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Application Questions

Do you require TOEFL/IELTS scores?

No, we don’t require any type of English test results in order to be admitted.

New students will be required to take the SBCC English Assessment Test upon arrival. The purpose of the test is to assess English skills and place students in the appropriate English courses.

For information about alternatives to the SBCC English Assessment Test, visit Link: Alternatives to Testing

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I did not graduate high school. Can I still apply?

A High School diploma is not required. All students must be at least 18 years of age by the time they commence studies at SBCC.

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What if I haven’t graduated from grade 12, do I have to wait to submit all of my transcripts?

If classes at your current school are still in session, you can submit a transcript showing only your completed courses and available grades.

Students should submit complete transcripts with their final grades once they become available, or bring them with you. Complete official high school and/or college transcripts are needed for athletic eligibility, course pre-requisite challenges, university transfer planning, and other academic planning purposes.

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Is there an Admission test? What if I don’t pass the test?

No, there is not an admission test.

New students will be required to take the SBCC English Assessment Test upon arrival. The purpose of the test is to assess English skills and place students in the appropriate English courses. It is not a pass or fail test.

For information about alternatives to the SBCC English Assessment Test, visit Link: Alternatives to Testing

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I’m only attending one semester. Do I still need to show proof of funding for an entire academic year?

Yes, students are required to show proof of funding for a full year even if they are only planning to attend one semester.

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Do you accept government study grants and/or government loans to show proof of sufficient funds to study at SBCC?

We do accept government grants/loans as a funding source, as long as SBCC is not required to bill/invoice the government agency to receive payments for tuition.

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Do you offer scholarships?

We do not offer scholarships for prospective or new international students. Currently registered SBCC students are eligible to apply for some scholarships each year in February. Students should not plan to rely on SBCC Scholarships as a source of funding.

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I already have health insurance. Do I still need to pay for health insurance?

Yes, the school-endorsed health insurance plan is mandatory for all students.

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How long does it take to complete an associate degree?

Students who start their SBCC program from freshmen year typically take 2-3 years to complete an associate’s degree and/or transfer requirements towards a bachelor’s degree. Factors that determine the length of your program include: the number of English and math classes you need, your major, the number of credits you successfully complete each semester, attendance in one or both summer sessions, and your transfer goals.

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What type of degrees and programs do you offer?

SBCC offers associate degree programs, one-year certificate programs, university transfer requirements, and English language training. You can find a more detailed description on our website here: http://international.sbcc.edu/about/program/.

For descriptions of specific majors, certificates, and classes visit http://www.sbcc.edu/departments/academic.php.

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Our programs »

How do I submit my application?

Submit the required documents listed on the Application Checklist.

Scan all of your application documents and save in PDF format (Scan quality: 300 dpi).

Upload your documents to www.sbcc.edu/intlapp.

You will receive an email about the status of your application within 10 business days.

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When will I receive an admissions decision and how will I be notified?

Admission decisions are sent within 7-10 business days to the email address listed on your application if your application is complete. Please make sure that your e-mail address is clear and easy to read.

The acceptance packet is mailed to the address listed on your application, unless we are informed of a preferred alternative address at the time you apply.

If you wish to have your acceptance packet sent via FedEx, DHL or UPS, please make your request online at eShipGlobal. Sign up in the section for students and enter the shipping address and payment. We will receive confirmation that you placed your order and will mail your acceptance packet the following business day.
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Employment

Am I eligible to work on campus?

International students who are interested in seeking on-campus employment should meet with their SBCC Advisor to discuss their eligibility. Hired students are eligible to work a maximum of 19.5 hours per week when classes are in session.

While we can provide a list of basic criteria required for on-campus employment, there may be other factors that can affect your eligibility.

The basic criteria are:

- successful completion of at least a 2.0 GPA or higher
- an associate degree education level I-20
- full-time enrollment
- zero balance on your account in Pipeline
- maintaining all F-1 visa requirements

Getting started
Students may log in to the "Job Connection" in Pipeline. Use the Advanced Search to filter for "On Campus Jobs - General Employment". You may also inquire in person at the department you are interested in working for.

After receiving a job offer
Go the Human Resources Office in the Student Services building (2nd floor) to pick up an employment packet. The Human Resources Office will verify your eligibility to work on campus with your Advisor in the International Office. If you do not have a U.S. Social Security Number, the Human Resources Office and your Advisor will provide you with instructions.

Do not work until you receive confirmation from the Human Resources Office that you may start working.



Off-campus employment & internship options

To learn about off-campus employment and internship eligibility requirements, check out our Employment page .




F-1 Visa Regulations

Common questions about the F-1 Visa regulations

What do I do if my passport is going to expire?
My I-20 is expiring soon, but I need more time to complete my studies. What should I do?
I finished ESL level 5. Do I need to change my I-20?
If my visa is damaged, do I have to apply for a new one?
How can I renew my visa?
I am leaving the U.S. Do I have to do anything with my visa?



