​​​​​​​​International Student Flags at SMC

We're excited you are applying to Santa Monica College, California's #1 transfer college for 25+ years, where you'll experience an affordable world-class education and endless possibilities!

Once you submit your online application, you will be issued an Application Identification Number (Application ID#). You will also be matched with an Admissions Officer who will help you through the rest of the admissions process.

Upload all support documents listed below to your online application. Do not mail any documents to Santa Monica College. Paper documents are not accepted.

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Deadlines to Apply to SMC

TermOut of Country
Application Deadline
In Country Application Deadline For students holding valid F1 visas
Summer 2020 Session
June 22- August 14, 2020​
April 15May 15
Fall 2020 Session*
August 31- December

July 1
*Application deadline extended to 8-21-20
July 15
*Application deadline extended to 8-21-20
Winter 2021 Session
January 6 - February 13, 2020
​October 15​November 
Spring 2020 Semester
February 18 - June 16, 2021
​November 15​​January 5

What You Need to Apply to SMC

Application Requirement
Financial Statement

Sponsor's Official Bank Statement to demonstrate applicant can meet SMC's estimated tuition and living expenses. Further financial information may be required. View the list of estimated tuition and fees.

Copy of PassportA copy of your passport information and expiration page.

Records from the last school attended. If the school was a college, university or high school within the US, official transcripts must be sent directly from the awarding institution to the International Education Center at SMC. U.S. transcripts must show a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Note: All submitted documentation becomes the property of SMC International Education Center and cannot be returned.

Application Fee

The fee to apply is $75.00 USD and is non-refundable.

Proof of English Proficiency

SMC ISC English Proficiency. Applicants with TOEFL score of 500+ or the equivalent will be given preference.

*This is not required for admission to Intensive English Program.


Write a personal essay (must be at least 500 words) explaining your reason(s) for applying to Santa Monica College.

Be sure to include the following information in your personal statement:

  • What major do you want to study?

  • Do you wish to earn an associate’s degree and/or transfer to a university?

  • If you wish to transfer, which institution(s) do you intend to apply to for transfer?

*This is not required for admission to Intensive English Program.

Status Verification Form

Required only for students transferring from U.S. language institutes, colleges, or universities. For students currently attending language school, college, or university in the U.S. in F-1 status, and transferring to SMC.

You must have your application completed, paid for, and all required documents uploaded by the dates posted above.

Age Requirement

All students must be 18 years old at the time of initial attendance.

Applicants ages 16-17 by the first day of initial attendance will be considered provided the following special requirements are met:

    • Applicants must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the semester for which they apply.
    • Applicants under the age of 18 must have completed high school.
    • Applicants under the age of 18 must have a guardian that lives within 75 miles of the main campus of Santa Monica College (1900 Pico Blvd.)

Guardian Requirements: The guardian can be a family member, family friend or homestay. The applicant’s guardian must be at least 21 years old.

The applicant must provide the following documents, to be uploaded to their International Application


It takes 4-6 weeks to process international student applications. This does not include the process in your country to obtain your F-1 visa.

If you have any questions, contact the International Education Center.