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International Student Orientation - Fall 2020

We will be holding a virtual orientation for international students in Fall 2020. The virtual International Student Orientation will begin on Wednesday, August 12. We will post finalized dates, schedules, and resources for all orientation activities shortly, and send this information to you via email. Our virtual 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 virtual 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.

Fall 2020 Orientation Schedule

Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions

Undergraduate

Arriving on campus on/before August 11

  • Sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO) – Please choose an available NSO date on the NSO website now. There are several options in late June and early August still available, and undergraduate students need to attend an NSO session prior to the selection of Fall 2020 classes
  • Schedule Your Advising Appointment – You will receive directions about how to schedule your appointment one week prior to your NSO date. These directions will be sent to your Jacks email account. 
    • To schedule your appointment, you will likely use ConnectState, which is a portal inside MyState. Please follow the directions in your Jacks email, as there may be differences between academic colleges.
    • Advising appointments will be held via Zoom; however, you may request phone advising if necessary.
  • Prepare for Advising and Registration - Please review your NSO Profile on MyState. The NSO Profile button may be found at the bottom of the “My Current Profile” section. Please let us know if you notice anything inaccurate, particularly your planned major, test scores, and contact information. Please put "NSO Profile" in your subject line and place SDSU.IntlStud@sdstate.edu in the cc: line of this email.
    • Please send all final and official high school transcripts to Larissa Durkin in the Office of International Affairs. She will also accept all relevant official test scores (ACT/SAT, Accuplacer, IB, et al.)

    • Please review the Academic Advising Guide Sheet for your major(s) requirements and register for an Accuplacer placement exam. (If you are outside the USA, the Testing Center requires that you sign up for a proctored or accommodated exam. If you have any questions about this, please each out to Larissa Durkin

    • You can also register for exams on MyState under the “Student Life” tab at the bottom of the page. If you frequently register for exams you may want to add the Testing Center portlet to your favorites (Options>Add to my favorites).

  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2020-2021 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:
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – The Office of International Affairs will pick students up from Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD). To make arrangements for this service, please contact Derek Schmidt.

Anticipating arriving late, or after the beginning of the semester

We understand the difficulties in scheduling a visa appointment and getting transportation to the USA. Please remember – you can always sign up for online classes and complete those at home or in the USA, after your travel arrangements are set. If you anticipate being able to arrive before September 30, we recommend you take the following actions:
  • Sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO) – If you have not already attended NSO, please choose an available NSO date on the NSO website now.  There are several options in late June and early August still available, and undergraduate students need to attend an NSO session prior to the selection of Fall 2020 classes
  • Schedule Your Advising Appointment – You will receive directions about how to schedule your appointment one week prior to your NSO date.  These directions will be sent to your Jacks email account.
    • To schedule your appointment, you will likely use ConnectState, which is a portal inside MyState. Please follow the directions in your Jacks email, as there may be differences between academic colleges.
    • Advising appointments will be held via Zoom; however, you may request phone advising if necessary.
  • Prepare for Advising and Registration - Please review your NSO Profile on MyState. The NSO Profile button may be found at the bottom of the “My Current Profile” section. Please let us know if you notice anything inaccurate, particularly your planned major, test scores, and contact information. Please put "NSO Profile" in your subject line and place SDSU.IntlStud@sdstate.edu in the cc: line of this email.
    • Please send all final and official high school transcripts to Larissa Durkin in the Office of International Affairs. She will also accept all relevant official test scores (ACT/SAT, Accuplacer, IB, et al.)
    • Please review the Academic Advising Guide Sheet for your major(s) requirements and register for an Accuplacer placement exam. (If you are outside the USA, the Testing Center requires that you sign up for a proctored or accommodated exam. If you have any questions about this, please each out to Larissa Durkin
    • You can also register for exams on MyState under the “Student Life” tab at the bottom of the page. If you frequently register for exams you may want to add the Testing Center portlet to your favorites (Options>Add to my favorites).
  • Contact the Office of International Affairs –Derek Schmidt, Kirsten Linke, or Greg Wymer – to tell them about the status of your visa application and your intended dates to travel. If you are having any difficulties in any aspect of the visa process or travel arrangements, please let us know here so that we can provide suggestions or advice.
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2020-2021 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 by PeerTransfer
      • Students may also arrange for a Payment Plan. Please follow the link to begin that process.
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – The Office of International Affairs will pick students up from Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD). To make arrangements for this service, please contact Derek Schmidt.

Studying online in fall 2020/intending to come in spring 2021

Students unable to reach the United States for fall 2020 may begin their studies with us online – there are over 200 courses available to first-year and transfer students taught completely online and accessible throughout the world. Students are able to make arrangements to obtain a visa and traveling to South Dakota in January 2021.

  • Sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO) – If you have not done so already, please choose an available NSO date on the NSO website now. There are several options in late June and early August still available, and undergraduate students need to attend an NSO session prior to the selection of Fall 2020 classes. If you missed the last NSO date, please contact Larissa Durkin in the OIA.
  • Schedule Your Advising Appointment – You will receive directions about how to schedule your appointment one week prior to your NSO date.  These directions will be sent to your Jacks email account.
    • To schedule your appointment, you will likely use ConnectState, which is a portal inside MyState. Please follow the directions in your Jacks email, as there may be differences between academic colleges.

    • Advising appointments will be held via Zoom; however, you may request phone advising if necessary. If you missed the last NSO date, please contact Larissa Durkin in the OIA.

  • Prepare for Advising and Registration - Please review your NSO Profile on MyState. The NSO Profile button may be found at the bottom of the “My Current Profile” section. Please let us know if you notice anything inaccurate, particularly your planned major, test scores, and contact information. Please put "NSO Profile" in your subject line and place SDSU.IntlStud@sdstate.edu in the cc: line of this email.
    • Please send all final and official high school transcripts to Larissa Durkin in the Office of International Affairs. She will also accept all relevant official test scores (ACT/SAT, Accuplacer, IB, et al.)

    • Please review the Academic Advising Guide Sheet for your major(s) requirements and register for an Accuplacer placement exam. (If you are outside the USA, the Testing Center requires that you sign up for a proctored or accommodated exam. If you have any questions about this, please each out to Larissa Durkin

    • You can also register for exams on MyState under the “Student Life” tab at the bottom of the page. If you frequently register for exams you may want to add the Testing Center portlet to your favorites (Options>Add to my favorites).

    • If you missed the last NSO date, please contact Larissa Durkin in the OIA.

  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2020-2021 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:

  • Visa Applications/Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – The Office of International Affairs encourages you to stay in touch with us as you work through the visa application process – Derek Schmidt, Kirsten Linke, or Greg Wymer – to tell them about the status of your visa application and your intended dates to travel in January 2021.  We will pick students up from Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD). To make arrangements for this service, please contact Derek Schmidt.

Graduate

Arriving on campus on/before August 11

  • 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.
  • Sign Up for International Student Orientation! – Please let us know you are coming for our program, starting on August 12.
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2020-2021 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:
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – The Office of International Affairs will pick students up from Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD). To make arrangements for this service, please contact Derek Schmidt.

Anticipating arriving late, or after the beginning of the semester

We understand the difficulties in scheduling a visa appointment and getting transportation to the USA. Please remember – you can always sign up for online classes and complete those at home or in the USA, after your travel arrangements are set.  If you anticipate being able to arrive before September 30, we recommend you take the following actions:

  • Establish contact with the Graduate School The 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. You might consider online options for Fall 2020 (part of “Global Start”) and travel to SDSU for Spring 2021 in January.
  • Contact the Office of International Affairs –Derek Schmidt, Kirsten Linke, or Greg Wymer – to tell them about the status of your visa application and your intended dates to travel. If you are having any difficulties in any aspect of the visa process or travel arrangements, please let us know here so that we can provide suggestions or advice.
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2020-2021 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 by PeerTransfer
      • Students may also arrange for a Payment Plan. Please follow the link to begin that process.
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – The Office of International Affairs will pick students up from Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD). To make arrangements for this service, please contact Derek Schmidt.

Studying online in fall 2020/intending to come in spring 2021

Students unable to reach the United States for Fall 2020 may begin their studies with us online – there are many courses available to graduate students taught completely online and accessible throughout the world. Students are able to make arrangements to obtain a visa and traveling to South Dakota in January 2021.Students unable to reach the United States for Fall 2020 may begin their studies with us online – there are many courses available to graduate students taught completely online and accessible throughout the world.  Students are able to make arrangements to obtain a visa and traveling to South Dakota in January 2021.

  • 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. They can provide counsel on online options for Fall 2020 (part of “Global Start”) and take into account your travel to SDSU for Spring 2021 in January.
  • Contact the Office of International Affairs –Derek Schmidt, Kirsten Linke, or Greg Wymer – to tell them about the status of your visa application and your intended dates to travel. If you are having any difficulties in any aspect of the visa process or travel arrangements, please let us know here so that we can provide suggestions or advice.
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2020-2021 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:

  • Visa Applications/Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – The Office of International Affairs encourages you to stay in touch with us as you work through the visa application process – Derek Schmidt, Kirsten Linke, or Greg Wymer – to tell them about the status of your visa application and your intended dates to travel in January 2021.  We will pick students up from Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD). To make arrangements for this service, please contact Derek Schmidt.

ESL/Global Foundations

Arriving on campus on/before August 11

  • Connect with Your Program Coordinator – Jennifer Wingate is the Coordinator of the English Language and Culture Institute, and she would like to meet with each student online before the beginning of the semester. Send her an email message and say “hello!”
  • 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 2020-2021 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:
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – The Office of International Affairs will pick students up from Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD). To make arrangements for this service, please contact Derek Schmidt.