What do I do if my passport is going to expire?

What do I do if my passport is going to expire?


All F-1 visa students must have a valid passport at all times. If your passport is going to expire or is expired, please refer to the list of Consulates in the United States. Find your consulate, contact their office, and begin the process of renewing your passport.

You will also need to bring to the International Student Office any documentation the consulate gives you regarding your passport renewal.


List of U.S.Consulate offices
Form I-20 is pictured

My I-20 is expiring soon, but I need more time to complete my studies. What should I do?

To apply for an extension of your I-20, gather and complete the list of required documents listed here and make an appointment with your International Student Advisor. I-20 extensions must be completed >b>before your I-20 expires!

1. Financial Statement form signed by student and sponsor
2. Official, original bank statement or government funding letter
3. Student Educational Plan (SEP)- To obtain an updated SEP, see an Academic Counselor
4. Read and sign the F-1 Status Student Responsibilities form
5. Current I-20, visa, passport, and I-94 card (the I-94 is the white card in your passport)

To make an appointment with an Academic Counselor or your Advisor, call 805-730-4040


F-1 Status Student Responsibilities form

I finished ESL level 5. Do I need to change my I-20?

If you complete ESL level 5 and have an English Language Training I-20, you need to apply for a new I-20 by completing these requirements:

1. Register for PD 149
2. Student Educational Plan (SEP) - obtained in PD 149
3. Financial Statement form signed by student and sponsor
4. Official, original bank statement or government funding letter
5. Read and sign the F-1 Status Student Responsibilities form
6. Current I-20, visa, passport, and I-94 card (the I-94 is the white card in your passport)

Once you gather all of the required documents, make an appointment with your Advisor by calling (805) 730-4040



If my visa is damaged, do I have to apply for a new one?

If your visa is damaged in some way, such as water damage, it is automatically considered invalid by U.S. port-of-entry officials even if your data and picture are still legible. You must apply for a new visa the next time you travel outside of the U.S. if you are planning to come back to continue your studies.



I am renewing my visa. How can I show my SBCC grades and/or enrollment status?

If you need to apply for or renew your visa the next time you travel to your home country, you will need to show the visa official proof of your student status.

If you are in your first semester at SBCC AND you are traveling during winter break, you can prove your enrollment status by following these instructions. Your fall semester grades will not be posted until January.
To request proof of your full-time enrollment at SBCC, follow these simple steps:

First, check your Pipeline account to confirm that you are currently enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits). You should also check for any holds that may be on your account. You must be enrolled full-time and clear any holds before placing your request.


To obtain verification of full-time enrollment:

1. Make sure you are registered for at least 12 credits in the semester you need
verification for
(Waitlisted classes will not count towards 12 credits)

2. Fill out and print the "Authorization for Release of Information" form (see link below)

3. Print a copy of your Student Schedule/Bill

4. Submit the Authorization form and your Schedule at the Admissions & Records Office in
the Student Services building. Take your Student ID card or passport or California
driver's lisence/ID card with you.

**If you are in your home country or out of the Santa Barbara area, you may submit your request via e-mail. E-mail everything including a copy of your passport to Agatha Louie: louie@sbcc.edu

REQUESTS ARE PROCESSED IN 5-7 BUSINESS DAYS

You may print verification of your enrollment for past semesters and current semester if the Withdrawal Deadline has passed:

1. Login to Pipeline and click on "Student Records" in the menu on the right

2. Click on "Enrollment Verification", then click on "Enrollment Verification" again

4. A new window called "Clearinghouse Student Self-Service" will open. Under the first
option "Obtain an enrollment certificate" choose one: "Current enrollment" or
"All enrollment". Once you make your selection, click on "Obtain an enrollment
certificate" and print.

If you are a continuing student OR if it is your first semester and you are traveling in summer you need to order an official SBCC transcript:
To request an official SBCC transcript of your courses and grades:

1. Register in at least 12 credits for the upcoming semester
(Waitlisted classes will not count towards 12 credits)

2. Order your transcript in Pipeline: Login, Click on 'Student Records', Select 'Order
Official Transcripts' to start your order


Authorization for Release of Information »

How do I close my F-1 Visa record if I am leaving the U.S.?


If you will not continue at SBCC, e-mail a copy of your flight itinerary to your International Student Advisor, showing the date of your departure from the U.S.

F-1 Visa regulations direct students to depart the U.S. within 15 days of their last session if they are not completing an Associate degree or ESL Certificate. Students who have completed a degree or ESL Certificate are eligible to stay in the U.S. for up to 60 days after their last session.




General

Where are you located?

We are located on East Campus at 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.

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SBCC Transportation Map » International Education Center location - MAP

What is your phone number?

Our phone number is 001.805.730.4040.


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Need an SBCC transcript?

Follow the instructions at the link to learn how to order your transcript or check the status of your order.

