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International Students

Language Requirements

There are no foreign language requirements for Media Arts and Technology graduate degrees.

English Language Placement Examination (ELPE)

All non-native speakers, including those who have degrees from U.S. institutions, must take UCSB's English Language Placement Examination (ELPE) at the beginning of the first term enrolled (refer to the General Catalog). The ELPE is UCSB's way of checking for minimal oral and written proficiency in English. It is a ninety-minute essay test, and a fifteen-minute oral interview with an ESL instructor (English as a Second Language). Based on the results of the ELPE, the ESL instructor may recommend that a student take one or more ESL courses. Doing well on the ELPE does not certify a student for duties as a Teaching Assistant. Certification for TA duties is done through the Graduate Division.

Graduate Division TA Certification Interview

For non-native English speakers it is necessary to pass a TA certification interview in order to serve as a TA at UCSB, regardless of where previous degrees were earned. This interview is attended by the head of Graduate Division's Academic Services Department, an instructor from the ESL program (English as a Second Language), and a member of the Department, who clarifies for the others the nature of the teaching duties. The interview involves teaching a ten-minute mock lesson and responding to impromptu questions from those present.

Office of International Students and Scholars

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) serve the international student population, which is quite diverse in its belief systems, values, traditions and academic training. Additionally, OISS assists foreign postdoctoral scholars engaged in research at UCSB with matters relating to visas. The OISS staff members advise and assist students with concerns about immigration, finances, employment, academic work, housing and personal problems. OISS works with volunteers from the Santa Barbara community who teach English-language conversation classes and offer individual conversation tutorials in OISS classrooms throughout the year. OISS administers an Orientation Program for entering foreign students, publishes a quarterly newsletter and maintains information of interest to international students and scholars at its web site. Email: oiss(at)sa.ucsb.edu. Phone: (805) 893-2929.