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International Graduate Students

We are excited that you are interested in BHSU, and we look forward to working with you as you prepare to further your education! Below is a checklist that outlines the items required to complete your admissions process as an International Student. Once we receive all of these items, and receive notification from the Graduate Office of your admissions status, we will be able to send you your documents to help you apply for a visa. Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance at international@bhsu.edu. We are here to help you!

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Enrollment:
  • Spring Enrollment:
Step 1


Step 2

Meet Admissions Requirements


  • If your degree is from an institution outside of the US , you must obtain a course-by-course evaluation from WES or ECE to be sent to the following address:
    • Address:
      BHSU International Relations
      1200 University Street Unit 9519
      Spearfish, South Dakota, USA 57799-9519

Step 3

English Proficiency

IF the student has attended secondary school or post-secondary school in the U.S. for one academic year.
IF the student is from a native English speaking country
       For some West African countries, WAEC score > C4 in English language

Step 4


Step 5

Financial Responsibility

  • Provide a Bank Statement or Bank Letter signed and stamped by a Bank Official demonstrating the minimum amount for one academic year found in "Costs" for both documents.
    • Email: international@bhsu.edu
    • If you are bringing dependents on a F-2 visa, please provide additional funding of $8,652 for a spouse and $5,004 per child.

Step 6

I-20 Request

  • Please download the Request for I-20 Form and fill out the form completely. Send your completed form to BHSU:
    • Email: international@bhsu.edu

Step 7

Are you in current F1 visa status?

  • If you are transferring your visa from an institution within the US, complete the transfer form and have your Designated School Official (DSO) send it to: international@bhsu.edu

Step 8

Make it Official!

  • Please visit this site to begin preparing for your visa appointment and other important steps! Please note all students will need to pay a $500 deposit by the deadline of  for Fall admission and  for Spring admission to hold their spot at BHSU and keep their I-20 active.


Contact Info

Kaitlin Palmer
Phone: 605-642-6942
Fax: 605-642-6254

International Relations & Global Engagement
Black Hills State University
1200 University St. Unit 9519
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799-9519

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