Mission Statement

Office of International Relations and Global Engagement Mission Statement
The Office of International Relations and Global Engagement is the hub for international activity at Black Hills State University. We offer the following resources to our international students to ease the transition from secondary school or a previous university to life at BHSU.

The IRGE provides the information, resources and assistance international students need to succeed as they begin their academic career at BHSU. Advisors can answer questions concerning:

  • Immigration regulations
  • University policies
  • Employment
  • Travel
  • Registering for Classes
  • Getting involved in activities and opportunities on campus
  • Connecting you with local resources

In addition, the Office provides the Academic English Preparatory Program for International Students:

Academic English Preparatory Program (AEPP)
The Academic English Preparatory Program is for students who meet the academic requirements for undergraduate admission but do not meet English proficiency requirements. It offers incoming students the opportunity to improve their English skills before starting a degree program, and prepares students to successfully study in a university in the USA. The AEPP focuses on the language of the classroom. It is comprised of four foundational courses which are requirements for all students: Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Academic Listening, and Academic Speaking are the cornerstone of our program. While these skills are taught in an integrated manner, the specific focus of the skills allows students to receive individualized attention on those areas that are the greatest need.

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our staffs at the office of International Relations and Global Engagement.

BHSU Mission Statement

Black Hills State University is a master’s level university that promotes excellence in teaching and learning; supports research, creative and scholarly activities and provides service to the state, region, nation and global community. BHSU provides innovative, high quality undergraduate (associate and baccalaureate) programs in the arts, humanities, education, behavioral sciences, mathematics, social sciences, natural sciences, business and technology as well as selected disciplines of strength at the graduate level. Black Hills State University is the only comprehensive University in western South Dakota.

BHSU Vision

Black Hills State University will be recognized as an innovative, high-quality University in the Black Hills region, the state, the nation, and the world. We, at Black Hills State University, are committed to:

Scholarship - We engage in the scholarship of research and creative activity to contribute knowledge and art to the community, the state, the region, the nation, and the world; we engage in the scholarship of teaching by using relevant and cutting edge practices to prepare students for the future; and, we engage in the scholarship of service by accepting leadership roles in society and making meaningful contributions to the profession and to the general public.

Student-Centeredness - We accept the responsibility of transforming student lives and treat each student with dignity and respect.

Educational Excellence and Life Long Learning - We engage in doing quality work by reflecting on our performance, our creativity and ingenuity, and in continuously challenging ourselves to improve.

Integrity - We adhere to ethical standards of excellence and accept accountability for personal decisions and actions, which impact our reputation as a dynamic and resourceful institution of higher learning that places students front and center.

Inclusiveness - We embrace the multi-dimensions of human differences by practicing inclusive education and unconditional positive regard, supporting multicultural learning experiences for all, and encouraging international exchange.

Innovation and Change - We anticipate future needs and use our imaginations to be responsive to unique opportunities for growth by encouraging respectful dialogue that encourages an open-minded exchange of ideas whereby active listening and critical thinking sustain a vibrant learning community for students, staff, faculty, administration, alumni, and the public.