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Language School Santa BarbaraEnglish Language Center: Live your Californian dream

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Have you ever heard of Santa Barbara? The Californian city is easier to overlook than many other ostentatious skylines of larger cities in the USA. But that is precisely why a language study abroad in this wonderful city is worth it. For Santa Barbara does not stand out because of large buildings; instead, it stands out because of its amazing atmosphere and exquisite quality of life, which has attracted many American stars to the Californian city.

Charming, narrow stone steps lead to the dream-like Santa Barbara beaches. You are more likely to cross paths with a star from the American film or music industry here than in many of the other big cities across America. Due to its unique charm, Santa Barbara has become one of the most expensive places to live in the USA, aside from the Silicon Valley. Away from the celebrities, there are also numerous students and families in this coastal city who breathe life into the promenades, bars and restaurants. In short: Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful settings for a successful language study abroad!

Palmen stehen am Strand von Santa Barbara

Natural beauty – What to see and how to get there

Sightseeing in Santa Barbara

After the earthquake in 1925, the city planners decided to rebuild Santa Barbara in a Spanish style. For this reason, no building in the coastal city is permitted to be higher than two storeys high. The best place to view the city is therefore from the court house in the centre of the city. From the viewing platform 30 metres up, you can see a very special side to Santa Barbara, which is defined by the many red clay brick roofs, numerous palm trees and the coastline. But, Santa Barbara is more than just beautiful to look at. One of the branches of the University of California, UC Santa Barbara, attracts a lot of students to the city, which impacts the culture, art and diversity of the city. Santa Barbara doesn’t need any make-up to make it shine – the city is beautiful in a really natural way.

Getting to Santa Barbara

The easiest way to get to Santa Barbara is by plane. For this, you have two options available: the regional airport of Santa Barbara is only a fifteen-minute journey west of the city. Most travellers, however, prefer the second option and fly into Los Angeles International Airport, LAX. From here, you can take the Santa Barbara Airbus. The transfer costs about 40 US dollars.

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Blick über die Dächer im spanischen Kolonialstil von Santa Barbara

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    Language Course Start Date Weeks Lessons Price
    Course informationGeneral English Course
    Course informationCambridge First (FCE)
    30 US$4,050
    Course informationCambridge Advanced (CAE)
    30 US$4,050
    School Highlights
    • Cambridge International Exam Centre
    • Located in a newly renovated, award-winning, Santa Barbara style building
    • Surrounded by beautiful beaches and mountains.


    “I like everything at ELC Santa Barbara, when I am here I don't want to be anywhere else.”

    School Services

    • 13 Classrooms
    • Air conditioning
    • Computer room
    • Learning centre
    • Student lounge
    • Terrace
    • Vending machines
    • Wifi


    Facts and Numbers


    1100 Santa Barbara Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    United States

    Student Nationalities

    Western Europe 34%
    Eastern Europe 6%
    Asia 9%
    Latin America 11%
    Middle East 39%
    Various 1%

    Age Mix

    Ages 16-18 10%
    Ages 19-24 75%
    Ages 25-30 10%
    Over 30 5%

    Opening Hours

    08.30-16:30 Monday to Friday

    School Holidays

    04.09.2017, 23.11.2017, 24.11.2017, 25.12.2017, 26.12.2017

    USA-Sprachreisen: Schauen Sie sich unsere Sprachschulen in den Vereinigten Staaten an, und planen Sie schon jetzt Ihre Sprachreise!