Center for Academic & Global Engagement International Student Services

International Student Orientation

The International Student Orientation is mandatory for all new undergraduate and graduate international students at University of South Dakota. Orientation allows international students to become better acquainted with the University of South Dakota, the Center for Academic & Global Engagement, as well as other international students. During Orientation, students will receive information about living and studying here, as well as valuable information about maintaining their non-immigrant legal status. 

Expect to:

  • Become familiar with USD and the Vermillion Community
  • Learn about important academic issues
  • Access necessary campus resources
  • Learn about immigration regulations
  • Learn about health insurance
  • Learn about employment in the U.S.
  • Meet other new and returning USD students
  • Experience new cultures
  • Get acquainted with the the Center

Participating orientation is mandatory, and if you have and questions or concerns regarding your participation, please contact the Center  at or (605) 677-6338. 


New Student Orientation Schedule


Thursday, August 21, 2014
8 - 9 a.m.
Please bring your I-20 or DS-2019, I-94 card, passport and visa
Patterson Hall Room 117
9 - 9:30 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction
Provost Moran, Dr. Trevino, Dr. Grieve, Sarah Wittmuss, Eric Leise, Leslie Erlenbaugh, Emily Dykstra
Patterson Hall Room 117
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Campus Resources
  • Business Office, Matt Beach
  • Writing Center
  • Student Counseling Center
Patterson Hall Room 117
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Icebreaker/Morning Activity
Patterson Hall Room 117
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Banking in the U.S.
Patterson Hall Room 117
11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Lunch/Tabling/I-94 Retrieval/ITS
MUC Pit Lounge
2 - 3 p.m.Student Health & Student Health Insurance
Rachel Olson
Patterson Hall Room 117
3 - 3:15 p.m.
Disability Services
Patterson Hall Room 117
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Break
Patterson Hall Room 117
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Your Immigration Status & Life in the U.S.
Leslie Erlenbaugh
Patterson Hall Room 117
4:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Ending Activity
Patterson Hall Room 117
6 - 8 p.m.
Optional: Walmart Trip
East Parking Lot


Friday, August 22, 2014
8 a.m. - noon
Placement Exams (Undergraduate students only)
McKusick Room 211
8 a.m. - noon
Scavenger HuntUSD Campus
Noon - 1 p.m.
Lunch with group - Please bring money for meal (Undergraduate students only)
Various Restaurants
1 - 3 p.m.
Undergraduate Student Advising (Undergraduate students only)
Meet your academic advisor and register for classes
Academic & Career Planning Center (in ID Weeks Library)
Noon - 3 p.m.
Graduate Student Orientation (Graduate students only)
MUC Ballroom
7 - 9 p.m.
On-Campus Students - Discuss with Community Advisors (CAs) what to do and where to meet
Various Locations

Don't forget to attend the Welcome Week events from August 22 - 31.