Cuesta College participates in the Central Coast Study Abroad Consortium, which is run through Santa Barbara City College. Cuesta College students may participate in any of the consortium programs. Program information, brochures, and applications are available in the Cuesta College Transfer Center or

Programs at SBCC have all been created with students in mind, and that means different destinations, classes that transfer units to universities, and excursions that will immerse you into the cultures abroad. Not to forget, the program cost is up to 50% or less than the cost of a study abroad program at a 4-year institution! With many scholarships available to study abroad, it's something that can be attainable for you!

Upcoming Programs

Costa Rica

Surfing, Stretching & Relaxation, Spanish Grammar in Costa Rica
SUMMER 2023 
Sally Saenger will take students to an unforgettable summer of water activities and other adventures in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.


* This program will likely fill before the deadline. Program participants are accepted on a first come - first serve basis upon completion of the application process. We recommend you apply as soon as possible.



Immerse yourself in Bali - an island incredibly rich in culture, tradition and nature, and a people that will welcome you with open hearts. This program will give you hands-on experiential education in Marine biology, Oceanography, Anthropology and Sociology!

You will spend time in both remote, quiet villages as well as in thriving cultural centers, giving you an unparalleled opportunity to explore and experience the vibrant diversity and friendliness that is Bali. Learn about Marine Biology by snorkeling on breathtaking coral reefs just steps from the shore and exploring how reefs and marine organisms differ from the north to the south. Delve into the environmental footprint and challenges and discover innovations of those seeking to improve humanity's relationship to nature.

Truly experience and savor Bali’s astoundingly colorful and distinct cultures. You will learn about the culture, religion, art, architecture, sculptures, dance and music, as well as a myriad of social issues both distinct and similar to our own. Bali is a place that once visited, will stay with you forever – the beauty, friendliness, and spirit of the island will deepen your life and your connection to the world.

Depart U.S. September 8, 2023

Return to U.S. November 7, 2023

Application Deadline: April 26, 2023


Immerse yourself in experiential learning and spend the spring semester 2024 in Florence, Italy with Santa Barbara City College!  

Florence is the capital of the Italian region of Tuscany and is the birthplace of the Renaissance.  Known for its art, architecture and history, Florence is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. While in this unique environment you will experience Italian culture through study, instruction and immersion in daily Italian life.  Field trips and excursions are planned to other cities and regions in Italy as well.  

The SBCC Semester Abroad in Florence includes courses in European history, art history and the Italian language.  The program is academic in nature, but it also provides you with the opportunity to make new friends, become acquainted with Italy's living history and learn through direct experience with the Italian language, customs and cuisine.

February 3, 2024 - May 3, 2024

Application Deadline: October 22, 2023

The Transfer Center has additional information, including catalogs, brochures, and applications for the programs listed below. Cuesta students may participate in any of these programs:

California Colleges for International Education
California State University International Programs
Cal Poly International Education Programs
University of California Education Abroad Program
University Study Abroad Consortium
ACCENT International Education Organization
Cultural Experiences Abroad
American Institute for Foreign Study