Frequently Asked Questions

The information (click on a question to see the answer) below will answer most of your questions about  the Admissions Process for International Students. If you have a question not answered here, please contact the Office of Admissions for assistance.

International Student Admissions

I would like to take classes at AUSB and SBCC concurrently. How do I get approval?

If you would like to take classes at AUSB and SBCC concurrently, please fill out the Request for Concurrent Enrollment Form.

Is the tuition for international students different from domestic students?

No. Whether a student is a domestic or international student, all students pay the same tuition. Please review the Tuition and Fees page to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Is there a separate admission application for international students?

Yes. International students use the same online application to apply for admission to all undergraduate and graduate programs, but also complete a supplemental International Student application. To review the admission criteria and process please click here.

What is the application fee and when do I have to submit my application?

The application fee is $60. Please visit this webpage for admission application deadlines.

I’ve submitted my application what happens next?

In addition to submitting the online application, it is important that you submit all other admission documents in a timely manner (i.e. admission essay, transcripts or approved transcript evaluation, Financial Statement, etc…).  Once your admission application is complete—meaning all required documents are in, your file will be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee.  For the graduate programs, you will be contacted to schedule either a phone, Skype, or in-person admission interview. You can anticipate receiving decision notification via e-mail or standard mail.  If you are offered admission to the program, your next steps will be communicated within your decision letter, which include:  Student-Intent-to-Register instructions, procedures for scheduling your enrollment advising appointment, New Student Orientation details, etc. . . If  you are denied admission, you are welcome to re-apply for admission after 6 months (for the BA program) or one year (for graduate-level programs).

Do I need to submit a TOEFL score?

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




Kaplan’s TOEFL

Kaplan’s Advanced Level


79 (internet), 550 (paper), 213 (computer)


6.5 or higher



Can I study part-time?

No, international students cannot study part-time. U.S. immigration law requires that all international students on F-1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment. To be considered full-time, undergraduate students must be registered for a minimum of 12 quarter credits. Graduate students must be registered for a minimum of 9 quarter credits to be considered full-time.

Can international students apply for a second undergraduate degree?

Yes, international students can apply for a second undergraduate degree. Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree can apply to AUSB’s undergraduate program; however, any transfer credit toward the AUSB degree cannot be the same credit used to award the applicant’s first baccalaureate degree.

Are international students required to pay an advance tuition deposit?

No; however, all students must pay the $100 enrollment deposit by the specified due date on their offer of admission letter.

Can international students work on campus?

No. At this time there are no on-campus employment opportunities for international students.

What should I do to get a student visa?

Most international students attending Antioch University Santa Barbara hold student (F-1) visas. Once you have been admitted and all supplemental international application materials are received (i.e. Financial Statement, passport style photograph, etc..) the AUSB Office of Admissions will provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form). In order to obtain a student visa, present the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form) to a United States embassy or consulate. The U.S. Department of State offers more information about obtaining a student visa. If you are attending a college or university in the United States, you must obtain a new Form I-20 from Antioch University Santa Barbara. Be sure to complete the International Student Transfer In form.  Your SEVIS record must be released from your former school to Antioch University Santa Barbara. If you have specific questions about student visas, please contact the Office of Admissions at

Do I need to submit an immunization record?

No. You do not need to submit an immunization record.

Do I need health insurance?

Yes.  International students must have health insurance while enrolled at Antioch University Santa Barbara.

Effective January 2014, health insurance options for domestic and international students include applying for a private individual plan or applying for coverage through one of the Covered California Health Insurance Plans.

For more information on the Covered California Health Insurance Plans, please visit

For information on HCC Medical Insurance Services, a company that specializes in private international student health plans, please visit

Can I defer my offer of admission?

Antioch University Santa Barbara admits students for a specific term; however, if you must postpone your enrollment you are able to do so until the next entrance quarter.  In order to proceed with your enrollment deferral, you must complete the electronic Student-Intent-to-Register survey embedded in your acceptance notification (e-mail) by selecting: I wish to Defer until the next entrance quarter.  You must also provide payment for the $100USD enrollment deposit.  The survey response and deposit will ensure a space for you in the next entrance quarter. 

*Please note:

  • You may also need to submit an updated Financial Statement to support the issuing of the I-20. 
  • Transfer students must begin their transfer program within 5 months of their end date at their prior institution in order to remain in F-1 status on the same visa.

I’ve been accepted to AUSB, what is next?

Congratulations!  Your next steps are:

1.  Review your acceptance notification and submit your response to the Student Intent-to-Register survey, along with payment for the $100USD enrollment deposit.

2.  Be sure that you have submitted all the International Applicant materials:

  • English Language Proficiency (test score)
  • Financial Statement
  • Passport style photograph
  • Photocopy of your passport

Once all materials are received, you will be issued a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) Form.  Present the Form to the United States Embassy or Consulate in order to be issued your F-1 Student Visa.  For students already studying in the United States, please complete the International Student Transfer In Form.

