Required Application Materials (green color text are links):
- International Student Admission Application Form: complete & submit the online application. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
- Application Fee: $20 USD (undergraduate), $35 USD (graduate). Academic English Preparation Program: no application fee required. If you wish, you may submit this fee along with the financial documents listed below.
*** Students from BHSU partner universities applying to participate in exchange/study abroad programming do not pay the application fee.
- Official Sealed Transcripts (translated to English) from the secondary school (high school) and post-secondary school (if attended) sent to the Office of International Studies. For a transcript to be considered official, it must be sent directly from the issuing institution to our university. All copied documents must be certified by an official school or government seal as originals or certified photocopies. ALL documents must be in a sealed envelope with university or government agency stamping across the seal. Student should have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA (or equivalent) from high school and/or a 2.0 GPA (or equivalent) from university. If you are a degree seeking student and desire to receive credit for completed coursework from a post-secondary institution outside of the U.S., we require that you obtain a course-by-course evaluation from either World Education Services (WES) or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE). This requirement is in addition to receiving an official sealed transcript and the evaluation must be sent directly to BHSU. The student/applicant is responsible for the costs of the evaluation. BHSU reserves the right to require you to take the necessary courses to meet the requirements of your desired program. Finally, if you took the WAEC exam, please request WAEC or your high school to send your certificate directly to BHSU. You may also mail your scratch card for confirmation of your results online.
- Academic English language proficiency: International applicants may submit ACT or SAT scores (see criteria below), as is required for U.S. domestic students. However, international applicants (except from Canada, Australia or the UK) may also choose from a variety of alternative sources to prove academic English language proficiency:
- TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) score (Code 6042):
- PBT (Paper Based TOEFL) minimum 550
- or IBT (Internet Based TOEFL) minimum of 79
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.5
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English) minimum score of 53.
- TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) minimum score of 790
- ACT (American College Test) minimum score of 19 in English (Code 6042).
- SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) minimum score of 500 on Critical Reading and 500 on Writing for a combined score of 1000 for both sections (not including Mathematics). (Code 3904).
***AEPP applicants please review the AEPP language requirements on the AEPP information page.***
- Academic English Preparation Program (AEPP): Intended for students who do not meet English proficiency qualifications prior to enrollment. Students must have some knowledge of the English language prior to beginning the AEPProgram. Click here to learn more: Academic English Preparation Program
- Statement of Finances: International student applicants must complete the Official Statement of Finances form and document that you have at least $16,500.00 USD for 1 academic year (2 semesters) expenses. The sponsor's (family member or other) signature must be witnessed by an official/notary and include the official seal. Please mail this document with the necessary supporting documents (see #7 below) to the BHSU Office of International Studies. Emailed or faxed documents are only accepted in special cases.
- Financial Responsibility: An original bank statement or bank letter to accompany the Official Statement of Finances. The bank statement must be current (dated within two months of application). Photocopies of bank statements are acceptable if it is stamped by the bank and in a stamped, sealed envelope from the bank. If a bank letter is used, it should include 1) Name of account holder matching the sponsor's name from the guarantee form 2) Current account balance and 3) Type of currency.
- Copy of Passport: Please send a photocopy of the photo/data page of the passport to verify data accuracy, if you have a passport at the time of application.
- Send all Application Materials to:
Black Hills State University
Office of International Relations & Global Engagement
1200 University Street, Unit 9519
Spearfish, SD 57799-9519
- SEVIS: All students on F-1 and J-1 VISA must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee at Pay I-901 Fee. The i901 fee must be paid prior to your visa appointment with a US Consul General at the US Embassy.
All application materials must reach BHSU by June 1
All application materials must reach BHSU by October 1
All application materials must reach BHSU by February 1
Once BHSU has received all of your Application Materials, it will then be determined if you have met all requirements for admission to BHSU. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. If you have met all requirements, you will then receive a letter of acceptance and will also be issued a Certificate of Eligibility Form I-20 (f-1 visa). With the I-20 you can apply for a student visa (F1) at a US Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
After you have been admitted to BHSU you will also be asked to provide these additional materials, due upon your arrival on campus:
- Health Insurance: International students are required to purchase health insurance by BHSU and the South Dakota Board of Regents. Upon arrival, you will be given the opportunity to purchase student health insurance. Please feel free to purchase travel insurance for your travel to BHSU from your home country. DO NOT purchase health insurance for the duration of your study at BHSU from a travel insurance company in your home county. This insurance does not meet the requirements.
- Evidence of Immunization: All students must provide proof of two doses of immunization for mumps, measles, & rubella (MMR). Please visit BHSU Health Services - Immunization Information for more information and required documentation.
- International Student Fee: All international students pay a non-refundable fee of $100.00 USD for processing immigration information fall and spring semesters of enrollment.