International Undergraduate Admissions
Explore application requirements, the admissions process and additional resources.
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International students who have officially completed secondary school (high school) in either the United States or their home country may apply for undergraduate admission.
Spring 2024 Deadlines
- October 15 - Application Deadline
- November 1 - I-20 Issuance Deadline
- November 15 - Enrollment and Housing Deposit Deadline
- December 15 - SEVIS Transfer Application Deadline
- January 4 - Arrival Deadline
Fall 2024 Deadlines
- June 1 - Application Deadline
- June 15 - I-20 Issuance Deadline
- July 1 - Enrollment and Housing Deposit Deadline
- August 1 - SEVIS Transfer Application Deadline
- August 14 - Arrival Deadline
International applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
71 or higher (iBT)
8 or higher (TOEFL Essentials)
IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
6.0 or higher
Duolingo English Test
105 or higher
Pearson Test of English (PTE)
48 or higher
ACT or SAT
ACT English 18+ OR
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing 500+
Advanced Placement English
(AP) 3 or higher
ELS Language Center
Successful completion of the ELS English for Academic Purposes level 112
Successful completion (equivalent of >2.6 GPA) of one of the following:
British O Level/GCSE/IGCSE
British AS/A Levels
IB Certificate or Diploma
High school within the United States
English-medium high school outside the United States but accredited by a US-based accrediting organization (such as WASC or NEASC)
US College Coursework
Successful completion of a college level English composition course at an accredited U.S. institution with a grade of C or higher.
Native Speakers of English
Applicants who hold a conferred degree from one of the following countries are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
USD accepts unofficial and unofficial partial transcripts for contingent admissions. Full admission is granted when all official documents are received. The deadline to receive official transcripts is 30 days before the start of classes.
Valid, unexpired passport. Copy/scan of the page(s) containing the photo, date of birth, passport number, date of expiration and signature (if any). If your passport contains a current extension stamp, also include a photocopy/scan of that page
Admission decisions are made without concern for financial ability. Federal regulations require all students to demonstrate the financial ability to pay for at least one year of academic and living expenses before the University of South Dakota can issue a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status (I-20). We welcome receiving your financial ability form at the time of application or after you receive an admission decision letter. For this important requirement, the University of South Dakota follows the average annual enrollment of 30 credit hours for undergraduate students plus an estimate for living costs.
Email ISRT@usd.edu for our official financial ability form.
Most documents can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. For hard copy materials, please mail to:
Enrollment Processing Center
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390
Transfer from U.S. High School
Students who are already in the United States on an F-1 visa must have their SEVIS record transferred to the University of South Dakota after admission. Detailed background information about the SEVIS transfer process can be found on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website. Or, you may contact the International Office at email@example.com.
Contact us with any questions about admission requirements or the application process at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-605-658-6255.
- TOEFL website
- IELTS website
- Duolingo English Test website
- World Education Services (WES) credit evaluation website
- Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) credit evaluation
- University of South Dakota SAT test code: 6881
- University of South Dakota ACT test code: 3928
- F-1 and J-1 non-immigrant students may study only at the Vermillion or the Sioux Falls campuses.
- University catalog
- USD awards university credit for certain AP, AS/A Level, and IB courses per South Dakota Board of Regents guidelines: