Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) offers two program options: 1) the Academic Program, and 2) the English Language Training & College Prep Program.

The SBCC International Office provides & assists the following services: application processing, F-1 visa advising, new student orientation & registration, academic planning, employment authorizations, social activities, housing assistance, workshops on a variety of topics, and more!

Program Descriptions

1) ACADEMIC PROGRAM - The Academic Program is for students who meet our English Proficiency Requirement. Students are fully integrated with the local population in college level courses. English Proficiency Requirement options can be found on our Application Checklist.

The Academic Program offers a wide variety of majors and courses, many of which transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

    Academic Program students can:

  • complete an Associate Degree and return to their home country to work or to pursue university studies
  • complete an Associate Degree and apply for a one-year full-time employment authorization in the U.S. and/or transfer to a U.S. university bachelor degree program

2) ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING & COLLEGE PREP PROGRAM - This is an intensive English language training program for beginning to advanced level students. These courses are offered on the same academic calendar & fee schedule as our Academic Program. New students must take an English assessment test upon arrival to determine appropriate course level placement. A TOEFL score is not required for admission.

There are 5 levels in the program. Each level below is comprised of 3 core classes: Reading, Writing, and Grammar. Students that successfully complete Level 5 are eligible to advance into the Academic Program (college level courses).

  • ESL Level 1 - Beginning
  • ESL Level 2 - High beginning/Low intermediate
  • ESL Level 3 - Intermediate
  • ESL Level 4 - High intermediate
  • ESL Level 5 - Advanced

For more information contact your International Student Advisor

The case load of our international student advisors is based on students' last names.

Annette Boatman


If your last name starts with letters A-Gt, Annette Boatman will be your international student advisor.

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Jennifer Eggertsen

Gu - Lo

If your last name starts with letters Gu - L0, Jennifer Eggertsen will be your international student advisor.

Jennifer Eggertsen »

Shelby Harrington

Lp - St

If your last name starts with letters Lp - St, Shelby Harrington will be your international student advisor.

Shelby Harrington »

Rosemary Santillan

Senior International Student Advisor

If your last name starts with letters Su - Z, Rosemary Santillan will be your international student advisor. Rosemary Santillan »

Academic Counseling

Academic Counseling

For academic questions, please contact Rosy Vidal-Ayres, our academic counselor, who work with international students.

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