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. Once we receive all of these items, we will notify you of your admissions status. When applying, be sure to check out our academic majors here: Degree Programs 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: June 1
  • Spring Enrollment: November 1


Official Transcripts

  • Mail BHSU an official/original stamped transcript from your institution to the address below.
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:
      • First time freshman: 2.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale
      • Transfer Student: 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • If you are transferring from a post-secondary institution, BHSU must receive a high school transcript and a post-secondary transcript. If you would like the possibility of your college credit from an institution outside of the US to transfer to BHSU, you must obtain a course-by-course evaluation from WES or ECE
  • 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
    • 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 countries.
    • For some West African countries, WAEC score > C4 in English language


  • Please email a copy of your passport Bio page to international@bhsu.edu

Are you a Transfer Student on a current F1 visa?

  • If you are transferring your visa from an institution within the US, complete the transfer form and have your current academic/international student adviser (DSO) send it to BHSU:
    • Email: international@bhsu.edu

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.
    • Email: international@bhsu.edu
    • If you are bringing an F-2 dependent with you, please provide additional funding for $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: international@bhsu.edu

Contact Info

Kaitlin Palmer
Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer RO
Woodburn 115 Map
Phone: +1 605-642-6942
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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