Education First Santa Barbara

Education First was founded over fifty years ago with the aim of opening the world through education - a mission that’s more important now than ever before.

EF programs for everyone

Education First was founded over fifty years ago with the aim of opening the world through education - a mission that’s more important now than ever before.

Today, Education First is the world’s largest education company, providing personalized courses that help you learn a language faster. By studying a language where it’s natively spoken, our students gain a cultural understanding that transcends borders.

A lot has changed in the years since we opened our doors, but we are still fully committed to making our students’ dreams come true. We’re always open, flexible and ready to accompany you on your adventures abroad.

Your Santa Barbara Trip begins here

Santa Barbara is a university town where cobbled paths, charming fountains, and secluded surf beaches create a lovely backdrop in which to learn English. Our spacious downtown campus is a short walk from State Street - where you’ll find unique little shops and cozy cafes. 

Campus highlights

  • Classic, Spanish colonial-style building with a warm and welcoming feel
  • The campus is located in the heart of Santa Barbara, around the corner from State Street with many shops, cafes and restaurants
  • Bright and modern classrooms fitted with the latest learning technology
  • Wide range of academic classes are offered for all levels of English, including exam courses
  • Spacious, sunny outdoor courtyard
  • Game room with Wii, pool and table tennis tables
  • Ideal for all ages and interests – Santa Barbara is a perfect destination for younger students, while graduates and adults enjoy the city's academic and cultural diversity


City highlights

  • Santa Barbara is one of the most charming cities in California, known as the "American Riviera" for its ideal location between the mountains and the beach
  • Sunny and mild climate throughout the year
  • Great location for outdoor sports like surfing, kayaking, hiking & cycling
  • Spanish colonial style architecture gives the city a laid-back unique flair
  • Located 145 kilometers from Los Angeles


  • Courtyard
  • EF Study lounge
  • Student lounge
  • Basketball court

Near the school

  • Action Pack - Aqua Sports Surfing - (APSBA) - Learn how to surf! Go surfing for 3 hours. Includes transportation, surfboard, wetsuit, and surf instructions.
  • Action Pack - Camarillo Outlet shopping - (AP2SBA)
  • Discovery Pack - Universal Studios and Disneyland - (DCPSBA) - Spend the weekend at two of the world's most famous amusement parks. Includes transportation to and from both parks, entrance tickets, a one night stay in a hotel across the street from Disneyland.
  • Discovery Pack - Las Vegas - (DCP2SBA) - 3 days and 2 nights. Nighttime walking tour of the most famous hotels & casinos with a guide.


$10,000 — $15,000 Quarter

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Type of School

University/Intensive English Program

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment, Dormitory

Santa Barbara CA
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1421 Chapla Street Santa Barbara, CA

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