A Study Abroad experience is a life-changing endeavor but it doesn’t have to make a huge dent in your wallet. BHSU has identified several different kinds of study abroad opportunities: some free and some with some cost. This allows an opportunity for every BHSU student.

  • FREE-$: Inexpensive
  • $-$$: Moderate, but still low
  • $$-$$: Moderate

    Partner Universities

    Cost: FREE-$

    Partner universities are established connections that have an agreement with Black Hills State University. These institutions allow BHSU students to study at their university while paying board of regents’ tuition and fees through BHSU. This is a less expensive option. Partner universities are available in Africa, Asia and Europe at more than 20 different schools. Additionally, some schools offer free tuition, room and board, and round-trip transportation to and from the location.

    Teach Abroad

    Cost: FREE-$

    Whether you are an education major looking to do your student teaching abroad, or if you’re a native English speaker interested in teaching English, teaching abroad can be the least expensive study abroad option. In fact, in some cases, teaching abroad is actually less expensive than staying on campus. Sometimes institutions pay for full round-trip transportation, housing, supplies, food and even a small stipend! If students want to continue taking BHSU classes, online classes or courses at the local university are available.

    Teach Abroad

    BHSU Sponsored trips

    Cost: FREE-$

    Faculty/Staff led study abroad opportunities have been created by a Black Hills State University professor and can be long-term or short-term study abroad options. These options are only available when a professor has created an opportunity. Traveling with a professor is a great way to see the world in the company of other BHSU students, faculty and/or staff. Oftentimes students fundraise to pay full or partial funds for a trip. In some cases, the host institution will pay a student’s fees.

    International Student Teaching

    Cost: $-$$

    For education majors, student teaching abroad is an exciting opportunity where students can complete part of their student teaching abroad. Students will complete ten weeks in the United States and then complete the remaining 6 weeks abroad. Students are responsible for transportation, but BHSU will pay the placement fee for the first six students abroad. Students must also complete a one-credit course that prepares them for an international student teaching placement. Teaching abroad are available in the following countries: Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England & Wales, India, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Tomsk (Russian Federation, Scotland, Spain, and Turkey. For more information on International Student Teaching contact Dr. Richard Carriveau at

    Affiliated Programs

    Cost $$-$$$

    Affiliated programs are established connections with program providers that provide study abroad opportunities to students throughout the United States and the world. These organizations are not strictly affiliated with Black Hills State University; however, they are recognized providers of study abroad and have been selected based on their reputation and myriad of study abroad opportunities. Outside scholarships are available to students. Students pay tuition and fees directly to the partner university. Affiliated programs run programs in all seven continents at more than 30 countries.