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EF International Language Center, Santa Barbara, USA

1421 Chapala Street - 93101 Santa Barbara - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Great seaside location and just a 5-minute walk to discover shopping and dining on State Street.
  • Santa Barbara is one of the top destinations our students liked most
  • Outdoor swimming pool

What we dislike about the school

  • Lessons are 40 minutes long, which is shorter than in other schools.

Location: EF International Language Center Santa Barbara is located in the naturally beautiful Californian city of Santa Barbara, on the West Coast of the USA. Housed in two historical and spacious Spanish colonial-style buildings, EF Santa Barbara is a short distance from State Street, where students will find multiple trendy cafés, clubs, shops and restaurants. Also within walking distance of the school, are local attractions such as Stearns Wharf, the retro cinemas of State Street, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Mall, in addition to countless other attractions. The school's downtown location ensures that it is close to many of the city's main sites, allowing all students to feel comfortable, entertained and motivated whilst in Santa Barbara. EF Santa Barbara offers everything a student may need to create many memorable moments whilst reaching their language goals. Santa Barbara is around a three and a half hour journey via public transport from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

School facilities: The facilities of EF Santa Barbara are excellent, offering students all that they may need to reach their language goals, from a motivated and comfortable environment. These facilities include a cafeteria, computer lab, games room, lounge area, a garden and free WIFI, in addition to further comforts such as an outdoor swimming pool and various table games. All classrooms are equipped with air conditioning, heating and ample natural light to create an optimal learning environment.

Course selection: EF Santa Barbara is open to students of all levels and ages at various times throughout the year. For adults, several programmes take place the whole year round, whilst junior immersive or day programmes are available through the summer months. The school also offers a variety of exam preparation programmes throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation in Residence or Homestay is optional and available with all courses.

School chain: EF was founded in Sweden over 55 years ago. It has since then helped millions of people experience new cultures, see new places and learn new things about the world and about themselves. Across the globe, they have more than 600 schools and offices in over 50 countries, delivering the best in education and student care throughout all locations. As a group, EF has hubs in Boston, London, Barcelona, Mexico City, São Paulo, Shanghai, Stockholm, Zürich, and more!

EF understands that language programmes can be much more than the sole process of learning a language, as cultural immersion and diversity play a key part in any student's educational and life development.

Throughout the EF schools, programmes are readily available to adults and juniors, for career, personal and educational development.
  • The language school EF International Language Center was founded in Santa Barbara, USA in 1965.
  • Legal name / parent company: EF Language Colleges Ltd
  • Tax registration ID: CHE116289657
  • Abbreviated name of school: EF Santa Barbara
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

English Courses

General Language
Exam Preparation
Information for all courses offered by EF International Language Center
Comments about courses

Cancellation Protection fee: EUR 85 EUR (Non-refundable).

Course materials are not included in the price. Costs are as follows:
1-6 weeks: EUR 45
1-12 weeks: EUR 80
1-18 weeks: EUR 125

Accommodation Supplements:
The twin room homestay included in the tuition price can be upgraded to a single room homestay for EUR 50 per week.
Residence accommodation is also available upon request and subject to availability.

Homestays are no further than 45 minutes by public transportation from school.

Lesson duration
40 minutes
School's administrative fee
150.00 €
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place before the start of the course via an online form.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 95 €. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2022, 20 Jan. 2022, 17 Feb. 2022, 25 May 2022, 03 Jul. 2022, 04 Jul. 2022, 07 Sep. 2022, 12 Oct. 2022, 11 Nov. 2022, 26 Nov. 2022, 25 Dec. 2022.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
Note: All courses offered by EF Languages Abroad, Santa Barbara can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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EF International Language Center (EF)

Accreditations and Quality seals
AAIEPACCETSEVPPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalSouthern New Hampshire University
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Students should arrive at
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at EF International Language Center and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
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General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Computer lab

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Billiards

  • Table tennis

  • Outdoor swimming pool

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in most classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 30
    Number of public PC workstations: 75

Student Age

Minimum age of students
16 years
13 years for specific Junior courses

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa for travelling to USA and attending a language course.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Express shipment fee (via courier)
South America: 85 €
Africa: 85 €
Asia: 85 €
Free shipment via regular mail
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.


EF International Language Center Santa Barbara Information Sheet
EF International Language Center Santa Barbara Information Sheet


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FAQ about EF International Language Center, Santa Barbara

  • Yes, we can offer tuition and activities only. For students who are not booking accommodation with us, a parental consent form must be sent to the school a few days before the course starts.
    Rossella Reale, Sales & Admissions from EF International Language Center - Mar 31, 2022
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at English First varies from 17 students (General Course + Accommodation) to 17 students (General Course + Accommodation)
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