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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!

Summer 2023 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 2023 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 2023 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 2023, please speak with an International Student Counselor by joining a  Zoom Express session.

Click here to see the Class Schedule.

New Student Travel to the United States

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Entry to the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new order for all air passengers traveling to the United States. 

Effective November 8, 2021, all F-1 Visa students traveling to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that for purposes of travel to the U.S., vaccines approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or on the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listed (EUL) vaccines will be accepted. Click here for a list of approved vaccines.

Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited and may apply to:

  • Children under 18
  • People medically unable to receive the vaccine
  • Emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine

Summer/ Fall 2023 New Student Applicants

Here is why you should apply for Summer/ Fall 2023 Semester:

  • During the Summer term and Fall 2023 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 2023.

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

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Information for New Students