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The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is a comprehensive home for international student and scholar services, international undergraduate admission, study abroad planning and community connections programs. All services and activities are intended to help enrich the experience of international students here at SDSU and to expand global engagement for all students, faculty and staff.   

The department was established in 1988 and initially focused on creating a number of international education and research exchange partnerships. Today, OIA has educational partners on six continents and has expanded its focus to include international student services.  

  • Education Abroad staff assists faculty in planning SDSU-based global educational options and advises students of their study abroad options.

  • International student and scholars staff provides guidance and administrative support to over 800 students from over 80 different countries.

  • International Admissions 

  • Intensive ESL Program (IEP)

  • Staff members also support the International Relations Council and its events and outreach, as well as help connect the campus community with international students and global issues through its Connections programs.

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SDSU ranked No. 5 in best value colleges of international students ranking

South Dakota State University climbed two spots to No. 5 in College Factual’s Best Value Colleges for International Students ranking. This ranking is out of 1,204 colleges in the U.S. that offer four-year degrees.

Society of Physics Students Chapter receives second-straight SPS Chapter Research Award

South Dakota State University’s Society of Physics Students Chapter won the 2021 SPS Chapter Research Award to study hybrid perovskite solar cells. The chapter also received the award in 2020 to study the properties of lithium batteries.

NAFSA Region IV Conference honors Fuad, Schmidt

South Dakota State University’s Office of International Affairs saw two individuals receive honors at the NAFSA Region IV Conference, held virtually in October. The region consists of colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota.