After-Arrival Information

Congratulations! You have entered the USA and are now in Spearfish, SD! Now that you are here, we have provided items to complete upon your arrival. You will need to check-in with the OIR office, attend orientation, purchase health insurance (we will assist you during orientation), take placement tests if necessary, register for classes, and pay for tuition and fees by the deadline. We recommend that you already begin the process for searching for classes while still in your home country, but finalize the process once you arrive.


After your arrival at Black Hills State University, please check-in to our office in Woodburn 115. This is a US student visa requirement. Please bring the following documents to check-in:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • I-94 (found on
  • BHSU Acceptance Letter
  • Current Local Address




A comprehensive orientation will be held before classes begin. During orientation, you can expect the following:


  • Important Seminars & Guest Speakers
  • Campus tour
  • Shopping trips
  • Bank trip
  • Meeting new friends
  • Networking and Social Events


Health Insurance 


Visit to find the health insurance options offered by the South Dakota Board of Regents through ISO (International Student Insurance) in conjunction with the Federal Visa regulations. This health insurance costs vary based on age, healthcare needs and number of persons covered. The current cost of insurance is $49-$85/month for those who are 12-24 years of age. We will assist you during orientation.

For all foreign national students, SDBOR Policy 3.14 requires that you have credible health insurance as determined by the SD Board of Regents. You are responsible for purchasing health insurance coverage that meets BOR Policy 3.14 requirements, any federal visa requirements, and IRS regulations. For detailed IRS regulations please visit:

NAFSA Affordable Care Act Information  

The South Dakota Board of Regents has identified several health insurance plan design options for you to choose from, the acceptable plans are outlined below.  You will be required to provide proof of coverage to your University representative. If you do not provide proof of insurance, you will not be able to enroll in any SD Board of Regents university. However, under limited circumstances, SDBOR may waive this requirement if a student provides adequate proof of coverage by completing the Health Insurance Waiver Request Form. The following reasons will qualify you for a waiver of the health insurance requirement:

  • Sponsored Student Insurance (Embassy, Government, NGO, etc. Does NOT include family-sponsored insurance.)
  • Employer Sponsored Insurance (including Medical Evacuation and Repatriation) for Employees or Dependents
  • Athletic Insurance for Primary Insurance Only
  • Indefinite Residence (ability to establish domicile in South Dakota)
    • Provide Documentation of SD Domicile based on Visa/Immigration Status (defined by BOR)
    • F and J visa holders are not eligible
  • ACA Compliant Plan
  • ISEP or other official Exchange Program
  • Home Country Coverage that Meets SDBOR Minimum Coverage Requirements (detailed on Form B) and is Valid in the United States
    • Students must first check with their international office to determine if the insurance mandated by their home government is eligible for a waiver.

Insurance Carrier
ISO Student Health Insurance (ISO), 
Toll free: (800) 244-1180
General: (212) 262-8922

*Please search for your university in the search function of the website to ensure you get enrolled in the proper plan.

Register for Classes 


You are required to take the Accuplacer Exam if you are a degree-seeking student or if you are an exchange student taking math or English classes at BHSU. If you are a degree-seeking student and have taken the ACT or SAT, you are not required to take the Accuplacer. Please contact the OIR office if you will be taking the Accuplacer and we will make a test appointment during orientation.

For class registration, 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: 

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 your term. 

Course Rotations   
Class Sections by term:
• Select Term: (2017FA) and
• Class location/type: (Spearfish Main Campus)

Status Sheets: Courses required under each Major/Minor.

The platform you will use to register for classes will be WebAdvisor. This tutorial will help introduce you to WebAdvisor. Please practice logging in after watching this tutorial:


Tuition, Fees and Payment 

Tuition and fees must be paid the day after census date to avoid late fees. Census date is normally 10 days after the day classes begin. For safety and convenience, most international students have funds wired from home after they have opened their US bank account. Current costs are listed here, under “Non-Resident”. A $100 international student fee will be included for all international students. Final costs for the fall/spring academic year are published by the South Dakota Board of Regents every April. 

BHSU payment options include:
o Cash
o Check from US bank account
o eCheck from U.S. bank account. 
o flywire (more information available at

You may also use the following which include a convenience fee:
o MasterCard
o Discover
o American express
o Visa