Registrar

Welcome

The Office of the Registrar is committed to support the academic and learning mission of the University. We strive to connect our students to the community through a continuum of service from enrollment to graduation and beyond the classroom.

As stewards of academic information and records, we offer direct support to students, faculty, and staff through services such as registration, management of student academic records, implementing and monitoring academic policies, and engaging in the development of useful student record systems, policies and procedures.

Please feel free to contact us for any assistance or questions regarding our services.

Sincerely,

Julia Dubiel, Registrar & Director of Student Services (805.962.8179 ext. 5105)

Alisha Bartoo, Assistant Registrar (805.962.8179 ext. 5325)

Samantha Valdès, Student Services Associate (805.962.8179 ext. 5102)

General FAQs

General FAQs

Does the Office of the Registrar have a generic email address?

Yes.  The generic email address is registrar.ausb@antioch.edu.

How do I notify the Registrar’s Office that my address has changed?

Active students can update their contact information online via the Update Contact Information hyperlink on the Students Menu in myAntioch.

Students who previously attended Antioch University Santa Barbara may submit the Change of Contact Information Form to the Registrar’s Office.

How do I change my name on my academic record?

You may notify the Registrar’s Office of a name change by completing the Change of Name Form and providing two valid forms of identification verifying the new legal name (i.e., driver license, marriage certificate, divorce decree, social security card, passport).

How do I obtain official proof of enrollment?

If you need an official letter verifying your enrollment status, you  may request an enrollment verification letter by sending an email to registrar.ausb@antioch.edu from your antioch.edu gmail account.

Do I have to use my antioch.edu email account?

Students, staff, and faculty must use their antioch.edu gmail account for all Antioch University Santa Barbara official communication, in accordance with the Antioch University Email Use Policy.  It is important that students, staff, and faculty check their antioch.edu gmail account regularly to ensure that important messages are viewed and/or responded to in a timely manner.

What is considered directory information at Antioch University Santa Barbara?

At Antioch University Santa Barbara, the following information is considered, but is not limited to, “directory” information:  the student’s name; address; telephone listing; electronic mail address; photographs; date and place of birth; major field of study; grade level; enrollment status; dates of attendance; participation in officially recognized activities; degrees, honors and awards received; and the most recent educational agency or institution attended. 

How do I restrict directory information from being released?

You may request to have your directory information blocked from release by completing the Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information Form.

Where can I find out if there are any holds on my account?

You may view any active holds on your account by visiting the My Holds section of the Students Menu in myAntioch or by contacting the Registrar’s Office at registrar.ausb@antioch.edu.

Where can I find information about Univeristy and campus policies?

The University and campus policies can be found in the AUSB General Catalog as well as on the Policies page of the Antioch University website.

How will I know where my classes are located?

Classroom assignments are available to students via the My class schedule link on the Students Menu in myAntioch during week 13 of each quarter. 

How do I get my final course evaluations?

Once submitted, Evaluator Learning Assessments are available to students via the Academic credit by term link on the Students Menu in myAntioch.

How do I withdraw from the University?

You may withdraw from the University by submitting a formal request to your Advisor and the Registrar’s Office.  The official request may be sent via the antioch.edu email account or be provided in writing (with a signature present).  Your withdrawal will be effective as of the date the formal request is received.

Does Antioch University Santa Barbara offer student health insurance?

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 https://www.coveredca.com/.

For information on HCC Medical Insurance Services, a company that specializes in private international student health plans, please visit http://www.hccmis.com/student-secure-insurance/.

Does AUSB offer health insurance?

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 https://www.coveredca.com/.

For information on HCC Medical Insurance Services, a company that specializes in private international student health plans, please visit http://www.hccmis.com/student-secure-insurance/.

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

 

 

 

Registration FAQs

Registration FAQs

Where can I find the Schedule of Classes?

The Schedule of Classes is available to students and the general public via myAntioch during week 6 of each quarter.  The general public may view the Schedule of Classes by selecting the Guest Login menu option in myAntioch.

I am not attending this term. What do I have to do?

Students are permitted to take up to two terms of leave during any four term period.  To register for a Leave of Absence, one must complete the Leave of Absence/Enrollment Maintenance Form during the Registration period.

A course I need to take is full. How can I register for this course?

You cannot register for a closed course. Registration is closed for a course that has reached its seating capacity. Some courses have additional sections of the same course offered at different times or with different instructors. If there are alternate sections that fit your schedule and remain open, you may register for one of them. If the closed course has an on-line waitlist, you can add yourself to the waitlist; however, being on the waitlist does not guarantee your entry into the class.  If there is no waitlist, you can periodically check the course enrollment status on the online Schedule of Classes. Seats occasionally become available when students drop the course.  Always prepare your schedule with alternates for each course that meet at the same time or at times that will not disrupt your entire schedule.

I am on the waitlist for the course. How will I know if I got in?

If you are on a waitlist and a space becomes available, you will receive an email at your antioch.edu gmail account confirming that a space is available and the time frame by which you must register online for the course.  If you fail to register for the course by the allotted time, the available space will become available to the next student on the waitlist.

The online Schedule of Classes shows that there are open seats in a course, but when I attempt to register it still says waitlisted. Why?

This is because the seats that have become available are reserved for those people who are included on the waitlist. Waitlisted students are not automatically registered when seats become available; students must register themselves after being notified that they have been approved to register for the class. The best thing to do in this case is for you to put yourself on the waitlist, provided the waitlist is still open.

How can I verify my course schedule for the term?

You can view and/or print your course schedule from the My Class Schedule link in myAntioch.

