Academic and Personal Counseling

The International Education Counseling Center provides academic and personal counseling for international students on an F-1 visa. Academic counselors are available year-round to assist students with schedule planning whether it be for an Associate degree at SMC or transfer to a four-year university. 

Walk-in counseling is available year-round and appointments are available during the third through twelfth week of each semester. Students may also meet with counselors regarding personal issues and challenges that may be interfering with their progress in class. Assistance with housing, transportation, medical insurance and settling-in issues are also provided through this office.

How to Meet with a Counselor

New Students

New students who have attended their new student Information Seminar and taken their assessment tests, will have their initial counseling meeting with a counselor in their Group Counseling and Enrollment session. During this mandatory Group Counseling session, counselors will assist new students in planning and enrolling into their classes for the first semester. After this initial Group Counseling session, students may return to meet with a counselor in the International Education Counseling Center on a walk-in basis.

Current Students

Walk-in counseling is available year-round for continuing students and is limited to 10-15 minutes. For more in-depth counseling, including educational planning and transcript evaluations, students must schedule an appointment during the third through twelfth week of the fall and spring semesters.

Best Times to Meet with a Counselor

Although walk-in counseling is available year-round, the office experiences long wait times during peak enrollment and transfer application periods. Long-term educational planning and transcript evaluation questions should be avoided during peak times.

Best Times

  • March through mid-May

  • July

  • Mid-September through mid-November

Peak Periods

  • January through February

  • Mid-May through June

  • August through mid-September

On-line Counseling (

Access to an on-line counselor is available to students who are unable to come into the office during regular business hours. On-line counselors are only able to answer basic counseling related questions. Students can generally expect to receive responses within 2-5 business days.

For more in-depth questions, students must come in and meet with a counselor in person for best results.