University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)

SANTA BARBARA, USA

Brief information

According to AbbreviationFinder, the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) was founded in 1891 as the Anna Blake School, in 1909 the Santa Barbara State Teachers College, joined the University of California association in 1944 and finally received its current name in 1958.

She is known both for her excellent research achievements and for her high-quality teaching, in the context of which skills such as creativity, independent thinking and critical questioning are to be particularly encouraged.

The university consists of five main colleges in Creative Studies, Engineering, Letters and Science, Environmental Science and Management, and Education. The origins as a teachers college can still be seen in the many courses that come from the field of education. However, the most popular subjects at the moment are Biological Sciences, Economics and Psychology.

All teachers who are part of the permanent teaching staff have a doctorate or a comparable degree. Six of them are even Nobel Prize winners and have been awarded the coveted Nobel Prize.

International students can attend semesters abroad or summer sessions at the University of California Santa Barbara and thus enroll at this renowned American university for a certain period of time.

  • Website der University of California Santa Barbara

University facts

Year of foundation: 1891

Type of university: State university

Number of Students: Total 22000, 19100 Undergraduate, 2800 Postgraduate, International 900

Accreditations:

  • WSCUC (WASC Senior Association of Schools and Colleges)

Academic year:

The academic year at the University of California Santa Barbara is divided into three quarters. Summer sessions are also offered in summer.

Study programs

  • semester abroad
  • Summer Sessions

The semester program UIP ( University Immersion Program ) at the University of California Santa Barbara allows its participants a free, trimester and cross-departmental course selection from all university courses of the bachelor’s and master’s programs offered at the UCSB for a period of one to three trimesters. As the final authority, the professors on site decide

on admission to the individual courses based on the available places in the courses and the individual previous knowledge of the applicants.

The semester program is supervised and administered by the UC Santa Barbara Division of Professional and Continuing Education, as they have the most experience in mentoring international students and can also provide supportive language courses when required.

UCSB offers a wide range of courses from many disciplines. The most popular subjects include Business Economics, Psychology, English, Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Biochemistry and History.

  • Semesterprogramm der University of California Santa Barbara

Fees

  • Fall Quarter 2022

Tuition Undergraduate & Graduate

7445,00 USD

Tuition (Academic Integrated Diploma)

6445,00 USD

Tuition (Professional Diploma)

5245,00 USD

Application Fee

200,00 USD

The tuition fees include 12 undergraduate and 8 graduate units. Different tuition fees apply for the Summer Quarter.

  • Tuition at the University of California Santa Barbara

Financing options

Anyone who studies at least two trimesters at UC Santa Barbara can apply for foreign BAföG . If a grant is approved, students will be waived part of the tuition fees, more precisely, up to EUR 4600. The grant also includes a supplement to travel expenses, living expenses and health insurance.

Requirements

Applicants for the UCSB semester program must have a high school diploma and a reasonable level of English proficiency.

This is usually done through a standardized language test such as the TOEFL or IELTS. Alternatively, a DAAD language certificate with a C1 level can be submitted.

If the required minimum score of 80 points is achieved in the TOEFL iBT, but the result is below 20 points in one or more sub-areas, the application can still be accepted. In these cases, however, it is mandatory to take parallel English courses in the underrated subareas during the first trimester at UCSB. The same applies to a DAAD language certificate that does not show a C1 level in all sub-areas.

Depending on your wishes, the English courses can either replace part of the university courses or be taken in addition to them. In the latter case, however, the tuition fees are increased by the cost of the English courses (approx. US$ 295-540).

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
DAAD language test B2 level in all areas B2 level in all areas
Duolingo 105 105
IELTS 6.5 (no range below 6.0) 6.5 (no range below 6.0)
TOEFL (internet-based) 80 (no range below 20) 80 (no range below 20)

The language certificate cannot be submitted later.

  • University of California Santa Barbara Application Requirements

Degrees/Courses

Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology – Biological Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology – Cultural Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History – Architecture and Environment Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry / Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chinese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classics – Classical Archaeology Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classics – Classical Language & Literature Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classics – Greek & Roman Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature – Foreign Language
  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature – Interdisciplinary
  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science – Computational Biology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science – Computational Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science – Computational Geography
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance
  • Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics – Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Feminist Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in French
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography – Geographic Information Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in German
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in History of Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Individual
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese – High Proficiency
  • Bachelor of Arts in Language, Culture & Society
  • Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Iberian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics – Chinese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics – English
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics – French
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics – German
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics – Japanese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics – Slavic
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics – Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music – Composition
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music – Ethnomusicology Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – Core Philosophy,
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – Ethics & Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Public Service
  • Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Renaissance Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Statistical Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theater
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater – Acting
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Accompanying
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Bassoon
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Cello
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Clarinet
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Composition
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Double Bass
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Flute
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – French Horn
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Oboe
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Percussion
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Piano
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Trombone
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Trumpet
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Tuba
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Viola
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Violin
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Voice
  • Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry – Molecular Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry / Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Science – Climate & Environment
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Science – Geohydrology
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Science – Geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Science – Geophysics
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Science – Paleobiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolution
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Financial Mathematics and Statistics
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography – Physical Geography
  • Bachelor of Science in Hydrologic Sciences and Policy – Biology and Ecology
  • Bachelor of Science in Hydrologic Sciences and Policy – Physical & Chemical Policy
  • Bachelor of Science in Hydrologic Sciences and Policy – Policy
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Statistical Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology
  • Minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies
  • Minor in Anthropology
  • Minor in Art History
  • Minor in Asian American Studies
  • Minor in Astronomy and Planetary Science
  • Minor in Black Studies
  • Minor in Chemistry
  • Minor in Chinese
  • Minor in Classics
  • Minor in Comparative Literature
  • Minor in Earth Science
  • Minor in Education and Applied Psychology
  • Minor in English
  • Minor in Feminist Studies
  • Minor in French
  • Minor in German Studies
  • Minor in Global Peace and Security
  • Minor in History
  • Minor in Italian Studies
  • Minor in Japanese
  • Minor in Jewish Studies
  • Minor in Labor Studies
  • Minor in Latin American and Iberian Studies
  • Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
  • Minor in Linguistics
  • Minor in Mathematics
  • Minor in Mathematics and Science Education
  • Minor in Mathematics for High School Teaching
  • Minor in Music
  • Minor in Philosophy
  • Minor in Physics
  • Minor in Portuguese
  • Minor in Professional Writing
  • Minor in Russian
  • Minor in Sociocultural Linguistics
  • Minor in Spanish
  • Minor in Spatial Studies
  • Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Minor in Statistical Science
  • Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Minor in Theater
  • Minor in Theater – Production and Design
  • Minor in Women, Culture, and Development

