International Students

Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) values student diversity and welcomes applications from all qualified international candidates. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

International Admission Requirements
If you are applying for international student admission and an F-1 student visa, you must meet both the program-specific admission requirements and the requirements listed below. Application deadlines and requirements vary from program to program; however, it is strongly recommended that all international applicants adhere to the program’s early action deadline for their desired entrance term.

In addition to the program-specific admission requirements the following must also be received:

  1. Proof of English language proficiency
  2. Transcript evaluation for all coursework done outside of the U.S. or Canada (except Quebec)
  3. Financial certification – official bank letter & Financial Statement Form
  4. Passport style photograph
  5. Photocopy of your passport

If you are an international student currently studying in the U.S. and are wishing to transfer to Antioch University Santa Barbara, please be prepared to submit the following in addition to providing the above-mentioned:

  1. English Language Proficiency
    Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting official English proficiency test scores. Accepted exams and minimum scores are provided below:
Exam Score
ETS TOEFL 79 (internet), 550 (paper), 213 (computer)
Kaplan’s TOEFL Kaplan’s Advanced Level
IELTS 6.5 or higher
  1. Transcript Evaluation
    If you had schooling in a country other than the U.S. or Canada (except Quebec), you must have your academic record evaluated to certify that coursework completed (and academic degrees earned) are the equivalent to that offered in the United States at a regionally accredited institution. A full course-by-course evaluation must be completed by an approved evaluation agency. The evaluation summary provided directly by the agency will serve as your official transcript, and indicate the number of units and/or degree(s) you have earned. It is not necessary for you to provide an original copy of your academic record to our office. Antioch University Santa Barbara recommends the use of Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI), an organization specializing in foreign credential evaluation and a recognized member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). For a list of other approved agencies, please contact the Office of AdmissionsNote: For the BA program, 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. Evaluation by an agency is not required. Instead, applicants must provide an official transcript in English, from their school to be awarded this credit. This official transcript must indicate the graduation date.
  2. Financial Certification
    You must submit documentation of your abil­ity to pay the educational and living expenses required for at least one year of your program. Please review the Estimated Budget Sheet, then submit the Financial Statement form and the required bank documentation. The bank documentation should include the following elements:
  • Bank name and address on official letterhead
  • Dated no earlier than 6-9 months before first day of start term
  • Sponsor’s first and last name, relation to applicant, and an indication of sponsorship
  • Amount of available funds in U.S. or foreign currency
  1. Passport-style Photograph
    The photograph should be a clear, full color headshot without eyewear. You may submit the photograph electronically to or by standard mail to: Antioch University Santa Barbara, Office of Admissions, 602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
  2. Photocopy of Your Passport
    This should be a photocopy of the passport page that lists the expiration date. The photocopy should be sent via mail to: Antioch University Santa Barbara, Office of Admissions, 602 Anacapa Street, CA 93101. You also have the option to send it electronically as a scanned image or PDF to:

If you are accepted to one of AUSB’s academic programs, you will receive the necessary U.S. immigration forms to apply for a student visa (F- 1) through the U.S. consulate in your home country. Admission to AUSB does not guarantee that you will receive a student visa. If you do not receive a student visa before the program start date, you may contact our Office of Admissions for assistance in changing your admission start date to a later start term. International students holding a student visa must be enrolled full time each term. Please remember, in general, a student visa does not allow you to be employed while in school.

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