Information for International Students

Santa Barbara Business College is pleased to welcome international students to our sunny Southern California college campus, where we offer business degree programs at the associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree and MBA levels, as well as ESL and short-term certificate programs.

To contact an admissions associate, please email us at or fill out our online inquiry form and we will reach out to you shortly.

How to Apply 

Please see our application information page for more information on how to apply to SBBCollege as an international student.

SBBCollege does not have an admissions deadline, however please allow enough time to get a visa and arrive in Santa Barbara a few days prior to the orientation day. Once you are accepted to SBBCollege, you will receive an acceptance letter, enrollment agreement, and visa materials.

Student Housing

Santa Barbara Business College works with a selected list of homestay providers located near campus or within a short distance via public transportation.

Estimated Tuition, Fees, and Housing Costs

Associate's Degree; Bachelor's Degree; Master's Degree

Visas and Required Paperwork

Most international students need an F-1 visa to attend Santa Barbara Business College. However, if you are living in the United States under another valid visa, this may not be necessary. Please contact us for assistance in determining your visa requirements. 


You will receive your I-20 form by mail after you have been accepted. After you receive your I-20, visit to pay your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. The current SEVIS fee for F-1 visa students is $200.00.


Please remember that for your visa appointment, you will need to bring your I-20 form, passport, an extra passport photo, SEVIS fee receipt, proof of funding to support yourself while in school, completed DS-156 and DS-157 (for all males ages 16-45) forms and your non-refundable application fee. F-1 visas are valid for the duration of time you are in a full course of study.


Citizens of Canada, Bermuda or residents of certain other islands do not need a visa. These students must apply for admittance at a U.S POE. They are required to have a valid I-20 form, a receipt showing payment of the SEVIS fee, proof of financial ability to pay the amount shown on the I-20 and evidence to support the student’s non-immigrant intent. 

Additional Resources

For more information on living in or traveling to Santa Barbara as an international student, please visit the links below:

International Students

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