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How to order an official SBCC transcript »

Do you need proof of your SBCC enrollment status?

To request proof of your full-time enrollment at SBCC, follow these simple steps:

First, check your Pipeline account to confirm that you are currently enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits). You should also check for any holds that may be on your account. You must be enrolled full-time and clear any holds before placing your request.

To obtain verification of full-time enrollment:

1. Make sure you are registered for at least 12 credits in the semester you need
verification for
(Waitlisted classes will not count towards 12 credits)

2. Fill out and print the "Authorization for Release of Information" form (see link below)

3. Print a copy of your Student Schedule/Bill

4. Submit the Authorization form and your Schedule at the Admissions & Records Office in
the Student Services building. Take your Student ID card or passport or California
driver's license/ID card with you.

**If you are in your home country or out of the Santa Barbara area, you may submit your request via e-mail. E-mail everything including a copy of your passport to Jorge Trujillo: jtrujillo5@sbcc.edu

REQUESTS ARE PROCESSED IN 5-7 BUSINESS DAYS

You may print verification of your enrollment for past semesters and current semester if the Withdrawal Deadline has passed:

1. Login to Pipeline and click on "Student Records" in the menu on the right

2. Click on "Enrollment Verification", then click on "Enrollment Verification" again

4. A new window called "Clearinghouse Student Self-Service" will open. Under the first
option "Obtain an enrollment certificate" choose one: "Current enrollment" or
"All enrollment". Once you make your selection, click on "Obtain an enrollment
certificate" and print.


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Authorization for Release of Information

The semester has already started, but I need to go back to my home country. What do I do?

It's important to notify your advisor of your intention to return to your home country right away! If you do not inform your advisor, your SEVIS record may be terminated for a violation of your visa. This may cause you problems obtaining any type of visa for the U.S. in the future. It is also important to note that you must depart the U.S. within 15 days after you drop your classes. You will also need to follow these steps:

- Give a copy of your departure flight reservation to your advisor. You can bring a copy in to our office, fax it to (805) 965-0781, or email it directly to your advisor.

- If the withdrawal deadline has not passed, you must withdraw from your classes. Otherwise, your SBCC transcript may show failing grades for the current semester.

- If the refund deadline has not passed, you can apply for a refund by following the instructions at the link provided. Please note that the health center, transportation and student representation fees are non-refundable, and a $10 processing fee will subtracted from your refund.


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Refund requests »

How do I request a refund?

Refunds are not automatic. It is best to request a refund by filling out the Refund Request form at the International Student Support Program office (ISSP). Your advisor can help you determine your eligibility and check your Refund Request form for accuracy. If you do not place a request for a refund, the amount of money owed to you will remain in your student account for use in the following semester.
For more information on applying for a refund, visit the Cashier's refund page.


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Refund Request form »

How do I change my major in Pipeline?

To change your major or program of study in Pipeline, download the document below and follow the instructions. If you have questions about which classes you should take to complete your program of study, meet with an Academic Counselor in the International Office!


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Change my major instructions »

California Driver's Licenses and ID cards

International driver's licenses are not accepted in California if you are an F-1 visa student. Police officers and highway patrol officers can give you a ticket for driving without a California driver's license.

If you don't plan on driving, you can apply for a California ID card to use as official ID while you're in the U.S. Keep your passport in a safe place instead of carrying it around on a daily basis.

To get started on your application for a driver's license or ID card, go to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) web site for information, to find DMV office locations, and to make an appointment.

The basic steps to apply for a driver's license are listed below. Refer to the DMV web site or make an appointment at the local DMV office for specific details and instructions.

1. First time applicants – written exam + driving test

2. Study the CA Driver’s Manual & sample tests

3. Obtain social security ineligibility letter (visit the Social Security Administration office in the Paseo Nuevo shopping center with your I-20, visa and passport)

4. Make an appointment with the DMV

5. Take the written test

6. Take the driving test (not required if you have a driver's license from another U.S. state)


The basic steps to apply for a California ID card are listed below. Refer to the DMV web site or make an appointment at the local DMV office for specific details and instructions.

1. Obtain social security ineligibility letter (visit the Social Security Administration office in the Paseo Nuevo shopping center with your I-20, visa and passport)

2. Make an appointment with the DMV

3. Fill out the application, give your thumbprint, have your picture taken, pay the fee


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Department of Motor Vehicles »

Where can I find legal assistance?

Visit the International Student Office or the Office of Student Life on campus for referrals to legal services.


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How to Crash a class?

Are you trying to get into a class that is closed? You may need to crash that class. Read this PDF for an explanation of how to crash a class along with some tips that may increase your chances of getting an add code!


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How to Crash a class »

Need to Order an Official Transcript?

To request an official SBCC transcript of your courses and grades:

1. Register in at least 12 credits for the upcoming semester (unless you are ending your studies)
(Waitlisted classes will not count towards 12 credits)

2. Order your transcript in Pipeline: Login, Click on 'Student Records', Select 'Order
Official Transcripts' to start your order


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How Do I Order Express Shipping from Santa Barbara City College?

