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The Coral Group is part of family business that has been working with study abroad students since 1976. Mia Willson, Placement Agent for Coral Group, has worked with international students since 1998 as the housing coordinator for language schools in town, hosted students in her own home, traveled extensively as a study abroad student herself, and caters to the specific housing needs of international students seeking quality, comfortable and safe housing in Santa Barbara.


We work with some pretty awesome property owners/managers that reserve their housing for international students seeking safe, clean, comfortable housing in Santa Barbara. We also work with some pretty amazing host families that truly care about the welfare of their students. Our philosophy is to provide quality service, provide quality housing options and encourage a great cultural experience for all involved. 


We proudly support and donate a percentage of our profits to SlingShot Art Studio & Gallery, a beautiful art studio for our valued community members with developmental disabilities.  

Mia Benavides-Willson ​with Mylie, Santa Barbara, CA

Director/Owner  The Coral Group  2008

Dr. Alonso Benavides with Mia, San Jose, Costa Rica 1976

Costa Rica Program Director ACM 1976-1987

 Brown University, Director, Cordoba Spain 1987

Owner/Director Siglo XX1 Spanish Institute 1998 - present

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