Anticipating arriving late or after the beginning of the semester

We understand the difficulties in scheduling a visa appointment and getting transportation to the USA.  If you anticipate being able to arrive before September 30, we recommend you take the following actions:

  • Connect with Your Program Coordinator –Jennifer Wingate is the Coordinator of the English Language and Culture Institute, and she would like to meet with each student online before the beginning of the semester. Send her an email message and say “hello!”
  • 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. 
  • Contact the Office of International Affairs –Cassandra again! – to tell her about the status of your visa application and your intended dates to travel. If you are having any difficulties in any aspect of the visa process or travel arrangements, please let us know here so that we can provide suggestions or advice.
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2020-2021 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 by PeerTransfer
      • Students may also arrange for a Payment Plan. Please follow the link to begin that process.
  • Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – The Office of International Affairs will pick students up from Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD). To make arrangements for this service, please contact Derek Schmidt.

Studying online in Fall 2020/intending to come in spring 2021

Students unable to reach the United States for Fall 2020 may begin their studies with us online. Students are able to make arrangements to obtain a visa and traveling to South Dakota in January 2021.

  • Connect with Your Program Coordinator –Jennifer Wingate is the Coordinator of the English Language and Culture Institute, and she would like to meet with each student online before the beginning of the semester. Send her an email message and say “hello!”
  • 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. 
  • Contact the Office of International Affairs –Cassandra Stangeland – to tell her about the status of your visa application and your intended dates to travel in January 2021. If you are having any difficulties in any aspect of the visa process or travel arrangements, please let us know here so that we can provide suggestions or advice.
  • Make Payment Arrangements – Tuition and Fees – Please review 2020-2021 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:
  • Visa Applications/Make Arrangements for OIA Pickup Service/Arrival – We will pick students up from Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD) in January 2021. To make arrangements for this service, please contact Derek Schmidt.

 


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

     

Virtual Orientation Presentations/Videos

Virtual Orientation Presentations/Videos
Maintaining Your Legal Status in the US  
An Introduction to the US Education System 

Honors College 
Research Integrity and Academic Honesty 
 
Library Services – Starting Your Academic Journey at SDSU 

SDSU Writing Center
On-Campus Dining 
Language Support and Placement Testing 

What is Sustainability at SDSU? 
Staying Safe On and Off Campus 

Frequently Asked Questions

Orientation

How do I sign up for the orientation?

If you would like to sign up to register for classes, prior to your arrival, or if you will not be able to attend SDSU in person in the fall and you would like to register for On-line courses, please click on the following link: NSO

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 fall 2020 semester.

  • Undergraduate students: If you would like to sign up to register for classes, prior to your arrival, or if you will not be able to attend SDSU in person in the fall and you would like to register for On-line courses, please click on the following link: NSO

  • ELCI students will be registered in the appropriate classes by Cassandra Stangeland.

  • Global Foundations: Please contact Cassandra Stangeland

How do I confirm my seat in South Dakota 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. Billing and Payments

I am planning to take classes at SDSU for the fall 2020 semester but have been delayed in receiving my visa. What is the last day I can join?

  • Undergraduates – Thursday, September 3

  • Graduates – Contact an academic advisor for permission to arrive late and email the date to Cassandra Stangeland for a late arrival letter and/or adjustment of I-20

  • ELCI students – Contact Ms. Cassandra Stangeland

  • Global Foundations – Thursday, September 3

Will I get any scholarship or academic grants?

Information on academic scholarships can be found at Funding Your Education

I would like to ask current international students some questions about living in Brookings and the items I should bring from home with me. How can I connect with them?

Ask a Diplomat! Virtual Q&A

The “Ask A Diplomat! Virtual Q&A” is a fun and informal way for new students to ask Diplomats questions about what it is like to be a student at SDSU. What is a Diplomat? Diplomats are international and domestic students who volunteer and assist the Office of International Affairs with International Student Orientation. These students are here to welcome you to SDSU! The “Ask A Diplomat! Virtual Q&A” will occur via Zoom on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (CDT).

Dates:
07/03/2020
07/10/2020
07/17/2020
07/24/2020
07/31/2020
08/07/2020

Time:
9–10 a.m. (CDT)

Zoom ID:
976 0955 7958 or https://sdstate.zoom.us/j/97609557958

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. Housing and Dining Services information were sent to you with the admissions package. 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:

Brookings Chamber 

 

Brookings Apartments

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. Maryke Taute.

Can I move into the residence halls as soon as I arrive in Brookings?
  • Students who have completed a 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 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • Restaurant – in Hotel - Open 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.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?

Please contact Derek Schmidt to schedule a ride from the airport.   Sioux Falls Regional Airport is located 50 miles south of Brookings, SD off of I-29.  

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.