I am not an enrolled student of AUSB, but I would like to take a course. How can I do this?

Individuals from the community may request to register for individual courses by completing the Special Student Registration Form.  The registration must be approved by the Program Chair to ensure that space is available in the requested course(s).

Can I audit a class?

Auditing courses is permitted with the approval of faculty teaching the course. Credit is not awarded for audited courses. Students who audit courses and subsequently matriculate as regular students cannot be awarded transfer credit, residency, or prior learning equivalency for audited courses toward the completion of their degree program.  No audit fee is charged for students who are enrolled at least half‑time. 

Can I take classes at other Antioch campuses while enrolled at AUSB?

Yes.  Students who are enrolled at least half-time are eligible to take intra-university courses.  Students are also permitted to participate in an Antioch Education Abroad program offering.  Students must complete the Intra-university Registration Petition Form.

I missed the registration period. Can I still register?

Yes.  If you are a continuing student, you may register after the initial registration period – a $100 late fee will be assessed to your student account.  All continuing students must register for academic units or a status by the add/drop period or they will be withdrawn from the University for non-enrollment.

 

 

Transcript & Graduation FAQs

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.

Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year?

Yes. The FAFSA covers July 1st of one year through June 30th of the next. After your first year, you will use the FAFSA Renewal Application which contains pre-populated information from the previous year’s FAFSA. You will then be asked to supply current financial information

How can I find out about my credit history?

Since approval of some non-need-based education loans is based on your credit history, you may want to order a credit report in advance to see if everything is accurate. You are allowed to receive one free credit report each year from each of the three main agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) at www.annualcreditreport.com. Check the report closely and resolve any erroneous information prior to applying for education loans. We recommend that you order a new report every four months to ensure that no fraudulent activities have occurred on any of your accounts. For example: in January, order your first report from Equifax; in May, order the second from Experian; the third from TransUnion in September; repeat. In order to receive your credit score, you will have to pay about $15. Each of the agencies uses a slightly different formula to arrive at your credit score, but they are usually only off by a few points from each other. If you pay for a credit score from only one agency, the others should be close and you won’t need to pay for all three

Does the Office of the Registrar have a generic email address?

Yes.  The generic email address is registrar.ausb@antioch.edu.

How many people are in each workshop?

A maximum of 10 participants.

How do I notify the Registrar’s Office that my address has changed?

Active students can update their contact information online via the Update Contact Information hyperlink on the Students Menu in myAntioch.

Students who previously attended Antioch University Santa Barbara may submit the Change of Contact Information Form to the Registrar’s Office.

How many people will be in the program?

We expect up to 120 people.

How do I apply?

There is an online application here, or you can download the application and send it by mail to Admissions, Antioch University Santa Barbara, 602 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, attention Summer Writing Institute.

How long should my writing sample be?

No more than 1,500 words, with manuscript formatting (double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font, printed on one-side only).

How do I change my name on my academic record?

You may notify the Registrar’s Office of a name change by completing the Change of Name Form and providing two valid forms of identification verifying the new legal name (i.e., driver license, marriage certificate, divorce decree, social security card, passport).

How soon will I hear whether I’ve been accepted?

If you apply by the application deadline of June 15, you will receive a notification email from our admissions office by June 30. The earlier you apply the better the chances are that you will get your first-choice workshop.

What if I don’t get my first workshop choice?

You will be assigned to your second or third choice, depending on availability.

How do I obtain official proof of enrollment?

If you need an official letter verifying your enrollment status, you  may request an enrollment verification letter by sending an email to registrar.ausb@antioch.edu from your antioch.edu gmail account.

Where are the workshops held?

At the Antioch campus in downtown Santa Barbara. You can see photos of the campus here.

Do I have to use my antioch.edu email account?

Students, staff, and faculty must use their antioch.edu gmail account for all Antioch University Santa Barbara official communication, in accordance with the Antioch University Email Use Policy.  It is important that students, staff, and faculty check their antioch.edu gmail account regularly to ensure that important messages are viewed and/or responded to in a timely manner.

Will there be agents and/or editors at SWI?

The Antioch Summer Writing Institute is a week devoted to craft and improving your writing. While it’s possible that an agent or editor may be invited to join one of our panels, there is not a formal agent/editor component to the program.

Are meals or housing included?

The opening dinner on Sunday evening and the closing luncheon are included in your tuition, as are continental breakfasts every morning of the institute. All other meals are up to you, as is housing.

How does a third party verify degree status?

Antioch University Santa Barbara has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to act as its agent for the verification of degree conferral and enrollment status. Third parties who wish to verify degrees and/or enrollment, please select the “Order-Track-Verify” menu tab on the NSC website: http://www.studentclearinghouse.org/.

If you have any questions regarding enrollment and/or degree verifications, please feel free to contact NSC directly at

Phone: (703) 742-4200
FAX: (703) 742-4239
E-mail: service@studentclearinghouse.org

What is considered directory information at Antioch University Santa Barbara?

At Antioch University Santa Barbara, the following information is considered, but is not limited to, “directory” information:  the student’s name; address; telephone listing; electronic mail address; photographs; date and place of birth; major field of study; grade level; enrollment status; dates of attendance; participation in officially recognized activities; degrees, honors and awards received; and the most recent educational agency or institution attended. 

Where should I stay?

We have arranged for a block of rooms at Hotel Indigo, which is just a couple of blocks from campus. There is more information about the hotel and the discounted rate here. You can also review other downtown Santa Barbara hotel options here. Be advised that the week of the Institute is also the beginning of Fiesta in Santa Barbara, the city’s annual celebration of its Spanish/Mexican heritage. As such, hotel rooms will fill quickly, so we advise that you arrange your housing as soon as possible.

