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Santa Monica College

Check whether Santa Monica College is right for you as an international student.

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Los Angeles, USA
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Study abroad at Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College (SMC) is a leading public community college situated in Santa Monica, a breathtaking beach resort town in the US state of California. In addition to its main campus, SMC has four other sites in Santa Monica.

The College has been delivering academic excellence in Santa Monica since 1929. SMC’s dynamic staff has fostered an empowering teaching approach, enabling students to forge thriving lives and careers - it’s a fabulous place to learn.

When it comes to choosing a program, there’s so much choice at SMC. International students can choose innovative courses across 180 subjects. There’s everything from accounting to film production - there’s a program for every passion at SMC.

SMC’s gorgeous campuses have everything students need to succeed. International students attending SMC have access to high-tech computer labs, creative spaces, collaborative zones, and a range of student services to name a few.

Why study at Santa Monica College?

  • Top transfer rate

    SMC transfers the most students to UC and CSU universities in the US

  • World-class staff

    Learn from award-winning professors, including ivy-league graduates

  • Excellent student support

    SMC has the largest number of counselors of any community college in California

  • Great location

    Santa Monica is an awesome place with lots to see and do

Life as an international student

The College is a beautiful melting pot of different cultures, languages, and traditions. Over 26,000 students are enrolled at SMC and over 2,000 are international students from 100 countries - the campus is truly diverse.

There’s plenty of housing options available in and around Santa Monica. SMC’s helpful IEC team is always available to provide housing guidance to help international students find a comfortable and secure place to live.

Students can get involved in campus life and make lifelong friends in so many ways. There are over 60 students clubs and regular trips to local sporting events and attractions like the Hollywood Sign and Magic Mountain.

What Santa Monica College says

  • Denise Kinsella

    Denise Kinsella

    Santa Monica College Associate Dean, International Education Center
    Denise Kinsella says

    With dedicated, engaging professors, state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, and the largest network of student support counselors in the state of California, the SMC team is here to help you succeed academically and personally.

    Our location in Los Angeles county puts you close to many resources and internship opportunities to help you explore your interests and develop your professional skills.

    All of our support has made us the #1 transfer institution for over 30 years!

    The international education center has wrap-around services to support you both with your academic needs and with your personal needs. We are your home-away-from-home!

    We provide academic counseling, immigration support, housing support, student activities, and many other services to ensure your success.

    Most students transfer on to university after graduating from Santa Monica College.

Student Life & Facilities

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  • Library
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Swimming pools 2
    • No. of Basketball Courts 2
    • No. of Athletics Track 1
    • No. of volleyball courts 2
  • Fitness Centre
    • Climbing Walls 1
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Dance Studio
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Bike Rental
    • Campus parking
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants 5
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Travel Vaccinations
    • Family Planning
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
    • Emergency Contraception
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 65
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support

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Fees and funding

  • Undergraduate tuition - from US$9,048 to US$9,210 per year

O'Brien/O'Connor Family Scholarship

  • Amount - US$10,000
  • Requirements - SMC Business or Computer Science students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university

Hollywood Foreign Press Association Journalism Scholarship

  • Amount - US$4,600
  • Requirements - SMC students who plan to transfer to a four-year college/university

Archie Morrison Scholarship

  • Amount - US$3,000
  • Requirements - SMC students who plan to transfer to a four-year college/university, students who have volunteered or provided community service and pursuing a trade curriculum

Nick Holt Scholarship Award

  • Amount - US$2,500
  • Requirements - SMC students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, students participating in volunteering or community service preferred


Santa Monica College

1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, United States

Santa Monica boasts an exciting nightlife scene, a wealth of outdoor activities, a lovely beach, countless restaurants, chic shopping outlets, world-famous attractions, and so much more.

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Visa requirements for Santa Monica College

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