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International Student Orientation

We will be holding an in-person orientation for international students for Spring 2022. International Student Orientation will begin on Monday, January 3rd. We will post finalized dates, schedules and resources for all orientation activities shortly and send this information to you via email. Our International Student Orientation (ISO) is different from the New Student Orientation (NSO) program. Our NSO’s are a registration day that allows you to register for classes. Our ISO is a program that provides important information that will help you with your cultural transition to the US, South Dakota, Brookings and South Dakota State University. Please plan on attending our mandatory virtual International Student Orientation program.

The information below should help you plan your first steps as an SDSU Jackrabbit. Please review the information below and contact us should you have any questions.   

Spring 2022 International Student Orientation

Monday, January 3rd
TimeActivity
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Walmart, Bank, Cell Phone
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.Welcome to SDSU!
3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Divide into Diplomat Groups
3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.Meet My Diplomat
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Campus Tour and Scavenger Hunt
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dinner
Tuesday, January 4th
TimeActivity
8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.Breakfast
Location: Campanile Room
8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

You've  Got Questions... We've Got Answers

9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Wifi, Email, and More!

Rory Reid, Computer Support Specialist
9:50 a.m. to 10:10a.m.  

Tuition and Fee Payments

  • Ross Pirlet, Student Account Specialist
10:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

East Meets West: How the U.S. Views Academic Honesty

Christopher Chase, Professor, Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Understanding Research in the US

Diane Nagy, Research Integrity & Compliance Officer

10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. 

Orientation Check-In
(bring your passport, I-20/DS-2019 and current address)

11:50a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Questions/Announcements/Finish Check-in Paperwork
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Immigration 101: How to Maintain Your Visa Status

  • Greg Wymer, Director of International Students and Scholars Services
  • Derek Schmidt, International Student Advisor
  • Kirsten Linke, International Student Advisor/Program Coordinator
2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Work Authorizations in the U.S. – Shared International Employment Services

  • Jolane Tomhave, International Employment Manager
  • Jilena Faith, BOR HR Generalist II
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Safety and Security

  • Officer Kevin Lipinski, UPD
3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

What is Title IX?

  • Michelle Jonson, Director EO/Title IX Coordinator
3:30p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Be Well!

Brenda Andersen, Associate Director - Health, Wellness Center

Jessica McLaughlin, Associate Director -  Counseling, Wellness Center

  • Michelle Johnson, Director EO/Title IX Coordinator
  • Jessica Lankford, Title IX/EO Investigator
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Dinner
6:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.       SDSU US Friends
6:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Brookings Multicultural Center
6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.What’s Up America? – Diplomat Panel
Wednesday, January 5th
Time Activity
8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.Breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Immunization Review
Location: Meet in Campanile Room

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Placement Testing- Undergraduate Students ONLY
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation
Location: Volstorff Ballroom
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dinner
5:00 p.m.SSN Applications Due
Thursday, January 6th
TimeActivity
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Life On Campus – Your Home Away From Home

  • Chris Kaberline, Assistant Director of Housing & Residential Life
  • Maryke Taute, Assistant Director of Housing & Residential Life
9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

Aramark – Campus Dining, Meal Plans & Employment Opportunities

  • Brittany Buresh, Hiring
  • Kaitlyn Luebbert
9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Sustainability at SDSU

  • Jennifer McLaughlin, Program Assistant II, Facilities & Services
9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 

Library Resources & Writing Center

  • Linda Kott, Information Services Associate Librarian
  • Nathan Serfling, Writing Center
10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  

Diversity at SDSU

  • Shelly Bayer, Director of Multicultural Center
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. 

