Application Process

Number one


  • Find the application and instructions to apply here.
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After You Apply

  • Regularly check your email for updates on your application status, instructions for SMU email account activation, pre-arrival check-list, and more.
  • Receive an electronic copy of your acceptance letter
  • Activate your SMU email account
  • Receive an electronic copy of your I-20 sent to your SMU email
  • Schedule a visa interview
  • Pay for a SEVIS Fee
  • Once your visa is approved, confirm your enrollment and arrival date by emailing
  • Search for off-campus housing options
  • Take the IEP Online Placement Test
  • Complete the International Student Compliance Canvas Course BEFORE attending IEP New Student Check-In

After You Arrive

  • Notify us of your arrival in an email to
  • Attend the IEP New Student Check-In Session
  • Clear any holds on your SMU account
  • Attend the term orientation
  • Enroll into IEP courses
  • Pay the IEP tuition & fees