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Academic Orientation

SMC 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.

The 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.

1.        On-line Application Portal Information

Students will receive instruction on how to sign-up for the Information Seminar through their on-line application portal.  

2.       On-Line Orientation for International Students

You 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. 

3.       Check-In at Santa Monica College

Upon 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. 

4.       Information Seminar (SMC Campus)

A 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.
Read the Welcome Guidebook for International Students for valuable information about Santa Monica College and how to best prepare for your arrival.


 IEP 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 tour.