Center for International Programs

The Center for International Programs (CIP) provides services to all who seek a rich international, intercultural experience. The staff works closely with students, faculty and administrators throughout the campus.  Established in 1978, the Center for International Programs is a comprehensive department that works with international students and scholars and provides the following services: 


Center for International Programs Services 

Services for Study Abroad Students:

Services for International Students and Scholars:

  • Study Abroad Advising / Counseling
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • Pre-Departure Workshops
  • Visa/Passport Assistance
  • Re-entry Orientation
  • Study Abroad Fairs
  • Cross-Cultural Social Activities
  • F-1 & J-1 Student advising 
  • J-1 Scholar advising
  • International Student Orientation  
  • Workshops (CPT, OPT, U.S. taxes, etc.)
  • Personal and Cross-Cultural Counseling 
  • Social / Cultural Activities
  • International Student Retreat

Services for SMC Faculty & Staff:


  • Advising departments on compliance with immigration laws and regulations
  • Preparation and filing of documentation for J-1 scholars and researchers
  • Processing Travel Risk Assessment Registration & Application 
  • Advising faculty on proposing faculty-led programs
  • Study Abroad Peer Mentor Program
  • International Club
  • International Education Week 
  • International House Living Learning Community  
  • SMC Associated Students Global Community Support Committee