Requesting your immigration documents through express mail is at YOUR expense and your credit card will be charged upon requesting the service.
You may request shipment either to your foreign address or to a U.S. address.
If your requested documents will be sent to a U.S. address, please include the name of the person who lives at that address.
You must use the Web site provided below - do no go through DHL or FedEx directly.
To request express mailing of your documents, go to the following EShip Global Web site:

1.) http://study.eshipglobal.com
2.) Click on the "Sign up" button under the Students Section
3.) You must fill in the "Reference/Comment" field with the name of the
documents you are requesting (i.e. I-20 Travel Signature)

Depending on the document you are requesting, processing may take up to 10 business days from the date your request is approved until the day your document is shipped. Shipping time estimates provided by eShip Global reflect how long the document is expected to be in transit from the time it is mailed.

If your mailing address changes after the time you first enter your information into eShip Global (i.e. you want your document sent somewhere else), you must log in again to make the update.

Information You Will Need for eShip Global

You will be required to create your own user name and password in order to create an account. To request shipment, you will need your ID number, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number and credit card information.
Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in the credit card information or submitting incorrect or incomplete address information will result in a delay in the mailing of your requested documents.
If you experience any difficulty in registering and processing the shipment, please use the "Help" link in the site for step by step instructions.

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Insurance/Health

What do I do if I need to go to the doctor?

What do I do if I need to go to the doctor?

If you need to see a doctor:
1. Go to the Campus Health Center
2. If the Health Center cannot treat you or is closed, go to one of the urgent care centers listed below. Please note that use of an urgent care center instead of a hospital emergency room may decrease your out-of-pocket expenses. You may also refer to the student insurance website to search for an individual doctor.

If you have specific questions about your insurance you can contact the insurance company directly at 1-800-367-5830 or visit their website. To view insurance plan details, view this brochure.

URGENT CARE CENTERS:
Sansum Clinic Urgent Care Center, 215 Pesetas Lane,(805)563-6100
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sundays: 9:00am -3:00pm

The Med Center, 2954 State Street,(805)682-7411
The Med Center, 319 North Milpas Street, (805)965-3011
The Med Center, 2719 North Fairview, (805) 681-7411

For information about where to find a specialty clinic, come to the International Students Office.

For additional details about your insurance plan and how to use it, please refer to the Insurance Plan FAQ link.


How To Use Your Insurance Insurance Frequently Asked Questions

Do you want to have health insurance over the summer?

If you are enrolled in any class at SBCC during one or both summer sessions, you will automatically be enrolled in the health insurance coverage for the term you are registered in classes for.

If you are NOT enrolled in any class at SBCC during the summer sessions, you can submit an application and payment for summer coverage. Fill out the enrollment form, provide your payment information, and mail to the insurance company directly (Step 6 on the form).


Summer Insurance Enrollment form

Does the Insurance Cover Dental or Vision?

The International Student Insurance Plan does not include dental or vision, but supplemental plans may be purchased online. Learn more and sign up by clicking on Supplemental Plans




Parents

International Student Orientation - For Parents

Parents of accepted students may view the International Student Orientation below.

Click on "Enter As Guest" to view the orientation.
Do NOT try to log in as your son or daughter.
Launch This Orientation

A variety of important topics are covered in this orientation, including:

Housing & Money Management
Faculty Expectation & Student Success
Student Rights & Responsibilities
F-1 Visa Regulations
Safety and Street Smarts On & Off Campus
How to Use Your Medical Insurance


International Student Orientation »

Insurance Plan Information

The medical care and insurance systems in the United States is likely to be very different from the system in your own country.

Your student will have several sources of information and assistance available to help them navigate our system including, the insurance company website and customer service; the International Student Support Program office; and the SBCC Health & Wellness office.

Your student's school-endorsed insurance plan is for medical treatments and illnesses. The insurance will pay for all or part of:

Doctor office visits
Prescription medications
Treatment for Mental and Nervous disorders
Womens health examinations

This plan does NOT cover:

Dental or vision care (except to repair injury)
Pre-existing conditions, for the first 6 months of the policy
Students who are in violation of their F-1 status
Student who withdraw or transfer during the first 31 days of policy term

The International Student Insurance Plan does not include dental or vision, but supplemental plans may be purchased online. Learn more and sign up by clicking on Supplemental Plans

Click here to download the Frequently Asked Questions which provides instructions for how to use the insurance.



Coverage Dates:

Fall semester: August 1 - December 31

Spring semester: January 1 - May 31

Summer session: June 1 - July 31

**Dates, fees and coverage are subject to change each year.**


International Student Insurance Brochure » Insurance Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Access My Child's Student Record? What is FERPA?

