic, cultural, social, and political settings, experienc­ing different environments and resources while making progress towards your degree. Every year CSU, Chico students join over 2500 others who exchange within the United States, and some Canadian provinces, at approximately 200 member institutions of the National Student Exchange. Forty-five states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have member institutions. During this Domestic Exchange (NSE), participants retain their full student status at CSU, Chico. To ensure continuity, all required courses for general education, a major or a minor must be approved by the respective office and the grades must be transferred back to your CSU, Chico academic record. Because CSU, Chico is a member of NSE, CSU, Chico participants may pay either CSU, Chico resident fees or pay the host institution resident fees/tuition. This decision, however, is made by the host institution. In either case, non-resident fees/tuition is waived by the host institution. For more information, email nsechico@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-5712. 

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