Throughout the past four decades, Santa Barbara City College's Study Abroad program has developed an outstanding reputation, achieving state and national recognition for its excellence and quality. Since our first credit summer program in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1973, more than 6,000 SBCC students have participated in study abroad programs in approximately 20 different countries, including Mexico, Spain, Greece, Italy, England, France, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, the former Soviet Union, New Zealand, China, Vietnam and more recently India, Thailand, and Rwanda.
Santa Barbara City College was one of the first community colleges in California to develop comprehensive semester abroad programs. In 1985, SBCC was the first community college to offer a semester-length program in China providing students with the opportunity to witness first hand the democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square which led to the governmental crackdown on Chinese students. In 1989, Santa Barbara City College was the first community college to offer a full-length credit semester program in the Ukraine (formerly part of the Soviet Union) where students were able to observe the nationalist and political independence movements which proceeded the breakup of the Soviet Union. More recent program offerings include programs in Cuba, Thailand, China & Vietnam, India, Costa Rica, Chile & Argentina, Rwanda, and South Africa. The program scope and variety is a reflection of SBCC's commitment to internationalize the curriculum and the recognition of the value of international experience and expertise as components of a modern education.
Program Safety Update:
The continued threat of terrorism has raised many questions in the minds of our students who are currently abroad as well as their family members and friends in the US. The safety and well being of our students is of utmost concern to us, and we will continue to closely monitor travel advisories posted by the US State Department and other safety information as it becomes available. Should the US State Department issue a travel advisory advising American citizens not to travel to a country where SBCC is offering a study abroad program, we will immediately cancel the program and inform all students that the program has been canceled.
Following are a few pertinent resources that may be useful to you:
- Consular Affairs: Overseas Citizens Services Advisories
- A parent guide to study abroad
- Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
- SAFETI Online Newsletter
- Personal Safety Overseas: Safety Tips for Overseas Travel
- Sexual Harassment and Prevention in College Students Studying Abroad
- Study Abroad Student Handbook: Advice For Parents
For additional travel safety information, please refer to our Health & Safety page.