What is the best way to get to Santa Barbara?

The Santa Barbara airport (SBA) serves all the major carriers. You can also fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and either rent a car and drive up the coast (it is only about 90 miles, and a beautiful drive) or you can buy a ticket on the Santa Barbara Airbus. Another option is to come by Amtrak. The train station is near the beach, about six blocks from campus.

How do I restrict directory information from being released?

You may request to have your directory information blocked from release by completing the Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information Form.

Do I need a car while I’m there?

You could get along fine without a car. Santa Barbara has a very good metro transportation system, and a fun electric shuttle that runs up and down State Street, which is the main street that stretches from uptown to the beaches. If you want to explore areas of the city outside of downtown (and there is lots to see), you may want to rent a car.

What’s the weather like?

Santa Barbara is known for its Mediterranean-like weather. Our average temperature year-round is 70 degrees. In the summer months, days typically are in the mid- to high 70s and nights may drop into the 50s. We do have periods of fog, so we recommend that you bring sweaters or a light jacket and dress in layers. If we have fog (actually, it’s a marine layer) it usually lifts by mid-morning.

What if I have to cancel?

If you must cancel your registration, and the cancellation is at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the Institute, we will refund your payment minus your application fee. Application fees are nonrefundable. If you must cancel within the two-week period before the Institute begins for any reason, you will forfeit your entire payment.

Where can I find out if there are any holds on my account?

You may view any active holds on your account by visiting the My Holds section of the Students Menu in myAntioch or by contacting the Registrar’s Office at registrar.ausb@antioch.edu.

Where can I find information about Univeristy and campus policies?

The University and campus policies can be found in the AUSB General Catalog as well as on the Policies page of the Antioch University website.

How will I know where my classes are located?

Classroom assignments are available to students via the My class schedule link on the Students Menu in myAntioch during week 13 of each quarter. 

How do I get my final course evaluations?

Once submitted, Evaluator Learning Assessments are available to students via the Academic credit by term link on the Students Menu in myAntioch.

How do I withdraw from the University?

You may withdraw from the University by submitting a formal request to your Advisor and the Registrar’s Office.  The official request may be sent via the antioch.edu email account or be provided in writing (with a signature present).  Your withdrawal will be effective as of the date the formal request is received.

Where can I find the Schedule of Classes?

The Schedule of Classes is available to students and the general public via myAntioch during week 6 of each quarter.  The general public may view the Schedule of Classes by selecting the Guest Login menu option in myAntioch.

I am not attending this term. What do I have to do?

Students are permitted to take up to two terms of leave during any four term period.  To register for a Leave of Absence, one must complete the Leave of Absence/Enrollment Maintenance Form during the Registration period.

A course I need to take is full. How can I register for this course?

You cannot register for a closed course. Registration is closed for a course that has reached its seating capacity. Some courses have additional sections of the same course offered at different times or with different instructors. If there are alternate sections that fit your schedule and remain open, you may register for one of them. If the closed course has an on-line waitlist, you can add yourself to the waitlist; however, being on the waitlist does not guarantee your entry into the class.  If there is no waitlist, you can periodically check the course enrollment status on the online Schedule of Classes. Seats occasionally become available when students drop the course.  Always prepare your schedule with alternates for each course that meet at the same time or at times that will not disrupt your entire schedule.

I am on the waitlist for the course. How will I know if I got in?

If you are on a waitlist and a space becomes available, you will receive an email at your antioch.edu gmail account confirming that a space is available and the time frame by which you must register online for the course.  If you fail to register for the course by the allotted time, the available space will become available to the next student on the waitlist.

The online Schedule of Classes shows that there are open seats in a course, but when I attempt to register it still says waitlisted. Why?

This is because the seats that have become available are reserved for those people who are included on the waitlist. Waitlisted students are not automatically registered when seats become available; students must register themselves after being notified that they have been approved to register for the class. The best thing to do in this case is for you to put yourself on the waitlist, provided the waitlist is still open.

How can I verify my course schedule for the term?

You can view and/or print your course schedule from the My Class Schedule link in myAntioch.

I am not an enrolled student of AUSB, but I would like to take a course. How can I do this?

Individuals from the community may request to register for individual courses by completing the Special Student Registration Form.  The registration must be approved by the Program Chair to ensure that space is available in the requested course(s).

Can I audit a class?

Auditing courses is permitted with the approval of faculty teaching the course. Credit is not awarded for audited courses. Students who audit courses and subsequently matriculate as regular students cannot be awarded transfer credit, residency, or prior learning equivalency for audited courses toward the completion of their degree program.  No audit fee is charged for students who are enrolled at least half‑time. 

Can I take classes at other Antioch campuses while enrolled at AUSB?

Yes.  Students who are enrolled at least half-time are eligible to take intra-university courses.  Students are also permitted to participate in an Antioch Education Abroad program offering.  Students must complete the Intra-university Registration Petition Form.

I missed the registration period. Can I still register?

Yes.  If you are a continuing student, you may register after the initial registration period – a $100 late fee will be assessed to your student account.  All continuing students must register for academic units or a status by the add/drop period or they will be withdrawn from the University for non-enrollment.

How do I order an official AUSB transcript?

Antioch University Santa Barbara has authorized the National Student Clearinghouseto provide online transcript ordering services to our current and former students.

To order an official transcript, please visit the AUSB National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Ordering Center

If you need help or have questions about the National Student Clearinghouse’s transcript ordering service, please feel free to contact them via email at transcripts@studentclearinghouse.org or by phone at 703.742.7791.

