International student support

SMU’s International Student and Scholar Services office helps you adjust to college life at SMU, and in Dallas. In addition to finding instant friends and helpful support, you can make the most of your experience by participating in leadership development opportunities and a variety of fun and informative events throughout the year. 

Mustangs from all backgrounds make their mark.

Yvonne Yang '24, originally from China, came to SMU to study film and added data science as a second major. Despite initial nervousness, she was captivated by the diverse film department and found a community within the data science program.

Lillian Duma ’24 started SMU’s Language Partners program to highlight immigrants adjusting to life in the United States.

Abena Marfo ’22 helped implement new honor cords for future first-generation college students to wear during SMU Commencement ceremonies. 

Mohammed Njie ’21 came to the Hilltop with a bold idea to bring reliable energy to his country, Gambia, Africa. 

Jennifer Pérez ’19 grew up in Tela, Honduras, and dreamed of going to college in the United States. With hard work and perseverance, she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Now, Pérez works for the global accounting firm EY, in its Dallas office.

The Vietnamese Student Association, one of 200 student organizations on campus, celebrated French-Vietnamese culture on SMU’s Dallas Hall lawn.

I wanted to study in a big city with rapid growth and a diverse environment.

— Siqian Yang ’20, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Take a look at our future world changers on campus

  • 12,385

    Total enrollment* (6,908 undergrads)

  • 33%

    Students of color* (Undergraduate and graduate)

  • 8%

    International enrollment representing 86 countries*

  • Top 5

    countries represented* China, Mexico, Vietnam, Canada and India

  • 57%

    of undergraduates are from outside of Texas*

  • Leading home states

    for undergraduates: California, Florida, Illinois and New York*

*Fall 2021