South Dakota State University, USA

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After submitting your application form and required application documents:

1. Swift Admission Processing: Our staff will quickly contact the admission board of the universities you chose and quickly get your admission letter processed.

2. Scholarship Application: Our staff will also apply to and process the university awarded scholarships on your behalf. For external non-university-based scholarships, you will have to apply for those yourself.

3. Visa Assistance: After admission, the next major thing is visa. If you chose the Premium application package, our staff will also be there to assist you when its time for visa application.

4. Before and After Travelling: For those with the Premium application package, our staff will still be assisting you after getting your admission letter, visa, also before and after you travel to your study abroad country.

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For an affordable, life-changing, and career-launching education, look no further than SDSU. It’s a place thriving with opportunities—with 200+ academic options to offer.

Not to mention, you’ll meet all sorts of professors, classmates, and potential new friends, ensuring you get an experience that goes far beyond the typical classroom environment—while still giving you plenty of that, too.

 

 

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1. Application Requirements...

1. Application Requirements…

After submitting your application here, an admission counselor will guide you through the whole admission process.

 

Language of Teaching

All courses are taught in English.

 

Application / Enrollment Fees

For Graduates — $35.00 application fee

 

Application Deadlines

For Spring/January Intake: starts – May 6, ends – November 5 (best to apply before October)

For Fall/August Intake: starts – November 3, ends – June 5 (best to apply before May)

 

Submitting Materials & Documents

You must submit high-quality scans submitted as PDF file type for review.  No cell phone images or Camscans please – they will not work with our image storage system. Camscans, jpegs, low-quality images, etc. are not compatible with our imaging system and cannot be accepted. 

 

Application Documents

Undergraduate

A freshman student is a student entering SDSU for the first time. Usually, the student is enrolling directly out of high school/secondary school with no previous university experience. Freshmen student admission is based in part on the quality of the applicant’s secondary school academic record and the number of places available.

 

1.  Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a “B-” average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.

2. The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), while not required, but encouraged and strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Students who graduated from U.S. high schools must submit an SAT score.

SAT / ACT scores not required for admission but required for scholarship consideration. See the scholarship tab below.

3. Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work need to be demonstrated through your transcripts.

Submit all academic transcripts, certificates, diplomas (including secondary and post-secondary). 
    The university requires original or attested copies of academic records at the time of application.

4. Complete and Submit the Financial Certification Form

5. Submit Current Bank Documents to support the amount listed on the Financial Certification above.

    The bank documents must meet the following requirements:
 
     a. Bank Statement or Bank Letter with signatures and bank seal or stamp
     b. Clearly list the type of currency and amount of funds
     c. Match the name of the signor & sponsor on the Financial Certification
     d. Have an issue date within 6 months of the receipt of the application
     e. Written in English or provided with a certified translation

6. Submit a copy of your passport biographical page

7. Submit a copy of your I-20 if you are currently in the US

* 2018-2019 Estimated cost of attendance for an average plan of study is $23,727 – $24,202, depending on applicant’s age (not including dependents). Click “Tuition and Other Costs” tab below (look for Annual Cost of Attendance) to see the minimum amount required for I-20 issuance. 

 

International Proficiency Test List and Waiver Countries


Official TOEFL Results: Valid scores from a test taken in the last two years must be sent to SDSU School Code 6653.

  • iBT: 61                                     
  • Paper-delivered test: 48
  • Paper Based: 500

IELTS Valid scores from a test taken in the last two years with clear TRF must be sent with your admission documents.

  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5

Pearson Valid scores from a test taken in the last two years must be sent to SDSU directly from Pearson.

  • PTE Academic overall score of 44

Scholastic Aptitude Test “SAT” scores must be sent to SDSU School Code 6653.

  • (Redesigned): 490 Reading and Writing
  • (Old): 480 Critical Reading

ACT scores must be sent to SDSU School Code 3924.

  • A composite score of 18

IGCSE O-level English: “B” or higher 

IB Curriculum English A Higher Level: Score of 5 or higher

C or better on College English Composition Class from U.S. University or Community College

Cambridge CAE or CPE (pass grade)


 

Countries that may receive a waiver from exams listed above:

Antigua & Barbuda

Anguilla

Australia

The Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

The British Virgin Islands

Canada (except Quebec)

Cook Islands

Dominica

Fiji

Ghana (with B3 or better on WAEC English)

Grenada

Ireland

Jamaica

Liberia (with B3 or better on WAEC English)

Malta

Micronesia

Montserrat

New Zealand

Nigeria (with B3 or better on WAEC English)

Pitcairn Islands

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts & Nevis

Saint Lucia

Samoa

Singapore

Trinidad & Tobago

Turks & Caicos Islands

UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

 

For Transfer Students

A transfer student is someone who has started post-secondary studies at one college or university and then chooses to move to a different college or university. If you have completed secondary school and studied one or more subjects at the college or university level (whether based within the United States or not) and now want to come to SDSU, then you are a transfer student. 