How do I order an unofficial AUSB transcript?

Current students and recent alumni may print out an unofficial credit history report from the Students Menu in myAntioch.  If an unofficial transcript is needed, please complete the Unofficial Transcript Request.  There is no charge for an unofficial transcript.

Can I have a transcript downloaded or sent electronically?

Antioch University Santa Barbara does not currently provide electronic versions of the official transcript; however, current and former students may request that an electronic version of the unofficial transcript be sent to them or to a third party.

How much does an official transcript cost?

An official transcript without narrative assessments is $10.00.  An official transcript with narrative assessments is $20.00.  Please note that there is a $2.25 National Student Clearinghouse processing charge in addition to the amounts listed above.

Do letter grade equivalents appear on the transcript?

Letter grade equivalents do not appear on the transcript; they appear on the narrative evaluation, if requested by the student (before the add/drop deadline) while enrolled in the course. 

How can I obtain a GPA equivalent?

To request a GPA equivalent letter, please complete the GPA Equivalent Request Form or contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar.ausb@antioch.edu.  Individuals can also request a GPA equivalent letter  when ordering official transcripts by indicating you want a letter in the Special Instructions section of the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Request form.

Can anything prevent the release of my diploma?

Your diploma is not released if you have outstanding financial obligations to the University.  Remember you can always check myAntioch for information on any outstanding holds on your academic records.

Can I obtain more than one copy of my diploma?

No. University policy only allows graduates to have one diploma per degree.

My original diploma was lost or destroyed. How can I get a new one?

To request a new diploma due to loss or destruction, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar.ausb@antioch.edu.

My name has changed. How can I ensure that this will be reflected on my diploma?

A new diploma can be issued upon receipt of the Diploma Re-order form (and fee) and supporting documentation confirming a court-order approved name change.

How and when will my diploma be available after graduation?

Graduates will receive notification, via email, regarding when their diploma is available in the Registrar’s Office for pick up or delivery.

Can someone pick up my diploma or transcript for me?

Yes.  To have someone pick up a diploma and/or transcript on your behalf, please provide the Registrar’s Office with written notification of the name, date, and time range when the individual will be picking up the documents.  Please include your printed name, signature, and student ID number on the request.  Please note that photo ID will need to be provided prior to release of any documents.

When is commencement?

Commencement takes place at the end of the Spring quarter.  The commencement date can be found on the Academic Calendar.

What is Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

OPT allows F-1 students to apply knowledge gained in their degree program to off-campus work in their major field. OPT is authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS. OPT employment can be used prior to completion of studies (pre-completion OPT), during a leave term, or after completion of degree (post-completion OPT).

If I participate in commencement, have I earned my degree?

No. Commencement is held before the Registrar’s Office can confirm if Spring and Summer candidates have fulfilled their final requirements.  Participating in the ceremony is not a guarantee of graduation.

Who is eligible for an OPT?

Students are eligible for Optional Practical Training if they

  •   Have been enrolled full-time at a SEVIS-approved school for one academic year;
  •   Are currently enrolled full-time with a valid F-1 status; and
  •   Secure employment directly related to your major field of study.

Does my job need to be in California?

No.  Your job may be anywhere in the U.S. 

Can I change jobs during my OPT?

Yes.  You must notify the PDSO or DSO at Antioch University Santa Barbara of any employment changes, including periods of unemployment.

Does participation in pre-completion OPT affect my eligibility for post-completion OPT?

Yes. Pre-completion OPT is deducted from your 12 month cumulative allotment of OPT. Part-time OPT is deducted at a half time rate, so if you use 6 months of part-time pre-completion OPT, you have 9 months of post-completion OPT remaining.

 

When should I apply for OPT?

Pre-completion OPT: up to 90 days prior to the planned start date of employment.
Post-completion OPT: up to 90 days prior to your program completion date or within 60 days after your program completion date.

Please note that is can take 2-3 months for USCIS to review & process your OPT application materials.

How do I apply for OPT?

Complete the following items and then schedule an appointment with the PDSO or DSO to review your application materials:

  •    OPT Application Packet
  •    OPT Status Responsibilities Form
  •    Advisor Approval Form (Post-Completion OPT only)
  •    I-765 form and supporting documents (see OPT Application Packet for more information)

Why do I have to meet with the PDSO or DSO during the OPT application process?

The PDSO or DSO will review your application materials to confirm that all necessary documents are present.  Once verified, the PDSO or DSO will need to issue your recommendation for OPT, which is reflected on a new I-20.  The new I-20 is required to complete your OPT application materials.

How do I choose my OPT start date?

For post-completion OPT, your start date must fall within 60 days after your program completion date. You can choose any date within that 60 day window.

What is my program completion date?

The program completion date is the last day of the final term of enrollment. For MEd thesis and PsyD students, the program completion date can be the last day of the final term of enrollment OR the defense date. The defense date must be within the final term of required enrollment.

Can I change my start date while my OPT application is pending?

No. The start date is decided before your new I-20 is issued and can only be changed up until you mail the application to USCIS.

Can I change my mailing address while my OPT application is pending?

You can, but it can (and often does) result in a delay of receipt of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card.  Please use a mailing address you know will be valid for at least 3 months on your application, so that your EAD card will be delivered on time.

When can I start working on OPT?

As soon as you receive your Employment Authorization Document card and the start date has passed.

Can I begin working before I complete or graduate from my degree program under post-completion OPT?

