New International Office Opens in Library

Image International Office Seated: Patty Lase, Layani Makwinja, Susan Hackemer, Prakriti Rajbhandari, Tina Kjolhaug, Tomáš Kameník. Back row: Ryan Nowack, Patrick Morrison.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota has opened an international office (IO) in I.D. Weeks that combines international admissions, recruiting and student services.

Those responsibilities previously were housed in three different areas, said Susan Hackemer, director of the office.

The IO offers programs designed to help new international students become accustomed to the new culture. It will continue offering a separate orientation program for international students and also host weekly events and small trips for the students to socialize with one another.

USD’s international office is also now responsible for the intensive English program. The university is already an approved English language provider for several Middle Eastern countries, but the IO is always actively looking to find other international students in search of English training.

In recruiting efforts, the IO is developing a new social media presence specifically targeting international prospective students. The office is also looking to begin recruiting at community colleges with large international student populations in order to offer a transfer for students to complete four year degrees.

“We appreciate the USD community for all the support and patience we’ve received throughout the development of the new office,” said Hackemer.

The international office is located in I.D. Weeks, Room 103.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News