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International Freshman Eligibility

As one of the top research universities in the world, UC Santa Barbara's international reputation means admission is competitive. The Office of Admissions is familiar with educational systems around the world, and will provide each applicant with a com­prehensive review. To be considered competitive for admission, your grades and exam scores must be excellent. The credentials of an international undergraduate applicant are evaluated in accordance with the general regulations governing admission.

You may have to meet additional admission requirements and follow certain guidelines for filling out the undergraduate application, depending on your country or educational system.

Freshman requirements by country or educational system

Curriculum Requirements

Select your continent and country below to view UC eligibility requirements given your home country's curriculum.

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  • Nigeria

North and South America

  • Argentina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Ecuador

  • El Salvador

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Mexico

  • Panama

  • Peru

  • Uruguay


  • Australian Capital Territory

  • New South Wales

  • Northern Territory

  • Northwest Territories

  • Queensland

  • South Australia

  • Tasmania

  • Victoria

  • Western Australia


  • Bangladesh

  • China

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Israel

  • Japan

  • Jordan

  • Kuwait

  • Malaysia

  • Philippines

  • Qatar

  • Republic of South Korea

  • Russian Federation

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Singapore

  • Sri Lanka

  • Taiwan

  • Thailand

  • United Arab Emirates

  • Vietnam


  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Italy

  • Scotland

  • United Kingdom (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)

International Schools

Your international school must have an appropriate level of recognition in the educational system it follows. If your international school follows a U.S. curriculum, the school must have U.S. accreditation and you must graduate with a U.S. high school diploma or an equiva­lent credential.

High schools and colleges outside of California must be accredited by one of the following regional accreditation agencies:

  • Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Ministry of Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

IB programs and A-Level examinations do not require accreditation from a U.S. regional accreditation agency.

Examination Requirement

UC will be test-optional for fall 2021 and fall 2022 admissions. Students can submit an SAT or ACT exam for review. If submitted, the exam does not need to have the essay/writing section.

UC no longer requires SAT subject tests, but certain programs on some campuses recommend them and you can use subject tests to satisfy the "a-g" requirements listed above. Specifically, at UCSB the College of Creative Studies recommends a SAT subject test related to an applicant’s chosen major. The College of Engineering recommends that all applicants take the Math 2 subject test.

UCSB Supplemental Applications

Certain departments at UC Santa Barbara require a supplemental application in addition to the University of California application, in which you select UCSB as a campus of choice.

College of Creative Studies

Applicants to the College of Creative Studies must submit an additional application and supplementary materials directly to the College. Although no additional fee is required to apply, admission to the College of Creative Studies is contingent upon receiving an admission offer from UCSB. Students may also apply to the college once admitted to UCSB. If you need the CCS application mailed to you, please contact the College by email at

Department of Dance

The supplemental application and audition requirement for the Department of Dance can be found here.

Department of Music

The supplemental application and audition requirement for the Department of Music can be found here.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English, and whose high school, college or university education was in a country where the language of instruction was not English, must provide evidence of English proficiency to be successful in university studies. For more information, please read English Language Proficiency.