Santa Barbara City College is required by federal law to maintain student records and privacy in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This limits the information that we are legally permitted to release to anyone other than the student. You can read more about FERPA on the Admissions and Records FERPA webpage.

Your student can submit authorization to our office to release specific information to you. They need to fill out the Release of Information to Parents form (linked below) and submit it to their International Student Advisor.

If your student's last name begins with letters A-Gr, your Advisor is Annette Boatman.

If your student's last name begins with letters Gu-Li, your Advisor is Jennifer Eggertsen.

If your student's last name begins with letters Lj-St, your Advisor is Shelby Harrington.

If your student's last name begins with letters Su-Z, your Advisor is Rosemary Santillan.


Authorization for Release of Information to Parents »

Santa Barbara

What should I know about partying in Isla Vista and Santa Barbara? What are my rights?

There are several resources available to help you educate yourself about drinking laws, your rights, how to party safely in Isla Vista and Santa Barbara. One of the most comprehensive websites on these topics is Life of the Party. Become their fan on Facebook to help you and your friends stay informed about current laws and city ordinances.

Project Hope is another great resource with a wealth of information on partying, drinking laws, alcohol/drug awareness, and much more right here on our own campus. Check out their website: Project Hope.




Scholarships

International Student Scholarship Opportunities

The International Office and the Transfer Center compiled a list of off-campus scholarships that may be available to supplement international student funding needs. Review the list of scholarships, and visit the websites listed in the descriptions for more information about deadlines and application processes.

The U.S. government's Department of State provides information about scholarship opportunities on their Education USA website which is updated regularly.

International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search provides listings of scholarships and loan opportunities for international students in the United States as well as American students studying internationally.

Every year Envisage International Corporation sponsors a study abroad video contest. American and international students are eligible to enter. The grand prize is $4000! For details visit 2015 Travel Video Contest.


International Student Scholarship Opportunities
SBCC

SBCC Scholarships

International students who are currently studying at SBCC are eligible to apply for some of the scholarships administered by the Foundation for SBCC, the unit of the College which raises and manages private scholarship funds for SBCC students.

The application period takes place annually in February-early March. A descriptive list of scholarships, eligibility criteria for each, and the application deadline are published in the beginning of spring semester each year. Check the Financial Aid Office website under "Services" in Pipeline in late January or early February.


http://www.sbcc.edu/scholarships/ »

University of Oregon - Multiple scholarships with varying deadlines

The Office of International Affairs, University of Oregon awards over one million dollars in scholarships to UO international students each year. Tuition, cash and work-study awards are available. Selection is based on financial need and academic merit.

International Cultural Service Program (ICSP): ~10 - 20 renewable tuition scholarships ranging from $9,000 - $27,000 are awarded each year. (Cultural service requirement for recipients.)

International Dean’s Excellence Award (IDEA): Partial tuition scholarships based on academic merit ranging from $6,000 - $8,000. (Awarded to new students only based on GPA. No application necessary. Awards are renewable.)

International Affairs Endowed Scholarships: ~20 cash scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $10,000. (Some scholarships are country-specific.)

International Student Work-Study Program: ~80 - 100 work-study awards ranging from $500 -
$6,000. (On-campus employment is required.)


U of Oregon International Student Scholarships »

Leo S. Rowe Fund

The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans of up to $15,000 dollars.


Learn more about the Rowe Fund financial aid program »

Steps for Enrollment: Academic

Step 1: Log in to Your SBCC Pipeline Account

Pipeline is the student portal system where you will update your contact information, register and pay for classes, find resources, check email, and more.

To login to Pipeline, click HERE. Follow the steps in the Pipeline Login Instructions linked below.


Pipeline Login Instructions

Step 2: International Student Orientation online

Log in to the International Student Orientation with your Pipeline username and password. Read each module, watch the videos, and successfully complete the Final Quiz.

You must complete this step before registering for classes and before you attend Welcome Week.

To start the orientation, click HERE.

Topics covered include:


  • F-1 Visa Regulations

  • How to Use Your Medical Insurance

  • Student Support Services

  • Student Life

    After you successfully complete "Orientation online" you are ready to move on to Step 3!



Step 3: New Student Academic Advising online

Log in to New Student Advising with your Pipeline username and password. Read each module, pass the section quizzes, and pass the Final Quiz.

You must complete this step before registering for classes and before you attend Welcome Week.

To start New Student Academic Advising online, click HERE.

Topics covered include:


  • Choosing the Right Classes

  • Deciding your Path

  • Registering for Classes


  • After you successfully complete "Advising online" you are ready to register for classes (Step 4)!



Step 4: Register for Classes online

Log in to Pipeline to register for your classes on the date and time of your registration appointment. Some classes fill quickly. We strongly recommend you to register for a few classes on your assigned registration date.

This Registration Tutorial video shows you how to read the schedule of classes, and how to use the Pipeline registration system. To watch the Registration Tutorial, click HERE.