Transfer students secondary records must be submitted and reviewed, but only be used to determine admissibility if you have earned less than 24 semester credit hours.  A 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is required to be eligible for transfer to SDSU.

SDSU welcomes international transfer students who are prepared to face the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities offered by a top-quality land-grand university. We offer an affordable education at a top-ranked research university and will work with you to transfer your previous school’s credits to SDSU.

 

Transfer of Credit

International students transferring from a College or University within the United States:

As part of the admission process, you must request official transcripts be sent directly from your home institution to SDSU.  Transcripts delivered by the applicant are not considered official.  The international office will send the documents to the Records and Registration Office to be evaluated.  This evaluation will determine the number of credits that will transfer to SDSU and the class standing of the incoming student.

If you would like an idea of how the courses you have taken at a US College or University, please use our transfer equivalency calculator.

International students transferring from a College or University outside of the United States:

  • Coursework completed at post-secondary institutions outside of the U.S. must be submitted for a course-by-course evaluation. 
  • South Dakota State University considers evaluations from World Education Services (WES) to be more accurate than other evaluation services. 
  • If you would like to have an idea about how many credits may transfer BEFORE you arrive in the U.S., you must provide SDSU with a course-by-course evaluation from WES
  • We also recommend requesting the WES International Credential Advantage (ICAP) package, as that includes an official copy of your transcript.  If you do not select that option, you must request that official post-secondary transcripts be sent to SDSU directly from your previous institution(s).    

The cost of the evaluation is paid by the student you should and this process should be started no later than when you receive your visa.

Due to the differences in the educational systems around the world, South Dakota State University reserves the rights to require you to take the necessary courses to meet the requirements of your desired program. The sooner you complete the credit evaluation process, the better we will be able to provide you with accurate, academic advising for you to fulfill your degree requirements at SDSU.

 

 

Graduate Applicants

South Dakota State University Graduate School requires:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 to receive unconditional admission.
  • A professional academic transcript evaluation for degrees earned outside the United States. (This requirement cannot be waived unless your highest degree was earned or will be earned in the U.S. prior to enrollment at SDSU).
    • Evaluations must include transcript authenticity, GPA calculation, and U.S. degree equivalency and be sent directly from the evaluation service.
    • Transcript evaluations must be performed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) accredited evaluation service member — UniOneApp can help you will this but you will bear the evaluation charges.
    • Do not send your official transcripts if you are completing an evaluation for those transcripts. Your evaluation replaces the requirement for official transcripts.
    • If you are completing your bachelor’s degree at the time of application, you may submit an incomplete evaluation. If you are accepted, a complete transcript and/or evaluation with a completed degree will be required by the end of your first semester of coursework.
  • If you have earned US degree — Official U.S. transcripts where a degree is earned (or will be earned), and official U.S. transcripts where graduate-level coursework has been taken.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 527 paper-based, 197 computer-based, or 71 Internet-based, or IELTS score of 5.5.
      • Some programs have higher minimum requirements to be reviewed after the application.
      • The IELTS score can be provided by the student if the TRF number is clearly visible on the bottom of the score sheet.
      • The TOEFL score must be sent directly from ETS. The institution code for SDSU is 6653.
      • Scores must be within two years of examination date.
      • If you have earned or will earn a degree in the United States prior to enrollment at SDSU, this requirement will be waived.
  • Medically signed proof of two properly administered measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) immunizations OR immune titers for measles (rubella), mumps, and rubella. Tuberculosis (TB) test is required for students from certain countries of origin and must be performed upon arriving on campus; TB tests done outside the U.S. will not be accepted. 

Acceptable evidence of immunity to each disease includes:

      • Immunization record which specifies administration of two doses of vaccine
      • Medical laboratory report that verifies the presence of disease-specific antibodies in the blood (i.e., positive blood titer)
      • Documentation of disease state as diagnosed by a qualified physician

 The law recognizes that special circumstances may preclude the ability to demonstrate compliance as detailed above.  Those students for whom vaccination presents a threat to health/well-being and those who adhere to a religious doctrine that opposes immunizations may petition for a permanent exemption or temporary waiver as appropriate.  Note:  the statute does not allow for philosophical objections. . I

Submit all required application materials including:

    • Transcript Evaluation
    • official Transcripts
    • IELTS or TOEFL Scores 
    • Financial Documents
    • Proof of Immunity

Individual programs may ask for additional documents when processing your admission such as:

    • Letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • Goal statement
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

 

Foundation/Preparatory School / Course / Program

Please understand that the English proficiency minimum scores below are for admission purposes only. Students will be placed into various English Composition courses depending on an assessment of their English language skills that will be administered upon their arrival.

