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Good Reasons to Choose EF
EF, Santa Barbara
Californias loveliest city. Two hundred kilometers
north of Los Angeles is an area of outstanding natural beauty. At its heart is Santa Barbara, a community of 100,000 people
known for their warmth and hospitality, and for their easy-going pace of life. Our modern
school has spacious classrooms and excellent teaching facilities. There is a language
laboratory, a comfortable student lounge and a courtyard lined with jacaranda trees where
you can relax in the sun. The EF Bookstore sells t-shirts, stamps, postcards and snacks.
State Street, the citys main thoroughfare, is only one block away, and here
youll find outdoor cafés, sophisticated shops, restaurants, cinemas and art
galleries. Our home stay option provides a comfortable twin room and a choice of daily
- Airport transfer service available
- Modern school in an ideal city location
- The best beaches on the West Coast
- Numerous student activity clubs: theater, adventure travel, rollerblading and
- Nearby access to tennis, swimming and golf
- Disneyland, San Francisco, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas options
- Immersion learning through home stay
- Accredited by ACCET and licensed by the State of California
- Year-round California sunshine
Courses available at EF, Santa Barbara
- EF International Language Schools - Principal, Intensive and Summer courses in
variable lengths of programs from two to 50 weeks. Cambridge and TOEFL exam preparation.
- EF Academic Year Abroad - 9 months of language and cultural studies.
- EF Multi-Language Year - combine this study location with up to two others.
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EF - Something for you?
Experts concur that the best way to learn a language is by living and studying
abroad. The combination of classroom study time and language practice in day to day life
situations guarantees maximum progress.
At EF International Language Schools, we have developed a results-oriented
method that perfectly balances expert teaching with complete cultural immersion.
Join the thousands of students who have become fluent in a language with EF!
Whether you study for two weeks or 50, your course fee includes language instruction,
educational materials, accommodation, meals and a full schedule of activities. EF language
courses begin nearly every Monday of the year. And because our courses are taught at eight
different levels, they are just as suitable for beginners as for those with advanced
knowledge of the language. In essence, you design the course yourself--one that suits your
individual needs. You also choose how rigorously you wish to study, whether that's
intensively to pass a public examination, or at a leisurely pace for a pleasant study
A course type for every need. The five EF courses described below are built
upon the main language disciplines of reading, writing, speaking and comprehension. In
addition, each course has a special focus, allowing you to direct your study in a way that
suits your particular language needs.
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Different courses offered by EF
The Intensive Course is designed for serious students who need to learn a language for
professional or academic reasons as quickly as possible. Teachers cover a wide-ranging
syllabus that has been designed to develop your overall linguistic skills. Their full
schedule of varied, absorbing lessons guarantees maximum progress. Eight special interest
lessons per week concentrate upon aspects of the language relevant to your particular
Course features: 30 lessons, starting dates every Monday, 2 to 50 week courses, language
levels from beginner to advanced, average class size: 12 students
The Principal Course gives comprehensive tuition in the essential language disciplines.
Whether for business or personal growth, you'll soon find yourself writing and speaking
with greater confidence and clarity.
Course features: 24 lessons, starting dates every Monday, 2 to 50 week courses, language
levels from beginner to advanced, average class size: 12 students
If you want to travel and learn a new language this summer, this is the course to choose.
The course concentrates upon understanding and speaking the language in practical
situations. Everything you learn in class will add to your enjoyment of free time later in
the day when you can make the most of the many optional EF excursions on offer.
Course features: 20 lessons, starting dates every Monday from June to August, 2 to12 week
courses, language levels from beginner to advanced, average class size 15 students, more
time for vacation activities
TOEFL Exam Course
The Test of English as a Foreign Language is an American examination, but internationally
recognized by employers and academic institutions. A high TOEFL score is needed for
admission to most American universities and colleges, for example. Our specially designed
course gives thorough exam preparation in as little as eight weeks.
Course features: 30 lessons; starting dates every Monday; 8, 12, 16, 20, 24 week courses;
language levels from lower Intermediate to academic proficiency; average class size: 12
Cambridge Exam Course
A wide range of academic and professional institutions internationally recognizes the
University of Cambridge language exams. There are 4 progressive exams: Preliminary English
(PET), First Certificate (FCE), Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) and the Proficiency
(CPEthe most advanced). Our course has been designed to give you the essential
language skills that form the basis of the Cambridge exams.
