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International Office
Burr House
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion SD 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

International Office

Whether you are still choosing your university or are already at home here at the University of South Dakota, the International Office is dedicated to serving all of our F1 and J1 visa holding students. We provide international students with a variety of services, resources and programming, including enrollment support, visa compliance, multicultural events, an international student organization, trips to cities across the region and more. We are a welcoming space on campus where international and domestic students can learn together and celebrate the various cultures represented on our campus.

We have a vibrant global community at USD. We're glad you are a part of it.


Meet Our Team

Get to know the staff in the International Office. We are here to support international students every step of the way, from the college search process to graduation.
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Susan Hackemer

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Alex Defenbaugh

Senior Secretary-Int'l Office
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Brookney Delgado

Assist Dir Int'l Office
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Patrick Morrison

Assoc. Director, Int'l Office
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Andreea Picioroaga

International Student Advisor

Get to Know Us

We have vibrant global community here at the University of South Dakota. Our International Office is proud to play an important role in the university's welcoming and enriching environment.

Student Opportunities & Resources

Check out the opportunities, resources and experiences offered by the International Office.

We want you to call or stop by the International Office with your questions, concerns and celebrations. But sometimes you need information after hours or prefer to help yourself. Lots of common student questions and answers about all things USD can be found virtually through Coyote One Stop.

The International Office also keeps all of our compliance forms, CPT/OPT PowerPoint presentations and more on the myUSD portal. Click on Academics in the top menu and you will find International Office on the dropdown menu.

Make an appointment with your International Student Advisor if you have need or have questions about:

  • I-20 travel signatures
  • reduced course load
  • employment
  • social security numbers
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • finding resources on campus
  • finding resources in Vermillion

No question is a bad question!


Tuesdays from 9 – 11 a.m.
Thursdays from 2 - 4 p.m.

Or by appointment — use Coyote Connections, email or call 658-6255.

Group of International Students Attending GatheRED Event

Join the International Club — a welcoming community where you will meet new friends from all over the globe. As one of USD's largest organizations, the International Club offers all USD students opportunities to learn and connect through cultural events and social activities. Annual events include the International Night Gala — featuring student performances — and Festivals of Nations — featuring a global food festival. 

The group recruits new members year round, but new students will always have the chance to learn more and join the group during International Orientation.

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Photo from the Festival of Nations event.

Festival of Nations is the largest multicultural event at the University of
South Dakota. At this International Club sponsored event, some students
(and even a few faculty and staff) cook a dish from their food culture, 
while others share performances, lead a game, or give a presentation.
Typically, guests have the opportunity to taste about 60 different dishes
from roughly 30 different countries. It is the true definition of a

International Students at Mt. Rushmore
International student trip to Mount Rushmore

The International Office hosts several cultural outings for students throughout the year, including an annual fall trip to the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota where you will see some of the state's most iconic features: Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, Custer State Park, Wall Drug and more.

We also host day trips to nearby cities, where you'll enjoy a meal at one of the local "hot spots," time at a local cultural attraction, stops at shopping malls and trips to ethnic markets. Favorite locations include:

Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska
Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Historic Sioux City, Iowa, sites made famous by explorers Lewis and Clark

For students who find campus employment, we provide several trips to the regional Social Security Office each semester. Also, complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off services are available at the beginning and end of each semester.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your experience with the International Office
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Office for Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is a resource for campus community members, providing opportunities for all to feel welcome. Our top priority is to develop students into engaged and thoughtful leaders who are prepared to be successful in our increasingly global and complex world.

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Academic & Career Planning Center

Every step of your college journey, USD has the resources that will help you navigate the unknown. These resources ensure that you have every opportunity to be successful upon graduation.

Student Meeting with an Academic Advisor

Personalized Advising

The International Office is dedicated to helping you succeed. We have an international student advisor on staff who will work with you on all topics related to maintaining good status on your F1 or J1 visa. If this is your first time in the US, we will help you navigate the transition to US teaching, university offices and the great variety of campus resources.

Two Females Attending International Night Gala Event

Preparing for Your Future at USD?

For students who are not yet enrolled at USD, we have helpful resources designed for you. Start by learning about the opportunities available to you at USD and applying for admission if you haven't already. 

Learn More & Apply

Once you've been admitted, check out our International Undergraduate Student Checklist or International Graduate Student Checklist to work through your next steps.

We look forward to welcoming you into our community!

Hear from our Students

Success story Pooja Modawel smiling.
I love how easy it was to get involved on campus as an incoming freshman, and be a part of different cultural organizations that celebrate events like Diwali, Asian Lunar New Year and International Night Gala. The students and community are very welcoming and there is always something exciting happening on campus.

Pooja Modawel

B.B.A. Economics & Operational Analytics '22
New Delhi, India