Study in Santa Barbara
Study in Santa Barbara and live the California dream in the West Coast’s quintessential coastal city.
If you’ve ever dreamt of spending a year immersed in the California lifestyle then studying in Santa Barbara is for you. An active beach culture, multicultural population and stunning natural beauty define this ocean-side community. Santa Barbara is home to the University of California at Santa Barbara, lending the city a young and progressive vibe. EF’s English studies are catered towards students planning on entering American university and our exam preparation courses, academic writing classes, and the EF University Foundation Year program ensure a strong foundation.
Our study programs are held in a Spanish colonial villa, complete with the traditional red-tile roof and white-stucco façade. The heritage building features an outdoor student patio, sporting facilities and several student lounges. EF Santa Barbara is situated in the city’s downtown, walking distance from golden-sand beaches, restaurants of the historic La Arcada district, and the hiking trails of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
California on the Coast
Long stretches of pristine coastline. Palm trees and a cobbled downtown. A young, multicultural population fond of dressing in board shorts and sandals. And toned bodies balancing atop surfboards, hiking up mountains and relaxing in sidewalk cafes. Welcome to Santa Barbara, the place where California dreams are a reality.
Study in Santa Barbara for an extended period and you’ll immerse in the famed California lifestyle. Enroll in early-morning surf lessons and start your days on the top of a longboard. Stay in shape by jogging along the ocean shore or biking on the city’s extensive bike paths. Join fellow international students for beach barbeques. And spend your weekends discovering California beyond Santa Barbara by visiting San Francisco and Los Angeles or camping among the thick redwood forests of the state’s national parks.
- Combine language and academic studies
- Study abroad for 6, 9 or 11 months
- Achieve complete language fluency
- Network with students from 100 countries
- Spanish colonial-style school building
- Bright and modern classrooms fitted with the latest learning technology
- Sunny outdoor courtyard features lounge chairs
- 5-minute walk to discover shopping and dining on State Street
- Cafés and restaurants located right outside
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Your pathway to fluency
Combined language and academic studies. You’ll achieve language fluency with your personalized program – while focusing on the career or academic pursuit of your choice.
Live like a local
Experience total cultural immersion. You’ll feel at home in Santa Barbara – whether you’re living with an American family or lounging poolside at EF’s residence.
Immerse yourself in the daily life of your new host country by living in a private local home. You’ll enrich your understanding of the culture, pick up expressions with greater ease and acquire a more authentic accent. Homestay hosts are conveniently located, so that you can come and go as you please.
Live in the heart of the city alongside EF students from over 100 countries. Enjoy easy access to your course center by public transportation – as well as the city’s shopping, restaurants and sport facilities. Residences vary, but often offer Wi-Fi internet access, meal plans and more.
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Student talk: Santa Barbara
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Student life in Santa Barbara
If you’ve dreamt about living the California lifestyle then you’ve come to the right place. Santa Barbara’s surfing history dates back nearly a century and even the youngest locals are comfortable atop a long board. Celebrity-filled homes dot the hillside and the city’s large student population adds a jolt of youthful energy.
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Prices & Dates for Santa Barbara
Personalized and flexible. Your program is personalized to meet your specific needs. With start dates in January, April, June and September and programs lasting 6, 9 and 11 months – you can study when it’s most convenient for you. All prices include accommodation with a local host family.
|Advanced Diploma for International Communications|
Jan 06 2014, Apr 14 2014, Sep 08 2014, Jan 05 2015
|$ 13,090||$ 17,390||Get price details|