October 20, 2015

Apply to become and International Student Ambassador

The deadline to apply for the Ambassador Program is on November 13th, 2015 at 3:00 PM! Don’t miss your chance to get involved on campus and to work directly with other international students and the Santa Barbara community. Ambassadors are trained in leadership skills, cultural awareness, peer support strategies, event planning, marketing and more! Build your resume with an Ambassador Program Certification this year! Apply online directly on our Facebook account: .


Mobile Librarian

The Luria library comes to I.V. for you! An SBCC librarian can help you with research and citation, using digital library materials, Wi Fi, computers, and printing too, and much more. The librarian will be at the Pardall Center at 6550 Pardall Road in Isla Vista on Wednesday nights from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Priority Registration

Priority registration is coming up soon. Continuing students with 100 units or less will be able to register between November 10th and November 20th, 2015. If you have not done so, please take the time to see an academic counselor for Spring 2016 course selection assistance as soon as possible.

Traveling Home for the Winter Break

Before you buy your ticket, make sure to check your course syllabus for the date of your course final. You don’t want to miss the biggest exam of the semester! Also, if you will travel outside of the US, you must request a travel signature from your advisor at least two weeks before your flight. Bring your I-20 to the International Office for processing. All requests will be processed in the order received. Drop in requests will be limited to those students with true emergencies. Forgetting to submit your I-20 will not be considered an emergency. Please plan accordingly.

Thanksgiving Holiday Break

The Thanksgiving break is from November 26th to November 29th, 2015. Classes will resume on Monday, November 30th, 2015. If you are traveling out of the USA, please plan accordingly. The Thanksgiving holiday break is among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. Please Drop off your I-20 form for a Travel Signature at least two weeks before your departure date. All requests will be processed in the order received.

Last Day to Withdraw from Classes

The last day to withdraw from classes at SBCC is Friday, October 23th. Check your schedule for a list of critical dates that apply to your classes. For most classes, students will not be able to drop classes after October 23th and will earn a letter grade for the class. Please schedule an appointment to meet with your advisor before you drop any classes to ensure that you are not violating the requirements of the F-1 visa.


If you are earning an Associate degree this semester, you can apply for a one-year work permit called OPT. The deadline to apply is 60 days after the end of Fall semester. However, we recommend submitting the application right away. Application processing time is 3 months!! Here is the link to the OPT application and further information: . The priority filing period for Fall 2015 begins September 18 and runs through October 16.

Priority Filing for Degrees

FALL 2015 Degree and Certificate Priority Filing Period begins September 8th, 2015 and ends on October 22th, 2015. Students can apply for Fall 2015 degrees and certificates by doing the following: 1. Students with transcripts from other colleges or universities will need to see an academic counselor on a walk in basis in the Counseling Office or meet with an academic counselor in the International Office. 2. Students with SBCC transcripts only may apply online. You make view instructions and access links directly from the SBCC Associate Degree and Certificate of Achievement Application Instructions site found at: . For additional information, contact the Counseling Office at (805) 965-0581 extension 2285

Flu Season is Here!

Flu vaccine is available for $10 for SBCC students. Just drop by or make an appointment at the Student Health Services, Student Services Building SS-170. For information call (805)965-0581 x 2298. (This is only for students who are feeling well.)

Update your address in Pipeline

All students should list the most current local address in Pipeline. If you are a new student you must enter your local Santa Barbara address into your Pipeline account so that ISSP can update your immigration record!


You are strongly encouraged to sign up for Alert U, the emergency alert notification system for SBCC, which uses your cell phone to deliver brief text messages. There is no charge for the service; the only fees involved are what your cell phone carrier charges you for text messages. For more information, go to: To sign up, go to:


Check the ISSP Calendar for upcoming workshops at the Learning Resource Center and the Gateway Center. The workshops are designed to teach students skills to enhance academic performance and ensure student success. Some instructors will award extra credit points for participating in these workshops!

Writing Skills Workshops

Exploring Fiction, Essentials of Research, Introduction to Citation and MLA/APA Citation- these are some of the workshop topics. Check out the Fall 2015 Writing Skills Workshops Schedule at for dates, times and topic information.