Honors at SDSU

  • Hanna Holmquist, Advisor/Coordinator of Student Services
10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Academic Support Services/Banner Student

  • Sanne Strenge, Professional Academic Advisor
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

U.S. Education vs. The World

  • Greg Wymer, Derek Schmidt, Kirsten Linke
11:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Undergraduate Registration Snapshot

  • Adam Karnopp, Orientation Director
12:00 p.m. to 12:30p.m. Raffles and Gifts
12:30p.m. to 1:30p.m.Lunch
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Undergraduate Registration
Location: Various rooms in Student Union
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Dinner
Friday, January 7th
TimeActivity
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Undergraduate Registration
Location: Various rooms in Student Union
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

TB Skin Reads, SDSU Student Health Clinic

Please arrive during your scheduled appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions 

International Student Orientation/Check-in

International Student Orientation Information

The Office of International Affairs hosts a mandatory International Student Orientation to provide essential information to prepare for life at SDSU. During orientation, you will:  

  • Meet the International Affairs staff
  • Meet other international and American students
  • Learn about Brookings, South Dakota 
  • Get information about your visa and how to remain in legal immigration status    
  • Get a student ID, complete your health screening, finalize housing arrangements and more
Transportation

For transportation from the Sioux Falls Regional Airport to SDSU in Brookings:

  • Schedule arrival between December 4, 2021 and January 3, 2022.
  • Note: orientation begins January 3rd, 2022.
  • Submit your Arrival Details. 
  • Request confirmation that transportation is arranged.
Prepare for Arrival
Check-in Process

Check-in will be completed during orientation. Arriving early? Check-in at the Office of International Affairs, Hilton M. Briggs Library 119. Attend New International Student Orientation from January 3rd - 7th.

You will need: 

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-20 or DS2019
  • I-94 (typically stapled in your passport)
  • Graduate Assistant Offer Letter
  • SDSU Admission Letter

You will also need to complete an address form and the Statement of Responsibility. Graduate students who have been offered a Graduate Assistantship will be given information on obtaining a social security number at check-in.

NOTE: You must complete your check-in process with the Office of International Affairs no later than 30 days after your program start date. If you do not, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to register you in the SEVIS system in a timely manner. If this is not done, you will lose your legal status in the U.S.

Virtual Orientation Presentations/Videos

Undergraduate

First Time Undergraduate Students

  • Let us know that you have received your visa.
  • Complete Placement Testing –
    • If you have SAT scores, please make sure to follow the instructions here to have your scores sent directly to SDSU using school code 6653. If you have ACT scores, please make sure to follow the instructions here and have your scores sent directly to SDSU using school code 3924.
       
      • Students without ACT or SAT Scores will take an Accuplacer Placement Exam to ensure they register for English or Reading class that align with their skills in those areas. You will receive an email from international admissions providing instructions on how to sign up for an Accuplacer exam time through Examity proctoring service.
      • Students with an ACT or SAT score will not need to complete Placement Testing. You will receive an invitation to sign up for an NSO Session. During an NSO session, you will learn more about SDSU and meet with an academic advisor to register for classes.
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2021-2022 tuition and fees rates.  International students will be charged a $150 International Student Fee per semester to support the university’s efforts to represent international student interests to university offices, state government and the federal government (e.g. compliance with non-immigrant visa status requirements).
    • Students should make plans to pay their bills using one of the following methods:
      • In-person with check or cash on the SDSU campus in Morrill Hall, Room 136
      • Over the phone with an e-check (checking account number and routing number)
      • Online on SDePay with a credit card, debit card and e-check
      • International Payments through Flywire
      • Students may also arrange for a Payment Plan. Please follow the link to begin that process.
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – Make arrangements for travel by completing the Shuttle Service Form HERE. Students will receive an email confirmation following the completion of the form.

Former Undergraduate Students Returning to SDSU

 
  • Check expiration date of current visa.
  • Email Kirsten to have class registration opened and get connected with an academic advisor..
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2021-2022 tuition and fees rates. International students will be charged a $150 International Student Fee per semester to support the university’s efforts to represent international student interests to university offices, state government, and the federal government (e.g. compliance with non-immigrant visa status requirements).
    • Students should make plans to pay their bills using one of the following methods:
      • In-person with check or cash on the SDSU campus in Morrill Hall, Room 136
      • Over the phone with an e-check (checking account number and routing number)
      • Online on SDePay with a credit card, debit card and e-check
      • International Payments through Flywire
      • Students may also arrange for a Payment Plan. Please follow the link to begin that process.
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – Make arrangements for travel by completing the Shuttle Service Form.  Students will receive an email confirmation following the completion of the form.

