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 Instragram @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

Special Updates for Fall 2020 New International Admitted Students:

 If you are planning to attend SMU in-person for Fall 2020 see the deadlines below:

Academic Program

Deadline to have visa appointment secured

Deadline to Enroll in Classes

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

Cox/Dedman Law/Guildhall

August 17, 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020

(SMU Add/Drop Deadline)

Monday, September 7, 2020

To register for a government document check-in, click here:

All Other Programs

August 24, 2020

If you are planning to attend SMU virtually for fall 2020 see the instructions below to clear the “International Check-In Hold” to proceed with course enrollment:

Undergraduate and Graduate Student

Outside of the U.S.

To Remove Enrollment Hold

Before your Arrival to the U.S.

If you are engaging in fully remote/virtual studies for fall 2020 or deferring until Spring 2021.

Notify your admitting department that you are requesting an I-20 deferral. Once ISSS processes the request the “International Check-In” enrollment hold will be removed.


Undergraduates: You must also complete the Pre-Advising Canvas Course and ISSS International Student Compliance Canvas course.

You must complete the Government Check-In when you arrive to SMU.