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English Courses in Santa Barbara

Enroll in EF’s English courses in Santa Barbara and experience the quintessential Californian lifestyle in a beautiful seaside location.

Study English in Santa Barbara and live your California dream. Our language courses 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.

At EF’s downtown location you’ll benefit from access to the beach, boutique shopping on State Street’s historic La Arcada district, and the hiking trails of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Enroll in our English courses in Santa Barbara and you’ll learn among one of our most culturally and linguistically diverse student bodies. Studying alongside such a wide group of nationalities ensures more efficient language learning and a truly international experience.

Active Living on the Californian Coast

In Santa Barbara the quintessential Californian lifestyle reigns. Casual joggers and bikers are a common sight on the city’s beach boardwalks and mild temperatures make outdoor activities possible all year round. Health-conscious residents are more likely to eat an avocado off the tree in their backyard than order fast food. And the healthy lifestyle shows on Santa Barbara’s beaches, where the bodies are toned and it seems that everyone takes to the waves on a surfboard.

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the massive Los Padres National Park, our English courses in Santa Barbara offer participants the very best of California. Once class lets out, our students are usually found atop a surfboard or sprawled across a beach towel. Away from the golden sand, you can take advantage of Santa Barbara’s central location by catching a glimpse of the Hollywood sign in nearby Los Angeles or walking the span of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

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Program Highlights

  • Start any Monday, all year round
  • Study abroad from 2 to 52 weeks
  • Advance one language level every 6 weeks, guaranteed
  • Learn and explore with friends from 100 countries

School Highlights

  • Classic, colonial-style school building
  • Bright and modern classrooms fitted with the latest learning technology
  • Sunny outdoor courtyard
  • Organized excursions to Los Angeles, San Diego and Disneyland
  • Cafés and restaurants located right outside the school
  • 5-minute walk to discover shopping and dining on State street

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LEARN MORE, FASTER.

Guaranteed results. You’ll advance one level every six weeks – thanks to our innovative and personalized learning method that blends classroom lessons, interactive tools and cultural immersion.

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  • Intensive Course

    Accelerated language acquisition, our most popular course.

    32 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date
    Every Monday

    Level
    Beginner to Advanced

    Length
    2 to 52 weeks

    Online pre-course
    from enrollment

    Online post-course
    6 months included for all Intensive English courses.

    Ideal course for
    Students wanting to learn a language as quickly as possible for academic or professional reasons.

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  • General Course

    A well-rounded program of language study.

    26 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date
    Every Monday

    Level
    Beginner to Advanced

    Length
    2 to 52 weeks

    Online pre-course
    from enrollment

    Online post-course
    3 months included for all General English courses.

    Ideal course for
    Students looking to gain a sound understanding of the essential disciplines of a language through a well-rounded course.

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  • Basic Course

    Combine your language studies with a fun-filled vacation.

    20 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date
    Every Monday, summer only
    Please note: In Australia, New Zealand and South Africa summer is Jan-Mar

    Level
    Beginner to Advanced

    Length
    2 to 12 weeks

    Online pre-course
    from enrollment

    Ideal course for
    Students who want to focus on how to communicate as well as enjoy lots of free time to explore the destination.

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  • Cambridge Exams

    Cambridge Exam courses are ideal for students with a wide range of goals from university entrance or getting a job, to measuring their current language level.

    32 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date

    Designated Mondays

    Level

    Intermediate to Advanced

    Length

    10, 12, 13, 16, 20 or 24 weeks

    Online pre-course

    from enrollment

    Online post-course

    6 months included for all Intensive English courses.

    Ideal course for

    Students with a wide range of goals from university entrance or getting a job, to measuring their current language level.

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  • Other English Exams

    Additional English Exam Preparation & Exams

    32 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date

    Year-round, every second Monday

    Level

    Intermediate to Advanced

    Length

    6, 8, 12, 16, 20 or 24 weeks

    Online pre-course

    from enrollment

    Online post-course

    6 months included for all Intensive English courses.