Undergraduate Students Transferring From Another US College or University

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  • Submit Official College Transcripts to our International Admissions Team.
  • Transfer Your SEVIS Record 
    • SDSU does not have a SEVIS Transfer Form. As a result, please take the following information to your current international advisor to request your SEVIS transfer:
      • SDSU acceptance letter
      • SDSU SEVIS School Code: SPM214F00264000
      • Contact Information:
        • Cassandra Stangeland, International Program Assistant
        • Email: Cassandra Stangeland
        • Telephone: 605-688-4122
        • Address: 1300 N Campus Dr., Briggs Library Suite 119, Brookings, SD, 57007
    • You will receive an email invitation to sign up for an NSO session to learn more about SDSU and meet with an academic advisor to register for classes.
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2021-2022 tuition and fees rates.  International students will be charged a $150 International Student Fee per semester to support the university’s efforts to represent international student interests to university offices, state government, and the federal government (e.g. compliance with non-immigrant visa status requirements).
    • Students should make plans to pay their bills using one of the following methods:
      • In-person with check or cash on the SDSU campus in Morrill Hall, Room 136
      • Over the phone with an e-check (checking account number and routing number)
      • Online on SDePay with a credit card, debit card and e-check
      • International Payments through Flywire
      • Students may also arrange for a Payment Plan. Please follow the link to begin that process.
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – Make arrangements for travel by completing the Shuttle Service Form.  Students will receive an email confirmation following the completion of the form.

Undergraduate Students Transferring From an International College or University

 

  • Let us know that you have received your visa.
  • Begin the World Education Services (WES) evaluation process. 
  • Submit an Official WES evaluation to the international admissions team
  • Complete Placement Testing –
    • Students without ACT or SAT Scores will take an Accuplacer Placement Exam to ensure they register for English or Reading class that align with their skills in those areas. You will receive an email from international admissions providing instructions on how to sign up for an Accuplacer exam time through Examity proctoring service.
    • Students with an ACT or SAT score will not need to complete Placement Testing. You will receive an invitation to sign up for an NSO Session. During an NSO session, you will learn more about SDSU and meet with an academic advisor to register for classes.
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2021-2022 tuition and fees rates.  International students will be charged a $150 International Student Fee per semester to support the university’s efforts to represent international student interests to university offices, state government, and the federal government (e.g. compliance with non-immigrant visa status requirements).
    • Students should make plans to pay their bills using one of the following methods:
      • In-person with check or cash on the SDSU campus in Morrill Hall, Room 136
      • Over the phone with an e-check (checking account number and routing number)
      • Online on SDePay with a credit card, debit card and e-check
      • International Payments through Flywire
      • Students may also arrange for a Payment Plan. Please follow the link to begin that process.
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – Make arrangements for travel by completing the Shuttle Service Form.  Students will receive an email confirmation following the completion of the form.

 

Exchange Students (Bilateral, ISEP & IREX) 

  • Let us know that you have received your visa.
  • We will be working with you on a case-by-case basis for class registration.
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – Make arrangements for travel by completing the Shuttle Service Form.  Students will receive an email confirmation following the completion of the form.  

Graduate

First Time Graduate Students

  • Let us know that you have received your visa.
  • Establish contact with the Graduate SchoolThe staff of the Graduate School will help you establish contact with your host department and navigate any bureaucracy related to your matriculation to the university.
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2021-2022 tuition and fees rates. International students will be charged a $150 International Student Fee per semester to support the university’s efforts to represent international student interests to university offices, state government, and the federal government (e.g. compliance with non-immigrant visa status requirements).
    • Students should make plans to pay their bills using one of the following methods:
      • In-person with check or cash on the SDSU campus in Morrill Hall, Room 136
      • Over the phone with an e-check (checking account number and routing number)
      • Online on SDePay with a credit card, debit card and e-check
      • International Payments through Flywire
      • Students may also arrange for a Payment Plan. Please follow the link to begin that process.
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – Make arrangements for travel by completing the Shuttle Service Form.  Students will receive an email confirmation following the completion of the form.

Transferring from another US college or university.

