Santa Barbara City College

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Study at Santa Barbara City College

At Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) in California, you can start your studies in the United States at a very reasonable price! SBCC is a state-supported community college offering two year degrees - so-called associate degrees.

Below, you will find basic information about studying at Santa Barbara City College. Our other pages provide you with information about study programsaccommodationstudent life in Santa Barbara and the application process.

If you are thinking of studying in the USA, Santa Barbara City College is a great option. The college is very popular among both international and American students, and has a fantastic seafront location in sunny California. The cost of studying at SBCC is very affordable compared to other institutions. Whether you are looking for a place to study abroad for one or two semesters or whether you want to transfer, SBCC is the good choice for you. 

5 good reasons to study at Santa Barbara City College

  • Location, location, location. Beach, mountains, sunshine and warm temperatures, besides great academic programs. Do we even need to continue more?
  • Small classes, the average amount of students in one class is 28.
  • No teaching assistants that end up teaching classes, here you will get the real thing with with great teachers. 
  • After completing an Associate degree there are good opportunities to apply for transfer to the University of California and other U.S. universities where you can complete your bachelor's degree
  • Up to 50 different student clubs ranging from an adventure club to a design club. If you can't find any club matching your needs, you can just start your own. 

Academic reputation of Santa Barbara City College

  • For the second year in a row, SBCC has been ranked by the prestigious Aspen Institute as a Top Ten US Community College out of 1,200 community colleges nationwide. SBCC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).
  • in 2014, SBCC received the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges' Hayward Award for Excellence in Education.
  • In 2012, SBCC's Express to Success Program received the California Community Colleges' Chancellor's Award for best Practices in Student Equity.

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What can I study at Santa Barbara City College? 

Santa Barbara City College offers more than 80 different degree programs and over 50 certificate programs. As an international student at SBCC you can do: 

  • Study Abroad
  • Associate Degree 

SBCC offers a variety of programs and courses within the following main areas:

  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Graphic design
  • Photography
  • Journalism
  • Global studies
  • Film & TV.

What does it cost to study at Santa Barbara City College?

When it comes to the tuition fees and other costs during your studies, it all boils down to what you're studying and where do you choose to live. Our study advisors can help find the costs and give you an idea of budget needed for studies at Santa Barbara City College.

You might also have questions about working possibilities and national student benefits while studying abroad, so get in contact with one of our study advisors and set up a free meeting.

Facts about Santa Barbara City College

  • Unique campus location, overlooking the Pacific Ocean
  • Total number of students spread over the campus is around 20.000
  • More than 1300 of them are international students coming from more than 70 different countries
  • The West Campus Fountain is a perfect place to study, socialize or just hang out between courses

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How can Kilroy help me study in Santa Barbara? 

KILROY offers free student counselling, and our study advisors will assist you all the way from the very first questions about studying in Santa Barbara, to inform you about the cost of your education to the application process and arrival in Santa Barbara. Moreover, our study advisors can send you an estimated budget of your income and expenses during your stay in Santa Barbara.

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