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Welcome to Black Hills State University!

We look forward to inviting you to our beautiful campus in Spearfish, South Dakota, USA. Each year, BHSU welcomes exchange students from around the world for a rich and immersive educational experience in the US. The staff in the International Relations and Global Engagement office are here to help you through the application and arrival procedures and are prepared to support you throughout your stay at BHSU. 

To learn more about being a student a BHSU, visit BHSU Student Life and International Student Services websites.



Steps to Apply as an Exchange Student 

(Must be enrolled in one of BHSU Partner Universities)

Collect Documents

Prior to completing the application, be sure to have the following documents:


Complete the application and upload your documents here.

Receive Your DS-2019

After you receive confirmation that we have received your application and documents, we will ship your DS-2019 and BHSU Welcome Packet to your home university. Depending on your location, it may take up to two weeks for you to receive your package.

Students must complete the Financial Ability Form and provide documentation of availability of funds that equal or exceed the total amount shown above. This is required to obtain the DS-2019 for purpose of applying for the J-1 student exchange visa. 

Take The Next Step

Develop valuable personal relationships in a small community with amazing faculty and staff while thriving in the outdoors of the Black Hills.