Student Support

Activities & Events

Check out fun activities to connect with other SMC International Students


Student Social Opportunities

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The Huntington Botanical Gardens

Thursday, April 11th  | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


The Huntington Botanical Gardens feature 16 breathtaking
themed gardens that are home to 83,000 living plants,
including rare and endangered species. Among the themed
parks are the Desert, Chinese, Japanese, Jungle, Subtropical,
and the Shakespeare gardens.
There's also a museum and library on site with a vast
catalog of pieces including American decorative art and
furniture, drawings, paintings, sculptures, Asian and
European art.
Don’t forget water, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes!

How to Sign Up:

1. Visit the International Education Center office
2. Fill out a sign-up form
3. Pay a refundable $10 deposit (cash and exact change)

Deposits will be returned if you attend the event and bring physical ID.

*Deposits will not be returned if you don't attend.
*Participants must be SMC F-1 International Students.
*Participants under 18 years old require an extra waiver to participate.

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Tea Around the World

Tuesday April 16th | 11am - 12:30pm at SSC 3rd Floor Lounge, in front of IEC

Throughout history, tea has remained a meaningful cultural staple that brings people together for millennia. Tea traditions tell the stories of people and their values, their trade routes, and the intermingling of cultures. As one of the worlds most consumed beverages, second only to water, its influence spans economic, social, and cultural boundaries, making it a deeply embedded tradition in the daily lives of billions. As the meaning behind Tea practices differs from country to country, it is a way share a memorable moment with friends.  We invite you to join us in experiencing a few of the many tea traditions from around the world right here at SMC! 

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Open House

Check your email for the open house zoom event later in the semester!

Are you ready to obtain the secrets of living as an international student at SMC and the first-hand experience of the vibrant culture of Los Angeles? Or, perhaps you have inquiries regarding housing, social events, and yearn for some quality interaction? If so, we invite you to our exclusive IEC Peer Mentor "Open House”. This is a unique chance to connect with one of our knowledgeable student mentors and one of our staff members who can provide firsthand information and address any of your questions.

Zoom meeting room: 981 9113 2211

An unstructured hour to chat with IEC Peer Mentors, meet new friends, ask questions!


SMC International Student Forum

Meetings will resume in the Fall 2023 semester.

Watch this space for meeting details!


SMC Student Clubs

These clubs are for all students both domestic and international.
Most of them have online meetings
while campus is closed. 

Associated Students (A.S.) and Student Clubs

Want to make a difference on campus and make friends at the same time? The Associated Students (A.S.) work hard to represent the interests of the student body & make important changes regarding student life at Santa Monica College.  By participating in student government you can help make sure the students' voices will be heard.   A.S. also oversees the student campus clubs for students with special interests in areas such as science, sports, creative arts, business and industry, service and recreation. Club activities include business meetings, field trips, concerts, lectures, forums and social events. All clubs, except the Honor Scholarship Society (which requires specific qualifications), are open to all students. California law forbids secret fraternities and sororities in public community colleges. 

For more information, visit SMC's Associated Students for information about clubs and other campus-wide activities.