  • Establish contact with the Graduate SchoolThe staff of the Graduate School will help you establish contact with your host department and navigate any bureaucracy related to your matriculation to the university.
  • Submit Official College Transcripts to our Graduate School Admissions Team (if you have not done so already.)
  • Transfer Your SEVIS Record 
    • SDSU does not have a SEVIS Transfer Form. As a result, please take the following information to your current international advisor to request your SEVIS transfer:
      • SDSU acceptance letter
      • SDSU SEVIS School Code: SPM214F00264000
      • Contact Information:
        • Cassandra Stangeland, International Program Assistant
        • Email: Cassandra Stangeland
        • Telephone: 605-688-4122
        • Address: 1300 N Campus Dr., Briggs Library Suite 119, Brookings, SD, 57007
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2021-2022 tuition and fees rates.  International students will be charged a $150 International Student Fee per semester to support the university’s efforts to represent international student interests to university offices, state government, and the federal government (e.g. compliance with non-immigrant visa status requirements).
    • Students should make plans to pay their bills using one of the following methods:
      • In-person with check or cash on the SDSU campus in Morrill Hall, Room 136
      • Over the phone with an e-check (checking account number and routing number)
      • Online on SDePay with a credit card, debit card and e-check
      • International Payments through Flywire
      • Students may also arrange for a Payment Plan. Please follow the link to begin that process.
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival –Make arrangements for travel by completing the Shuttle Service Form.  Students will receive an email confirmation following the completion of the form.

Global Foundations Pathway Program

Newly Arriving Students

  • Let us know that you have received your visa.
  • Connect with Your Program Assistant –Cassandra Stangeland is our Program Assistant for the ELCI, and she will help you with everything related to bureaucratic requirements. Please send her an email to introduce yourself! If you intend to study at SDSU for a degree, please send all final and official high school transcripts to Cassandra in the Office of International Affairs. 
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2021-2022 tuition and fees rates.  International students will be charged a $150 International Student Fee per semester to support the university’s efforts to represent international student interests to university offices, state government, and the federal government (e.g. compliance with non-immigrant visa status requirements).
    • Students should make plans to pay their bills using one of the following methods:
      • In-person with check or cash on the SDSU campus in Morrill Hall, Room 136
      • Over the phone with an e-check (checking account number and routing number)
      • Online on SDePay with a credit card, debit card, and e-check
      • International Payments through Flywire
      • Students may also arrange for a Payment Plan. Please follow the link to begin that process.
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – Make arrangements for travel by completing the Shuttle service Form.  Students will receive an email confirmation following the completion of the form.

Get familiar with your online accounts

  1. Start with MyState, your storehouse for a personal account and campus information (pro tip: keep your username and password close by). 
  2. Activate your Jacks email account (check it often).
    1. Note about DUO: All Jacks email accounts will be secured with DUO, a multi-factor authentication service meant to keep online accounts safe. Starting this summer, students will be prompted to set up DUO upon logging into their Jacks email. 
  3. Download Zoom apps. This videoconferencing program is available for PC and mobile

Frequently Asked Questions

Orientation

How do I register for classes?

  • Graduate students: Please contact your academic advisor (email and telephone number listed in your acceptance letter) to develop a plan of study and register for classes for the Spring 2022 semester.
  • Undergraduate students: Students receiving their visa prior to December 15th will receive an email providing instructions on taking the placement exams and introducing them to their academic advisor which will allow them to pre-register for classes prior to arriving on campus.  Students receiving their visa after December 15th, will register for classes during International Student Orientation.
  • Exchange students (Bilateral, ISEP, & IREX) - We will work with you on an individual basis to help you register for classes.
  • Global Foundations Pathway Program students: Please contact Cassandra Stangeland

How do I confirm my seat at South Dakota State University and is there a deposit fee?

No, there are no deposit fees required. Once you have registered for classes, a bill will be generated and you will be able to pay for tuition at that point. You can learn more about paying your bill here: Billing and Payments

I am planning to take classes at SDSU for the Spring 2022 semester but have been delayed in receiving my visa. What is the last day I can join?

  • Undergraduates – Monday, January 17th
  • Graduates – Contact an academic advisor for permission to arrive late and have your academic advisor email his/her permission (and last date the department will allow you to arrive) to Cassandra Stangeland for a late arrival letter and/or adjustment of I-20
  • ELCI students – Contact Ms. Cassandra Stangeland
  • Global Foundations – Monday, January 17th

Will I get any scholarships or academic grants?