Check out this list of First-Year Course Recommendations. This information is especially helpful to students who are interested in pursuing an associate degree or transfer to a 4-year U.S. university.

  • New for Fall or Spring? Register for a minimum of 12 units.

  • New for Summer? Register for a minimum of 4 units for Summer Session 2 and 12 units for Fall semester.

  • You may register in one online course, and it cannot be more than 3 units for Fall semester and 1 unit for Summer session.

  • You cannot register for Math and/or English classes until you attend Welcome Week.

  • You will finalize your course registration during Welcome Week with an Academic Counselor



  • Do you have a hold blocking you from registration? Login to "Orientation online" and "Advising online" to make sure you successfully completed both steps! Email a screenshot of the hold to your Advisor for assistance.

    If your last name begins with letters:

    A-Gr, your Advisor is Annette Boatman (alboatman@sbcc.edu).

    Gs-Lt, your Advisor is Jennifer Eggertsen (eggertsen@sbcc.edu).

    Lu-St, your Advisor is Shelby Arthur(snarthur@sbcc.edu).

    Su-Z, your Advisor is Rosemary Santillan(santillan@sbcc.edu).



    Step 5: How to Pay for your Classes

    Plan to pay your first semester tuition in full by the end of Welcome Week. Payments can be made in Pipeline with your credit or debit card.

    Tips for making your payment on time:


    • Notify your bank/credit card company to remove any "international purchase block" and "daily limit block" prior to arrival

    • Plan to make one payment in full - make sure that you have the full amount in your bank account

    • Know the billing address for your credit/debit card

    For all future terms you will be required to pay tuition and fees within 7 days of registration. If you have a problem with the payment, contact the International Office when you register for classes.

    A fee for the mandatory school-endorsed medical insurance plan is charged to your student account in Pipeline each semester. No waivers are offered and no other insurance will be accepted.

    If you cannot attend SBCC for any reason, you must notify your Advisor. Drop your classes in Pipeline no later than the Friday before the semester begins to have all tuition and mandatory fees removed from your bill in Pipeline.




    Steps for Enrollment: ESL

    Step 1: Log in to Your SBCC Pipeline Account

    Pipeline is the student portal system where you will update your contact information, register and pay for classes, find resources, check email, and more.

    To login to Pipeline, click HERE. Follow the steps in the Pipeline Login Instructions linked below.


    Pipeline Login Instructions

    Step 2: Complete the International Student Orientation

    Log in to the International Student Orientation with your Pipeline username and password. Read each module, watch the videos, and successfully complete the Final Quiz.

    You must complete this step before registering for classes and before you attend Welcome Week.

    To start the orientation, click HERE.

    Topics covered include:


    • F-1 Visa Regulations

    • How to Use Your Medical Insurance

    • Student Support Services

    • Student Life


    Step 3: How to Register and Pay for Your Classes

    You will register for your classes during Welcome Week. Academic Counselors will assist you.
    Complete Steps 1 and 2 above BEFORE you attend Welcome Week (REQUIRED).

    Paying Your Tuition Fees
    Plan to pay your first semester tuition in full by the end of Welcome Week. Payments can be made in Pipeline with your credit or debit card.

    Tips for making your payment on time:


    • Notify your bank/credit card company to remove any "international purchase block" and "daily limit block" prior to arrival

    • Plan to make one payment in full - make sure that you have the full amount in your bank account

    • Know the billing address for your credit/debit card

    For all future terms you will be required to pay tuition and fees within 7 days of registration. If you have a problem with your payment, contact the International Office.

    A fee for the required school-endorsed medical insurance plan is charged to your student account in Pipeline each semester. No waivers are offered and no other insurance will be accepted.

    If you cannot attend SBCC for any reason, you must notify your Advisor right away.

    Students transferring from a U.S. institution to SBCC must ask their current school to "release" their SEVIS I-20 record to SBCC before Welcome Week.

    If your last name begins with letters A-Gr, your Advisor is Annette Boatman.

    If your last name begins with letters Gs-Lt, your Advisor is Jennifer Eggertsen.

    If your last name begins with letters Lu-St, your Advisor is Shelby Harrington.

    If your last name begins with letters Su-Z, your Advisor is Rosemary Santillan.




    Swedish Students

    CSN Funding

    CSN Funding

    Svenska studenter som får finansiering från CSN kan behöva en CSN studie försäkran undertecknad av SBCC för att få stöd för sin nästa termin. Det är studentens ansvar att förstå de särskilda villkor som gäller för CSN ansökan och finansiering status samt behörighet.


    If you have questions, contact CSN directly at http://www.csn.se/kontakta-oss/e-posta-oss.

    Behöver du SBCC att underteckna / stämpla CSN styrt Assurance formen? Följ dessa steg!

