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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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