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The Office of International Students and Scholars is your resource for life at Smith. When you have questions or concerns, we are there to help you. Sometimes this means simply directing you where to go.

The organization of a college to an outside culture can seem like a maze, and we can help you get through the maze of services and help available for you at Smith. Sometimes students have specific concerns around travel or employment or studying abroad. These experiences are often different for international students, and the office is here to help you navigate these concerns, whether it's to help find out whether you need a visa to go on a trip to Canada, or you want to know if there's somewhere to buy an ingredient you need to cook a favorite dish your mom used to make to remind you of home. We also provide services, from the required I-20 signatures, to writing letters to verify your status as a student at Smith.

Emergency Funding

There are limited funds available for international student emergencies. An emergency is an unforeseen circumstance. Please do not count on these funds to pay for books every semester, or to fund routine travel!

The ISSO Library at the Lewis Global Studies Center has a collection of textbooks that are free for you to take. You can view a list of available titles here. If we do not have your book, and if you need assistance paying for your textbooks, please fill out the following application by February 26 (spring semester) or October 8 (fall semester):

ISSO Textbook Assistance Application

For all other emergency assistance, please fill out the following application:

International Students' Emergency Fund Application

All other available discretionary funds, as well as links to the necessary forms, are available on the Funding for Students page maintained by the dean of the college's office. International students should be prepared to be redirected back to the International Students' Fund in most instances.

Other Smith Funding for Students