English school in Santa Barbara: Kaplan International

From 1065.- USD
approx 939.- EUR
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Key points

  • Exceptional natural environment and climate
  • Students can use the modern facilities of Santa Barbara City College
  • Reputed language school with a wide choice of courses

The school

Levels
Elementary to Advanced
School size
L
Accommodations
Host family, Shared apartment
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
21 years
Nationality mix
China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, etc..
ratings
106 authentic opinions

Our partner school is located in the centre of Santa Barbara, not far from the sea. It’s surrounded by cafés, restaurants and shops, and it’s close to the Funk Zone, the trendy district known for its numerous wine tasting locations. In 13 classes, English is taught by experienced professionals using interactive boards and advanced methods. A multimedia centre (with free Wi-Fi), a relaxing lounge with snack and beverage vending machines and a big TV screen, as well as an external patio are at your disposal. The school allows the students to become members of the public library next door – a great way of doing some research on site!

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Access to e-learning platform
  • Welcome activity
  • Use of study centre
  • Learning Progress Guarantee (Intensive course +10 weeks)
  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Activity programme

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Standard course

Elementary to Advanced, 2 - 12 week(s)
2 week(s) - From USD 1065.-
(about EUR 935.-)
Lessons
20 of 45 minutes
Course duration
2 - 12 week(s)
Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-11:15 or 13:45-17:00 Mon-Thu + 12:00-15:15 Fri

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, double room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
2
1065
1545
1725
3
1505
2200
2470
4
1945
2855
3215
6
2735
4075
4615
8
3585
5355
6075
12
5285
7915
8995
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 21.01 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 28.11 / 29.11.2019
Holidays
22.12.2019 - 28.12.2019
Arrival: Saturday or Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Semi-intensive course

Elementary to Advanced, 2 - 48 week(s)
2 week(s) - From USD 1145.-
(about EUR 1005.-)
Lessons
27 of 45 minutes
(20 general + 7 ''structured-study'')
Course duration
2 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-11:15 or 13:45-17:00 Mon-Thu + 12:00-15:15 Fri

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, double room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
2
1145
1625
1805
3
1625
2320
2590
4
2105
3015
3375
6
2975
4315
4855
8
3905
5675
6395
12
5765
8395
9475
16
7385
10875
12315
24
10625
15835
17995
Extra week (24+)
435
650
740
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 21.01 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 28.11 / 29.11.2019
Holidays
22.12.2019 - 28.12.2019
Arrival: Saturday or Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Intensive course

Elementary to Advanced, 2 - 48 week(s)
2 week(s) - From USD 1325.-
(about EUR 1163.-)
Lessons
35 of 45 minutes
(20 general + 8 options + 7 ''structured-study'')
Course duration
2 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-11:15 + 12:00-13:30 or 13:45-17:00 Mon-Thu + 12:00-15:15 Fri

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, double room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
2
1325
1805
1985
3
1895
2590
2860
4
2465
3375
3735
6
3515
4855
5395
8
4625
6395
7115
12
6845
9475
10555
16
8585
12075
13515
24
11585
16795
18955
Extra week (24+)
475
690
780
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 21.01 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 28.11 / 29.11.2019
Holidays
22.12.2019 - 28.12.2019
Arrival: Saturday or Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Options/Extras

One-to-one course (per lesson) 75 USD
Apartment deposit (to be paid on site) 250 USD
Extra night (Price on request)
Accommodation (under 18 y.o.) (per week) (host family) 30 USD
Supplement Accommodation high season (per wk.) (host family 22.06-24.08.19) 30 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Los Angeles) 295 USD

Other accommodation options

Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (La Brezza)

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.1/5
Overall rating

100% of students recommending this school

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106 students gave their opinion about this school

18 years old - Germany
/ 5
6 weeks, July – August 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.7 / 5) (Shared apartment)
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20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Viele Chinesen gehen danach in das College in der USA, daher war mancher Unterrichtsstoff auf dies angepasstWas sehr gut war, es hatte fast keine Schweizer und Deutsche :) War gut, sogar eine Putzfrau hatte es, die wöchentlich putzen kam. Teilweise überteuert - ansonsten sehr gutes Angebot
8 weeks, February – April 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
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« Immer wieder neue Studenten, Offenheit und Persönlichkeit der Schule »
Top tips
« Viele Ausflüge machen, wer weiss ob man zurückkommt :) »
16 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, June – July 2017
Value for money (4 / 5)
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19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, September – October 2016
Value for money (5 / 5)
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22 years old - Austria
/ 5
Santa Barbara ist eine der schönsten Städte in Californien. Sie ist ideal für Leute, die nicht in einer Großstadt leben möchten. Außerdem ist die Lage am Meer perfekt für den Sommer. Die Schule hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Das Personal war sehr nett und immer sehr hilfsbereit. Es war auch sehr nett von der Schule eine Graduation für alle SchülerInnen zu veranstalten, die die Schule verlassen, auch wenn man nur kurze Zeit dort war. Die La Brezza Apartments sind ideal für Leute, die neue Leute kennenlernen möchten und auch gerne ein bisschen Party machen. Sie werden nicht nur von SprachschülerInnen bewohnt, sondern auch von Studierenden des City College. Ich hatte richtig Glück mit meinen Mitbewohnerinnen. Wir haben uns richtig gut verstanden.Das Apartment an sich war gut ausgestattet und man hatte genug Platz sich dort aufzuhalten, obwohl man meistens nur zum Schlafen und Essen dort war, weil man sonst viel mit anderen Leuten, die man dort kennen gelernt hat, etwas unternommen hat.
6 weeks, July – September 2016
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.5 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ich habe auf jeden Fall gemerkt, dass sich mein Englisch verbessert hat und es mir jetzt auch leichter fällt in dieser Sprache zu sprechen. »
18 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, July – August 2016
Value for money (3 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.8 / 5) (Host family)
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17 years old - Italy
/ 5
4 weeks, June – July 2016
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (4.7 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Si, soprattutto grazie al mix di studenti presente nella scuola, il quale mi ha permesso di mettere in pratica il mio inglese. »
22 years old - Germany
/ 5
Schule sehr sehr modernKlassenräume super aufgeteiltLehrer super nett und hilfsbereit Diese Unterkunft ist absolut empfehlenswert wenn man Abstriche in Sachen Sauberkeit und Komfor macht.Dafür trifft man so viele tolle Leute man ist dierekt ind er Stadt Partys ohne Ende. Der Spaß ist garantiert und man kann mehr oder weniger machenw as man möchte. Für jeden Jugendlichen der 21 ist sollte es Pflicht sein in dieses Apartment zu gehen
12 weeks, April – July 2016
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (4.5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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« Die Mitarbeiter und Lehrer der Schule die komplette Organisation war sehr gut »
28 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
6 weeks, February – April 2016
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, October – November 2015
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (3.3 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Testimonials

