Admitted International Students


Congratulations on being accepted to SMC!

The first day of the Winter quarter is Jan. 13, 2024 and the first day of the Spring quarter is April 6, 2024.

Next Steps


Pay Your $500 Admission Deposit

In order to secure your seat, you are required to pay a $500 deposit within 3 weeks of admission. I-20s will be issued once the deposit has been received.


Join Our WhatsApp Admitted Student Group

You will receive an email with the Admitted Students' WhatsApp number. If you have not received this email,  please email


Obtain Your I-20

Once admitted, you must obtain an I-20 which will allow you to schedule a visa interview. Please check your email for detailed instructions on obtaining your I-20, or visit our Applying For an F-1 Visa page.


Documents to Bring from Home

Official Transcripts: You are required to submit official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) by the end of the first term. You are encouraged to bring them with you to orientation if possible.

Required Health Forms (students living on-campus only): Please visit the Health and Wellness Incoming Student Requirements for more information.


Health Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory for all students.  International students will automatically be enrolled in United Healthcare through Saint Mary’s. United Healthcare covers sickness and accidents only and does not provide dental or vision coverage.

Students with comparable insurance may opt out of the school-sponsored insurance.  

You will receive an email from United Healthcare about what type of insurance is considered comparable and where to waive it.

You may find more information on health insurance here.



Register for the Mandatory New Student Orientation (Only applies to Summer/Fall starts)

  • Registration link coming soon



Sign Up for Free Airport Pickup & Housing

  • SMC will offer affordable, on-campus short-term and long-term housing for students who are interested. 
  • The primary international airport is San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Pick up will be offered during select dates before the start of each term. Please email to confirm pick up times. If you arrive outside of these designated hours you can take a taxi/Uber/Lyft or  the local metro, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) 
  •  International Students may also fly into the following airports (Port of Entry): Oakland International Airport (OAK) and San José Mineta International Airport (SJC). 

Summer start dates: Monday, July 8, 2024

Autumn start dates: Monday, September 30, 2024

  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) 
    • If you choose to take public transportation, you can easily BART to campus by taking the Yellow, Antioch line, from SFO to Moraga or Lafayette station, then Lyft or Bus to campus
  • Uber or Lyft to Campus 
    • Please download the app before your departure. This could cost you anywhere from $75-$150 depending on the time of day.



Housing and Living in the U.S.

Living On-Campus: Graduate students are not required to live on campus, but can apply to live in the residence halls. Please see the Campus Housing page for more information on housing and cost

Living Off-Campus: If you choose to live off-campus, please check out our off-campus housing resources.