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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

International Students & Scholars

Group photo of International Students and Scholars at Smith College

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) advises and assists students through the complexities of U.S. immigration and visa and travel regulations, both prior to their arrival and throughout their stay at Smith. We assess the needs of international students and professors and facilitate their smooth transition to life at Smith and within the United States. Our office conducts programs and workshops on various topics throughout the year, and we act as a liaison and an advocate with governmental agencies and various college offices.

Important Updates

Recent July 6 Guidance Affecting International Students Has Been Rescinded by the U.S. Government 

Please keep your eye out for an email from the ISSO with more details on how this change affects Smith students. A news report via The Chronicle of Higher Education can be found here.

Fall 2020 International Student Options

The ISSO is actively monitoring the latest communications regarding international students in the United States. For options available to Smith’s international students, please see our July 9, 2020 letter.

New Study Abroad Policy for International Students Unable to Return to Campus

International students, along with U.S. residents or citizens residing outside the U.S., may be granted exceptions to study abroad locally at universities or programs in their home countries and to apply for transfer of the credits to Smith. Please visit the News and Events page of the Office for International Study website for more details.

President McCartney Update on Supporting Our International Students

President McCartney issued a letter on July 8, 2020 in response to the latest rules from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding international students.

Visa and Immigration Issues

For details on Suspension of Routine U.S. Visa Services Worldwide; Continuity of F-1 Status during COVID-19; COVID-19 Travel Bans; Other Travel Restrictions; Public Charge Rule Change; and Unlawful Presence Memo Update, please visit the ISSO News & Announcements page.


For updates on Smith’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit Smith College’s “A Culture of Care” website.

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International Students and Scholars

125 Wright Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA USA

Phone: 413-585-7598
Fax: 413-585-4982

Open office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 2:30–4 p.m.