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International Education Center


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Welcome to Santa Monica College! SMC is recognized as one of the best community colleges in California and the United States. SMC provides the first two years of American university education to help you get where you want to be. We are the #1 school to transfer to the UC system that includes schools like UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and more! We are also #1 in transfers to private schools like USC, and LMU.

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International Education Center

SMC provides a full range of dedicated counseling and support services for international students.

IEC Services

Contact the International Education Center for 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

IEC Counseling

Contact International Counseling for the following:

  • Academic and Transfer Counseling
  • Educational Planning
  • Transcript Evaluations
  • Course Waivers and Substitutions
  • Personal Counseling and Referrals
  • Transfer Application Assistance


Walk-in Visits

The international Education Center (IEC) Will Offer In-Person Services during the following times:

  • Monday          8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday          8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday    8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • Thursday        8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • Friday              8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 


If you have any questions concerning your current travel restrictions or your F-1 Status, contact the International Education Center using the links below.

International Education Center Office Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

International Counseling (In-Person)
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
International Counseling (Zoom) 
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


For general questions, email:

For academic counseling, contact International Counseling

Include your name in any communication via email.

Important Enrollment Changes for Fall 2022

5/31/22 Update for Fall 2022 Enrollment Requirements for F-1 Students:

PLEASE NOTE: Effective fall 2022, all international students on an F-1 Visa must enroll in a minimum of 12 units and only 1 online class can count toward the required 12 unit minimum.

For the fall 2022 semester, please adjust your schedule to on-ground and hybrid sections of your classes with no more than 1 online class.  Remember that only one (1) online course will count towards the 12 unit requirement.  The rest of your courses must be on-ground or hybrid.

If you need help finding and enrolling in on-ground or hybrid courses for  Fall  2022, please speak with an International Student Counselor by joining a  Zoom Express session.

F-1 Visa Students Currently in their Home Countries:

If you have been maintaining your F-1 status by studying from your home country every semester without a break since March 2020, you may continue to maintain your F-1 status by studying online from your home country. 

If you are studying from your home country and you are unsure about your F-1 status, please reach out to us at

Clarifications on Travel to the U.S.

Helpful Information

Application Deadlines

Winter 2023
Out of country: November 15
In country: December 1

Spring 2023
Out of country: January 5
In country: January 15

Summer 2023
Out of country: May 15
In country: June 1

Fall 2023
Out of country: July 15
In country: August 1