    Ideal course for

    Students planning North American university study, or preparing for an international career.

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  • EF Internship Program

    Combine a minimum of 8 weeks of language study with 8-9 weeks of practical experience. Available in most non-US destinations.)

    32/26 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start Date

    Every Monday

    Level

    Upper Intermediate to Advanced

    Length

    Minimum 8 week course with 50-100 internship hours

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AT HOME IN THE WORLD

Live like a local. You’ll feel at home in Santa Barbara – whether you’re living with an American family or lounging poolside at EF’s residence.

  • EF International Homeshare

    Benefit from all the features of a homestay while gaining more independence. Homeshares are like mini-student residences, with 5-10 students living in a large home together with a local family.

  • EF Homestay

    Experience maximum cultural exchange by living with native speakers in a private home. Gain insight into local culture, pick up expressions with greater ease and return home with a more authentic accent. Enjoy breakfast and dinner with your host family on weekdays, and all meals on the weekend.

  • EF Residence

    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

  • MariaSpain
  • MichelleBrazil
  • Ai KikuchiJapan
  • “Santa Barbara is one of the best destinations. I will always remember the white houses, the towering palm trees on every avenue, the meditative atmosphere of the Mission and the fantastic sandwiches for breakfast.”

    Maria

  • “EF Santa Barbara has many great teachers and a good method of teaching. The school is really big, and has computers in reception for students, a recreational area and a lot of classrooms! It’s also in a great location in central Santa Barbara, where you can dive into the thousands of shops and several restaurants. Santa Barbara offers shops and restaurants for all tastes, and today I found out that there’s even a Brazilian restaurant! And even better, we have easy beach access and trails in the Santa Mountains!”

    Michelle

  • “Santa Barbara is a great place to live during the summer. My host family was very warm. We had dinner together everyday and talked about our days.”

    Ai Kikuchi

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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.

Sightseeing & CultureShoppingSports & OutdoorsExcursionsEntertainment & Nightlife
Santa Barbara’s beaches are its main attraction. Relax under an umbrella on East Beach, whose white sand and palm trees are framed by the surrounding hills. Stroll along Stearns Wharf for dozens of shops and one of California’s best views. Take in the Spanish architecture of the Old Mission Building and discover over 2,000 plant and animal species on Channel Island National Park.
EF is just a block away from the cobblestone walkway of State Street, offering more than a mile-long stretch of everything from trendy boutiques to popular chain stores. Check out Paseo Nuevo for upscale shopping and sample local produce at a Santa Barbara farmer’s market.
With a climate boasting year-round sunshine, active locals spend most of their time outdoors. Take surf lessons on the steady swells of Rincon. Scuba dive or kayak around the Channel Islands. Hike the Santa Ynez Mountains or join EF-organized soccer, tennis, basketball and beach volleyball games.
Spot celebrities in Los Angeles, walk across San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge and get up close and personal with dolphins at San Diego’s Sea World. Nature Lover’s will marvel at vast North American nature on a trip to Yosemite National Park.
Thousands of students play a big role in the city’s nightlife, especially around the lively State Street. Sample fresh guacamole made from local avocados at an authentic Mexican restaurant. Catch a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater with spectacular canyon and Pacific Ocean views.

Prices & Dates for Santa Barbara

Personalized and flexible. Your course is personalized to meet your specific needs. With start dates every Monday and programs ranging from 2 to 52 weeks, you can study when it’s most convenient for you. All prices include accommodation with a local host family.

Included in the Price

Course
  • 20,26 or 32 English lessons per week (40-minute lessons)
  • EF Placement test and progress tracker
  • EF Course Certificate
  • Post course English level report
  • Online pre & post course
  • Access to My EF™ from enrollment
Accommodation
  • Monday-Friday: breakfast & dinner
  • Weekends: all the meals
  • Twin room with homestay
Lesson materials
  • Digital learning media (tablet)
  • Academic material
Accessibility
  • Wireless Wi-Fi Internet at EF school
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