Experience the quintessential Californian lifestyle in a beautiful seaside location.

The Green River to California Gap Year program is designed to provide a nine month (September to May) learning experience at two colleges on the west coast of the United States. Students spend the first quarter at Green River Community College (September - December) and then 1 semester (January - May) at Santa Barbara Community College.


Live the California dream. Santa Barbara’s surfing history dates back nearly a century and even the youngest locals are comfortable atop a long board. Celebrity-filled homes dot the hillside and the city’s large student population adds a jolt of youthful energy.

Santa Barbara’s beaches are its main attraction. Relax under an umbrella on East Beach, whose white sand and palm trees are framed by the surrounding hills. Stroll along Stearns Wharf for dozens of shops and one of California’s best views.

Santa Barbara College is located a short walk away from the ocean. This modern campus has sea views, world-class facilities and a relaxed college campus atmosphere that lets you study and mingle with local and international students.

Nearby are some of California’s best beaches and seafront attractions. The social program hosts weekly activities like beach barbecues, boat parties, trips to Disneyland and Universal Studios and professional sporting events.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Financial statement
  • Secondary school graduate or 17 years of age
  • English proficiency is required for direct placement in academic program
Philipp Hahn, Germany
"The Green River to California Gap Year Program is great because I get to experience two different American lifestyles — the Pacific NW and the California beaches." - Read Philipp's blog post.

Philipp Hahn Dortmund, Germany