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Study at Santa Barbara City College

Study at Santa Barbara City College

At Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) in California, you can start your studies in the United States at a very reasonable price! SBCC is a state-supported community college offering two year degrees - so-called associate degrees.

If you are thinking of studying in the USA, Santa Barbara City College is a great option. The college is very popular among both international and American students, and has a fantastic seafront location in sunny California. The cost of studying at SBCC is very affordable compared to other institutions. Whether you are looking for a place to study abroad for one or two semesters or whether you want to transfer, SBCC is the good choice for you. 

5 good reasons to study at Santa Barbara City College

  • Location, location, location. Beach, mountains, sunshine and warm temperatures, besides great academic programs. Do we even need to continue more?
  • Small classes, the average amount of students in one class is 28.
  • No teaching assistants that end up teaching classes, here you will get the real thing with great teachers. 
  • After completing an Associate degree there are good opportunities to apply for transfer to the University of California and other U.S. universities where you can complete your bachelor's degree
  • Up to 50 different student clubs ranging from an adventure club to a design club. If you can't find any club matching your needs, you can just start your own. 

Academic reputation of Santa Barbara City College

  • SBCC has been ranked by the prestigious Aspen Institute as a Top Ten US Community College out of 1,200 community colleges nationwide. SBCC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).
  • SBCC has received the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges' Hayward Award for Excellence in Education.
  • SBCC's Express to Success Program received the California Community Colleges' Chancellor's Award for best Practices in Student Equity.

Study programs 

Santa Barbara City College offers a wide range of programs on undergraduate level. The most popular include business, psychology, graphic design & photography, interior design, global studies and journalism. Study abroad for one or two semesters or take an Associate Degree which takes two years.

Campus Santa Barbara City College

Located in the beautiful Santa Barbara, the campus is situated on a great location just overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Only lying steps away from the beach, you can enjoy your free time soaking up the sunny weather, playing sports or heading down town. Santa Barbara is greatly located on the Central Coast offering a great mixture of rural and urban atmosphere. The campus is situated about 90 minutes north from Los Angeles and 6 hours from San Francisco. 

Campus life at SBCC 

There are approximately 50+ active student clubs at the college, which form a great way to meet new people and be part of SBCC's campus life. Whether you are interested in international business, art, astronomy or sports, you have the option to choose from a large amount of clubs to participate in if you want. 

You have a huge variety of sports you can participate in such as baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, softball, track and field and volleyball. If theatre and music are more your passion than is the SBCC Theatre Group maybe something for you. Here students can particpate on all kind of areas of production being costuming, makeup, stagecraft and acting. For the singers amongst you, there are concert productions including choir and chamber singers, jazz, symphony, concert band, and electronic music. Besides al of this, the college also organises a variety of events and multicultural events on campus throughout the year. If this is something that would interest you, don't forget to by tour Student Activity Sticker, which gives you free entrance to a lot of the athletic events, preview nights for drama and musical productions and discounts at the campus bookstore and with merchants in the city. 

If you are in need of a computer, the Cyber Center on campus is equipped with 26 computers for students to use and it is also a great place to relax or read up on study materials. Otherwise students can also make use of the computers located at the Eli Luria Library and the Cartwright Learning Resource Center. Over the whole campus internet is provided so students can make also use of the cafeteria or lounge area to work. The Cartwright Learning Resource Center offers free tutoring services for all students enrolled at SBCC in different subject areas. 

Student accommodation at Santa Barbara City College

There is no student housing on campus, but there are many student apartments around the city. The International Student Housing Coordinator helps international students with tips and advice on housing. While some students prefer to stay with a host family (home stay), others prefer to share an apartment or house together with other students or live in student residences. The benefit of living with other students is that it is a great experience and allows you to meet other students going to SBCC. 

There are several apartments and student residence buildings in the close proximity of the school. Others are maybe located a bit further, from which you can take a bus to and from the campus. Check the SBCC Housing website for housing options, roommate searches and maps of the neighbourhoods.  

Housing in the Santa Barbara area is expensive. SBCC has created a budget worksheed, that allows you to determine what you are able to afford. Don't forget about expenses for utilities, food and laundry. 

When to start looking for accommodation? 

  • Are you starting your studies at SBCC in the Fall, then you should start your accommodation search around March and April.
  • If you are starting in Spring, then you should start looking for housing around November and December. 

Apply to Santa Barbara City College

Admission Requirements 

Santa Barbara City College will evaluate your application in relation to your past and current studies, your grades and the courses that you are attending at the moment. Students must have reached the age of 18 when starting their studies at SBCC. A good average and academic performance (minimum grade point average of 2.0 or equivalent) in high school is required but there may be exceptions.

All new students must take an "assessment test" in English and mathematics when they start their studies so no English language test, such as TOEFL or IELTS, is required to apply to SBCC.

When should I apply? 

Santa Barbara City College has two starts throughout the year and a summer program. The application deadlines are as follow: 

  • Spring (Semester 1): November 
  • Fall (Semester 2): June
  • Summer Session: April 

We recommend you apply as soon as you have decided that you would like to study at SBCC. As the application for a visa can take up to 4-5 months, we recommend you start your application 6 months prior to your desired study start. 

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Degrees

Santa Barbara City College offers more than 80 different degree programs and over 50 certificate programs. As an international student at SBCC you can do: 

  • Study Abroad: SBCC offers a wide variety of fields of study. As a study abroad student, you can study at SBCC for one or two semesters.
  • Associate Degree: an Associate degree is a two year degree that allows you to transfer your education to other US universities where you can complete your bachelor's degree. Read more about SBCC’s Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG).

SBCC offers a variety of programs and courses within the following main areas:

  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Graphic design
  • Photography
  • Journalism
  • Global studies
  • Film & TV.

Financing

When it comes to the tuition fees and other costs during your studies, it all boils down to what you're studying and where do you choose to live. Our study advisors can help find the costs and give you an idea of budget needed for studies at Santa Barbara City College.

You might also have questions about working possibilities, scholarships and other funding options, so get in contact with one of our study advisors and set up a free meeting. 

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