California's #1 Transfer College
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.
Why SMC is Your Best Choice
Here to Help You Succeed
Explore a range of academic and career paths designed to fuel your curiosity, imagination, and goals.
This program will help you improve your skills in speaking, reading, listening to, and writing in English and prepares you for SMC’s academic programs.
SMC is leader among California Community Colleges in online education. We offer hundreds of individual classes as well as full online degrees and certificate programs.
Whatever your interest, you will find it at SMC. Join a student run club or start your own.
Learn more about SMC.
International Education Center
Contact the International Education Center for assistance with:
- Immigration and F-1 Visa issues
- Travel Signatures
- Health Insurance questions
- Department of Motor Vehicles support
- Verification Letters
- Package Program support
- Social Security questions
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
The international Education Center (IEC) will offer In-Person Services during the following times:
- Monday8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Tuesday8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Wednesday8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Thursday8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Friday8 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.
The International Education Center will be closed on Monday, February 19th in observance of President Washington's Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, February 20th.
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Important F-1 Enrollment Requirements
PLEASE NOTE: All international students on an F-1 Visa must enroll in a minimum of 12 units and only one (1) online class of no more than 3 units can count toward the required 12 unit minimum. You must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) on-ground or hybrid units.
If you need help finding and enrolling in on-ground or hybrid courses, please speak with an IEC Counselor.