• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Chico, CA, United States
The department at California State University Chico offers majors and minors in Asian Studies, French, German, Latin American Studies, and Spanish; a minor in African Studies, European Studies, Italian, Japanese, and Middle Eastern Studies. The French and Spanish programs offer honors in the major. All courses are taught in the target language unless otherwise indicated in the course description.
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Majoring in an international language from California State University Chico means studying the language, literature, and culture of the countries concerned. The French program is offered at 

Knowledge of an international language deepens understanding of one's own culture and language and contributes toward a greater appreciation of other cultures.

The Department of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures' goals and objectives for our students are:

  • Development of professional and marketable mastery of communicative skills in one or more foreign languages other than English;
  • Appropriation of linguistic skills, transferable selectively to a wide range of practical options, including--but not limited to--mass media, higher education, travel/leisure enterprises, the performing arts, teaching, diplomacy, law enforcement, military intelligence, the space program, business/marketing, international banking, politics, the Peace Corps, etc.;
  • Acquisition of knowledge and sensitivity about one or more literary and cultural heritages/traditions other than those of English-speaking countries;
  • Internalization of the principle of diversity as one of the cornerstones of personal, national, and international relationships, and promotion of its inherent values in the world at large;
  • Achievement of a high degree of information literacy by accessing national and international sources, and judicious evaluation of the same for form, value, and content.
  • The department's Multimedia Language Learning Center allows faculty and students to use technology to further the acquisition of world languages and cultural awareness. The applications of this technology enhance the department's capability to fulfill its mission in teaching and learning.

    Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Portuguese, and Russian are offered through the intermediate level depending on student demand. Greek and Latin may also be offered.

    International Programs

    Students have an opportunity to study for a year through the California State University International Programs. California State University International Program opportunities pertaining to languages taught in the department are in Canada (Quebec), Chile, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and Taiwan. Students also have the option of studying abroad for a semester, year, or summer through the University Studies Abroad Consortium. Both these sponsoring organizations of study abroad have scholarships for interested students. See the University's study abroad adviser for more information. Approval of course equivalencies from study abroad programs must be authorized by the department prior to studying abroad and verified afterward.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Credits
      120 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Courses included:
    • First-Semester French
    • Second-Semester French
    • Third-Semester French
    • Fourth-Semester French
    • Composition and Conversation
    • Capstone in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
    • French Culture and Civilization
    • Survey of French Literature

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


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    General Requirements

    Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

    • Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
    • Have completed with grades of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the “a-g” pattern (see “Subject Requirements”).

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      17368 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      17368 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      7864 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 7864 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Chico

    • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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