November 20, 2020
Due to an increase in COVID cases in the U.S. and abroad, it is possible that new travel restrictions for F-1 visa students seeking to re-enter the U.S. may be enacted.
We strongly advise you not to travel outside the United States if you can avoid it.
If you must travel, please be sure to check with your country’s U.S. embassy to find out if there are travel restrictions that apply to F-1 visa students traveling from your country back to the U.S. You may also inquire with the airlines to find out if there are any restrictions or requirements to re-enter the U.S.
If you must travel, be sure to request an updated travel signature for your I-20. Submit the travel signature request form to email@example.com from your SMC email account at least 2 weeks before your return to the U.S. We will email you an updated I-20 with a travel signature and a travel support letter.
Please note, SMC and IEC are closed on the following days:
Thursday and Friday, November 26-27, 2020
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021
Friday, February 12, 2021 - Monday, February 15, 2021
Contact the International Education Center for 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
Contact International Counseling for the following:
- Academic and Transfer Counseling
- Educational Planning
- Transcript Evaluations
- Course Waivers and Substitutions
- Personal Counseling and Referrals
- Transfer Application Assistance
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SMC offers many programs, like the Intensive English Program and 180 degrees and certificates.
Join our community of more than 3,400 international students from 100 countries.
The International Education Center supports students with many services, like orientation, academic advising, activities, immigration assistance and more.
Out of country: December 7, 2020
In country: December 7, 2020
Out of country: January 22, 2021
In Country: January 22, 2021
Out of country: April 15
In Country: May 5, 2021
Out of country: July 1
In country: July 15
International Education Center Office Hours
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mon - Thurs: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closures: November 26 and 27 (Thanksgiving Holiday)