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Welcome New Students!  We're Glad You're Here!

Please reach out to us anytime with your questions.  We are here to help guide you and make your transition to SMC easy!

The International Education Center is happy to unveil our new International Student Portal(opens in new window) that you will use to submit required information such as the mandatory Check In Form for new/transfer students and request F-1 benefits such as reduced course loads, I-20 travel signatures, assistance with Optional Practical Training (OPT), and much more. For more information on the portal, check out the F-1 Student Forms page.

Summer 2024 Enrollment Requirements for F-1 Students:

You must be enrolled in at least 4 units with a minimum of 1 on-ground or hybrid class.

Fall 2024 Enrollment Requirements for F-1 Students:

PLEASE NOTE: All international students on an F-1 Visa must enroll in a minimum of 12 units and only 1 online class (no more than 3 units) can count toward the required 12 unit minimum. 

For the Fall 2024 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 of no more than 3 units 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 2024, please speak with an International Student Counselor by joining a  Zoom Express session.

Click here to see the Class Schedule.

Summer/ Fall 2024 New Student Applicants

Here is why you should apply for Summer/ Fall 2024 Semester:

  • During the Summer term and Fall 2024 semester, Santa Monica College will continue to offer on ground and hybrid course options  in addition to some online classes for new students.
  • SMC's world-renowned faculty and administrators are preparing your on campus, hybrid and online remote learning experience for Summer and Fall 2024.

Don't wait. Get started towards achieving your educational goals now. Click Below to Apply​!

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Information for New Students