How to Apply

Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) values student diversity, and welcomes applications from all qualified international candidates. Applicants from outside the United States should plan to apply at least three-to-four months before the quarter starts to allow time to process all required paperwork.

International Admission Requirements
If you are applying for international student admission (F-1 student visa), in addition to submitting a complete admission application, you must also submit the following:

  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Transcript evaluation for all coursework done outside of the U.S. or Canada (except Quebec)
  • Financial Certification - Official Bank Letter & Financial Statement Form
  • Passport style photograph
  • Photocopy of your passport

Additionally, if you are an international student currently studying in the U.S. and are wishing to transfer to Antioch University Santa Barbara, please be prepared to submit the following in addition to providing the above-mentioned:

Expanded International Admission Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through successful completion of the ETS-TOEFL, Kaplan's TOEFL, IELTS, or CELSA exam.  *See chart on next page for acceptable scores.

Exam Score
ETS TOEFL 79 (internet), 550 (paper), 213 (computer)
Kaplan's TOEFL Kaplan's Advanced Level
IELTS 6.5 or higher

If you had schooling in a country other than the U.S. or Canada (except Quebec), you must have your academic record evaluated to certify that coursework completed (and academic degrees earned) are the equivalent to that offered in the United States at a regionally accredited institution.  A full course-by-course evaluation must be completed by an approved evaluation agency.  The evaluation summary provided directly by the agency will serve as your official transcript, and indicate the number of units and/or degree(s) you have earned. It is not necessary for you to provide an original copy of your academic record to our office.  Antioch University Santa Barbara recommends the use of Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI), an organization specializing in foreign credential evaluation and a recognized member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).  For a list of other approved agencies, please contact the Office of AdmissionsNote:  For the BA program, AUSB guarantees 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of lower-division transfer credit for applicants who completed upper-secondary/gymnasium in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, or the Netherlands.  Evaluation by an agency is not required.  Instead, applicants must provide an official transcript in English, from their school to be awarded this credit. This official transcript must indicate the graduation date.

You must submit documentation of your ability to pay the educational and living expenses required for at least one year of your program.  Please review the Estimated Budget Sheet, then submit the Financial Statement and the required bank documentation.  The bank documentation should include the following elements:

  • Bank name and address on official letterhead
  • Dated no earlier than 6-9 months before first day of start term
  • Sponsor's first and last name, relation to applicant, and an indication of sponsorship
  • Amount of available funds in US or foreign currency

The photograph should be a clear, full color head-shot without eyewear.  You may submit the photograph electronically to or by standard mail to:  Antioch University Santa Barbara, Office of Admissions, 602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA  93101.

This should be a photocopy of the passport page that lists the expiration date. The photocopy should be sent via mail to: Antioch University Santa Barbara, Office of Admissions, 602 Anacapa Street, CA 93101.  You also have the option to send it electronically as a scanned image or PDF to:

If you are accepted to one of AUSB’s academic programs, you will receive the necessary U.S. immigration forms to apply for a student visa (F-1) through the U.S. consulate in your home country. Admission to AUSB does not guarantee that you will receive a student visa. If you do not receive a student visa before the program start date, you may contact our Office of Admissions for assistance in changing your admission start date to a later start term. International students holding a student visa must be enrolled full time each quarter. Please remember, in general, a student visa does not allow you to be employed while in school.



Bridge Program

Transfer 80 semester units from a community college and earn your BA degree at AUSB in one year.

  • Cost-effective: Generous credit given for past coursework
  • Time-efficient: Associate’s degree or G.E. completion not required for transfer
  • Support: Dedicated Advisors help you build a path to degree completion. Advising is available before, during, and after the transfer and application process

Acceptable Transfer Credits

  • Santa Barbara City College credits
  • International or US university credits from accredited institutions or the equivalent
  • Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands’ Upper Secondary (Gymnasium) or Germany’s Abitur – guaranteed full year of transfer credit *Similar studies completed in countries not listed above may be evaluated for transferability
  • CLEP credit (score of 50 or higher)

Pathway Program

Know Today Where You’ll Be Tomorrow! Lock in your academic track through graduate school.

  • Streamline your admission process by simultaneously applying for admission to the BA Program and gain provisional admission to one of three graduate programs
  • Receive a $1,000 Pathway Grant that will be applied toward BA tuition, and a $3,500 Pathway Grant that will be applied toward graduate school tuition
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AUSB’s BA program develops well-rounded global citizens with the knowledge and skills to lead successful careers and meaningful lives. Select from seven concentrations: Applied Psychology; Business & Entrepreneurship; Marketing; Child Development & Education; Communication & Media; Environmental Studies; and Liberal Arts.

Engaging Faculty

  • Dedicated faculty with extensive professional training and their own thriving businesses and practices
  • Academic performance assessed with narrative evaluations and letter-grade equivalents

Affordable Education

  • Same tuition for California residents, out-of-state, and international students
  • Students can complete their BA at AUSB for the same cost as attending the University of California or California State University

Small & Flexible Classes

  • Average class size is 20 students
  • We offer year-round instruction: 4 quarters of 10 weeks each
  • Flexible course formats: 3-unit classes held once a week, 1-unit Saturday seminars, and select hybrid/online courses