English Language Centre Santa Barbara

School Overview

If you choose to study English at ELC Santa Barbara in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, California, you will never want to leave. Once called California's best kept secret, Santa Barbara is known all over the world for its exceptional climate, stunning scenery, and palm-lined, white-sand beaches.

The skills students acquire studying English at our school, living in our accommodations and engaging in our activities, provide you with a foundation for success. ELC offers housing options including living with an American host family or staying student residence, or apartment. At ELC, we encourage students to maximize their English training through participating in afternoon activities and living in an American homestay accommodation.

School Facilities & Highlights

  • Free high-speed wireless internet
  • Student lounge
  • 9 iMac student computers
  • Free academic tutoring hall
  • 13 classrooms
  • Downtown Santa Barbara location

Top Five Student Nationalities

  • Switzerland
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Germany
  • Brazil
  • Japan


"ELC is the best experience I have ever known in my life. The staff is fantastic and devoted to each student. I have met students from everywhere in the world and due to the activities it creates a strong relationship between us. It`s like a second family." - Philip Boyer, France.

"I made a lot of friends from many different countries. The teachers are wonderful and we spent such a great time with them. Boston is an incredible city. I have been living in homestay and enjoyed it so much." - Carmen Domeneche, Spain.

School Message

By employing highly qualified and dedicated instructors and by utilizing a dynamic and comprehensive curriculum, ELC provides the perfect environment for rapid language improvement.

About Santa Barbara

A short ten-minute walk from the beach, ELC Santa Barbara is perfectly located in its own award winning building across the street from the Santa Barbara Courthouse (an architectural and historical landmark) and two blocks from State Street. Every day almost half of our students bike, skateboard or rollerblade to school. The neighborhood around the school, referred to as the arts and culture area of Santa Barbara, is pleasantly crowded with outdoor cafes, restaurants, music clubs, historical attractions, and fabulous shopping. 

Our Location

1100 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA.

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Courses Overview

ELC Santa Barbara offers a diverse array of course options including General English, Test Preparation (Cambridge, IELTS and TOEFL), English Plus, 50+ and more. International students who study English at ELC Santa Barbara will enjoy studying English in courses taught by native speakers of American English, all of whom hold a university degree and have specialized training in Teaching English as a Second Language.



Most ELC students are eager to take advantage of the family homestay opportunity available year-round. Along with the chance to improve conversational skills, homestays can create warm friendships that last a lifetime.


The Santa Barbara Residence is a newly renovated, clean and simple accommodation, conveniently located about 30 minutes from ELC. The studio style room includes a fully equipped kitchen and ample workspace. 

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