3.  For the BA program, you will be contacted via e-mail to schedule your first Registration Advising Session.  This session will take place either by phone, e-mail, or Skype, and will allow you to register for your first quarter of classes with the assistance of an expert BA Academic Advisor.  For the graduate programs, your registration will be confirmed at New Student Orientation.

4.  Attend New Student Orientation.

What services are available to assist disabled students?

Antioch University Santa Barbara’s student population is diverse in gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical differences, learning styles, sexual orientation, professional backgrounds, and community experiences. To learn about the services available to assist students with specific needs please visit:

How can I get a copy of my transcript?

Students may view and print an unofficial credit history report from the Students Menu in myAntioch.  To order an official transcript, please visit the AUSB National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Ordering Center.

Where can I buy AUSB t-shirts, hats, etc…?

Our online store is open 24 hours/7 days-a-week!  Shop at:

How can I get information about events on campus?

For campus-wide events:

For events sponsored by the BA program related to current social justice and environmental issues:

For academic program Information Sessions:

The term has already started, but I need to go back to my home country. What do I do?

It’s important to notify your Academic Advisor and the Registrar/PDSO of your intention to return to your home country right away! If you do not inform your Academic Advisor and the Registrar/PDSO, your SEVIS record may be terminated for a violation of your visa. This may cause you problems obtaining any type of visa for the U.S. in the future. It is also important to note that you must depart the U.S. within 15 days after you drop your classes. You will also need to follow these important steps:

  • Give a copy of your departure flight reservation to Julia Dubiel, Registrar/PDSO. You can bring a copy in to the Registrar’s Office, fax it Attention to: Julia Dubiel, to: 805.962.4786, or email it to
  • If the refund deadline has not passed, you can contact Paul Luciano in the Fiscal Office at or 805.962-8179 ext. 5103 regarding a tuition refund.

How do I request a refund?

Please contact Paul Luciano in the Fiscal Office at or (805) 962.8179 ext. 5103 to inquire about your tuition refund.

How do I obtain a California Driver’s License or ID card?

International driver’s licenses are not accepted in California if you are an F-1 visa student. Police officers and highway patrol officers can give you a ticket for driving without a California driver’s license.

If you don’t plan on driving, you can apply for a California ID card to use as official ID while you’re in the U.S. Keep your passport in a safe place instead of carrying it around on a daily basis.

To get started on your application for a driver’s license or ID card, go to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) web site for information, to find DMV office locations, and to make an appointment.

First time applicants must pass both a written exam and driving test. The basic steps to apply for a driver’s license are listed below. Refer to the DMV web site or make an appointment at the local DMV office for specific details and instructions.

1. Study the CA Driver’s Manual & sample tests

2.  Obtain the Social Security Ineligibility letter (visit the Social Security Administration office in the Paseo Nuevo shopping center with your I-20, visa and passport)

3. Make an appointment with the DMV

4. Take the written test

5. Take the driving test (not required if you have a driver’s license from another U.S. state)

The basic steps to apply for a California ID card are listed below. Refer to the DMV web site or make an appointment at the local DMV office for specific details and instructions.

1. Obtain a Social Security Ineligibility letter (visit the Social Security Administration office in the Paseo Nuevo shopping center with your I-20, visa and passport)

2. Make an appointment with the DMV

3. Fill out the application, give your thumbprint, have your picture taken, and pay the fee.

What do I do if my passport is going to expire?

All F-1 visa students must have a valid passport at all times. If your passport is going to expire or is expired, please refer to the list of Consulates in the United States. Find your consulate, contact their office, and begin the process of renewing your passport.

You will also need to supply Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Registrar/PDSO, Julia Dubiel, with any documentation the consulate gives you regarding your passport renewal.

Where can I get medical service/treatment in Santa Barbara?

Local Urgent Care Centers include:

  • Sansum Clinic Urgent Care Center, 51 Hitchcock Way, 805.563.6100
  • The Med Center, 2954 State Street, 805.682.7411
  • The Med Center, 319 North Milpas Street, 805.965.3011
  • The Med Center, 2719 North Fairview, 805.681.7411

What should I know about partying in Isla Vista and Santa Barbara? What are my rights?

There are several resources available to help you educate yourself about drinking laws, your rights, how to party safely in Isla Vista and Santa Barbara. One of the most comprehensive websites on these topics is Life of the Party. Become their fan on Facebook to help you and your friends stay informed about current laws and city ordinances.

Santa Barbara City College’s Project Hope is another great resource with a wealth of information on partying, drinking laws, alcohol/drug awareness, and much more right here on our own campus. Check out their website: Project Hope.

How can I renew my visa?

If your visa is expired or about to expire and you are traveling out of the U.S., you will need to renew your visa. The items on this checklist are suggested preparations. These documents do not guarantee that you will be granted a visa. Check the website of the U.S. Embassy where you will apply for specific instructions.

