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: Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

Step 3: Apply for an F-1/J-1 Visa

Step 4: Arrival to the U.S., Orientation and Compliance Course

Step 5: Complete Mandatory Government Document Check-In

Airport and Transportation Assistance for Incoming Students:

For those seeking airport assistance and transportation to SMU from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), please click here

Updates for Fall 2021 New International Admitted Students: 

Academic Program

Deadline to have visa appointment secured

Deadline to Enroll in Classes

Deadline to Arrive at SMU and Complete Government Document Check-In

Law and Intensive English Program (IEP)

August 3, 2021

Law: August 27, 2021

IEP: August 27, 2021

No later than the start date of your program.

Once you are in the U.S. you are required to complete a virtual government document check-in. Register in advance here:



August 3, 2021

August 27, 2021


Dedman Graduate, Lyle, Guildhall and Undergraduate

August 3, 2021

August 27, 2021