Arrange for your flight as soon as you know your report date. The nearest major airport is the Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) in Rapid City, SD. Please contact the Office of International Relations & Global Engagement with your flight information once you obtain your tickets.
You can expect to experience fatigue and other physical symptoms due to long-distance travel and time changes.
Be well rested at the start of your trip and take care of details in advance. East lightly and drink plenty of water the day before you travel. Prepare for changes in temperature by wearing several layers of clothing that can be removed or added as needed. Keep your passport, travel documents, and money with you at all times. Keep important papers in your carry-on luggage, with photocopies in your other luggage. Label your baggage inside and out with your name and both your home and U.S. addresses and telephone numbers. Use the address and phone numbers of BHSU, if necessary:
Office of International Relations & Global Engagement
1200 University Street, Unit 9519
Spearfish, SD USA 57799-9519
To prevent inconveniences in the case of lost luggage, keep in your carry-on luggage all of the items you may need for a possible overnight emergency stay in a hotel.
Toward the end of your flight, the airline personnel will give you several forms to complete for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs.
I-94 Goes Electronic:
Foreign visitors to the U.S. arriving via air or sea no longer need to complete paper Customs and Border Protection Form I-94 or I-94W. Those who need to prove their legal-visitor status—to employers, schools/universities or government agencies—can access their CBP arrival/departure record information online. Get your I-94 Now
Present your passport, visa, I-20 or DS-2019, and evidence of financial support to the U.S. immigration officer at the airport.
After questioning you about your plans in the United States, the immigration officer will decide how long you will be allowed to stay (F-1 visa’s are marked with a D/S, which means “Duration of Status”). After this, you will be directed to the Customs Service for inspection of your baggage.
What to expect when you arrive in Spearfish:
The Office of International Relations & Global Engagement will communicate with you regarding your arrival on campus. Please update them with your travel itinerary and flight schedule so they will know when you are scheduled to arrive in the US.
Once you reach BHSU, visit the Office of International Relations & Global Engagement as soon as possible.
Upon your arrival, we will set up a time for you to meet with a representative of the Office of International Relations & Global Engagement so we can help you get started here at BHSU! The Office of International Relations & Global Engagement and most other BHSU offices are open Monday through Friday with office hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Plan ahead, so that you know where to go if you arrive at night or on the weekend.
These FAQ’s may not answer all the questions you might have, although it will give you some information to help you with your arrangements. If you have further questions, please contact the Office of International Studies directly:
BHSU Office of International Relations & Global Engagement
1200 University St. Unit 9519
Spearfish, SD 57799-9519
Phone: 1 (605) 642-6942
Dr. James Fleming is the Director of International Relations & Global Engagement, and is also the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) & Responsible Officer (RO). If you have specific questions you would like to ask please email them to: James.Fleming@BHSU.edu or International@BHSU.edu