Experience Santa Barbara!

United States West Santa Barbara

In the Santa Ynez foothills northwest of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a haven of surfing, hiking, swimming, biking, and running. This stunning Pacific-coast city has that famous SoCal climate and outdoorsy vibe. With strong Spanish colonial roots, it is a rich cultural experience with excellent shopping, and divine seafood restaurants.

Population: 90,000
Native language: English
Climate: Temperate
Type of area:
College town

Where Will You Live

University of California, Santa Barbara

Leading in sustainability and natural beauty, UCSB has continued its quiet research revolution and comprehensive liberal arts education since its early life as teaching college. With six Nobel laureates, 41 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members, and game-changing innovations to its name, it is an inspirational place to be.

The UCSB campus has a wholly California vibe. Most of the very-active, thrillingly diverse student body bikes and skateboards to the classes, putting as much passion into surfing, hiking, and exploring as they do their studies.

Learn more at University of California, Santa Barbara's official website

Is Santa Barbara Right For You?

Check out our Santa Barbara showcase to get a better feel for your new city home.

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Schedule a Consultation

Interested in studying abroad with us? Schedule a call with us and we'll help you select a program.

View Other Cities

Not interested in this location? Explore more by browsing all of the destinations we have to offer.