EF Academic Year Abroad
Your nine-month course is designed to give you fluent communication skills and an in-depth
understanding of range of academic subjects. You begin with an intensive language study
program to build your fundamental skills. As these develop, the scope of your curriculum
broadens to include academic subjects such as literature, business, politics and media
studies. It's the perfect way to strengthen your linguistic and academic credentials. On
successful completion of our course, you receive the Diploma in International Studies and
an official EF Academic Record to present to future employers or university admissions
The EF Internship Option
Experience using your new language skills in a work environment will give you a real
advantage in todays competitive job market. For an additional placement fee, EF will
guarantee you an internship, once you have sufficient language skills. EF Internships are
available in one of twelve work areas, including business, travel and tourism, media,
public relations, education and sales and marketing. The Internship Option is available at
all schools in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and Nice.
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12 Good Reasons to Choose EF
- EF International Language Schools On a language course with EF, you improve your
language skills and make friends from all over the world! Together you form an exciting,
international community in which you learn, explore, have fun and speak your study
language day in, day out. It's an unforgettable way to experience a new country and
culture--and without any doubt, it's the fastest way to learn a language!
- A worldwide organization. At EF we are members of an international team. We all
work together in what has become--over the course of our 32-year history--the world's
largest private educational organization. With the help of the other 70 EF offices in
countries around the world, we'll be able to answer any questions you might have.
- Courses start every week. Because EF courses start every Monday of the year,
there's bound to be one that fits in with your academic, personal or professional
commitments. Whatever your level of language ability, from beginner to advanced, you can
choose to study for any length of time, from two weeks to an academic year. Courses match
a range of individual requirements, from exam preparation to summer breaks.
- Teachers who will inspire you With EF you can always be sure that you will
taught by experienced professionals. EF teachers hold specialist qualifications in the
teaching of their own language to non-native speakers. They'll encourage you and inspire
you to learn. Our experience over the past 4 decades has taught us that the selection and
training of qualified teachers must be the first priority of any language school.
- Customized courses--at all levels on your first day at school, we test your
language knowledge and assign you to the correct study level. If you're on an Intensive or
Principal course, we will also help you to select the Special Interest Options that best
suit your goals. From then on, our teachers will assess your progress and discuss it with
you on a regular basis. This personal approach means that you develop the language skills
you need and that you always study at your own pace.
- Quality courses, officially approved. There are many language schools around the
world and new ones are opening up every day. So make sure that a government-appointed
monitoring body recognizes the institution you choose. For language schools in England,
look for approval by The British Council and membership of ARELS. Schools in the United
States should be accredited by ACCET.
- A choice of accommodation Every EF course fee includes accommodation and a
specified number of meals each week, so you need have no concerns about having to make
your own living arrangements once you get to the school. With EF, you can sample West
Coast hospitality with a California host family, live amid the splendors of an ancient
Cambridge college, or spend the summer at the University of Nice.
- Activities and weekend excursions. There are EF Activities Coordinators in every
school, and their job is to help you plan your free time. They organize barbecue parties,
video evenings, theatre visits and sports events; they keep you entertained and involve
you in community life. On weekends, you'll have a chance to explore further afield on our
excursions to places of beauty and cultural interest in your host country, or even
countries close by.
- EF travel and transfer service When you make a reservation for an EF language
course, you have the convenient option of \booking your international travel through
us--we'll get you the best price available. You may also choose to be met by an EF
Representative on arrival at the nearest major airport to your school. You can travel
secure in the knowledge that you will be welcomed by a smiling EF staff member and
accompanied directly to your host family or residence.
- A better educational portfolio. On completion of a Principal, Intensive or
Examination course, you will receive the EF Course Certificate of attendance. On
completion of a 4-week course or longer, you will also receive the EF Academic Record,
which will reflect your ability in every aspect of the language from conversation to
writing ability. Such a portfolio will allow you to present your linguistic credentials to
academic evaluators or potential employers around the world.
- Success in public examinations EF students consistently number among the most
successful candidates taking the Cambridge University and TOEFL language exams. Their
results are a tribute to the effectiveness of special EF courses developed for exam
preparation. The programs include lessons using past papers to sharpen your exam
technique. Your EF teacher can also arrange for you to take widely recognized language
proficiency exams in French, German, Spanish or Italian.
Study longer for less at EF, we know that improving your
language skills is one of the best investments that you can make in your future. Extending
the length of your course is one of the most effective ways to improve upon that
investment. That's why we have reduced the price of our longer courses. Now, when you
study for eight weeks or more, you'll be getting even better value for money.
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