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Jacks Start Abroad

SDSU’s Jacks Start Abroad program provides recently graduated and admitted first-year South Dakota State University students a chance to explore intriguing topics in small, active, learning environments in an international location. 

This new program will take a group of new SDSU freshmen, together with SDSU instructors, to begin their SDSU academic journey before they come to campus in Fall 2020.

July 12-21, 2020 | Program Theme: Ireland & Northern Ireland - Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation

July 19-28, 2020 | Program Theme: Germany - Conflict, Division, and Unity

Application Deadline: April 24, 2020


All programs include a couple of days on campus as an orientation to the academic course content and an orientation for going abroad. The group will travel together, depart from the SDSU campus for the airport, and then abroad. The group will return to the SDSU campus after returning from the program. Students will have an option to have parents meet them at the airport upon their return. 

SDSU faculty and staff designed this seminar to help students transition to SDSU and address important institutional goals. After participating on this programs, students should be able to:

  • Identify global problems and the impact the program will have on their personal and professional goals; 

  • Describe how culture(s), profession, and personal experiences frame one's thinking; 

  • Develop personal and professional support networks; 

  • Improve college-readiness skills such as reading, writing, and critical thinking; and 

  • Engage with global peoples, places, and topics related to a culture