is committed to your success as an F-1 international student. Our
innovative two-part orientation introduces students to the academic
program and support services to help ensure success at SMC. All new
academic F-1 international students complete this process before
beginning their first session or semester at Santa Monica College.
first part is an on-line orientation that you will complete prior to
your arrival at SMC. This orientation takes approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours
to complete. The second part of the orientation is called the
“Information Seminar”. The Information Seminar takes place at SMC a few
weeks prior to the start of the session or semester. You will need to
sign up for a specific date for the Information Seminar before you will
receive your SMC I-20 and Admission Packet. Please follow the below
instructions to complete the steps to the Information Seminar for
International Students at SMC.
Students will receive instruction on how to sign-up for the Information Seminar through their on-line application portal.
1. On-Line Orientation for International Students
must complete the On-Line Orientation
prior to your “Check-in Date” at
SMC. Please be sure to use your SMC ID# (not your application ID#) to
log in to the on-line orientation. Your SMC ID# will be available in
your application portal once you are admitted. If you do not complete
the on-line orientation using your SMC ID#, you cannot attend the
Information Seminar and register for SMC classes.
2. Check-In at Santa Monica College
arrival at SMC, new students need to report to the International
Education Center for Check-In. Students must bring their current I-20s
and passports (with I-94 Admission Card and F-1 Student Visa Stamp).
Students also must provide the International Education Center with
current contact information and emergency contacts. You can complete
the Check-In Form
and bring it with you.
3. Information Seminar (SMC Campus)
confirmation of the date and time of your Information Seminar is
included in your Admission Packet. Your report date on your SMC I-20
will be the same date as your Check-In date. We recommend that you
arrive at least one week prior to the Check-In and Information Seminar
date to secure housing. Prior to the Information Seminar, you may also
take the SMC Assessment Test. At the seminar you will receive more
in-depth information about campus resources and the academic program.
You will also meet the staff members who will assist you in becoming a
successful student at SMC.
Intensive English Program Orientation
Students admitted to the Intensive English Program must attend an
Information Seminar. An IEP Levels Placement test will be administered
by the English teachers. Students will be provided information on
immigration issues, medical insurance, public safety and take a campus