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, follow us on Instagram @smuinternational, and check out the helpful videos we have on YouTube!


Step 1: Request your I-20

How to obtain an I-20.pptx

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