How to Apply
As your first step to study at St. Mary’s, exchange students from partner institutions.
Complete SMCM’s Inbound International and Exchange Student Application
Turn in your application to your home campus international programs exchange coordinator. They will need to sign your application form and forward approved candidates to St. Mary’s for consideration.
You will need to complete and submit the following forms/materials for students who live on campus:
- New Student Housing Form and New Student Matching Form: http://www.smcm.edu/residencelife/forms
- Health History Form
- Copy of their Immunization Record (in English)
- Results of a TB (Tuberculosis) Test – administered by a doctor or hospital
- Drug Free Acknowledgement
- Read Campus Drug-free Policy
- Proof of Financial Support (in English) – This can be a bank statement or a letter for your institution if your institution is supporting your time abroad.
Exchange Students Only
- A copy of their transcript in English
For J-1 Exchange Students Only
- Completed J-1 Visitors Form
Submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail:
Office of International Education
47645 College Drive
St. Mary’s City, MD 20686
SMCM’s Office of International Education will send acceptance letters to those exchange students accepted for study at St. Mary’s only after receiving all of the required forms.
Application due dates are:
October 15 for spring semester exchange
March 1 for academic year or fall semester exchange
SMCM’s IE Office will enter each student into the U.S.’s SEVIS system in order to issue each student a SEVIS I-20 or a DS-2019, only after all of the above information has been received. Each student will take this SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 to a U.S. embassy or consulate in his/her home country to obtain the required entry visa.
These online resources will be helpful in preparing for your visa application:
- U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to you: http://www.usembassy.gov/
- U.S. Department of State: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html
Living in the United States
There are many online resources to help you prepare for study in the United States.
- Education USA
- U.S. Department of State
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization
Studying in the U.S.
The Office of International Education will coordinate pick-up and transportation for arriving exchange students. Please make sure you send your flight details to the IE Office as soon as possible in order to coordinate your arrival.
Once on campus, students will participate in both an Orientation for International Students and Scholars and SMCM’s New Student Orientation for all new students. Both orientation programs will help international and exchange students get to know the campus and its many services for students.
While at St. Mary’s
Learn about campus activities and news through such resources as:
- Campus Recreation Program: activities, excursions, trips, and more!
- Campus Events Calendar: online events calendar
- The Point News: the student newspaper
- Service and Social Change: community service opportunities
- Mulberry Tree: Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Trustees Publication
Excursions and Travel
The Office of International Education will organize a series of local and regional excursions for visiting international and exchange students and scholars to such places as Washington, DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, Alexandria, and more. We organize three or four excursions each semester.
Public transportation is quite limited in Southern Maryland. We have a regional minibus route as well as a commuter bus route that you can investigate.
- St. Mary’s County transit system bus route
- Commuter bus, see Routes 725 and/or 715
- General Maryland Transit Authority information
It’s always hard to say goodbye and it’s a rush at the end of the semester to prepare to return home. The Office of International Education will assist any exchange student with the appropriate transportation to get them to their home country. They should, however, make every effort to make use of the campus shuttle offered by Residence Life. Don’t forget to share your emails, find people on Facebook, and share your Instagram users names before you leave campus so you can stay in touch long after you return home.
Visiting exchange students will receive one free official transcript automatically as long as the filled out the transcript release form during the orientation. After that if they would like to receive additional official transcripts they may do so by using SMCM’s only transcript request system.