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International Education Center

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​To limit the potential transmission of COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution and care for the health and wellbeing of SMC's students, faculty, and staff, the college has taken specific actions that will influence how we provide education and services in the immediate future.

Contact the International Education Center to receive assistance with:

      • Immigration and F-1 visa issues
      • Travel Signatures
      • Health Insurance questions
      • Department of Motor Vehicles support
    • Housing
    • Verification Letters
    • Package Program support
    • Social Security questions

Contact an International Counselor to receive assistance with:
(C​ounselors will respond within 3-5 business days)

  • Covid Drop Form, Reduced Course Load, Special Consideration and other forms
  • Over units (more than 9 in summer and/or more than 18 in Fall)
  • Questions regarding requirements and completion of educational goals
  • MyEdPlan review

Online Drop-In Counseling for International Students

​Speak with a counselor for a 5-15 minute​ phone session to receive assistance with:

  • Course planning for continuing students who have not completed classes elsewhere
  • Over units (9 in summer and/or up to 18 in Fall)
  • Guided Self Placement questions
  • Pass/No Pass; Course Repeats

Join F-1 QLess Line

When you join the line, a text message will alert you ​when we are ready. We'll call you at the number provided. Make sure your phones are adjusted to receive a call from an "unknown" or "no caller id" number. Counselors will not be able to make international calls.

QLess Hours​​

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

We are trying our best to provide services to you during this extraordinary time. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Welcome to Santa Monica College! SMC is recognized as one of the best community colleges in California and the nation. SMC provides the first two years of American university education to help you get where you want to be. SMC is the #1 school to transfer to the UC system, USC, and Loyola Marymount University. SMC is #2 nationwide to Columbia University and #1 among schools west of the Mississippi River.

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New Students

SMC offers many programs, like the Intensive English Program and 18​0 degrees and certificates.

Join our community of more than 3,400 international students from 100 countries.​

Current Students

The International Education Center supports students with many services, like orientation, academic advising, activities, immigration assistance and more.

Special Programs

Go Global with SMC! Travel in a study abroad program and engage in our nationally recognized Global Citizenship program with various campus events and activities.

Contact Us

​Application Deadlines

Summer 2020
Out of country: April 15
In country: May 15

Fall 2020
Out of country: July 1
In country: July 15

Winter 2021
Out of country: October 15
In country: November 15

​​Spring 2021
Out of country: November 15
In Country: January 5, 2021

​Apply to​ SMC!


International Education Center Office Hours​           (SSC 3rd floor)
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Counseling Hours
Mon-Thur: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

​IEC Closures:

  • May 25, 2020
  • July 3, 2020​​
  • September 7, 2020

Contact and Location

PDF File of SMC Brochure 

Online Virtual Tour

Online Virtual Tour (Chinese)

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