Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of November 23, 2020,
for the spring 2021 semester.
Welcome to Smith as an international student! We congratulate you on your admission, and we look forward to having you on campus here in Northampton soon. There are lots of things to think about as you prepare for your travels. We will guide you along each step, and the resources found here will help you explore on your own as well.
International Student Pre-Orientation
The 2021 International Students Pre-Orientation (ISP) is a four-day program designed to welcome first semester and second semester incoming international students to the Smith College experience through synchronous and asynchronous workshops and activities. We will focus on getting to know the international community at Smith, learning about your Smith resources as an international student, introducing US social concepts/constructs, and supporting cultural transitions.
For more information and to register, go to International Students Pre-Orientation.
Budgeted Cost of Attendance 2019–20
|Room and board||$18,130|
|Health insurance (required)||$2,368*|
|Total payable to the college||$74,722|
Other Costs Not Billed
|Books and course supplies||$800|
|House dues, personal expenses||$1,464|
|One-time SEVIS fee||$200|
|Total costs for 2017–18||$77,186|
Your SEVIS I-20 lists these expenses for your first academic year. Although the budgeted expenses will rise each year, your I-20 will only record your first year's expenses.
As you can see, the Smith College Cost of Attendance budget includes both fixed costs that are billed by the college and non-billed costs. We have estimated these non-billed expenses will cost approximately $2,464 for the 2019–20 academic year. This budget accounts for the costs of books and personal expenses, as well as your SEVIS I-901 fee (see "Immigration & Visa Process" page). These non-billed costs are conservative estimates and must be included in the total amount you certify on your Certification of Finances.
If you receive Financial Aid from Smith in the form of Work Study (campus job), we expect you to apply your earnings toward these non-billed costs.
Please note: There are a number of expenses not included in the cost of attendance budget that students regularly incur. Major purchases such as buying a computer or a winter wardrobe, for example, are not planned for as standard costs. Travel to and from campus are also not included in this standard budget and will be an added cost. When the college closes during break periods, including summer recess, expenses during that time are not included either. Actual non-billed costs incurred will vary per student and are the responsibility of each student. Please plan your budget accordingly and bring with you sufficient funds to meet these expenses.