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International Applicants

The University of California, Santa Barbara attracts top students from across the United States and around the world. UCSB welcomes international applicants to our campus. An international applicant is a student who holds or expects to hold a student, exchange, visitor or diplomatic visa and who wishes to attend school in the United States.
As an international student, you can apply as a freshman or a transfer student and you must meet the University of California subject requirements at the freshman or transfer level. You are considered a freshman applicant if you have completed secondary school and have not enrolled at any college or university. You are considered a transfer applicant if you have completed secondary school and enrolled in a college or university.

Points of Pride

  • There are 220,000+ UCSB alumni around the globe.
  • Over 50% of undergraduates conduct research.
  • UCSB students learn from top faculty, including six Nobel Laureates.
  • No. 7 public university in the U.S. by US News & World Report for 2020.
  • UCSB is one of the only California universities to offer an actuarial science major.

Financial Concerns

Please see UCSB's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships page for estimated cost of attendance.

For questions about visas and other documentation, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Message About Agents and Consultants

UCSB does not partner with agents to represent the university or to administer any part of the undergraduate admission application process. The engagement of agents or private organizations for the purpose of recruiting or enrolling international students is not endorsed by UCSB. Agents who may be retained by students to help with the application process are not recognized as representatives of the university and do not have a contractual agreement or partnership to represent UCSB.

UCSB expects all applicants to complete their own application materials. The use of agent services is not aligned with UC’s Statement on Integrity, expectations that are explained as a part of applying for admission to the university.

UCSB expects an application to be the work of the applicant and that all information on the application is complete, accurate and truthful.

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