International Students

UCSB is an academically top-ranked university in the US, and around the world. As a student here, you can enjoy a first-rate education, while in a beautiful, safe and welcoming city on the coast of southern California.



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University Immersion Program

Study abroad side-by-side with U.S. students at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), a world-renowned leader in research and innovation beautifully located on the edge of the Pacific in southern California. This program opens the entire UCSB campus to you! Spend as little as 1 quarter or as much as a full year at UCSB, the #5 ranked public institution in the US...and the only one with its own beach!

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International Diploma Program

At UCSB’s professional school, you can earn a specialized diploma in many areas. Or, combine coursework to earn multiple diplomas. Diploma Programs are specializations focusing on career skills and practical subjects. You can customize your study plan for a multidisciplinary approach to boost your resume/CV!

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3+1 Program

This program is designed for international college students who have completed three years of undergraduate study in their home country. They will spend their fourth year here at UCSB to get study abroad experience and to prepare for the US graduate program application process. Students will earn UC units to transfer back to their home university to receive their bachelors’ degree. Some of the units they earn may be transferable if they are accepted into a UC graduate school. 

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Undergraduate Pathway Program

This step-by-step Undergraduate Pathway Program is designed to prepare high school graduates to seek admission to a US research university. As a defined pathway, it allows students to receive a structured preparation for succeeding in the rigorous academic environment of top universities in the US.

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