Information on academic scholarships can be found at Funding Your Education.

 

 

Housing and Residential Life

How do I work out my housing plan in Brookings?

On-Campus

The Department of Residential Life provides a comfortable, safe, and well-maintained living environment for all of our students. The halls are all staffed with both enthusiastic professional and student staff who are eager to assist our residents with the college transition. Our Residential Life Team includes Complex Directors, Residence Hall Directors, Graduate Assistants, Community Assistants, Living-Learning Coordinators, and more. 

Undergraduate International Students who have graduated from Secondary School less than two years prior to their enrollment at SDSU are required to live in university residence halls upon arrival.

To live on campus at SDSU you must submit the appropriate application along with the application fee. To access the Housing Application, please visit the link below.  The following information about our Housing and Residential Life are provided for your benefit.

Students can access the online housing form to apply.

Off-Campus

Check out these sites for more information on apartments in Brookings:

Disclaimer: SDSU does not manage, update, verify or recommend one rental company over another. The links listed above are solely provided for prospective students to gain insight into various housing options within the Brookings community.

 I prefer single occupancy, is it available?

If you are interested in a single-occupancy room, you will need to contact the Housing Office to see if this might be available. Housing Residential Email

Can I move into the residence halls as soon as I arrive in Brookings?
  • Only students who are planning to live in the residence halls during the academic year are eligible to move in upon arrival.
  • Students who have completed both a housing application and an early arrival housing application prior to arrival and arrive during business hours will be able to move into their room immediately. 
  • Students who arrive after hours or on the weekends will need to stay in a hotel until the housing office is open. On the next available business day, our drivers will bring you to the housing office so you can complete a contract (if you have not done so already) and move in.

Local hotel rates are listed below: (When making a reservation, notify the hotel employee that you are an international student at SDSU. This will allow you to receive the discounted rate for the room – saving you money!)

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Address: 2515 East 6th Street, Brookings, SD 57006
Phone: 605-692-3111
Email: econo@den-wil.com

  • Students can reserve a standard room- double queen-sized beds
  • $57.95/night – 1-2 student staying
  • Free Continental Breakfast - Open 5–9 a.m.
  • Restaurant – in Hotel - Open 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Comfort Suites University
Address: 929 25th Ave, Brookings, SD 57006
Phone: 605-692-2882
Email: aaron.dos.sd107@gmail.com

  • Students who plan to stay Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night –  $70/night
  • Students who plan to stay for a week or longer (regardless of the days) – $70/night  
  • Students who plan to stay only on Friday and Saturday night – the rate will be discounted based on availability and any special event that may be happening in Brookings
  • Free Continental Breakfast
What dining options are available for students? Are special diets accommodated (halal, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free)?

Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available. Halal is not available through dining services at SDSU. For more information on dining service visit SDSU Dining

Travel/Arrival/Check-In

What is the procedure for the transfer of my I20/F1 visa?

Students who are currently in the US who have been attending another university will need to request their international office to transfer their SEVIS record to South Dakota State University (school code: SPM214F00264000). Typically, you will need to provide your current university with a copy of your SDSU Acceptance Letter. If you have recently graduated, your SEVIS record needs to be transferred within 60 days of your program end date at the previous institution.

What are the transportation options for my arrival? Which airport is closest to Brookings?

 

Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – Make arrangements for travel by completing the Shuttle Service Form HERE. Students will receive an email confirmation following the completion of the form.

Sioux Falls Regional Airport is located 50 miles south of Brookings, SD off of I-29.  The Sioux Falls Regional Airport code is FSD.
My parents will be accompanying me for Orientation. Are they able to stay on campus with me?

Only students can stay in residence halls. Parents may wish to make reservations at one of the following Brookings hotels:  

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Address: 2515 East 6th Street, Brookings, SD 57006
Phone: 605-692-3111
Email: econolodgebrookings@hotmail.com

Comfort Suites University
Address: 929 25th Ave, Brookings, SD 57006
Phone: 605-692-2882
Email: aaron.dos.sd107@gmail.com

What medical records are required for enrollment?

All students – international and domestic alike – are required to provide evidence of receiving two Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations after their first birthday. Please make sure to complete the Mandatory Immunization Form.