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 We are here to help you!

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Enrollment: June 1
  • Spring Enrollment: November 1


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

English Proficiency

  • Must be sent from the testing agency to BHSU.
    • TOEFL: (Code 6042)
      • PBT: Minimum score of 500, No longer provided, but PBT scores are still valid until April 2023
      • IBT: Minimum score of 61
    • IELTS: Minimum score of 5.5
    • SAT: (Code 6042)
      • Critical Reading and Writing: Minimum score of 480
    • PTE: Minimum score of 44
    • Online E3PT Exam: Minimum score of 62
    • Online iTEP Exam: Minimum score of 3.6
    • Online Duolingo: Minimum score of 90
  • Exceptions:

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


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:
    • 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.

I-20 Request

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

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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