Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College serves approximately 17,000 students, including 1,100 international students from more than 80 different countries.  Female: 53%, male: 47%

Santa Barbara City College is a community college with approximately 17,000 students, including 1,100 international students from more than 80 different countries. Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) is consistently ranked as one of the top U.S. community colleges, and many of its faculty and academic and support programs have won national or statewide awards. In addition to providing excellent transfer preparation (the first two years of study toward the four-year baccalaureate degree) for universities, SBCC offers over 100 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide range of occupation/ career fields and a variety of general education opportunities. The college is fully accredited. The Santa Barbara City College campus is located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is only steps to the beach. It is truly one of the more picturesque locations in the United States. The campus is located about 90 minutes north of Los Angeles and approximately 6 hours south of San Francisco. Santa Barbara which is known as America’s Riviera, is a beautiful, safe and clean, safe and a healthy environment. For a photo tour of our campus, please click on the following link:

Academic program

The Academic Program is designed for students who are prepared to be fully integrated with the local population in college level courses. It is a full immersion program that provides international students access to SBCC’s full schedule of classes.

SBCC offers a wide variety of majors and courses, many of which transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Many Academic Program students earn a two-year associate degree and return to their home country to work or to pursue university studies, while others complete the associate degree and/or the first two years of U.S. university bachelor degree requirements before transferring to university.

A TOEFL score is not required for admission. Placement into the Academic Program is not guaranteed.  English language training courses may be recommended or required before gaining eligibility for college level courses.

ESL program and/or support services

The English Language Studies Program (ELSP) is designed for students who would like to study English as a Second Language. It is an intensive English language training program for beginning to advanced level students who wish to improve their English skills. These courses are offered on the same academic calendar as our college level courses. Students who successfully complete the English Language Studies Program are eligible to pursue college-level courses in the International Student Academic Program (ISAP). No TOEFL score is required for admission. New students must take an English assessment test upon arrival to determine appropriate course level placement. Tutoring is provided for all skills levels.

Student Housing options

SBCC does not provide on-campus housing. Housing options for international students include student apartments, student residences with meal plans (located in close proximity to UCSB), and homestays. The International Student Housing Coordinator assists international students with their housing needs by connecting students with apartment managers or student residences. Homestay International Santa Barbara is a professional homestay placement service, which assists students who are interested in living with a host family. Homestays provide new students with the opportunity to learn about American culture, while sharing aspects of their own culture with a host family. For further information on housing, please refer to the following website:

Application deadlines

Fall Semester: July 15 for applicants from outside the USA or, respectively, July 1 for current F-1 students in the USA
Spring Semester: November 1 for applicants from outside the USA or, respectively, November 15 for current F-1 students in the USA
Summer Session: May 1 for all applicants

For further information on how to apply, please refer to the following website:

Admission requirements

2.0 GPA or higher, minimum age requirement: 18 years (by the start date of the program)


International Student visas issued


Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Academic Year (Fall and Spring Semesters)
Tuition for 24 units @ $331 per course unit
Fall Semester – 12 units $3,972
Spring Semester – 12 units $3,972
Mandatory Orientation Fee (first semester only) $55
Mandatory Health Fee $38
Mandatory Transportation Fee $62
Mandatory Medical Insurance $1,400
Books and Supplies $800
Shared bedroom ($650 per month @ 9 months) $7,200
Food & Personal Expenses ($800 per month @ 9 months) $8,100
Academic Year Total $25,619

For additional information on the cost of studies for our optional summer session, please refer to our Estimated Budget Sheet at: