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International Students

Seung Lee shares her experience as an international student at Providence School.

Students from around the world are invited to attend Providence, an award-winning college preparatory school. Providence is approved by the Student and Visitor Exchange Program (SEVP) to issue the I-20 to students in grades 9-12 (F-1 Visa holders only). 

International students are well cared for in private homes and have many opportunities to participate in a variety of American cultural activities, such as attending concerts, enjoying sports as a spectator or participant, and going to the beach.

Providence graduates are accepted at top colleges in the United States and around the world, including:

  • Boston University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • University of Southern California (USC)

Providence alumni routinely report back that they find themselves exceptionally well prepared to succeed in college—far beyond their peers. 

Students interested in the Providence International Student Program should contact Emilee Hurlbert, International Student Coordinator (ehurlbert@providencesb.org).

Learn More About Providence

A brief history of Providence School




University/College Counseling 


Tuition and Fees

Providence Accreditation/Credentials 

  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) 
  • Complies with the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice  

School Calendar 

  • Early August: International Student Boarding Orientation
  • Mid-August through mid-December: First Semester
  • Mid-December to early January: Two-week Christmas Vacation
  • Early January through early June: Second Semester
  • Late March or early April: One-week Spring Break

The Santa Barbara Community

Providence is uniquely located in the beautiful and very safe ocean city of Santa Barbara, California. Santa Barbara is located about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles and provides accessibility to a wide range of metropolitan cultural experiences. Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States, is one of America’s most popular destination locations and places to live. The weather is mild, and the entertainment and cultural options are endless. Los Angeles is the home to many prestigious universities including UCLA, University of Southern California (USC), Pepperdine University, California Institute of Technology (CalTech), and several others. 

Santa Barbara has the longest coastline on the West Coast of the United States. The city lies between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara’s climate is often described as Mediterranean, and the city has been promoted as the “American Riviera.” The city has a population of approximately 90,000 people. The contiguous urban areas, which includes the cities of Goleta and Carpinteria, along with the unincorporated regions of Isla Vista, Montecito, Mission Canyon, Hope Ranch, Summerland, and others, has an approximate population of 220,000. The population of the entire county in 2010 was 423,895.

In addition to being a popular tourist and resort destination, the city economy includes a large service sector, education, technology, healthcare, finance, agriculture, manufacturing, and local government. In 2004, the service sector accounted for fully 35% of local employment. Education, in particular, is well represented, with five institutions of higher learning on the south coast (the University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, Antioch University, and the Brooks Institute of Photography). The Santa Barbara Airport serves the city, as does Amtrak. U.S. Highway 101 connects the Santa Barbara area with Los Angeles to the southeast and San Francisco to the northwest. Behind the city, in and beyond the Santa Ynez Mountains, is the Los Padres National Forest, which contains several remote wilderness areas. Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are located approximately 20 miles offshore.

Contact Us

For more information about Providence School, please contact Emilee Hurlbert, International Student Coordinator, ehurlbert@providencesb.org.

The International Student Experience

I like how Providence is a place for anybody. There is no difference among people in this school. Providence is a lovely place. It has been a blessing to me. The best thing about Providence is the strong relationships among people, no matter if they are students or teachers. As an international student from China, it makes me feel connected with this community.

Providence is a place full of people who have strong faiths and positive mindsets. There are different activities going on all the time keeping students busy and making sure every single one of them participates in school events. Also, the faculty make Providence a strong place for academics. Teachers’ classes are dedicated to improve students’ critical thinking.

The most significant difference between Providence and other schools I have attended is the close relationship with teachers. The college prep class is really useful for anyone who needs help stepping closer toward their dreams.

– Seung Lee, Class of 2019