 

English Proficiency Documents / Requirements 

All applicants who are not native speakers of English ( for undergraduates, if you studied your secondary high school in English, you a consider a native speaker) must demonstrate proficiency in English with one of the following exams and the indicated minimum score.

  • Internet-based TOEFL Test (iBT): 61
  • Paper-based TOEFL Test (PBT): 500
  • Academic IELTS: 5.5

TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted within two years of examination date. An official TOEFL score must be sent from the testing agency. Certified true copies may be submitted for initial review.

Note: Institution code for SDSU is 6653 for TOEFL.

Please understand that these required minimum scores are for admission purposes only. Students will be placed into various English Composition courses depending on an assessment of their English language skills that will be administered upon their arrival.

 

International Proficiency Test List and Waiver Countries


Official TOEFL Results: Valid scores from a test taken in the last two years must be sent to SDSU School Code 6653.

  • iBT: 61                                     
  • Paper-delivered test: 48
  • Paper Based: 500

IELTS Valid scores from a test taken in the last two years with clear TRF must be sent with your admission documents.

  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5

Pearson Valid scores from a test taken in the last two years must be sent to SDSU directly from Pearson.

  • PTE Academic overall score of 44

Scholastic Aptitude Test “SAT” scores must be sent to SDSU School Code 6653.

  • (Redesigned): 490 Reading and Writing
  • (Old): 480 Critical Reading

ACT scores must be sent to SDSU School Code 3924.

  • A composite score of 18

IGCSE O-level English: “B” or higher 

IB Curriculum English A Higher Level: Score of 5 or higher

C or better on College English Composition Class from U.S. University or Community College

Cambridge CAE or CPE (pass grade)


 

Countries that may receive a waiver from exams listed above:

Antigua & Barbuda

Anguilla

Australia

Bahamas, The

Barbados

Belize

British Virgin Islands

Canada (except Quebec)

Cook Islands

Dominica

Fiji

Ghana (with B3 or better on WAEC English)

Grenada

Ireland

Jamaica

Liberia (with B3 or better on WAEC English)

Malta

Micronesia

Montserrat

New Zealand

Nigeria (with B3 or better on WAEC English)

Pitcairn Islands

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts & Nevis

Saint Lucia

Samoa

Singapore

Trinidad & Tobago

Turks & Caicos Islands

UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

 

Other Application Details

Students must be at least 17 years old at the time of the Program Start date to be eligible for admission.

SAT / ACT scores not required for admission but required for scholarship consideration.

Allow for a minimum of 4 – 6 weeks after submitting all your document for the university to process your application.

You will receive a letter or e-mail notification of the admission decision.

 

After submitting your application here, an admission counselor will guide you through the whole admission process.

2. Degree Programs...

2. Degree Programs

Undergraduate degree programs

  • Advertising
  • Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
  • Agricultural & Resource Economics
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Education, Communication & Leadership
  • Agricultural Science
  • Agricultural Systems Technology
  • Agronomy
  • American Indian Studies
  • Animal Science
  • Architecture
  • Aviation
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry Education
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Community & Public Health
  • Community & Regional Planning
  • Computer Science
  • Conservation Planning & Park Management
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Technology
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Dairy Manufacturing
  • Dairy Production
  • Data Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Education & Care
  • Ecology & Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • English
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Exploratory Studies Program
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education
  • Fashion Studies & Retail Merchandising
  • Food Science
  • French Studies
  • General Studies
  • Geographic Information Sciences
  • Geography
  • German
  • Global Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Biology
  • Human Development & Family Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Leadership & Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Microbiology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Natural Resource Law Enforcement
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Operations Management
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences/Pharmacy
  • Physical Education Teacher Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Athletic Training
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Ministerial
  • Pre-Mortuary
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Rangeland Ecology & Management
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sport & Recreation Management
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre
  • Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences

 

Master’s Degree

  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Agricultural Education
  • Animal Science
  • Architecture
  • Athletic Training
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Studies and Journalism
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling and Human Resource Development
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Data Science
  • Dietetics
  • Economics
  • Educational Administration
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Geography
  • Human Biology
  • Human Sciences
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
  • Operations Management
  • Plant Science
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Sport and Recreation Administration
  • Statistics
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

 

Doctoral Degrees

  • Agricultural, Biosystems and Mechanical Engineering
  • Animal Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computational Science and Statistics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geospatial Science and Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Plant Science
  • Sociology
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
3. Tuition Fees & Other Costs...

3. Tuition Fees & Other Costs

Estimated Costs for Students

The following is the  estimated annual cost for international students attending South Dakota State University. Tuition, fees, room and board charges are subject to changes are published annually by the South Dakota Board of Regents and annual increases of up to 5% should be expected.