Non-thesis/undergraduate students who apply for post-completion OPT may NOT begin working until after their program end date.  Thesis/PsyD students who apply for post-completion OPT may NOT work until they have completed all course requirements.

After my post-completion OPT ends, do I have a grace period?

Yes, you have a grace period of 60 days.

Do I need a U.S. Social Security Number?

You will need to apply for a Social Security Number upon approval of OPT employment.  Once the new I-20 endorsing OPT employment is received, you can apply for a Social Security Number through the Social Security Office.

Do I have to pay U.S. taxes on my salary?

Usually F-1 students who have been in the U.S. for five years or less are exempt from social security taxes.  Please inform your employer of your F-1 status because many employers are not familiar with this provision of the tax laws.  F-1 students are subject to all other applicable taxes (e.g. federal, state, and local).

What is my status while I am on OPT?

You are in lawful F-1 status if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are employed for more than 20 hours per week in your field of study (for post-completin OPT) or you are employed for less than 20 hours per week in your field of student (for pre-completion OPT);
  • You have not been unemployed for more than 90 days during your post-completion OPT;
  • You report to AUSB any changes of address within 10 days; and
  • You report to AUSB any changes in visa status.

How do I let AUSB know if I have changed my immigration status?

Please provide a copy of your approval notice confirming your new immigration status to the PDSO or DSO so your F-1 immigration record can be closed.

What types of employment am I allowed to do on OPT?

Employment must be related to the student’s field of study. Employment options during OPT may include:

  • Paid. Students may work part-time (at least 20 hours per week when on post-completion OPT) or full-time.
  • Unpaid. Students may work as volunteers or unpaid interns, where this practice does not violate any labor laws. The work should be at least 20 hours per week for students on post-completion OPT. A student should be able to provide evidence, acquired from the student’s employer, to verify that he or she worked at least 20 hours per week during the period of employment.
  • Multiple employers. Students may work for more than one employer, but all employment must be related to the student’s field of study.
  • Short-term multiple employers (performing artists). Students, such as musicians and other performing artists, may work for multiple short term employers (gigs). The student should maintain a list of all gigs, the dates and duration.
  • Work for hire. This is also commonly referred to as 1099 employment where an individual performs a service based on a contractual relationship rather than an employment relationship. If requested by DHS, students should be prepared to provide evidence showing the duration of the contract periods and the name and address of the contracting company.
  • Self-employed business owner. Students on OPT may start a business and be self-employed. The student should be able to prove that he or she has the proper business licenses and is actively engaged in a business related to his or her degree program.
  • Employment through an agency or consulting firm. Students on post-completion OPT should be able to provide evidence showing they worked an average of at least 20 hours per week while employed by the agency.

Can I study while I am on OPT?

You are allowed to take classes as long as they are related to your employment. You may not start another degree program while on OPT – if you do, your OPT will be canceled.

How long can I stay in the U.S. after my post-completion OPT end date?

You may remain in the U.S. up to 60 days after your OPT end date.  Exceptions to this grace period include:

  • Extending your F-1 status by starting a new degree program.  You must be accepted to the new degree program within the 60 day grace period and the new program must begin within 5 months of your OPT end date.
  • Being under application to change your immigration status.

Can I travel while my OPT application is pending?

AUSB does not recommend that you travel while your OPT application is pending.

If my OPT is approved and I am employed, can I travel?

Yes. When traveling, make sure you have the following documentation:

  • Passport (valid 6 months into the future)
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • I-20 (recently signed by the PDSO or DSO)
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card
  • Proof of employment

Can I travel while I am on OPT, but do not yet have a job?

USCIS recommends that individuals should have proof of employment upon re-entry to the U.S. when on OPT status. If you have to travel, bring the following documentation with you:

  • Evidence that you have been actively looking for a job
  • Evidence of job interviews (if applicable) upon your return to the U.S.

What’s the difference between Curricular Practial Training and Optional Practical Training?

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) both allow F-1 students to work while they are studying in the US. CPT allows work that is an essential part of the curriculum and graduation requirements, while OPT allows students to gain work experience in their major that is not required as part of their degree.

Who is eligible for CPT?

Students are eligible for Curricular Practical Training if they

  • Have been enrolled full-time at a SEVIS-approved school for one academic year;
  • Are currently enrolled full-time with a valid F-1 status; and
  • Register for a course requiring an internship/practicum to fulfill a degree requirement.

How much CPT can I use while I’m a student?

There is no limit to the amount of part-time CPT a student can receive.  A student may receive up to and up to 12 months of full-time CPT. However, once a student uses more than 364 days of full-time CPT, they are no longer eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Can I work during the school year on CPT?

Students can work part-time (less than 20 hours/week) during the term and full-time (more than 20 hours/week) during school breaks.

Do I need a U.S. Social Security Number for CPT?

Students will need to apply for a Social Security Number upon approval of CPT employment.  Once the new I-20 endorsing CPT employment is received, a student can apply for a Social Security Number through the Social Security Office.

Can I work for different employers during a CPT?

No. You cannot change employers while on CPT. If you must change your employer to meet the requirements of the course, you must reapply for CPT.

Can I extend my CPT Employment?

Yes, but only if the extension is necessary for your program of study.

Do I have to be registered while on CPT?

You must be registered in an approved internship/practicum course while on CPT.  The internship/practicum course must count toward a degree requirement.  You must maintain full-time enrollment while on CPT.

What proof of employment authorization can I give my employer for CPT?

You should bring your I-20 form with CPT endorsement, passport, and I-94 card to your employer so they can complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. Employers are required to complete an I-9 form for every employee.

