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Office of International Programs  •  3536 Butte Campus Drive  •  Oroville, California 95965  •  (530) 895-2511  •


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Butte College is a fully accredited Northern California community college
set in a rural environment surrounded by rolling hills, vibrant rivers and lush agricultural land. Butte College is a rare combination of leading edge programs and modern instructional space juxtaposed in a natural setting

Butte College specializes in preparing students for transfer and saving them money. When you complete your general education at Butte, you will be able to choose from hundreds of top-ranked universities across the United States. You can choose from popular majors like business management, engineering, math and social sciences or pursue a cutting edge program like graphic and digital design, environmental and sustainability studies or public health all at nearly half the cost of a California State University or University of California.

Join one of California’s leading community colleges, participate in a nationally recognized honors program (Phi Theta Kappa) and prepare yourself for the rigors of studying at some of America’s top institutions by beginning your education in a welcoming, supportive and academically challenging environment.

Butte College is the only college in the world that is located on a 928 acre wildlife refuge where 100% of its energy is generated by strategically placed solar arrays across our campus.

Butte College emphasizes sustainability in its programs and curriculum by providing over 30 course offerings that fit within the sustainability framework.

Getting involved is easy and fun with opportunities to join The Student Alliance for Sustainability, check out books and periodicals from the Sustainability Resource Center and participate in campus events like Earth Day.


Live, study and forge lifelong friendships in the heart of Northern California. The majority of international students choose to live in the city of Chico. Chico is a friendly, vibrant and cultured city full of art, recreation and diverse community activities commonly found in much larger urban areas. With both a California State University campus and Butte College in town, young college-aged students make up a significant percentage of those that call Chico home.

Because Butte College and the CSU are focal points of our community, Chico certainly has a “college town” atmosphere.  One can shop in boutique stores, participate in great discussions while sipping a favorite drink in neighborhood cafes, take in an exciting performance or just relax while dining with friends in one of Chico’s many restaurants. 

Northern California

Feel like getting outside? You are in the right place. Bidwell Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States and it’s right in the center of Chico. Hiking nearby wildflower trails while breathing clean crisp air, cooling off in summer with an exciting whitewater rafting trip or kicking up fresh winter powder in a nearby ski park are all within your reach.

Transfer and Fees

Where Can Butte College Take You?

Did you know that Butte College can most likely transfer you to the university you are considering right now and save you a large amount of money?

At Butte College, academic counselors are dedicated to helping you achieve your transfer goals. By attending Butte College first, you can participate in a Transfer Guarantee Program (TAG) to a highly ranked University of California like Berkeley, Davis, San Diego and more. You may also choose to attend one of the many universities all over the U.S. While here, you will have the opportunity to visit highly ranked campuses throughout California to help you decide which is best for your future.

So you want to get your bachelor’s degree from a top-ranked university but you need a higher SAT or TOEFL score? Perhaps you don’t have enough saved to afford all 4 years of studying at your university of choice. Don’t give up on your dream or settle for your back-up university; make your dream a reality by beginning your bachelor’s degree at Butte College.

How Much Will it Cost?

The California Community College system is the largest educational system in the world, yet for International students, it offers amongst the lowest fees in the United States.  Butte College also provides quality instruction and specializes in transferring its students to some of the best universities in the world, many of which are right here in California.

Butte College is also proud to offer multiple merit-based scholarships to international students each semester that aid in your studies while here.

The chart below illustrates a savings of $10,000 to $40,000 a year by studying the same courses at Butte for your first two years of your bachelor’s Degree.


This process is for students who meet the minimum language proficiency scores. 


Students who do not meet the minimum language proficiency scores (TOEFL 45 IBT or 133 CBT) may apply by transferring from our language school, American Language & Culture Institute (ALCI), with Conditional Admission. 

2) I-20 ISSUED

Once you have been accepted, your form I-20 will be sent to you within 5 days


You must pay your SEVIS fee before going to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for your visa interview


Make an appointment at an embassy or consulate to receive your student visa.


Once you arrive, you will have a special multi-day orientation that will include: basic skills testing, campus tour, meeting your academic advisor, and registering for your classes


Submit your application, supporting documents, and language proficiency scores (TOEFL 45 IBT or 133 CBT). Application found at


Housing and Arrival


International students have 3 distinct housing options to find the most comfortable and affordable option that suits your style and budget.

Home Stay/Home Share places you with a local family that enjoys international students and sharing local culture, language and life with you and has been pre-screened by a Butte College housing partner to meet our high standards.

Craig Hall Dormitories Craig Hall is a private dormitory option that is popular to many first-time freshmen looking to make new friends and participate in social activities. Craig Hall is located in the city of Chico. Frequent free college buses are available to take you to the Butte College main campus.

Private Apartment living is popular for students who are independent and seek a space of their own. Apartments also offer the most choices, freedom and flexibility in price and style of living.


From the moment you arrive in Chico to your first day of class, Butte College has you covered.

Butte offers all of our international students free airport pick-up service at the Chico airport. A representative from The Office of International Programs will be there to greet you and transport you to the housing location you have secured in the Chico area.

Butte College also provides free bus transportation to the main campus from our local communities. You will never have to worry about getting to class on time.



Butte College provides a comprehensive four-day orientation for all new international students.

Assessment, course selection and registration are the focus of our program, but this busy week is also filled with many other valuable components.

You will have a campus tour, experience opportunities to meet other new students, and begin networking among your peers, while learning local customs and becoming familiar with classroom expectations from our faculty.

This entire week is led by peer international student leaders in a respectful, fun and inclusive way. Orientation is certain to assist you in feeling comfortable and confident about your start here at Butte.

Student Life

Butte College International students have many opportunities to get involved and make a difference on campus and in our community.

Many students join the International Club which is one of over 30 diverse clubs on campus that you can participate in. The International Club is a great way to meet people from all over the world while engaging in fun activities.

Others make their mark on the campus by participating in student government positions and leading their peers to action. 

What will you do to make a difference?

Home of Super Bowl Champion and NFL MVP,
Aaron Rodgers, multiple championships and 
over 400 scholarship athletes.

A wide variety of men and women’s sports and intercollegiate athletics are available at Butte College. Sports for men include football, basketball, baseball, track, cross country, and soccer. Sports for women include volleyball, cross country, softball, track, golf, soccer, and basketball. 

Butte College is a member of three intercollegiate conferences: Bay Valley, Golden Valley and the Northern California Football Alliance. Freshman students are eligible for varsity competition.


The John B. Cowan Sports Complex includes a stadium which hosts track and football activities, an indoor gym, and volleyball courts, baseball and softball diamonds, an archery range, and groomed athletic fields for various sports.

Many International students compete on our college level teams from all over the world. We invite you to join us on the playing field or join as a fan by wearing black and gold and cheering for your Roadrunner team.

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Butte College Oce of International Programs

Office of International Programs

Bute College

3536 Butte Campus Dr

Oroville, California 95965


Phone   +1.530.895.2991

FAX       +1.530.895.2962



Office of International Programs  •  3536 Butte Campus Drive  •  Oroville, California 95965  •  (530) 895-2511  •