International Education Center

Counseling for International Students



Counseling Services

Academic and Personal Counseling

International Education Counselors provide academic and personal counseling for students on an F-1 visa and international students studying from their home country. Counselors are available year-round to assist students in a variety of formats.

Summer 2024 In Person Counseling

The International Counseling Center offers in person counseling Monday - Thursday. Depending on the number of students waiting, the line may close early.

  • Monday:          9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • Tuesday:          9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday:    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • Thursday:        9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Zoom Express Counseling for F-1 Visa and Overseas International Students

Express counseling is for quick questions (for example, some prerequisite waivers, unit increase requests or general transfer questions). Sessions can range depending on the student's questions and concerns.

Express Counseling is not for educational planning, transcript evaluations, or immigration questions.

You must have an SMC student ID number and a photo ID available. Make sure your audio and video are working properly before logging into the service. If you need more than 15 minutes, you will need to submit your questions to the International Counselor.

Note: If the waiting room is full, you will not be able to join at that time. Please check back periodically as the room may reopen.

​Meet with an academic counselor to receive assistance with:

  • Course planning for continuing students 
  • Over units (9 in the intersession and/or up to 18 in Spring and Fall)
  • Guided Self Placement questions
  • Pass/No Pass; Course Repeats

Summer 2024 Zoom Counseling

Zoom Express Counseling is currently available during the following times (Pacific Standard Time). Weeks 2-9, we will be closed on Fridays during the summer session. We normally see the last student 30 minutes before we close our Zoom Express service.

  • Monday:          9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Tuesday:          9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Wednesday:    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday:        9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Join the F-1 Zoom Express Counseling Waiting Room

Email an International Academic Counselor 

Services include:

  • Reduced Course Load, Special Consideration and other forms
  • Over units (more than 9 during the intersession and/or more than 18 in Spring and Fall)
  • Questions regarding requirements and completion of educational goals
  • MyEdPlan review

Counselors will respond within 3 - 5 business days.

Current SMC Students

Prospective or former students with no SMC ID #