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.
International Education Center to receive assistance with:
- Immigration and F-1 visa issues
- Travel Signatures
- Health Insurance questions
- Department of Motor Vehicles support
- Verification Letters
- Package Program support
- Social Security questions
International Counselor to receive assistance with:
(Counselors 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.
July 13 - July 24
Monday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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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