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University of California, Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara is a leading research institution that also provides a comprehensive liberal arts learning experience. Because teaching and research go hand in hand at UC Santa Barbara, our students are full participants in an educational journey of discovery that stimulates independent thought, critical reasoning, and creativity.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Education & Training (2)
Journalism & Media (1)



Originally a small, independent teachers’ college, Santa Barbara joined the renowned University of California system in 1944 and has since grown to be an integral and important part of public postsecondary education in the state.


More than 200 majors, degrees, and credentials are offered through UCSB’s five schools and the Graduate Division. The College of Letters and Science alone offers 80 majors. The College of Creative Studies offers talented students an alternative approach for pursuing advanced, independent work in the arts, mathematics, or the sciences. The College of Engineering offers degree programs in seven disciplines.

The university also has two professional schools: the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, and the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education.


Pioneering research is a critical component of the highest quality education. UCSB’s faculty includes six Nobel Prize winners and scores of elected members of national and international academies and societies as well as dozens of winners of Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships. The campus is one of only 62 research-intensive institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.


Career Services is here to help the students and recent graduates of the University of California identify and fulfill their career goals. We serve as the bridge between their college experience and employment or graduate school, helping them apply what they have learned. We look forward to serving you better, so visit us often to stay current with all the latest happenings at Career Services.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to anticipate, plan for, and respond to the needs of a diverse and changing student body by providing services and programs that promote physical and emotional well-being and foster intellectual and personal development. Divisional efforts to meet student needs are intended to create a supportive and challenging learning environment and a sense of community essential to advancing the University's goals of excellence in education, research and public service.

Housing services

UCSB Housing & Residential Sevices provides housing and associated residential life services for UCSB's undergraduate student, graduate student and faculty population. While the majority of functions at UCSB operate during the traditional “40-hour” workweek, H&RS operates on a 24-hour daily basis throughout the year. The scope of the services offered can be compared to those of operating a small city.

Library services

UC Santa Barbara Library enables exploration and collaboration for scholars in their intellectual engagement with the world of ideas and the creation of knowledge.

ICT services

Technology Services (ETS) contributes to UC Santa Barbara's mission of research, teaching, and community service by:

  • serving as a resource and catalyst in partnering with the campus community to efficiently deliver IT infrastructure
  • increasing the value and effectiveness of campus IT investments and implementations.

Student Life

Sports facilities

The Department of Recreation at UC Santa Barbara is committed to creating a healthy and welcoming campus environment for all students, faculty, staff and community members.The department seeks to promote an active, balanced lifestyle that contributes to the development of the social, emotional and physical skills essential to long-term health and wellbeing. Quality and innovation are guiding principles in all programming and student development efforts. We strive to be an industry leader in environmental conservation and sustainability.

Offering a wide variety of activities, programs, services and facilities for students, faculty/staff & the community, Recreation is where Gauchos "Find Their Fit" since 1964.


  • The University of California, Santa Barbara is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • UC Santa Barbara is also a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), 62 leading research institutions in the U.S. and Canada known for their academic excellence.

Student Reviews

Discovering New Avenues through the UC System
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I appreciated how my program emphasized research based approaches to Psychology, but that was due to the fact that I attended a research-based University. I realized that my style was not to be a researcher, but to be an individual who worked in the field with an emphasis on Applied-Psychology. My overall experience was a great learning process, but assisted in showing me...

Holistic education
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was good experience overall. The environment was a good place to build socials skills as interactions with others from all walks of life were encouraged.

UCSB-- The place to be
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

UCSB provided me with the serious education required to become a successful leader while also allowing me to explore and discover. My time in Santa Barbara taught me how, with hard work and determination, you can achieve anything.

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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