Jean Luc Bourquin
Jean Luc Bourquin

It’s been a great experience to refresh my English grammar and improve my oral skills. It’s nice to participate in a class with different cultures. The school’s staff are all very friendly and have always an open ear to help. In addition to the main programme, I had the opportunity to choose elective classes. It means you can be in touch with different teachers with different methods and you can improve your skills individually.

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Paolo Catozzo
Paolo Catozzo

A small but welcoming town, Santa Barbara is the perfect place for improving your English. During my stay there, I could exercise my English skills. I met fantastic people with whom I spent fantastic moments. The school was very friendly and organised many activities and excursions. The teachers were all qualified and available if we had questions or didn’t understand something. The classrooms were large, with students from various countries. In the cafeteria, during the lunch break, there was a wide choice of dishes, from an American burger with fries to a chicken salad with the sauce of your choice. There were also Lasagnas. With a few dollars, you could have a balanced meal.

The school was located 10 minutes away from the town centre, in the State Street (Santa Barbara’s main street). The beach is a 10 minutes’ walk from the school, it was perfect for a nice afternoon with people from the apartments or from the school. For shopping addicts, there were plenty of choices. In the next town, Camarillo, there was a mall, just outside Santa Barbara, where you could buy American designer clothes at an affordable price, especially during the sales period. I visited many places like San Diego or the Mexican town of Tijuana, Los Angeles and Hollywood, the Universal Studios and the Vista Island. During the festival, you can see car parades and people wearing traditional clothes, and Santa Barbara’s inhabitants are very keen on this event. The night events in Santa Barbara begin very early, around 7 p.m. and end towards 1.30 p.m.

Still during the festival period, you can buy souvenirs of alls kinds on little stands on the beach. People are kind and polite there. In short, Santa Barbara is the perfect town for students who want to spend nice holidays but off the beaten track. My stay was beautiful and I might go back there.

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Ines Dettwiler
Ines Dettwiler

I have been in Santa Barbara, California, for a month now and I am staying for another 2 months. I like it a lot here, the area is beautiful and so is the weather at the moment. My host family is really nice and people are usually open-minded and friendly towards us, the “foreigners”. I also like the SBCC Kaplan school. I meet many people from the whole world here and I love talking to them. The school is located by the sea and there are palm trees everywhere. It is beautiful and really different from Switzerland. Everything went really well: the flight, the transfer from the airport to my host family, and my adoptive parents gave me a warm welcome. Thank you for organising everything before my departure! I am very happy to be here and I am glad everything is going well. Thanks again! I am delighted to be staying 2 more months here. Even though time flies, I am enjoying every minute of it and improving my English skills day after day.

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Host family
Staying with a host family is the best choice for effective and active immersion in the Californian culture. You will stay in a single or double room with half board provided. In this way, you will share in the lifestyle and experiences of your host family whilst practising your English daily. The families are situated around 45 minutes away from the school.

Shared apartment (from 18 years)
This option is ideal for those who wish to share with other students. Living around 15-20 minutes away from the school, you will stay in a single or double room and share the bathroom, TV lounge and the kitchen/dining room with your international flatmates. A laundry room (paying) and Wi-Fi access are also available.

Studio apartment
For more independent students, our partner school offers studio accommodation. The apartments are located 45 minutes by bus away from the school and 20 minutes by public transport from the centre of Santa Barbara. All are spacious and include a bed, bathroom and space for studying. You will also find a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your meals. The studios are located opposite numerous restaurants and a bus station. Bath towels and sheets are at your disposal and, once a week, a cleaning service is carried out. For a small fee, you will have internet access and access to a washing machine. Prices and information on request.
Santa Barbara is a vibrant city that offers plenty of activities. You’ll be spoilt for choice! With your new friends from the language school, you will go shopping, play beach volley or for a barbecue on the beach. The school organises excursions, surf lessons, hikes in the mountains and movie nights. It also offers trips to Los Angeles, San Francisco or Las Vegas and gives you the opportunity to attend a match of a professional sports team. Around the school, plenty of fitness centres, some volleyball and tennis courts, a skate park and a running track are available for you to dive into the local life by practicing sports!

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