Does Antioch University Santa Barbara offer student health insurance?

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 https://www.coveredca.com/.

For information on HCC Medical Insurance Services, a company that specializes in private international student health plans, please visit http://www.hccmis.com/student-secure-insurance/.

BUS 500 Introduction to Social Business, Non-Profit Management,
and Strategic Leadership (3 units)

Social businesses and non-profit enterprises practice innovative and sustainable solutions to challenging social problems. In this course, students will be introduced to the history and theory of emerging activities and the application of strategic leadership as it is applied in social businesses, non-profits, and other contexts.

What do I do if my relatives want to attend the commencement ceremony, but need a visitor’s visa?

If you are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony, the Registrar’s Office can provide you with an official commencement letter inviting your relatives to the commencement ceremony.  The Registrar’s Office will need to know the names of your relatives (exactly as they appear on their passports) as well as their relation to you.

For more information regarding the B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa process and requirements, please visit Visitor Visas – Business and Pleasure.

 

BUS-WRK Workshop (0 units)

The monthly MBA workshops help students build additional skills and a professional and social network.  Through guest speakers and panelists, students will learn new skills and form life-long bonds with peers, mentors, faculty, and both the for-profit and nonprofit business communities.  Our outstanding MBA Advisory Group, comprised of both for-profit and nonprofit leaders, will play an active role in these events. 

Does AUSB offer health insurance?

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 https://www.coveredca.com/.

For information on HCC Medical Insurance Services, a company that specializes in private international student health plans, please visit http://www.hccmis.com/student-secure-insurance/.

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

How can I find out about my credit history?

Since approval of some non-need-based education loans is based on your credit history, you may want to order a credit report in advance to see if everything is accurate. You are allowed to receive one free credit report each year from each of the three main agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) at www.annualcreditreport.com. Check the report closely and resolve any erroneous information prior to applying for education loans. We recommend that you order a new report every four months to ensure that no fraudulent activities have occurred on any of your accounts. For example: in January, order your first report from Equifax; in May, order the second from Experian; the third from TransUnion in September; repeat. In order to receive your credit score, you will have to pay about $15. Each of the agencies uses a slightly different formula to arrive at your credit score, but they are usually only off by a few points from each other. If you pay for a credit score from only one agency, the others should be close and you won’t need to pay for all three.

BUS 501 Leadership, Teamwork, and Diversity:
Developing Human Resources in Changing Environments (3 units)

This course will provide an overview of key principles of effective human resource practice for managers and will integrate conceptual and experiential approaches to communication, self-awareness, situational leadership, creative problem solving, and social responsibility.  It will include best practices in recruitment, hiring, evaluation, and the legal and environmental complexities of human resources management, including counseling, mentoring, and training.

How do I know what I have been awarded?

Once your file is complete, we will package your awards and create an award letter. If you are a first-time AUSB student, your first award letter will be mailed to you. After that, you can log in to your myAntioch account and access your award letter. You will receive notification to your Antioch University email account when your new (or revised) award letter is ready to download. If you have any questions regarding your award, we will be happy to answer them

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.

BUS 502 Global Philanthropy & Social Responsibility (3 units)

This course will build on the analytical and critical thinking skills developed in previous coursework and will examine the growing role of philanthropy and social investment on the global stage.  The course will provide an overview of new kinds of creative capitalism.  This course will also address the moral and ethical issues that arise when major private philanthropic resources are combined with market-based solutions in the attempt to resolve systemic social dilemmas.

How do I obtain a tax return transcript?

Your FAFSA may be selected for “verification” and we may need for you to submit a tax return transcript. A tax return transcript can be obtained in three ways:

  1. Apply online at www.irs.gov
  2. Call (800) 908-9946
  3. Mail or fax Form 4506T-EZ, which can be found at the IRS website

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.

BUS 503 Finance I: Introduction to Management Accounting and Finance (3 units)

This course will provide the basics required for an understanding of financial and accounting issues for both social ventures and nonprofits.  Topics will include cash flow analysis, financial reporting, and various measurement systems for the evaluation of financial and non-financial metrics of performance.

How do I repay my loans if my situation changes unexpectedly?

A change in career goals, the loss of a job, or other unexpected changes in your situation could make repaying your loans more difficult than you expected. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you could qualify for a deferment or forbearance:

    • Enrolled at least half-time at a postsecondary school
    • Unable to find full-time employment
    • Experiencing economic hardship
    • On active military duty

Contact your loan servicer to discuss your options. You can retrieve your loan information at www.nslds.ed.gov. This is a federal website and you can login using your FAFSA PIN.

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.

BUS 504 Entrepreneurship & Leading Change (3 units)

At its heart, Entrepreneurship is the development, aggregation and successful deployment of resources: financial, human, and intellectual.  Innovation and creativity exists in every field of endeavor and within any organizational structure.  Although the entrepreneurial spirit might be behind change in an organization, it also drives the successful implementation of carefully realized plans-and the knowledge of available resources. This course will provide students an opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial ability and, through self-reflection, explore who they want to be as a leader, social business and non-profit champion, entrepreneur, and agent of change.

How much should I borrow each year so that I can afford to pay it back?

Planning ahead is essential to managing debt. If you plan to borrow each year you are in school, estimate the total amount you will borrow. Then use a sample loan repayment calculator (like the one found here) to determine how much you will have to pay each month. Keeping your debt load to a minimum will make it more likely that you will have success in repayment. For tools to assess possible wages for certain jobs, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Resources for Students and Teachers page.

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).