More CLRC Skills Workshops

The LRC offers a series of Learning Skills and Writing Skills Workshops. Some of the upcoming topics are Test Taking Skills, Growth Mindset, Learning Styles, and Stress Management. Please access the Schedule at for dates, times and topic information.


The Transfer Center invites representatives from colleges all over the United States to come to SBCC to talk to students about their plans to attend a four-year college or university. Students are encouraged to ask questions or get informational pamphlets from the walk-up tables. If you would like to meet with the representative, contact the Transfer Center to schedule an appointment. The Visiting Representatives Schedule can be viewed by visiting

Transfer Day

The Transfer Center will be hosting their annual "Transfer Day" Fair on November 4th, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on the West Campus Walkway. Over 50 university representatives from various universities from different parts of the United States will be on hand to provide information about their universities and meet with students. Come see what transfer options are available to you.

University of CA

University of California (UC) Fall 2016 application available now. Application filing period: November 1st - 30th, 2015.

CA State Universities

California State University (CSU) application available October 1st. Application filing period: October 1st - November 30th, 2015.

Private Universities

Over 400 private universities are accepting applications for Spring 2016 transfer. Go to The Common Application at for details.


The International Student Support Program posts a calendar for international students that lists upcoming social events, important deadlines, Transfer Center visiting representatives, and on-campus workshops. Check out the Events Calendar today at .


Santa Barbara City College Ambassadors present the third season of the highly successful campus-wide singing competition - ENCORES! This Saturday evening join us for a spectacular performance from 15 SBCC student contestants who will compete for cash prizes and the honor of being named Encores champions. Four experienced judges from our own SBCC faculty and staff will assess contestants' performances based on vocal ability, stage presence, and presentation. Check out the participants' profiles on the SBCC Ambassadors' Facebook event page - one of YOUR favorite songbird students might be competing!

ENCORES PERFORMANCE: Saturday, October 24, 2015
TIME: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
TICKETS: $5 per person (plus Eventbrite fee)
Buy your tickets online now because we SOLD OUT at the last competition! If there are tickets left on Saturday, they will be on a sold first-come-first-served basis. If you have questions, please email Shelby Harrington directly at

The Clothesline Project

City College Connect invites you to participate in The Clothesline Project on Monday, October 26th 2015 from 10AM to 2:00pm at the Friendship Plaza, East Campus. Why: Historically, women convened around the clothesline sharing intimate stories of life and breaking the silence of their harshest experiences. The Clothesline Project honors victims and survivors of sexual violence by allowing individuals to design a t-shirt with words and images that share their story and/or shows their support for a survivor/victim. Participants then hang their shirt on the clothesline for others to view, thereby breaking the silence so often associated with sexual violence and also allowing others to know they are not alone.
We invite students, faculty and staff to come to Friendship Plaza on October 26th to create a shirt, bear witness to the display and sign a pledge to not be a bystander in situations where someone may be at risk of harm. ALL supplies (t-shirts, makers etc) will be provided!

The Hunting Ground

There will be a Film Screening of The Hunting Ground and a Panel Discussion on Tuesday, October 27th, from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM at the Garvin Theatre on the West Campus.
Why: According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center:
• One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college
• More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault
The critically acclaimed documentary film The Hunting Ground (click link for trailer) provides “a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families”.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with
State Assemblymember: Das Williams
SB County District Attorney: Joyce Dudley
SBCC Dean of Students: Dr. Ben Partee
SBCC Director of Personal Counseling: Alyson Bostwick, MFT
and will be Moderated by Karen Villegas of the Rape Crisis Center

SB Open Streets

SBOS Happens this weekend! Saturday, October 24th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Santa Barbara shoreline becomes the longest public park for the day as over 2.5 miles of Cabrillo Blvd transformed into a celebration of people-power to promote better health, flexibility and FUN! Thousands of participants enjoyed the streets as they usually can’t: without cars, fumes or traffic, and the overwhelming response was “We want more!” Well on Saturday, October 24th, you’re getting more! More biking, skateboarding, scootering, strolling, dancing, moving & doing…traffic free! SB Open Streets returns to once again bring our community together…and our streets alive. ¡Calles Vivas! For more information visit: .

