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Santa Barbara City College (SBCC)

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Do you wish to study at college in sunny California at a campus that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is only steps away from the beach?

Santa Barbara City College is an excellent choice if you're looking for an unforgettable study experience and great academic programs at a very reasonable tuition fee. 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. 

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We will tell you all the practicalities about studying at Santa Barbara City College and make sure you get all the information about financing, housing, scholarships and we help you with the application and paperwork. At Santa Barbara City College you can study:

  • A semester or two/Study Abroad (during your gap year or as part of your education)
  • An Associate Degree (you can be transferred to an American University after 2 years and earn a Bachelor's Degree)

And on that note, SBCC has an award-winning transfer center including a transfer guarantee program, where international students can register for guaranteed transfer in a 4-year institution of their choice.

5 amazing reasons to study at Santa Barbara City College

  • The location -  Beach, mountains, sunshine and warm temperatures (you can see and hear the ocean from campus)
  • Small classes - the average amount of students in one class is 28
  • Good opportunities to apply for transfer to the University of California and other U.S. universities to complete your bachelor's degree
  • Up to 50 different student clubs - from adventure clubs to a design clubs 
  • Your spare time - soak up the sunny weather, play sports or head down town (90 minutes from Los Angeles and 6 hours from San Francisco)

Courses at Santa Barbara City College

Almost anything is possible, and these are just examples:

  • Acting
  • Art Studio
  • Automotive Services & Technology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Producing
  • Global Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Infant/Toddler Development
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Marketing: Fashion and Beauty
  • Liberal Arts
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Marine Diving
  • Media Design and Development
  • Middle East Studies
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Photography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Real Estate
  • Social Media for Business
  • Sociology
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Theatre Arts

Campus life at Santa Barbara City College

There are many student organizations at SBCC. Approximately 50+ active student clubs at the college form a great way to meet new people and be part of SBCC's campus life. By joining the SBCC Ambassadors you can plan events and get involved with the whole SBCC and Santa Barbara community.

The Student Senate is a great way to actively represent your fellow students. And Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society on campus. Whether you are interested in international business, art, astronomy or sports, you have many options to choose from.

Who can study at Santa Barbara City College?

  • Students must be 17 years or older at the time of arrival
  • SBCC accepts students directly from Upper Secondary School
  • SBCC accepts students that do not have a home institution (students who take a gap year)
  • You may apply to SBCC even if you have not completed Upper Secondary School, and you must meet the age and GPA requirement, and should have completed at least two years of Upper Secondary School

Students must meet English language proficiency requirements for the Academic Program.

Student accommodation at Santa Barbara City College

Many international students are worried about finding a place to live, but we have never experienced this to be an issue. There is no student housing on campus, but there are many student apartments or home stays around the city. While some students prefer to stay with a host family (home stay), others prefer to share an apartment or house 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 away and you have to take a bus to and from the campus. Check the SBCC website for Santa Barbara housing options, roommate searches and maps of the neighborhoods.
If you wish, we are happy to forward you a an estimated budget of your expected living expenses, tuition fees and expected proof of income of your study abroad experience at Santa Barbara City College.

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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.
  • SBCC has been listed as the #1 college on Affordablecolleges.com for 3 years in a row (2022)

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 17 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 meet English language proficiency requirements for the academic program.

When should I apply? 

International students can apply for the fall, summer and spring semester.
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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We answer all your questions about studying at Santa Barbara City College. Receiving our help is free of charge and there are no stupid questions and no hidden fees written in small print anywhere.
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Degrees & housing at Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College offers more than 100 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.

When to start looking for accommodation? 

• You should start looking for your housing accommodations as soon as you have your visa. You may arrive up to 30 days prior to the start of your semester to look for housing.

• Are you starting your studies at SBCC in the fall, then you can 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


Financing studies at SBCC

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. We are happy to help you 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 us today, and set up a free meeting either face-to-face or on the phone. We are ready to answer all of your questions and our study guidance is completely free of charge.

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