BUS 505 Integrative Strategic Management (3 units)

The essence of strategic planning is to define the business we are in, how to build sustainable organizations in that arena and how to manage and lead that business.  This course will provide the basic framework for the completion of the strategic plan outlined in BUS 600D.  Topics will include defining the business, determining the stakeholders, detailing goals, and evaluating action plans to reach those goals.  Students will analyze strategic decision-making in a variety of environments and will build an outline for a strategic plan for an organization of their choice or creation.

I completed my FAFSA. Is my file now complete?

Not quite. We may still need additional documentation from you. If so, the Financial Aid Office will send an email to your Antioch University email address requesting the necessary documents. This is why it is so important for you to keep checking your Antioch University email account (if you are a new student without an Antioch email address, we will use your own email address until you are enrolled). Please respond to any requests right away to avoid any delays in the processing of your financial aid.

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.

 

Exam

Score

Kaplan’s TOEFL

Kaplan’s Advanced Level

ETS TOEFL

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

IELTS

6.5 or higher

CELSA

70

BUS 506 Marketing and Communication Strategy (3 units)

This course will explore the practical and theoretical aspects of this most crucial component of an organization’s design and operations.  Marketing is the process by which the organization communicates the value proposition or benefits of its products and services.  It is also the process through which an organization can design its product or service offerings.  Particular attention will be paid to the social system and cultural dependencies of marketing strategy and the various ways in which the enterprise can connect with its stakeholders.

I probably don’t qualify for aid. Should I apply for aid anyway?

Yes! Many students mistakenly think they don’t qualify for financial aid and prevent themselves from receiving any by simply failing to apply for it. In addition, there are a few sources of aid (i.e., Federal Unsubsidized Direct Stafford loans and Federal PLUS loans) that are available regardless of financial need. It’s free to apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. You will need a PIN which you can apply for at www.pin.ed.gov.

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.

BUS 520 Finance II: Fundraising & Financial Management (3 units)

This course will build on the analytical and critical thinking skills developed in Finance I. Students will develop understanding of the various forms of organizations, types of business taxes, preparing financial forecasts, and sources of internal and external financing as well as modeling techniques. This course provides an introduction to venture capital, an overview of fundraising processes and systems, and the framework through which managers can determine the efficiency and effectiveness of various tactics within an organization’s private revenue stream. Prerequisite: BUS 503 Finance I.

I received an outside scholarship. Should I report it to the Financial Aid Office?

Yes. You must report the scholarship to the Financial Aid Office.

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.

BUS 521 Legal, Regulatory, & Ethical Issues (3 units)

A solid grounding in the rules and regulations governing various types of organizational structures and the societal expectations of their governance is a requirement for complying with the standards of the 21st century. This course provides a framework for understanding the connection between ethics, law, and regulation in business environments.

If I take a leave of absence (LOA), do I have to start repaying my loans

Not necessarily. Federal Direct Stafford loans have a grace period of six months from your last date of attendance before the student must begin repaying the loan. (The Federal Perkins loan has a grace period of nine months.) When you take a leave of absence, you will not have to repay your loan until the entire grace period is used up. If you use up the grace period, however, you will have to begin repaying your loan immediately when you graduate, withdraw, or fall below half-time enrollment. For students in quarterly programs, it would take two consecutive terms (three months each term) to use up the grace period. For semester programs, one term (six months per term) on LOA will use up the grace period.

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.

BUS 522 International Trade & Economics (3 units)

This course will investigate present models of international economics and their relationship to social ventures, NGO’s, and nonprofit organizations around the world.  Students will be exposed to various models of political economy, ecological and behavioral economics, and the role of world trade and international financial organizations.

What are some of the mistakes people make when applying for financial aid?

Four of the most common mistakes are:

    • Not applying early enough
    • Not reading the instructions
    • Not fully completing the applications
    • Not using the correct Social Security number

Can international students work on campus?

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

BUS 600A Integrative Strategy Project I with Online Project Labs (1unit)

The general objective of the first term of this 4-semester sequence is an introduction to the market using interviews with social entrepreneurs and/or nonprofit leaders to begin to draw baseline comparisons.  Through the interview process, students will explore various types of organizations, evaluate alternatives for ideas or concepts relative to their organizational form and begin to hone their concepts for the feasibility study they will do in BUS 600B. The semester project is an interview report (using both structured and non-structured questions) to uncover the strategic goals of the organization, its origins, and path to present operations.

BUS 600A & BUS 600A-PL Integrative Strategy Project I with On-Campus Project Labs (1 unit)

The general objective of the first term of this 4-semester sequence is an introduction to the market using interviews with social entrepreneurs and/or nonprofit leaders to begin to draw baseline comparisons.  Through the interview process, students will explore various types of organizations, evaluate alternatives for ideas or concepts relative to their organizational form and begin to hone their concepts for the feasibility study they will do in BUS 600B. The semester project is an interview report (using both structured and non-structured questions) to uncover the strategic goals of the organization, its origins, and path to present operations.

What are Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans?

The interest on the Subsidized loan is paid by the government while you are in school. The interest on the Unsubsidized loan is not paid by the government while you are in school, and you have the option of paying the interest during enrollment or having it deferred until after you graduate, at which time it will be added to the principal of the loan in a process called capitalization. Keep in mind that as of July 1st, 2012, only undergraduate students will be eligible for Subsidized loans.

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 admissions.ausb@antioch.edu

BUS 600B Integrative Strategy Project II with Online Project Labs (1 unit)

In the second semester of a 4-semester sequence, students will explore techniques used to create and evaluate new concepts and new business opportunities for both nonprofit and social ventures from the initiation of the concept to analysis of feasibility and criteria for decisions.  The specific objectives for this section are the generation of concepts, evaluation of concepts for feasibility, generation of strategic alternatives, and determination of final choice.  The semester deliverable is a feasibility plan.