    Steg 1. CSN kommer att meddela dig via SMS eller e-post när vår CSN Study Assurance Formulär finns tillgängligt för nedladdning.
    Studie Assurance former skickas till din CSN e-konto 5 veckor innan nästa termin börjar.
    För hösten kommer detta att vara i mitten av juli / För våren kommer detta att vara i mitten av december

    Steg 2. Underteckna "student"i ditt studie Assurance formulär.

    Steg 3. Skriv ut en kopia av din nästa termin's SBCC Schema & Bill. Du måste vara registrerad i minst 12 poäng.

    Note: “Waitlisted” - Väntelistan klasser räknas ej som del av 12 poäng.

    Steg 4. Fyll i och underteckna det bifogade "International Students Authorization Release" form.

    Steg 5. E-posta ALLA nedanstående dokument från din pipeline Email till Jorge Trujillo på jtrujillo5@sbcc.edu

    Bifoga en skannad / PDF-kopia av alla listade dokument:

    -Student ID-kort eller pass

    -Studie Assurance form med din signatur

    -Din nästa termin Schema & Bill

    -“International Students Authorization Release" formen

    Ansökningar behandlas i 5-7 affärsdagar och kommer sedan att skickas till din Pipeline konto.

    Steg 6. Skicka in din Study Assurance Form & Schema & Bill till CSN direkt.

    Campus är stängd varje 24 December - 1 januari.   Ansökningar som lämnats in under denna tid kommer att behandlas inom 5-7 dagar med början på den första bankdagen efter 1 januari.

    Behöver du pengar för extra undervisning, resor, försäkringar, eller bostadskostnader?

    Du kan ansöka för extra finansiering till CSN!

    Undervisningsavgiften betalas i en klumpsumma senast tre veckor före terminen start.


    International Authorization for Release of Information

    Do you have a question about CSN rules or requirements?

    Search CSN's website for the details of their rules and requirements. SBCC cannot answer questions on behalf of CSN.

    If you are unable to find the answers to your questions about CSN rules and requirements, or if you have a specific question for CSN, send an email using this online form. CSN usually replies within 72 hours or less.




    Transferring

    What to I need to do if I'm transferring from another School to SBCC?

    If you would like to transfer from your current school to SBCC, the first thing you'll need to do is complete the
    application process.

    Submit everything listed on the application check-list, including a copy of all of your current immigration documents (I-20, I-94, passport, visa) and an Intent to Transfer form completed by the International Advisor at your school. Our office will contact you at the email address listed on your application.



    I'm transferring from SBCC to another school. What now?

    Once you are accepted to another school, you'll need to inform your SBCC Advisor and follow these steps:

    1. Provide your Advisor with a copy of your acceptance letter (or some other proof of admission).
    2. Fill out the online SEVIS Release Form (click the link below - note that you must log in with your Pipeline account). If you applied to and are accepted to more than one school, only fill this form out for the school you decide to attend.

    *IMPORTANT* You must attend your SBCC classes until the end of the current SBCC semester/session, or until the transfer release date in SEVIS if you are transferring out mid-semester.


    Click here to access the online SEVIS Release form »

    How do I get IGETC certification?

    In order to have your IGETC certified as complete and sent to your university, follow these instructions:

    1. Download and complete the IGETC Certification Application.

    2. Submit the completed form using one of the following methods:


    • in person to the Transfer Center
    • fax to (805) 560-0591
    • mail to SBCC Transfer Center, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

    You will receive an email letting you know that your IGETC Certification has been sent to the university.



    How can I transfer credits from another school to SBCC?

    To receive transfer credit toward an SBCC degree or certificate based on transcripts from a U.S. College or University, visit the Transcript Evaluation Office for instructions.

    To receive transfer credit toward an SBCC degree or certificate based on international transcripts, students must provide an official evaluation of their transcripts by an independent transcript evaluation service that is a member of either the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE) or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Go to AICE or NACES for member listings.

    IMPORTANT:
    1. Meet with an SBCC Academic Counselor to find out if it would be beneficial for you to apply for transfer credit. Comprehensive evaluations of international transcripts can be expensive, and may not be necessary depending upon your educational goals. Our Academic Counselors can advise you accordingly.
    2. All agencies are private organizations. It is the responsibility of the student to pay for the services rendered.
    3. You may need to request a detailed or comprehensive report that includes a course-by-course review with unit value, grade, and lower/under division breakdown.
    4. It is important for the student to provide complete and accurate information, following the specific directions of the respective agencies.
    5. Submit the official international transcript evaluation report to the SBCC Admissions & Records Office.




    Travel

    What do I do if I want to travel?

    What do I do if I want to travel?

    If you plan to travel and intend to come back to continue your studies at SBCC, you MUST apply for an I-20 travel signature at the International Office:

    1. Fill out the online I-20 Travel Signature Request Form using your Pipeline account.

    2. Bring your I-20 to our office, at least 2 weeks prior to your departure. Allow one week for processing.

    3. Check your email. Your Advisor will email you if we notice any issues or missing documentation.

    4. Pick up your I-20. Make sure to carry your I-20 and passport with you on the plane when you travel.

    NOTE: If you are NOT attending SBCC next semester you do NOT need a travel signature.

