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Santa Monica College
International Education
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica
California 90405

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Santa Monica College, California

Santa Monica College, California:
Changing Lives through Excellence in Education

Santa Monica College is a two-year community college with an enrollment of approximately 30,000 students -- including 2,940 international students from 105 countries. Students completing their first two years of undergraduate requirements receive an Associate of Arts degree before transferring to a four-year university to complete their Bachelor's degree.

Santa Monica College is located in the city of Santa Monica, California -- a vibrant, young, diverse, beach-side community. Located on the West Coast of the United States, bordering the Pacific Ocean, it is home to a wide range of cultural, educational, and entertaining activities. Santa Monica attracts a youthful, active population and is within easy commuting distance of the large urban city of Los Angeles, as well as many beach and residential communities.

Admissions and Application Requirements

You can easily and quickly apply online to Santa Monica College. To begin the process, please select your academic program. Then complete all data fields on the inquiry form, and we'll respond to you directly.

In addition to filling out an application, the following requirements must be met for admission:

  • TOEFL score of 450 (133 CBT). If you scored less than that, please learn more about our Intensive English Language Program.
  • Essay (usually one or two pages) describing your reasons for applying to Santa Monica College
  • Official transcripts from your secondary school and / or college or university. If the transcript is not in English, you will need to have an official translation in English.
  • Complete and submit the International Student Financial Statement. In addition, the applicant and / or sponsor(s) must submit a bank statement showing a minimum of $15,000 to meet SMC's estimated tuition and living expenses. Further financial documentation may be required.

Healthcare: Medical care in the United States is very expensive. Therefore, international students attending Santa Monica College are mandated to purchase a comprehensive medical insurance policy through the school. This policy is underwritten by Pan American Life Insurance Company, and is paid for by each student at the time of enrollment.

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Academic Programs and Departments at Santa Monica College

Architecture Education / Human Development
Art Public Affairs Interior Design
Auto / Trades Early Childhood Education Life Sciences
Business Fire Technology Mathematics
Communication Emergency Management Modern Languages
Computer Science /
Administration of Justice Music
Information Systems English Photography
Cosmetology English as a Second Language Physical Education
Counseling Graphic Arts Physical Sciences
Dance Health Sciences Psychology
Design Technology Health, Physical Education, Social Science
Earth Science Recreation Studies Theatre Arts

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Intensive English Language Program

The Intensive ESL program at Santa Monica College offers 20 hours per week of noncredit content-based English instruction in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The program is available at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The Intensive ESL Program is designed to matriculate students to the undergraduate program by improving their English proficiency. The writing, listening, and speaking classes will provide relevant learning activities based on extensive reading.

Students admitted to the Intensive ESL program will be required to attend an orientation session before they begin the course. In addition, books must be purchased on your own through the college book store.

Housing Options at Santa Monica College

Comfortable, safe housing is an important concern for our international students. Although SMC does not have a student dormitory, the International Education Counseling Center (IECC) is happy to assist students with the many housing options the Santa Monica area offers:

  • Homestay Programs
  • Hotels
  • Hostels
  • Rooms in Private Homes
  • Apartment Sharing
  • Apartment Rentals
  • Corporate Housing
  • Dormitory-style Housing

Please remember that securing housing is your responsibility. If you are not interested in a homestay program, we strongly suggest you arrive at least two weeks before classes start to familiarize yourself with the area and find comfortable housing. When considering a neighborhood, think about safety, transportation, and, if you do not have a car, be sure that things you need (such as shopping, library, post office, etc.) are close enough to be easily reached by bus, foot or bicycle.

Homestay Programs: If you prefer to live with an American host family, you may consider a Homestay Program. These programs are arranged through private companies that charge a fee to match you with a compatible, pre-screened family. Your living arrangements would depend on your personal preferences as well as those of the host family. The host family often provides meals; typically the student will have a private bedroom and share a bathroom with members of the family. In most cases, a refundable damage deposit will be charged in addition to the processing fee and the monthly rent. Depending on the facilities provided, anticipate paying approximately $850 per month. Each of these private companies has its own rules and regulations; SMC does not monitor or administer these programs.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees at Santa Monica College
per Academic Year (two semesters), at $197 per unit

Tuition (24 credits) $4,728
Other Student Fees (two semesters) $60
Mandatory Health Insurance (two semesters) $660
Textbooks and Supplies (estimated) $900
Living Expenses (estimated) $10,000
Total (estimated) $16,500

Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Tuition for the English Language program is separate from that of the college and is $2,500. Tuition is payable by cash, money order, cashier's check, or a California bank check only. There is no payment plan available. Tuition refunds follow Santa Monica College policies for each semester or session. Tuition includes the SMC health center fee, student association, and student I.D.

We look forward to welcoming you to Santa Monica College! To learn more, review all of our programs and select the ones that interest you. Then complete the inquiry form, and we'll respond to you directly.