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Santa Barbara Community College

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Quick facts:

  • Coastal location overlooking Pacific Ocean
  • Over 100 degrees and 50 career technical programs
  • Award-winning transfer program including transfer guarantees to top universities for Bachelor degrees

Have you ever wanted to study 150 steps away from the beach, with warm temperatures, mountains and sunshine whilst learning from award winning teachers? Then SBCC is for you! Voted number 1 community college by Aspen Institute and with its programmes that allow you to study your first two years of a bachelor and an English Language Studies Program included (no TOEFL required), this is the perfect college for international students.

SBCC: You Are Welcome Here, Student Views

SBCC welcomes international students from around the world. Students share their reasons for choosing SBCC and how they know they made the right choice!

Integration into the American system

Being one of the best Community Colleges in the USA, Santa Barbara Community College has strong links with many top Universities such as the University of California Irvine, the University of California San Davis, Chapman University as well as many other Universities. This means that you have an opportunity to do a 4-year degree and be integrated into an American University using its guaranteed transfer program. From day one to the end of your course you will be fully supported by qualified staff that will help you aim towards transferring to a University that suits you.  Having access to the full schedule of courses and classes, you will be fully immersed in the American education system.

SBCC is the #1 Value Community College in the Nation, once again offering the best return on your investment, greatest reputation, and low annual cost.

Courses and Specialities

SBCC offers over 100 associate degrees, programs that provide you with certificates for various career paths and it’s also possible to do further studies in general education. You can do a huge range of subjects, from Business Administration, Computer Sciences, Economics, Film studies and many more.

Living and Studying in Santa Barbara

The campus is located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and only 150 steps from the beach, making it one of the most picturesque campuses in America. Santa Barbara has a perfect mix of the culture and vibrancy of a big city mixed with the quiet and safety of a small coastal town. You can do a variety of things here, like outdoor sports, shopping on the popular State Street, and go to some of the best restaurants and nightlife in the country! Only 90 minutes from Los Angeles, you can easily visit one of the most famous cities in the world.

If you want a preview of what can student life can look like at SBCC, you can take a virtual 3D tour of the campus by simply clicking here

There are around 50 student clubs on the SBCC campus, making it easier to meet other like-minded people through sport, business, astronomy, art and many other activities. The college also organises a lot of multicultural events in which students can get free passes attend. All students also receive a free bus pass, which makes getting around a lot easier.

There is no on campus accommodation but there is student accommodation throughout the city. Some students prefer to stay in one of these with other students, which gives you the benefit of meeting new people and integrating into the student lifestyle, or others stay with families if they’re on a tight budget.

Applying to SBCC

To apply to SBCC, prospective students must complete an application process. Initial applicants are encouraged to contact Study Experience and submit an online application form. Following submission of an application, students will be required to provide official school transcripts translated from their native language to English and completion of an English proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL.

If English proficiency is a concern, SBCC offers a comprehensive language program with English language classes to help you learn and improve your fluency while you work towards your degree.

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