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International Admissions

The University of South Dakota offers you a nationally ranked education at a uniquely affordable price. Make new friends, learn from outstanding professors and gain incredible outcomes that prepare you for a successful career.

Welcome to the University of South Dakota!

Live and learn at a university that combines big opportunities with personal connections.

At USD, you'll experience an enriching education in a community of learners, scholars and friends.


Prepare for USD

Already admitted? View resources and information as you prepare for life as a Coyote.

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.
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World-class academics

At USD you'll have the opportunity to work one-on-one with your professors, whether that be in the classroom or the research laboratory. These experiences prepare you for prestigious graduate programs and a globally competitive employment market.


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Unbeatable value

USD is the most affordable flagship university in the United States. Here you'll receive an incredible education at a price you can afford.


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Your home away from home

USD is located in the heart of the Midwest in Vermillion, South Dakota. This is a small, safe community where you will find friendly people, room to breathe and opportunities to gain job skills and valuable experiences.


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Meet Our Team

Get to know the staff in the Gallagher International Center. We are here to support international students every step of the way, from the college search process to graduation.
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Patrick Morrison

Dir. Gallagher Int'l Center
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Anna Stork

International Undergraduate Admission Counselor
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Matthew Colbert

Assistant Director in Gallagher International Center
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Andreea Picioroaga

Assistant Director for International Student & Scholar Services

Student Opportunities

As a student at USD, the opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Explore your interests, find your community and experience your education to the fullest extent through the following opportunities.

A unique part of your USD education is access to research opportunities. You will have the chance to explore your interests and conduct innovative research with the support of professors who care about your success.

Even in your first or second year at USD, you can join research teams, earn mini-grants or present at national conferences. Grants and travel funding are available through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

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First-time undergraduate students are eligible to apply for two scholarships that are reduced from our annual tuition fee of $12,942: the Coyote Beginnings Scholarship and the Coyote Beginnings Grant. The Coyote Beginnings Scholarship is automatically awarded to first-time freshman applicants students at the time of admission, with a value of up to $4,000 per year based on high school GPA. The Coyote Beginnings Grant is automatically awarded to first-time freshman who have a qualifying SAT or ACT score. This award is valued between $1,500 to $2,500 per year and may be stacked on top of the Coyote Beginnings Scholarship. Students who receive the high end of both awards would achieve the equivalent of a half-tuition scholarship.

Transfer students who currently study at a US community college or university are eligible to receive the International Transfer Scholarship. Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher at a US college or university are automatically awarded $3,000 per year for the remainder of their undergraduate studies at USD. 

Cost of Attendance

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Join the International Club  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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Your education should set you up for success in your future. At USD, you'll find a wide range of hands-on learning experiences that position you well for career opportunities. From completing internships with companies in the region to practicing in our state-of-the-art facilities on campus, the experiences available to you allow you to satisfy your curiosity and build your resume. Plus, you'll benefit from resources like the Academic & Career Planning Center and the Writing Center, which can offer assistance on job applications, writing skills, English speaking skills, interviewing and more.

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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 smorgasbord! 

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments and facilities that contribute to your education.
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Gallagher International Center

The Gallagher International Center oversees the university's international affairs, including programs and resources such as study abroad, international admissions and international student services.

Now that you know us, we
want to get to know you.

Connect with us and we'll send you personalized information about scholarships, academic opportunities and more. We look forward to helping you become a Coyote!

Schedule a virtual visit with us or submit our Request Info form so we can learn about your goals and tell you more about USD.