Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara is located in California on the west coast of the U.S.A., just 1.5 hour away from Los Angeles. The city of 90,000 inhabitants is a gem between the mountains of Santa Ynez and the sea. Combining the best of what California has to offer, Santa Barbara is an amazing place to live and to study!
Santa Barbara is truly a student city, as both the Santa Barbara City College and UC Santa Barbara are found here. There are also many opportunities for the sporty, the adventurous and the cultural types. Get active with some great outdoor sports, go shopping on State Street and enjoy some of the best restaurants and nightlife this country has to offer. Nestled between the ocean and the mountains, this city has everything what California is about, combining the art & culture of the big city and the convenience and safety of a small, coastal town. Santa Barbara is an amazing place to live and to study!
If you want to get the big city feeling, Los Angeles and San Franciso are not too far away for a getaway. After an only 1.5 hour drive, you can be soaking up the atmosphere in LA. Getting up to San Franciscoo will take you approximately 6 hours. Rent a car and get out there in your free time for some adventures.
California has something for everyone. If you like beaches, you are in the right spot. With a coastline of more than 1.100 miles you will definitely find something that will suit you. But beaches are not the only thing California has to offer. Being the creative and cultural headquarter, the cultural and artistic scene is so diverse, offering something for everyone. If you are looking for more outdoor activities, have a look at the beautiful national parks, lakes, forests, sports and vineyard this area has to offer. From Death Valley to Yosemite National Park, from beaches to snowy mountains and a great nightlife scene California has it all.
Even though Santa Barbara can be quite expensive, there are still plenty of things to do for free. Enjoy some museums, parks, beaches and more without spending a fortune during your time abroad.
At Santa Barbara City College life is about more than just studies alone. Outside of class, you have the option to participate in sports, social events, theatre, arts and different organized hikes. With almost 50 different student clubs, you will for sure find something of your taste and it is a great way to get involved and meet other students. If not, no panic, you can always just start your own club.
The climate is subtropical and comfortable year round. The average temperature varies between 15°C and 25°C in August and between 7°C and 18°C in January.
California is a great destination for a roadtrip. Rent a car and go for a weekend getaway with your friends along the coast or plan the roadtrip of your life after finishing your semester.