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AC College Associates LogoEarn SMC College Credit/Certificate While Staying in Your Home Country

Santa Monica College (SMC) is recognized as one of the best community colleges in California and the U.S. SMC provides the first two years of American university education, and is the leader in transfers to the University of California system, including UCLA, University of Southern California and other four-year campuses throughout the U.S.

Santa Monica College offers immersive, engaging online courses for high school and undergraduate students to earn U.S. college credits. Whether you are taking your first college course before attending a university in person, or you are a working professional and want to earn a certificate for career advancement, as an online education student at SMC, you can explore your academic and career paths while finishing High School coursework or while working in your home country.

SMC is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); course credits from SMC Online are transferrable to four-year universities.

Who is this for?

This is part of a contract available only to international students taking classes while in their home country. Online courses are right for you if you are goal-orientated, self-motivated, have basic computer skills and a connection to the Internet. You must be able to self-direct and pay close attention to deadlines. Whether you are trying to earn a certificate, or exploring college options while finishing High School, SMC online courses are affordable and are a good place to start in the comfort of your home environment.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed Online Application (smc.edu/iapp)

  2. Copy of Passport or Birth Certificate

  3. Transcript from High School or University

    1. PDF FileHigh School Concurrent Form if you are a current High School student

  4. Proof of English Proficiency: iTep 5.0 or, IELTS 6.0, or TOEFL IBT 60, or PTE 45, or SMC Assessment placement into ENGL 1, or Students studying at High Schools that uses English as the medium of instruction in all classes. Student needs to show attendance at the school for minimum of one year, and show passing grades in high school English classes (No ESL or equivalent).

How it works?

Online classes are available every day of the week and every hour of the day. That's 24/7! Using the web, you can access resources online and communicate at any time using email and discussion boards through SMC's outstanding course management system. As you pursue your online certificate, you will be able to interact with college professors who will be teaching your classes and take part in an active community of students.

Tuition

USD $370 per unit, $1110 for a 3-unit course.

* Fees are subject to change without notice

Steps to Enroll

  1. Fill out the Online Application
    Click "Apply Now"
    Select "AC Online" as the program for which you are applying

  2. Submit Documents

  3. Enroll in Classes

Application Deadline

Spring – January 15

Fall – August 1

Currently, AC Online offers the following certificate programs. Please see district calendar for course start dates.

Marketing Department Certificate (1 semester, 12 units)

First 8-Week Session
BUS 1, Introduction to Business (3)
BUS 20, Principles of Marketing (3)

Second 8-Week Session
BUS 34, Introduction to Social Media Marketing (3)
BUS 26, Marketing Research and Consumer Behavior (3)

Marketing Certificate of Achievement (2 semesters, 24 units)

Semester 1

First 8-Week Session
BUS 1, Introduction to Business (3)
BUS 20, Principles of Marketing (3)

Second 8-Week Session
BUS 34, Introduction to Social Media Marketing (3)
BUS 26, Marketing Research and Consumer Behavior (3)

Semester 2

First 8-Week Session
BUS 23, Principles of Selling (3)
ACCTG 21, Business Bookkeeping (3)

Second 8-Week Session
BUS 34, Introduction to Social and Media Marketing (3)
BUS 28, Marketing Promotion (3)

Cloud Computing Department Certificate (4 semester, 15 units)

Semester 1

CS 79A, Introduction to Cloud Computing (3)

Semester 2

CS 79B, Database Essentials in Amazon Web Services (3)

Semester 3

CS 79C, Compute Engines in Amazon Web Services (3)

Semester 4

CS 79D, Security in Amazon Web Services (3)
CS 87A, Python Programming (3)

Computer Business Applications Certificate of Achievement (4 semesters, 30 units)

Semester 1

CIS 1, Computer Concepts with Applications (3)
OFTECH 1, Keyboarding 1 (3)

Semester 2

CIS 4, Business Information Systems with Applications (3)
CIS 37, Microsoft Word (3)
OFTECH 5, English Skills for the Office (3)

Semester 3

BUS 1, Introduction to Business (3)
CIS 30, Microsoft Excel (3)

Semester 4

CIS 32, Microsoft Access (3)
CIS 38, Microsoft Powerpoint (3)
CIS 39, MS Outlook- Comprehensive Course (3)

Word Processing Department Certificate (2 semester, 12 units)

Semester 1

OFTECH 1, Keyboarding 1 (3)

Semester 2

CIS 4, Business Information Systems with Applications (3)
CIS 37, Microsoft Word (3)
OFTECH 5, English Skills for the Office (3)

General Office Certificate of Achievement (4 semesters, 27 units)

Semester 1

CIS 1, Computer Concepts with Applications (3)
OFTECH 1, Keyboarding 1 (3)

Semester 2

CIS 4, Business Information Systems with Applications (3)
CIS 37, Microsoft Word (3)
OFTECH 5, English Skills for the Office (3)

Semester 3

BUS 1, Introduction to Business (3)
CIS 30, Microsoft Excel (3)

Semester 4

ACCTG 21, Business Bookkeeping (3)
CIS 39, MS Outlook- Comprehensive Course (3)

Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate of Achievement (4 semesters, 27 units)

Semester 1

CIS 4, Business Information Systems with Applications (3)
OFTECH 1, Keyboarding 1 (3)

Semester 2

BUS 5, Business Law and the Legal Environment (3)
OFTECH 5, English Skills for the Office (3)
CIS 37, Microsoft Word (3)

Semester 3

OFTECH 30, Legal Office Procedures (3)
CIS 30, Microsoft Excel (3)

Semester 4

OFTECH 31, Legal Terms and Transcription (3)
CIS 39, MS Outlook- Comprehensive Course (3)

Clerical/ Data Entry Department Certificate (2 semester, 12 units)

Semester 1

CIS 4, Business Information Systems with Applications (3)
OFTECH 1, Keyboarding 1 (3)

Semester 2

OFTECH 5, English Skills for the Office (3)
CIS 37, Microsoft Word (3)


Photo by SMC Student Yang Xu