Studies/Courses in English – Postgraduate

  • Master of Arts in Anthropology – Global Studies
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology – Human Development
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology – Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology – Technology and Society
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology – Women´s Studies
  • Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Art History
  • Master of Arts in Art History – Non-Western Art
  • Master of Arts in Asian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Asian Studies – East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Master of Arts in Chemistry
  • Master of Arts in Chicano Studies
  • Master of Arts in Classics – Ancient History
  • Master of Arts in Classics – Literature and Theory
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Comparative Literature
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
  • Master of Arts in Education – Child and Adolescent Development
  • Master of Arts in Education – Cultural Perspectives of Education
  • Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership and Organizations
  • Master of Arts in Education – Research Methodology
  • Master of Arts in Education – Special Education, Disabilities and Risk Studies
  • Master of Arts in Education – Teaching and Learning
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Film and Media Studies
  • Master of Arts in French
  • Master of Arts in Geography
  • Master of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Master of Arts in Global and International Studies
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in Latin American and Iberian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Linguistics
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics – Computational Science and Engineering
  • Master of Arts in Media Arts and Technology – Electronic Music and Sound Design
  • Master of Arts in Media Arts and Technology – Multimedia Engineering
  • Master of Arts in Media Arts and Technology – Visual and Spatial Arts
  • Master of Arts in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  • Master of Arts in Music – Composition
  • Master of Arts in Music – Ethnomusicology
  • Master of Arts in Music – Musicology
  • Master of Arts in Music – Theory
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Master of Arts in Physics
  • Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Master of Arts in Portuguese
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Master of Arts in Sociology
  • Master of Arts in Spanish
  • Master of Arts in Spanish and Portuguese
  • Master of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Statistics
  • Master of Arts in Theater
  • Master of Education in School Psychology
  • Master of Education in Teaching
  • Master of Environmental Science and Management
  • Master of Fine Arts in Art Studio
  • Master of Music in Conducting
  • Master of Music in Keyboard
  • Master of Music in Piano Accompanying
  • Master of Music in Strings
  • Master of Music in Voice
  • Master of Music in Woodwinds and Brass
  • Master of Science in Biochemistry – Molecular Biology
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering – Computational Science and Engineering
  • Master of Science in Chemistry
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Computer Science – Computational Science and Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Science – Technology & Society
  • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering – Communications, Control, and Signal Processing
  • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering – Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering – Electronics and Photonics
  • Master of Science in Geological Sciences
  • Master of Science in Geological Sciences – Computational Science and Engineering
  • Master of Science in Geophysics
  • Master of Science in Marine Science
  • Master of Science in Materials
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Computational Science and Engineering
  • Master of Science in Media Arts and Technology – Multimedia Engineering
  • Master of Technology Management

Campus

The location of the University of California Santa Barbara is nothing short of spectacular: Its approximately 400 hectare campus is located about half an hour outside of downtown Santa Barbara directly on the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded on three sides by water. The university even has its own beach and lagoon. The site itself is very green, spacious and criss-crossed by a number of cycle paths.

In the middle of the campus is the 50 meter high Storke Tower with a viewing platform from which you can see the entire campus. It is the tallest building in Santa Barbara County.

With many students living directly on campus or in the adjacent community of Isla Vista, there is a very active campus life at UCSB. The University Center is a popular meeting place. There is a bookshop, restaurants, a concert hall and the “Multicultural Center” where lectures, film nights, readings and other cultural events are held regularly.

  • Campuspläne der University of California Santa Barbara

Housing

International students can choose to live either on campus or in off -campus accommodation during their stay at the University of California Santa Barbara.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Apartments on campus
  • Private Apartments / Hotels

The college town of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is also known as the “American Riviera” because, in addition to its Mediterranean climate, the city situated between the Ynez Mountains and the Pacific also offers a high standard of living. Not least because of this warm climate, Santa Barbara has risen to become one of the best wine-growing regions. There’s shopping along State Street towards downtown, but there’s also culture to be found, such as theaters, concerts and museums.

Nightclubs, restaurants or festivals offer another way of spending free time; In addition, all kinds of (water) sports can be practiced on the wide sandy beaches and in the Pacific. There are no tall buildings in the city, only elegant small hotels and other buildings, and almost every street is lined with palm trees and flowering bushes.

Also worth seeing is El Presidio de Santa Barbara, an old Mexican-Spanish district around the Fernald Mansion. Also hosted every Sunday is the Arts and Crafts Show, where artists and craftsmen demonstrate their skills along Cabrillo Boulevard.

University of California Santa Barbara