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International Education Center

​​​​​​​Dear International Students,

As you are aware, the U.S. Government has released a new set of regulations for the fall 2020 semester.

We recognize how unsettling the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announcement is and we share your concerns. 

Santa Monica College values you and we are committed to doing everything we can to keep you on your current road to success. 

If you are currently in the United States, we are exploring the development of hybrid courses (courses that are in-person and online), that will enable you to stay in the U.S. and stay in valid F-1 visa status.    

PLEASE NOTE:  Your F-1 Visa status is SAFE through the summer.     

We will keep updating you as soon as we have more information.  All updates will be sent to your SMC email account. Please check your emails daily.  

​​We are here to help and support you.  If you have any questions concerning your status, please contact the International Education Center using the links below.  

Contact the International Education Center to receive assistance with:

      • Immigration and F-1 visa issues
      • Travel Signatures
      • Health Insurance questions
      • Department of Motor Vehicles support
    • Housing
    • Verification Letters
    • Package Program support
    • Social Security questions

Contact an International Counselor to receive assistance with:
(C​ounselors will respond within 3-5 business days)

  • Reduced Course Load, Special Consideration and other forms
  • Over units (more than 9 in summer and/or more than 18 in Fall)
  • Questions regarding requirements and completion of educational goals
  • MyEdPlan review

*NEW* Zoom Express Counseling for F-1 Visa and Online Overseas International Students

​Meet with a counselor for a 10-15 minute​ session to receive assistance with:

  • Course planning for continuing students 
  • Over units (9 in summer and/or up to 18 in Fall)
  • Guided Self Placement questions
  • Pass/No Pass; Course Repeats

You must have an SMC student ID number and a photo ID to see the counselor.

Join the F-1 Zoom Express Counseling Waiting Room

July 13 - July ​24

Monday:  9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
Tuesday/Thursday:  10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.​
Wednesday/Friday:  CLOSED

We are trying our best to provide services to you during this extraordinary time. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Welcome to Santa Monica College! SMC is recognized as one of the best community colleges in California and the nation. SMC provides the first two years of American university education to help you get where you want to be. SMC is the #1 school to transfer to the UC system, USC, and Loyola Marymount University. SMC is #2 nationwide to Columbia University and #1 among schools west of the Mississippi River.

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New Students

SMC offers many programs, like the Intensive English Program and 18​0 degrees and certificates.

Join our community of more than 3,400 international students from 100 countries.​

Current Students

The International Education Center supports students with many services, like orientation, academic advising, activities, immigration assistance and more.

Special Programs

Go Global with SMC! Travel in a study abroad program and engage in our nationally recognized Global Citizenship program with various campus events and activities.

Contact Us

​Application Deadlines​

Fall 2020*
Out of country: July 1
In country: July 15​
*Deadline extended to 8/21/2020

Winter 2021
Out of country: October 15
In country: November 15

​​Spring 2021
Out of country: November 15
In Country: January 5, 2021

Summer 2021
Out of country: April 15
In Country: May 5, 2021

​Apply to​ SMC!


International Education Center Office Hours​           (SSC 3rd floor)
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Summer Counseling Hours 
Mon:  9 a.m. - 7​ p.m.          Tues/Thurs:10:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.   Wed/Friday:  CLOSED​​

​IEC Closures

  • September 7, 2020

Contact and Location

PDF File of SMC Brochure 

Online Brochure

Online Brochure (Chinese)

Virtual Campus Tour

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