    Did you forget to apply for a travel signature? Follow these steps:

    1. Fill out the online I-20 Travel Signature Request Form using your Pipeline account.

    2. Request express shipping online at UEMS.

    3. Notify your Advisor of your request via email. An Advisor will email you if we notice any issues or missing documentation. Check your inbox for a reply each day until your shipment is confirmed.

    4. Receive your I-20. Make sure to carry your I-20 and passport with you on the plane when you travel.


    Online Travel Signature Request Form »

    New Question


    I-94 Instructions

    U.S. Tax Forms

    Do I Need To File a Tax Form?

    ALL international students who were in the U.S. for any days in 2016 must complete an IRS Form 8843 for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It is required by U.S. federal law even if you did not work.

    If you did not work in the U.S. in 2016, you will not pay any taxes, but you are still required to complete Form 8843.

    If you did work in the U.S. in 2015, you are required to file a complete tax return which includes Form 8843 and Form 1040 NR or NR-EZ to determine if you owe taxes or if you are due a refund. The filing deadline is April 15, 2017. Depending on your tax status, you may be required to file a California State tax return as well.

    We highly recommend using the online tax preparation service called Sprintax to guide you through the tax filing process and avoid IRS penalties and fines. For most students, this only takes about 20 minutes.

    Filing fees vary depending on which forms you need to file. Sprintax will determine which forms you are required to file based on your visa and whether you earned income in the U.S. or not.

    Here is a link to the Sprintax FAQ page for those of you that have questions before you get started.

    Pricing:
    • 1040 NR tax preparation--$35.95
    • State tax preparation-----$14.95
    • 8843 preparation----$14.95
    • ITIN processing----$14.95
    • 24/7 live help assistance

    IMPORTANT: Most popular tax filing services do NOT have the specialized training or services that are necessary for filing tax forms for international students. Sprintax is one of the only services that specializes in tax filing for international students. Incorrectly filed tax returns may result in owing back taxes and late fees. We strongly discourage our students from using any services.

    Want to file your tax forms for FREE? Students who prefer to file their tax forms on their own and for free can to to the IRS website to download the forms and instructions for the Form 8843 (everyone) and Form 1040 NR-EZ (for students who were employed). We encourage you to use Sprintax.


    Sprintax »

    How do I file the Form 8843?

    To fill out and file the Form 8843 properly, we recommend students to use the online tax filing service Sprintax. Their fee is $14.95.

    Sprintax is an easy-to-use, step-by-step tool that helps you prepare your 8843 form online. Just follow their instructions, answer a few questions, and Sprintax will do the rest.

    Students who wish to file the 8843 form on their own for free can download the form directly from the IRS website. Please be aware that penalties may be applied for filing incorrect tax forms. We highly recommend you to utilize the Sprintax service in order to ensure you file your form accurately.

    IMPORTANT: We discourage students from using other services since there may be tax penalties for incorrectly filed tax forms, including owing back taxes plus interest. Sprintax is one of only services available that specializes in filing tax forms for international students. Most popular tax filing services do not have the specialized training or services to properly assist international students.



    I worked in the U.S. last year. How do I file my taxes?

    We highly recommend using an online tax preparation service called Sprintax to guide you through the tax filing process and avoid IRS penalties and fines. Filing fees vary depending on which forms you need to file. Sprintax will determine which forms you are required to file based on your visa and whether you earned income in the U.S. or not.

    The filing deadline is April 15, 2016.

    Here is a link to the Sprintax FAQ page for those of you that have questions before you get started.

    Pricing:
    • 1040 NR tax preparation--$35.95
    • State tax preparation-----$14.95
    • 8843 preparation----$14.95
    • ITIN processing----$14.95
    • 24/7 live help assistance

    IMPORTANT Most popular tax filing services do NOT have the specialized training or services that are necessary for filing tax forms for international students. Sprintax is one of the only services that specializes in tax filing for international students. Incorrectly filed tax returns may result in owing back taxes and late fees.

    Students who prefer to file their tax forms independently and for free can to to the IRS website to download the forms and instructions for the Form 8843 (everyone) and Form 1040 NR-EZ (for students who were employed).



    Why Do I Have to File Tax Forms?

    1. The most important reason to file a return is that it is a legal requirement of the United States.

    Failing to file may impact the status of your current visa and make future US visa applications

    difficult.


    2. Avoid penalties – If you miss the April 15th deadline you may face late filing penalties. Filing

    prior to this date prevents this, so the earlier you file, the better.


    3. If you worked in the U.S. you may be owed a tax refund – most international students filing a tax

    return are due a tax refund for overpaid tax. The average refund is $800 - $1000. It’s worth checking

    if you are due a refund.



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