International Students at SBBCollege
A Southern California university in the United States
Founded in 1888 as Santa Barbara Business College, SBBCollege is an accredited American university in Southern California.
SBBCollege offers English language programs (ESL) and degree programs for international students.
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International student attending SBBCollege ESL program. -- December 2012
SBBCollege visits a student fair in Brazil. -- March 2012
The Location: Santa Barbara and Southern California
Home of Santa Barbara Business College, and often called the American Riviera, Santa Barbara, California is one of the most popular destinations for culture, shopping, education and fun in California.
Located about two hours north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the majestic Los Padres mountains on the other. With its Mediterranean climate, visitors can enjoy sunshine all year long in this Southern California city by the sea.
Culture envelopes the city, as residents and visitors alike partake in the many museums, theaters and Spanish-style architecture that Santa Barbara offers. The Museum of Natural History and the Santa Barbara Mission are great destinations for visitors to spend an afternoon learning about the culture and history of the area.
Frequently Asked Questions
What documents are required to apply?
To apply to Santa Barbara Business College, you will need to submit the following documents:
1. Completed and signed application form.
2. Application fee.
3. Financial certification documentation, in English.
4. Housing deposit (if SBBCollege housing is requested).
5. Airport pick-up fee (if requested).
6. Express mail fee (if requested).
Please contact your agent or SBBCollege for the current fee schedule.
When Santa Barbara Business College receives your completed application, deposits, and proof of financial responsibility, your application will be processed within two business days, and an acceptance packet, including your I-20, will be sent to you. It normally takes about two weeks for your admissions packet to arrive. You can request express courier service. Please check this option on the application form if you want express mail.
Please submit your application, financial certification documentation, and fees to:
Santa Barbara Business College
506 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
What is financial certification?
Your application must be accompanied by certification that while you are attending Santa Barbara Business College, sufficient funds are available to meet your combined living and tuition expenses. If you will be accompanied by family members, their living expenses must be covered as part of their student-dependent (F-2) visas. Any one of the following is an acceptable form of certification:
1. A current personal bank statement or an original letter from your bank, in English.
2. Both a letter/affidavit of support from your parents or other source of support stating they will be responsible for your expenses during your stay at Santa Barbara Business College, and a bank statement (or bank letter) verifying their financial ability to meet your expenses.
3. A letter guaranteeing financial support from your employer.
4. An original scholarship letter from your government or other organization.
Since you will need to present financial documentation to the U.S. Consular Officer when applying for a student visa, we suggest that you make sufficient copies of all financial documentation for both Santa Barbara Business College and for visa application purposes.
What is the deadline for applying?
There is no set deadline for applying to study. The earlier you send in your application, financial certification and deposits the sooner Santa Barbara Business College can process your materials. This will give you more time to receive your welcome package which contains your Form I-20 (required for obtaining your student visa) and information about your arrival at Santa Barbara Business College.
How can I reserve housing?
If you require housing, you should send in your application at least 6 weeks before your arrival.
Housing in the student residences fills quickly. Reservations are processed for applicants who submit their requests along with their deposit in the order in which they are received.
If you are considering homestay accommodations, please apply as soon as possible so that we may place you with a family compatible with your requirements.
You will receive the details of your host family within 21 days of your scheduled program start date.
How do I make payments?
Your application processing fee as well as any deposits must be paid in $U.S. dollars. You may pay fees and deposits by checks drawn on a U.S. bank, postal money orders, or Cashier's check. All of these must be made payable to Santa Barbara Business College.
Tuition may be paid using all of the above methods as well as by credit card (American Express, VISA, or MasterCard).
What are your tuition costs and fees?
Please contact your agent or Santa Barbara Business College Language Program for the latest schedule of tuition and fees.