English Courses in Santa Barbara

English School in Santa Barbara

Study at Kaplan's English school in Santa Barbara, a famous celebrity hangout and home to some of the best beaches on the West Coast. Study at a relaxed American college campus with easy transport to beaches, shopping destinations, bars and nightclubs, and take advantage of the campus’s excellent facilities.

Kaplan's English School in Santa Barbara

Our English school in Santa Barbara is located a short walk away from the ocean. This modern campus has sea views, world-class facilities and a relaxed college campus atmosphere that lets you study and mingle with local and international students at Santa Barbara City College.

Nearby are some of California’s best beaches and seafront attractions, and Kaplan’s English school in Santa Barbara makes full use of everything the city and its surrounds has to offer. The social program hosts weekly activities like beach barbecues, boat parties, trips to Disneyland and Universal Studios, baseball games and day trips out to Yosemite National Park to see the grand Sequoias! 

From August 4 to December 12 2014, you can experience a whole new Santa Barbara with our temporary classrooms at Antioch University in the downtown area. Find out more.

Things to See and Do

  • Go surfing before class
  • Spend an evening walking along the pier
  • Take a weekend trip to Las Vegas
  • Head into Los Angeles to do some celebrity spotting
  • Take a trip to watch the LA Dodgers play baseball
  • Go on the historical Red Tile Walking Tour
  • Enjoy a scenic tour through wine country
  • Explore Santa Barbara’s bustling microbreweries

School Facilities

  • Conveniently located right near the beach
  • Free access to college facilities including library, tennis courts and track
  • Access to the college Fitness Center (for a fee)
  • Prepare for SBCC's 2-year degree programs
  • A range of sports and social events


Student Apartments

We offer apartments with an excellent standard of living and the opportunity to practice your English outside of your course. 

  • Room type: Single or Twin
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Meals provided: Self-catered
  • More information:
  • Le Brezza


Homestay accommodation is ideal if you want to immerse yourself in the Californian culture. Sharingg meals with your hosts, you'll benefit from speaking English in relaxed, natural situations outside of your English course.

  • Room type: Twin or Single
  • Minimum age: 16
  • Meals provided: 14 per week
  • More information:
    Download our Homestay in Santa Barbara fact sheet

School Location

Kaplan International Santa Barbara
ECC 21
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

We have additional, off-site classrooms at Antioch University, with free transportation between this site and the main school.

Antioch University Santa Barbara
602 Anacapa Street (corner of Anacapa and Cota)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

State Approval

Kaplan International schools in California are approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau for Private Post secondary Education (bppe.ca.gov)

Visit the California State Disclosures list for the documents filed with the state and/or required to be made available to students prior to enrollment.

Public Holidays

Please note this school will be closed on the following dates:
01 Jan 2014 – New Year
20 Jan 2014 – Martin Luther King Day
14 Feb 2014 – Presidents’ Day
17 Feb 2014 – Presidents’ Day
26 May 2014 – Memorial Day
04 July 2014 – Independence Day
01 Sep 2014 – Labor Day
11 Nov 2014 – Veterans Day
27 Nov 2014 – Thanksgiving
28 Nov 2014 – Thanksgiving
25 Dec 2014 – Christmas Day
US Christmas and New Year closures: Closed from 22nd December 2014, open again on 29th December 2014.

Regulatory Information

This school is authorized under Federal law to enrol non-immigrant alien students. All courses offered by Kaplan International are avocational and recreational, and are not intended to lead to vocation, occupation or career opportunities. Kaplan International does not confer credits, certification, diploma or degree for any courses, and no credits are transferrable to institutions of higher education.

Student Testimonial

"Santa Barbara isn't too big, and we often go to the beach after school to play some beach volleyball. State Street is also good for shopping and there are a lot of restaurants and coffee shops."
laura spitznagel
Santa Barbara School Testimonial
Student Recommendation Rate
95% would recommend
our Santa Barbara school
to their friends.
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