- In addition to five
winners of Nobel Prizes, UCSB's faculty includes many
elected members or fellows of the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences (21), the National Academy of Sciences (25),
the National Academy of Engineering (26), and the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (43).
- The Computer Science Department was established in January 1979. We have
29 permanent faculty, and 5 regular lecturers who teach lower division classes
primarily. Among our faculty are a member of the National Academy of
Engineering (NAE), Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the John Simon Guggenheim
Foundation. Many are winners of the National Science Foundation's Faculty
Early Career Development (CAREER) awards, and numerous others serve as
editors in chief or associate editors of computer science journals and chairs
or vice chairs for national and international conferences and workshops. Our
faculty routinely present keynote addresses and invited lectures worldwide. Just this year (2011) alone, the department faculty added 2 ACM Fellows, 1 IEEE Fellow, 1 ACM Distinguished Scientist, and 1 AAAS Fellow to its list of awards.
- Our faculty regularly organize top conferences and workshops in
their respective research areas. These conferences are regularly held
in the Santa Barbara area. Past conferences and workshops have included
IEEE International Conference on Networking Protocols (ICNP),
International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Systems (IPTPS), International
Conference on Developments in Language Theory (DLT), IEEE/ACM
International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), ACM
Multimedia, and the Crytographic Hash Workshop. Finally, every year UCSB
hosts the Annual International Crytology Conference (Crypto).
- The Santa Barbara / Goleta area is one of THE most beautiful and
temperate places to live in the world. In addition to having a campus
situated on the oceanfront, UCSB students enjoy warm sunny weather all year
round. This winter has been particularly warm. The high temperature for the
last three days (February 11-13) was 80 F, or 26 C. Many celebrities,
musicians, actors have made Santa Barbara their home away from Hollywood. But
don't worry, while Hollywood stars make real estate prices skyrocket, local
housing rental prices are still quite reasonable for graduate students.
Living in Santa Barbara
- There are university owned apartments for single students and families
for which graduate students can apply. For single students, Santa Ynez
apartments are university owned furnished apartments located in Isla
Vista. They are 2 bedroom apartments with two grad students in each
apartment. Single student apartments range from $550 to $1000/month. You
apply on-line between April 1 and June 1, and apartments are allocated by
lottery. For student families, family housing ranges from $700 to
$1000/month. Apply right away on the housing web site. Finally, childcare is
available at the University Children's center for children 3 months to 5
years. They should add their name to the waiting list on the children
center's web site right away.
- Average living costs are as follows:
Food: $350 / month, less if you cook regularly
Utilities: $100 / month for each apartment, lower for students
For housing information, definitely first take a look at the UCSB housing
You'll find lots of information about different kinds of housing and
how to apply for them. Once you receive your perm #, you can use this site to
check for housing listings. Here is another site
that provides information for International students. Finally, you
should use Google Maps to locate the
apartment and its distance to UCSB.
Students usually bike or walk to campus from Isla Vista. Bus service
is free and available throughout Santa Barbara.
Moving to Santa Barbara
lodging will be available on campus in the Anacapa Hall dormitory
from late August 27th through mid September, for approximately
$40.00 per night, per person (double occupancy). No reservations are
- For International students
The Office of International
Students and Scholars (OISS) will assist international students in
obtaining their visas.
Students admitted to UCSB in the
F-1 category will receive the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility
for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status from OISS. The Confidential
Financial Statement and other financial documents that were
submitted as part of your admission application will be sent along
with the Form I-20 directly to you.
the beginning of Fall Quarter, a special orientation program is
organized for all international students who are beginning their
studies at UCSB. The purpose of the three-day program is to inform
students how to be successful in this new academic environment,
introduce them to key people on the campus who will be of
assistance, and give them a chance to meet other international and
American students. Important information about how to maintain
lawful immigration status as well as regulations governing
permission to work will also be reviewed.
Life on Campus
- There are roughly 3000 graduate students on the UC Santa Barbara
campus. That is 14% of the total student population.
- The Computer Science department currently has 180 graduate students,
including 107 PhD students and 73 MS students
- Here are some photos of students
in our department, and the great places they've gone on to after graduating from UCSB.
- International students might be interested in reading about the Office of International Students and Scholars
(OISS). There you'll find lots of useful information covering topics
such as Visas, financial matters, health insurance, orientation and
hints on moving to UCSB.
- For fun things to do around UCSB, check out the UCSB Arts and Lectures Program,
where you can find information on local lectures and performances by
high profile artists. This spring, performances include concerts by
Bonnie Raitt, B. B. King, Wu Man, and a lecture by General Colin Powell.
- For lots of questions about life at UCSB, check out the Office of Student Life.