Tuition fee in each undergraduate year

 

Special Programs with higher estimated costs of attendance:

 

 

SEE GRADUATE TUITION FEE BELOW

 

 

* Based on 15 credit hours per semester of general courses which is required for 4-year graduation. See the tuition tab above to determine actual costs by major. Programs such as Aviation and Architecture have significantly higher costs. Please see above for special programs with higher estimated costs of attendance.

**On campus graduate housing is very limited, but after arrival, the international student office can assist you find a place.

 

Students should allow for personal expenses, which can run from $500 to $2,000 per year.

 

Additional Estimates Annual Expenses:

Living Expenses for Dependent Spouse $9,555.00
Living Expenses for Each Dependent Child $6,627.00

 

If you are self-funded (the bank documents are in your name), you must provide evidence that you can fund your entire duration of study. To determine this amount, multiply your total costs with dependents as follows: 

Undergraduate and PhD x 5 or Master’s Degree x 3

 

***Insurance Requirements

  1. Insurance quotes above are based on GeoBlue Basic Plan. 
  2. Mandatory University Insurance must be purchased through www.geobluestudents.com and not from another agency — either in your country or in the United States, unless eligible for the Federal Exchange. Please check the site for updated rates and policy changes. Age is a factor for insurance fees.
  3. Students who have been in the US for more than 5 years as an F1 Student or more than 2 years as a J1 Student/Scholar are required by law to purchase an insurance plan that meets the Affordable Care Act requirements. The GeoBlue Enhanced Plan meets this requirement. (Students that meet the 5 and 2 year requirement are eligible to purchase Health Insurance through the Federal Exchange).
  4. Dependent (spouse or child) plans can be purchased from www.geobluestudents.com. Dependents are required to show proof of insurance. The insurance will be required to be on file.

 

Other Considerations

It is advisable to bring traveler’s checks, an international credit card, and a small amount of cash for immediate expenses of hotel, food, and transportation. The remainder of your money should be in the form of an international bank transfer from your home account to your U.S. bank account (after established) The money will then be available to you in 48 to 72 hours.

4. Scholarship...

4. Scholarship…

After submitting your application here, an admission counselor will guide you through the whole admission process.

 

The South Dakota State University has a long list of scholarships and financial aids for international students. Here are the most prominent among them:

Jackrabbit Guarantee – The Jackrabbit Guarantee program awards a minimum of $1,000 per year for up to four years to any eligible first-time student who earns an ACT score of 24 or higher. 

Transfer Scholarships – Students who plan to transfer to SDSU from another post-secondary institution can complete our online transfer scholarship application.

 

After submitting your application here, an admission counselor will guide you through the whole admission process.

5. Accommodation...

5. Accommodation…

Student Halls

Abbott Hall

$2,802.30 – Double

$3,502.70 – Single 

$1,986.75 – Binnewies Hall Double 

$2,937.30 – Ben Reifel Hall Double

$2,372.40 – Brown Hall Double

$2,802.30 – Caldwell Hall Double 

Hansen Hall

$1,804.10 – Double 

$2,595.15 – Single 

$2,937.30 – Honors Hall Double 

$2,937.30 – Hyde Hall Double 

$2,124.30 – Mathews Hall Double 

$1,986.75 – Pierson Hall Double 

$2,937.30 – Schultz Hall Double 

Spencer Hall

$2,802.30 – Double 

$3,502.70 – Single 

Thorne Hall

$2,802.30 – Double

$3,502.70 – Single

$1,986.75 – Young Hall Double

$2,802.30 – Meadows Apartments

 

6. Work & Study...

6. Work & Study…

After submitting your application here, an admission counselor will guide you through the whole admission process.

 

This is the rule for students studying abroad…

Yes, you can work but about 90% of countries don’t give student work permits… However, students can work informally and part-time… But all governments and university do not expect students to depend on their possible employment to pay for their tuition and accommodation…

In fact, it not ever possible for students to study full-time each semester and work as well and yet be able to earn enough for their tuition fees and accommodation… Not possible…

They might be able to depend on their possible work for living expense but never for tuition and accommodation…

They can’t study and still earn enough for those kinds of stuff (unless they have their own businesses).

 

After submitting your application here, an admission counselor will guide you through the whole admission process.

 

Since you are already here, there is no better time than now. Your great study abroad experience awaits you.

 

 

SDSU graduate students don’t just attend class. They teach. They present papers, both regionally and nationally. They research—a lot. (And yes, they attend plenty of class too.)

Grad school at SDSU offers 38 programs dispersed across seven academic colleges, ensuring flexibility in your study and a path that interests you. By the end of your graduate studies at SDSU, that “step up” you were looking for in your career will be a stairway.

 

Since you are already here, there is no better time than now. Your great study abroad experience awaits you.