Participate in extra-curricular activities at SBCC to enhance your studies!

International students who are active in campus life tend to be more successful in their academics.


Become an SBCC Ambassador!

Ambassadors are volunteers who work together to plan events that engage the diverse groups of SBCC, reaching out to new and continuing SBCC students, campus organizations, and to the Santa Barbara community. Join us for the Volleyball Tournament, Soccer Tournament, volunteer activities, the International Food Fair, and more! Everyone is welcome!

How do students apply to become an Ambassador?
To apply, log-in to Facebook and like our page: "SBCC Ambassadors". Click on the link that shows "Apply Now: Become a Student Ambassador".

You will answer questions on the Ambassador Application, and upload a personal statement that explains why you want to join the team, what you can contribute, and what you hope to gain from being a part of the Ambassadors.

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Apply for Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society for the Two Year College. Not only does Phi Theta Kappa focus on the scholarship that comes with an Honor Society, it also focuses on Leadership, Service, and Fellowship. Students who join PTK have access to tools and resources that enhance the scholastic experience at SBCC, and connect them with other students who prioritize academic achievement, service, and community action.

Any eligible student may apply during the third week of each semester. In order to join, one needs to have completed at least 12 units at Santa Barbara City College and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Contact Dr. Eskandari for more information or to receive an application at

Learn more about PTK on their website »
Join a Club

Join a Club at SBCC

SBCC students are involved in many clubs on campus that join them together based on common interests or backgrounds. Check the Official SBCC Club Listing link below for the most up-to-date list of clubs, their contact information and meeting times.

It's easy to join a club! Simply look up the meeting time by following the link below, and show up to a meeting. All clubs welcome new members and will be excited to have any student join. Students who participate actively in club meetings and events can hold leadership offices in the club. Holding office in a club is a desirable entry on any college application.

If you have an idea for starting a club, contact the Office of Student Life for information.

Visit the Official SBCC Club Listing »
SBCC Clubs

Volunteer in the Santa Barbara Community

Non-profit organizations in Santa Barbara are always seeking volunteers to help them with special events as well as long-term projects.

F-1 visa international students at SBCC are permitted to volunteer at non-profit organizations, and the experience can be a valuable addition to any student resume. Volunteering also provides students with experience in a potential career field and can enhance the academic experience at SBCC. It's also a great way to meet new people, and give back to the Santa Barbara community!

Start your search for a volunteer opportunity at the Career Center website looking through the Job Connection for internships. There are also helpful tips for creating a resume and interviewing for positions.

Expand your search at for a list of non-profit agencies in Santa Barbara that are posting specific volunteer positions.

Go to the Job Connection to look for volunteer opportunities! »
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Take a Trip with California Explorer

Travel all over California to see the many sights - from the beaches of San Diego to the streets of San Francisco and all in between. California Explorer organizes trip packages for international students that include transportation, hotels, and tickets. Check out the calendars below for details about upcoming trips.

California Explorer is a private service provider, which is not associated with Santa Barbara City College. The inclusion of any service provider or agency on this website does not represent an endorsement of services or facilities.