Do not bring too many items from home that can easily be bought in the U.S. Be sure to bring enough toiletries with you to last several days upon arrival. You do not know how soon you may be able to go to a store to buy the basic necessities. Spearfish has grocery stores, a Farmers Market (where you can buy local, fresh vegetables/fruits) in the summer and a large department store.
Check with your department regarding specific dress code. A good raincoat or umbrella is necessary. You will also need a coat for heavy winter weather. It snows often in Spearfish.
The U.S. uses 110v electrical current. Many small electrical items like hair dryers and electric razors are inexpensive in the U.S. and you may wish to purchase those items when you arrive. If you bring a computer, or other electrical items, you may buy a simple plug adaptor in the U.S.
Linens and Towels
Student living on campus are provided with Bed linens, pillows, blankets and towels. Additional items can be purchased inexpensively in Spearfish.
Make sure that any prescription medications you bring with you are labeled and are in their original containers. Make sure the name on the containers matches the name on your passport to avoid any problems when you are entering the U. S. Please bring a copy of any prescriptions you will need using the generic name of the medication in English.
Make sure your ATM card will work in the U.S. before you leave! The Cirrus, Plus, MasterCard and Visa systems are the most widely accepted. We recommend you have access to enough funds to cover immediate expenses. We recommend you have at least $1,000 in hard currency, traveler’s checks or pre-paid cards in case you need quick access to cash when you first arrive. You can change your money at a local bank. There may be a conversion fee, but it will probably be less than the fee at the airport.
The nearest major airport is the Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) in Rapid City, South Dakota. Please book your ticket into Rapid City Regional in order to take advantage of our free shuttle service.
Shuttles from Rapid City to Spearfish
The office of International Relations and Global Engagement provide free transportation to and from the airport at the beginning and ending of each semester. In order to take advantage of this, please send the following information
IMPORTANT: You should enter the U.S. no more than 30 days prior to the start date on your DS-2019 form. If you are unable to enter the U.S. within 7 days after the start date on your DS-2019, you should notify your department at BHSU of your expected arrival date.
At the Airport
You will be asked to show your documents in the first city you arrive in in the U.S. to be given permission to enter the country. Please carry with you (in your carry-on bag, NOT in your checked baggage):
Travel to Spearfish
Spearfish is located in the state of South Dakota (SD) about 60 miles from Rapid City, SD, 400 miles from Denver, CO., 900 miles from Chicago, Illinois, 1100 miles from Seattle Washington; and 1700 miles from Los Angeles, California. Prearranged travel to and from Rapid City and surrounding nearby towns is available through Prairie Hills Transit*for a small fee ($2-$10/ride) during daytime hours. Besides taxis, there are shuttle services available from the airport to the university. A taxi ride to BHSU from the airport is around $75/one way and must be pre-arranged. More information available here*. Taxi service is also available for trips around town 24 hours a day.
* Each of these entities are private companies and are not associated with Black Hills State University; the contact is provided here only as information about travel possibilities, and any arrangements you choose to make are strictly between you (the student) and the entity Black Hills State University does not endorse or recommend any of these entities.
Directions to OIS
Black Hills State University is located at 1200 University Street, Spearfish, SD 57799.
The office of International Relations and Global Engagement is located in 115 Woodburn Hall (off of University Ave)
The Office of International Relations is open 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday only.
A comprehensive orientation will be held Thursday and Friday, August 20th-21st. Classes officially begin Monday, August 24th. Orientation will include:
Register for Classes
An advisor can help you choose classes that are appropriate and will know the sequence and rotation of classes in addition to the workload of classes. Your advisor can also help you think about how your courses and degree program connect with your career interests and goals. To find out about our academic programs, you can visit here: www.BHSU.edu/Academics.
It is best to register at the earliest time to ensure placement in desired courses. Please use the below links to search available courses for the fall 2015 term.
On Campus Employment at BHSU
On-campus employment is available. Students may search for employment opportunities upon arrival.
Students who wish to work on campus should notify the Office of International Relations and Global Engagement to receive a work authorization letter in order to obtain a social security number. This number (issued by the government) is needed before starting employment.
A comprehensive student handbook is available for review at: BHSU Student Handbook.
On Campus Resources
Your BHSU email account and password are established as soon as you arrive on campus.
As a BHSU student you have access to two local libraries. The BHSU E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center is on campus and offers tremendous resources including virtual resources, books and movies. Interlibrary loan is also available from this library. You will automatically have access with your campus ID card: you can check out books and use their computer labs and other services. The library website offers many tools in order to further your success at BHSU. In addition, the Grace Bulloch library is located downtown Spearfish and offers more resources to students. Students can use their student ID to obtain a local library card.
BHSU has an active Recreation Center: the Center is located on campus and includes a fully equipped gymnasium, swimming pool, outdoor sporting facilities, and a variety of competitive and non-competitive sports. You can request full access to the Recreation Center with your campus ID card.
Both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides that no qualified individual with a disability be denied access to or participation in services, programs, or activities at Black Hills State University (BHSU). These laws apply to essentially all aspects of campus activities, including academics, employment, and student programming.
At BHSU, international students and domestic students receive the same services and resources available to assist with disabilities. If you have any special needs for accommodation in terms of academics or physical access due to a documented disability, or other circumstance or issue that requires our special attention, please let us know. For further information please contact an international office staff member or Jennifer Lucero, BHSU’s Coordinator of Disability Services and Testing Center at 1(605) 642-6099 or by email at Jennifer.Lucero@bhsu.edu. The Disability Coordinator can provide information about services available on campus, including individual accommodations, accessible classrooms and buildings.
The BHSU Department of Public Safety, is responsible for maintaining a safe and pleasant environment in which to live and learn. Concerned with the protection of life and property, the university public officers enforce both the laws of the State of North Carolina and regulations of the university.
About Spearfish, South Dakota, USA
Black Hills State University is located in beautiful Spearfish, SD, the hub of the Northern Black Hills with a population of over 12,500. Located on I-90, 10 minutes from the Wyoming border, Spearfish is only 46 miles from Rapid City, 65 miles from Mount Rushmore National Memorial and is an hour drive from Devils Tower and the Badlands of South Dakota. Spearfish Canyon, one of the oldest and most scenic canyons in the west, is a local favorite for hiking, biking and sightseeing.
As the second largest city in Western South Dakota, Spearfish offers a wide variety of restaurants, hotels, specialty stores, historic landmarks, movie theatres and other entertainment outlets. Students can enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills while skiing, mountain biking, fishing, rock climbing and hiking.
The temperatures in Spearfish, SD vary depending on the month. The chart below provides a graphic representation of the high and low temperatures along with annual precipitation (snow and rain).
Black Hills State University
Office of International Relations & Global Engagement
1200 University St. Unit 9519
Spearfish, SD 57799-9519
1 (605) 642.6942
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Thursday, September 3, 2015