BUS 600B & BUS 600B-PL Integrative Strategy Project II with On-Campus Project Labs (1 unit)

In the second semester of a 4-semester sequence, students will explore techniques used to create and evaluate new concepts and new business opportunities for both nonprofit and social ventures from the initiation of the concept to analysis of feasibility and criteria for decisions.  The specific objectives for this section are the generation of concepts, evaluation of concepts for feasibility, generation of strategic alternatives, and determination of final choice.  The semester deliverable is a feasibility plan.

What happens after I submit my Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

Once you have submitted your FAFSA, you should receive an email confirmation. This is verification that you submitted your FAFSA and that it is being processed. Within the next 72 hours, AUSB will receive it if you have us listed as one of the schools in Section H. Questions about FAFSA processing can be directed to the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 433-3243.

Do I need to submit an immunization record?

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

BUS 600C Integrative Strategy Project III with Online Project Labs (2 units)

The third semester of a 4-semester sequence will include the preparation of a specific strategic and action plan based on the feasibility study from BUS 600B, interviews from BUS 600A and curriculum skills from previous course activity.

BUS 600C & BUS 600C-PL Integrative Strategy Project III with On-Campus Project Labs (2 units)

The third semester of a 4-semester sequence will include the preparation of a specific strategic and action plan based on the feasibility study from BUS 600B, interviews from BUS 600A and curriculum skills from previous course activity.

Where can I get more information about federal student financial aid?

The best places to look online are StudentAid.ed.gov and FinAid.org. You can also call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 433-3243. This toll-free hotline is run by the U.S. Department of Education and can answer questions about federal student aid programs and applications.

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 https://www.coveredca.com/.

For information on HCC Medical Insurance Services, a company that specializes in private international student health plans, please visit http://www.hccmis.com/student-secure-insurance/.

BUS 600D Integrative Strategy Project IV with Online Project Labs (2 units)

This fourth semester course is the culmination of the entire course of study, employing the skills and tools provided in the prior coursework and resulting in a specific plan for action.  The “final” will be a strategic plan presentation to an external group of senior advisors who are knowledgeable in the field and familiar with the process of starting or managing social or nonprofit ventures. The deliverable for this section is a presentation of the strategic plan prepared in the last section, discussion and analysis of the plan and revisions to accommodate instructor, peer, and external reviewer comments.  The goal is a course project that has real world, real time applicability.

BUS 600D & BUS 600D-PL Integrative Strategy Project IV with On-Campus Project Labs (2 units)

This fourth semester course is the culmination of the entire course of study, employing the skills and tools provided in the prior coursework and resulting in a specific plan for action. The “final” will be a strategic plan presentation to an external group of senior advisors who are knowledgeable in the field and familiar with the process of starting or managing social or nonprofit ventures. The deliverable for this section is a presentation of the strategic plan prepared in the last section, discussion and analysis of the plan and revisions to accommodate instructor, peer, and external reviewer comments. The goal is a course project that has real-world, real-time applicability.

Why does my financial aid award change each year?

There are a number of factors that can impact your financial aid from year to year. Your awards may change significantly if any of the following has occurred:

  • Your (or your family’s) financial circumstances change from one year to the next
  • You have a different number of family members in your household or in college
  • The total cost of attendance for the year has increased

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.

Can I enroll in courses at another institution while attending Antioch University Santa Barbara and still receive financial aid?

In the Bachelor of Arts program, students may be dually enrolled at Antioch University Santa Barbara and another approved institution.  Students wishing to be dually enrolled must submit a complete Consortium Agreement Form to the Financial Aid Office.  Please note that (1) BA students must be registered for a total of 6.0 units to be eligible for financial aid and (2) students may receive financial aid from one institution only during a given term.

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: www.antiochsb.edu/student-support-services

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:  http://www.antiochsb.edu/alumni/shop-ausb/.

How can I get information about events on campus?

For campus-wide events: www.antiochsb.edu/events

For events sponsored by the BA program related to current social justice and environmental issues:  www.antiochsb.edu/community

For academic program Information Sessions:  www.antiochsb.edu/information

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 jdubiel@antioch.edu.
  • If the refund deadline has not passed, you can contact Paul Luciano in the Fiscal Office at pluciano@antioch.edu 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 pluciano@antioch.edu 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: jdubiel@antioch.edu 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 Antioch.edu 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: sestomo@antioch.edu 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, sestomo@antioch.edu
  • Graduate Psychology Programs:  Laura Ericson, Assistant Director of Admissions, lericson@antioch.edu
  • BA Program: Molika Oum, Admission Advisor, moum@antioch.edu.
  • Questions pertaining to the F-1 visa: Julia Dubiel, Registrar & Director of Student Services/PDSO, jdubiel@antioch.edu

 

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.

International
Student Forms

Mac Users: please use Adobe Reader, not Preview, when completing the fillable PDF.

The following are several of the downloadable forms most commonly used by international students.

Estimated Budget Sheet

Financial Statement

F-1 Status Responsibilities

I-20 Travel Signature Request

Request for Concurrent Enrollment

Reduced Course Load Authorization

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Forms

F-1 OPT Application Packet

Post-Completion OPT – Confirmation of Program Completion

OPT Student & Employer Information

OPT F-1 Status Responsibilities

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Forms

CPT Authorization of Employment

CPT Department Chair Authorization