STEP ONE: Before you return to your home country

  • Register full-time for next quarter.
  • Pay tuition fees in full, OR request a payment plan if you cannot pay in full at this time.
  • Request an official AUSB transcript by completing the Transcript Request form or request a verification of enrollment letter at the Registrar’s Office.
  • Request a travel signature from the Registrar/PDSO or Director of Admissions/DSO by completing the Travel Signature Request form.

STEP TWO: Check the U.S. Embassy website in your home country for specific instructions about the requirements and procedures to renew the F-1 visa. If you do not know the website, you can find it here.

STEP THREE: Complete the Online Visa Application Form (DS-160)

  • Link to the application here
  • Pay the visa application fee and attach your payment receipt to your DS-160 confirmation page

My I-20 is expiring soon, but I need more time to complete my studies. What should I do?

To apply for an extension of your I-20, gather and complete the list of required documents listed here and make an appointment with the Registrar/PDSO. I-20 extensions must be completed before your I-20 expires!

To make an appointment with Julia Dubiel, Registrar/PDSO, please email her at: or call, 805.962.8179 ext. 5105.

If my visa is damaged, do I have to apply for a new one?

If your visa is damaged in some way, such as water damage, it is automatically considered invalid by U.S. port-of-entry officials even if your data and picture are still legible. You must apply for a new visa the next time you travel outside of the U.S. if you are planning to come back to continue your studies.

I am a student. What do I need to do if I want to travel?

Any F-1 student who plans to travel outside of the U.S. and then return back to AUSB will need to complete the following steps:

  • Fill out the Travel Signature Request form.
  • Bring the completed Travel Signature Request form AND your I-20 to the Registrar’s Office, at least 1 week prior to your departure.
  • If your I-20 cannot be signed when you drop it off to the Registrar’s Office, you will be contacted via phone and your email account when you can come back and pick up your I-20.  The I-20 should be signed on the last page, authorizing your return to the U.S. to continue your studies at AUSB. We will contact you if we notice any issues or missing documentation that might prevent U.S. from signing your I-20.

Make sure to carry all appropriate immigration paperwork with you when you travel:

  • I-20 with travel signature
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • Passport – valid for more than 6 months after your US return date
  • Proof of enrollment
  • Evidence of financial funding

I am renewing my visa. How can I show my AUSB grades and/or enrollment status?

If you need to apply for or renew your visa the next time you travel to your home country, you will need to show the visa official proof of your student status.

If you are in your first quarter at AUSB and you are traveling during the break, you can prove your enrollment status by following these instructions:

  • Register in a full-time course load for the upcoming quarter.
  • Print a copy of your “My Class Schedule” from myAntioch.
  • Request a statement of account from Paul Luciano in the Fiscal Office.
  • Once you are back in your home country, print your unofficial transcript from myAntioch or request an official transcript once your credits are posted by visiting the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Ordering page.  Take it with you to apply for your visa if any of your grades are posted.

If you are a continuing student or if it is your first quarter and you are traveling in the summer you need to order an official AUSB transcript:

  • Register in a full-time course load for the upcoming quarter
  • Request an official transcript by visiting the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Ordering page.
  • Transcript requests are typically processed within 3-5 business days, so you may need to provide a self-addressed envelope with your home country address.

I want to earn a bachelor’s degree; how do I qualify for admission to AUSB?

Antioch University Santa Barbara offers a Bachelor of Arts degree completion program.  All applicants to the BA program must have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time college credit prior to entering the program. Typically, that is 24 semester units or 36 quarter units.  Applicants coming to AUSB fulfill this requirement with:

  • College courses taken at a U.S. college or university (with a final grade of ‘C’ or better, or pass if taken as pass/no pass)
  • College Board Advanced Placement exams (a score of 3 or higher)
  • CLEP credit
  • International coursework (university, college, upper-secondary/gymnasium) that is assessed to be equivalent to college credit earned at a regionally accredited U.S. college/university (with a final grade of ‘C’ or better, or pass if taken as pass/no pass) by an external transcript evaluation agency.  For more information please click here.
  • 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.  Applicants must provide an official transcript in English, from their school to be awarded this credit. This official transcript must indicate the graduation date.

*A combined minimum of one full-time year of college credit is required; however, AUSB will transfer up to the equivalent of three full-time years (80 semester units/120 quarter units).

If you have questions about the transferability of credits, or the overall admission process please contact: Sharisse Estomo, Assistant Director of Admissions at: or 805.962.8179 ext. 5113.

Who will support me through the admission process?

Admission Advisors are available through Skype, phone, and e-mail to assist you during any and all stages of admission including: Understanding the university, academic program, and admission requirements; completing the application; preliminary academic-planning, and steps-to-enrollment.

  • MBA and MEd Programs:  Sharisse Estomo, Director of Admissions,
  • Graduate Psychology Programs:  Laura Ericson, Assistant Director of Admissions,
  • BA Program: Molika Oum, Admission Advisor,
  • Questions pertaining to the F-1 visa: Julia Dubiel, Registrar & Director of Student Services/PDSO,


Who is considered a foreign or international student?

Any student who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student. International students usually need an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States.