Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) is located in the city of Santa Barbara, California in the United States. It is a two-year community college that offers associate degrees, certificates and transfer programs to other four-year universities. The school has dedicated International Student Support Programs that aid overseas students in improving their English or transferring to another university to complete a Bachelor’s Degree.

SchoolApply interviewed Diego Valentim, a first-year student at Santa Barbara City College, to find out more about his initial experiences at SBCC.   

Santa Barbara City College

Location: Santa Barbara, California

Student Name: Diego Valentim

Age: 20

From: Brazil

Graduation: 2020

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Favorite class: My favorite class is definitely my management class. It’s the most exciting subject for me right now because I am learning a lot of leadership information that is helping me in a big way for the future.

Three words to describe Santa Barbara City College: Fascinating, Cozy, Wonderful

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Diego and I’m 20 years old. This is my first year at Santa Barbara City College. I am from Brazil, but I also lived in Italy for almost 9 years, which was an amazing experience.

What were your school experiences like before university?

My high school back in Brazil was amazing – it helped make me a mature person and it helped me a lot in becoming a better student.

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How did you hear about the Santa Barbara City College and what made you decide to study in the US?

I always liked the US education system and how it prepares students for life in the future. I was looking for a college that offered a Management major and as soon I saw the pictures and the resources that SBCC offers, I knew I had to choose Santa Barbara.

Did you have any problems adjusting to life in a new country and university?

No, I have not had any issues since I moved here. Since day one, everyone has treated me very well and it has felt like I have found a new home. Everyone has welcomed me like part of a family.

What were your first few days in SBCC like?

Everything was very new to me –new city, new country, new life. The college is beautiful and I found a house near the city’s downtown area, so everything feels great. I feel prepared to face whatever may come in my future, but as everything was so new, I definitely had a mix of feelings. I was very excited to meet my colleagues and start my classes.

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What degree are you pursuing and why?

My father is a professional soccer coach in Brazil and I am interested in this also. I am studying management to learn as much as I can before I begin to follow in his footsteps.

What has your academic and social experience been like as an international student at SBCC?

Santa Barbara is different from all the cities that I have visited before. It’s small, but it has a lot of activity and everything you need is close by. The restaurants, the beach – everything is fun and fascinating.

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Are you taking part in any extracurricular activities?

Not yet, but I do want to play on the school’s soccer team so I will certainly try out next fall.

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What are your plans after you graduate?

My plan is to go back to Brazil and find a good postgraduate course before I start working.

What would you say to international students who are considering studying at Santa Barbara City College?

Since my first day here, SBCC has offered me everything that I need. The school supports its students as much as it can, and not only in the classroom but also socially and regarding personal development. I think this is one of the most important things that the college has to offer… and the views are wonderful!

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