New Student Information


Welcome to Southern Methodist University!

The International Student & Scholar Services team is excited to welcome you to SMU, Dallas and the United States. Please review this page as it contains information on what you need to do before you arrive to campus and during your first week at SMU.


If you have any questions, checkout our International Student Handbook or you can email your question to Lastly, we want to stay connected with you so make sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram @smuinternational.


Step 1: Request I-20 from SMU

Step 2: Understand & Review your I-20

Step 3: Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

Step 4: Apply for an F-1/J-1 Visa

Step 5: Arrival to the U.S., Orientation and Compliance Course

Step 6: Complete Mandatory Government Document Check-In

Graduate Student Housing Portal:

Click here to join the Housing Portal for graduate students. Chat with other students on the discussion board, search for apartments, buy/sell furniture, and more!