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California University of Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara)

№ 152 QS Word University Ranking
Address: Santa Barbara, CA 93106,

Description California University of Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara)

  • Founded: in 1891
  • Location: Santa Barbara, USA
  • Total number of students: 21685 people

The large public open University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) is one of the 10 campuses of the world-renowned University of California. It covers an area of ​​1022 acres and is located northwest of Los Angeles at a distance of approximately 160 kilometers.

As early as 1891, an independent college was established on the base of the current campus, which was actively developed and expanded, which led to its inclusion in the prestigious University of California in 1944.

The total number of students today reaches 21685 people - this is the 5th place in the general university ranking. Approximately 3000 people are enrolled in the postgraduate program.

The UC Santa Barbara faculty is exceptionally strong: among them there are 5 laureates of the prestigious Nobel Prize, 32 full members of the National Academy of Sciences, 25 members of the American Academy of Arts and Science and the National Academy of Engineering.

The sports field is very developed on the campus: the university team is a member of the National Association of Student Sports, repeatedly became the winners in the men's water polo and soccer competition (national championship).

The motto of UC Santa Barbara is the Latin saying Fiat Lux - "Let there be light." Many well-known and successful personalities among graduates - let's name just a few names:

  • Benjamin Bratt (actor of theater and cinema)
  • Michael Douglas (actor, producer)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow (actress, Oscar winner)
  • Michael Friedman (mathematician awarded the Fields Prize for his work on the Poincaré conjecture)
  • David Gross (a physicist who won the Nobel Prize in 2004)
  • Walter Cohn (theoretical physicist, Nobel Prize 1998)
  • Alan Heeger (physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in 2004) and many others.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in California University of Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara)

Program name
from 29 754 $ / semester

The program for obtaining a bachelor's degree and a diploma is represented at the university in a very diverse manner - in total 87 directions. All of them are divided into schools and colleges:

  • College of Creative Research (8 directions)
  • College of Engineering (7 directions)
  • College of writing and science (other specialties).

The price of the program is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents, courier delivery of originals
  • Consular fee (paid at the embassy).
from 20 352 $ / semester

The total number of master's programs of the university reaches 55 - these directions are represented practically in all fields of knowledge and sciences:

  • Anthropology
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Classical Civilizations
  • Literature
  • Computer science
  • Psychology
  • Earth sciences
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Management
  • French
  • German
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Portuguese
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Theater and drama.

The price of the course is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents, courier delivery of originals
  • Consular fee (paid at the embassy).

Accommodation, housing and food

Accommodation options in Santa Barbara

For accommodation for the period of study, students are offered a comfortable hostel on the campus: here young people are offered cozy rooms, furnished with necessary furniture, where they can accommodate 1-2 people or more.

In addition to living in a dormitory, young people can always choose rental housing outside campus. For meals, students can use the canteen on campus, prepare their own meals in the kitchen at the residence, or eat in catering establishments, which are abundant not far from the university campus.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Exercise & Sport Studies , Actuarial Science, anthropology, archeology, art, Art (CCS), Asian American Studies, biochemistry, Biological sciences, Biological Sciences see Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, biology, Biomolecular Science and Engineering, Biomolecular, chemical engineering, Biopsychology, Black Studies, CalTeach/Science Math Initiative, Cellular biology, Certificate in College and University Teaching, Chemical engineering, chemistry, Chemistry / Biochemistry, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Chicano Studies, Chinese, Classics, Communication, Comparative Literature, computer literacy, computer science, Computing, Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology, Dance, Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, Department of Education, Developmental Biology, Dynamical Neuroscience, Earth Science , East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, ecology, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, economics, Education Abroad Program, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electronic engineering, English, English for Multilingual Students, ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, evolution theory, Feminist Studies, Film and Media Studies, Financial accounting, French, French and Italian, geography, Geography, Joint Program SDSU , geology, german language, Germanic and Slavic Studies, Global and International Studies, Graduate Division, Graduate Program in Management Practice, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, history, History of art, History of Art and Architecture, History, Joint Program CSUS, Interdisciplinary Courses, Interdisciplinary Studies, Italian language, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Latin American and Iberian Studies, linguistics, literature, Marine research, Marine science, Master of Environmental Science & Management (MESM) Program, Materials, Materials Science, Mathematics (CCS), maths, Mechanical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Media Arts and Technology, microbiology, Military Science, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, music, Music Composition, musical art, pedagogy, pharmacology, PhD in Environmental Science & Management Program, philosophy, physics, Physics (CCS), physiology, political science, politics, Portuguese, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Religious studies, Renaissance Studies, sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Speech and Hearing Sciences, statistics, Statistics and Applied Probability, Summer Sessions, Teacher Education Program, The art of multimedia, The Gevirtz School, theater, Theatrical art, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA WASHINGTON PROGRAM (UCDC), Women, Culture, and Development Studies, Writing And Literature, Writing Program, Writing skills, zoology,  Slavic languages ​​and literature,  Technology management


UC Santa Barbara has been repeatedly awarded with various awards and is renowned for its achievements:

  • 29th among the best universities in the USA (2014)
  • 116th place among US universities by Forbes (2014)
  • 42 place among national universities according to US version News & amp; World Report (2011)
  • 35th place in the world ranking of universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • 33rd place among the academic successes of the universities of the world (2011).

UC Santa Barbara is known for its research and successful attraction of investments: in 2007, more than $ 191.2 million was raised (97th place in the US national ranking for investment). The campus has 12 research centers and institutes, including the famous and successful Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Equipment California University of Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara)

The general structure of the UC Santa Barbara campus includes 2 schools and 3 colleges - the total number of specialties reaches 87 under the baccalaureate and 55 in the direction of the magistracy. In general, the structure of the university looks like this:

  • College of Engineering
  • Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
  • College of Creative Research
  • School of Environmental Sciences and Management named after Bren (located in the large modern building of Bren Hall)
  • College of Writing and Science.

 Students can use the resources of a huge library of their own, which provides a rich array of both printed and periodical literature, and electronic and multimedia materials, as well as gramophone records and slides. Practical classes take place in specially equipped laboratories and research centers equipped with advanced technology.


Term dates, timetable and extra fees

For international students, the cost of studying at UC Santa Barbara is about $ 40,704 for an academic year. This price does not include and is paid additionally:

  • Round trip air tickets
  • Round trip
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents, courier delivery of originals
  • Consular fee (to be paid at the embassy).

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Applicants must submit the following documents to the admissions office:

  • Higher education certificate (for magistracy) or school certificate of secondary education (for undergraduate)
  • Certificate of high level of English Language (TOEFL or GMAT).

Additionally, you will be asked to pass a personal interview, and entrance examinations for priority specialties are provided.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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