Halloween 2015

You are highly encourage to find healthy and positive alternative methods to celebrate Halloween. But if you will be one of the many individuals who will be going to IV, please keep yourself safe, sober and informed. Those arrested and linked to specific schools will have their arrest information forwarded back to their campuses for review. Do not do anything that may jeopardize your stay in the USA, or violate the terms of your F-1 student visa. Keep it Safe! Inform yourself. You may visit the website set up by UCSB Associated Students at for restrictions, tips, resources, information about your rights, your responsibilities, and how NOT to be THAT person…

2015 Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture

SAVE THE DATE. The 2015 Leonardo Dorantes Lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 12:45pm - 2:05pm, in the Garvin Theatre. The Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture was established in memory of a beloved second-year SBCC student and Mexican immigrant, Leonardo Dorantes. Touted as incredibly motivated and respected, Leonardo died in a race-related tragedy in November, 1990. The Lecture Series was then installed in 1991 by the SBCC Foundation, designed to heighten the understanding of racial and ethnic differences and shared commonalities in Santa Barbara.
We are pleased to announce the critically-acclaimed author and activist Tim Wise as the 2015-2016 Leonardo Dorantes lecturer. He will speak on campus Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Tim Wise will discuss the topic, "Resurrecting Apartheid, from Ferguson to the Voting Booth to the Border - Combating Racism in the Post-Obama Era", from 12:45pm - 2:05pm, in the Garvin Theatre. The lecture will be followed by a reception and a book signing of Tim Wise's classic memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son and his latest book, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America, on the Garvin Theatre patio.

Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
12:45 PM to 2:05 PM
Garvin Theatre / SBCC West Campus

The American Ethnic Studies department and the SBCC Ethnic Studies Club will feature a screening of the documentary, White Like Me, Race, Racism & White Privilege in America (66 min), the evening before the lecture on Monday, November 9th , 2015 in the Administration Building, Room A211 at 7:00 PM. Here is a link to the video trailer of the White Like Me documentary, a film about race, racism, and white privilege featuring Tim Wise: . Please contact Grace Twedt at for additional information.

International Soccer Tournament

The 12th Annual Fall International Soccer Tournament, sponsored by the International Student Support Program, will be held this semester on November 14th and 15th at La Playa Stadium. SBCC students from around the world will compete for bragging rights as the tournament champions for this semester. Registration packets are ready and can be picked up at the International Student Office. The completed registration packets, including the team rosters, must be returned to the International Education Center (on east campus) by November 9th. The first 12 teams to return their completed packets will be placed into the tournament schedule. There will be a mandatory captains' meeting on Wednesday, November 11th at 3:00 PM in Room CC-226 at which time the team waivers and fees will be turned in. The game times will be decided at that time as well. We hope to see you on the field! Check out the pictures from past events on the SBCC Ambassadors' Facebook page by clicking on this link.
For questions, please contact Michael Ayres at, or (805)892-3767 or (805)730-4040.


Diversity Lottery Applications

The U.S. Department of State has announced that the online registration period for the Diversity Visa Lottery Program for Fiscal Year 2017 (DV-2017) will be from October 1, 2015 until November 3, 2015. The DV Lottery is an opportunity for non-US citizens and residents to apply for a temporary green card, or permanent residency card. Go to the Department of State website for more information at or .

California Explorer

"California Explorer provides a fun environment for world travelers to meet. From that connection, we encourage you to explore the incredible, diverse beauty of our state. On our website you will find a section called "area guide" which has great local tips. We plan local hikes and also have free events such as beach BBQ's on the first Friday of each month. Book early to get a space on our special Thanksgiving trip to San Francisco- which is 4 days and 3 nights driving up the Pacific Coast Highway 1. We will make a stop in Big Sur on the way and have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner together (included) in Monterrey + Black Friday shopping in the City! Come see us outside ECC 21 (Kaplan) to speak to a California Explorer representative or simply go to our website for more information. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat."


ISSP Advisor Walk-up Hours

Advisors are available to answer your quick questions on Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00AM to 11:00AM and from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on the walk-in basis. If these hours do not work with your school schedule, feel free to e-mail your advisor directly for an alternative appointment time. Appointments are available on Fridays by calling the International Student Support Program at (805)730-2240.

Find Us on Facebook!

The International Office announces school deadlines, upcoming events, and useful information on our Facebook page. Search for SBCC International.