UC Santa Barbara welcomes international applicants to our campus. Currently, our students come from 107 different countries worldwide. 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. 

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Applying as an International Student

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.


Cost of Attendance

Learn more about UCSB's cost of attendance for international students.

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships


Visa Information

For Visa information and questions about other documentation, OISS is here to help.

Office of International Students and Scholars