Testimonials: Kaplan International, Santa Barbara

Daniel Heeschen
Daniel Heeschen

After I got my professional diploma, I wanted to spend some time abroad. But as half a year of “Work & Travel” would have been too much for me, I gathered information about a language stay and I noticed that there was a choice of very attractive destinations. I then contacted ESL, which gave me good advice. In total, I spent 6 weeks in Santa Barbara and I got to know a lot of people from all around the world, I visited a few amazing cities and I extended my vocabulary in a very nice student community. I can only recommend this trip to those who like sunshine, want to collect incredible experiences and always wanted to travel to the United States.

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Valérie Rüeger
Valérie Rüeger

I particularly liked this city because even though it is not very big it has a lot of charm. Compared to other cities in the United States, Santa Barbara is a safe place, I always felt secure there. Moreover, the campus is beautiful and is located on a hill looking over the ocean, which is five minutes away by foot. Even though I was not 21 yet during my stay, I was able to enjoy the nightlife, which is really great! On weekends I went to San Francisco, Los Angeles and even Las Vegas, all this to say that there is a lot to visit!

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Célia Huart
Célia Huart

I spent two really unforgettable weeks in Santa Barbara, the city is beautiful, the school is well located, five minutes away from the beach, and offers a lot of activities, the teachers are all very open. As far as outings are concerned, there are a lot of possibilities, especially the house parties in the student quarter. I will keep fond memories of all the great people I met. Finally, if you choose to go to Santa Barbara, I strongly recommend spending more than two weeks there because time flies.

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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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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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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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