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International Education Center

​​​Dear International Student,

In order 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.

  • Effective Wednesday, March 18, SMC will transition all in-person classes to temporary online instruction modalities such as Canvas, Zoom, and other platforms. 
  • All Classes will remain in online modality until June 16th, 2020. 

    If you have not received a communication about how to access your courses, please contact your professors immediately.

    Please Note: When your on-ground classes move online, your F-1 Visa will not be affected. You will maintain your valid F-1 visa status.

    While your classes will be online, the International Education Center (IEC) and other support services at Santa Monica College will be closed to in-person visits.  All our services will be offered remotely and available online. Please email us and our staff will assist you remotely. 

    Please contact the International Education Center as follows:

    To connect with a counselor for academic support and counseling online
    Web Portal:​

    To connect with a specialist for assistance with immigration and F-1 visa issues, Travel Signatures, health insurance questions, package program support housing, verification letters, Department of Motor Vehicles support, Social Security number questions and for all other services:

    We realize this is a stressful time for you. Our top priority is your health and safety and we are here to help and support you. Please do not hesitate to contact us anytime you have a question or concern. The IEC is your home and we are all here to help.

    Warmest Regards,

    International Education Staff

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.-12:00 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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