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Application Requirements & Procedure


Submit your completed application.

IEP application

Official Transcripts

- Submit official transcripts of all secondary and post-secondary school studies
- Minimum high school grade point average of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale (required for conditional admission).

Language Evaluation Scores

The IEP does not require a language proficiency score for admission. However, if you have taken the TOEFL, IELTS or any language proficiency exam within the past two years, provide those official scores in order to help with IEP level placement.

TOEFL website
IELTS website

Official Statement of Finances

All students are required to demonstrate financial ability to pay for at least one year of academic and living expenses before being issued a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Status (I-20) by the University of South Dakota. Read all of the instructions on the IEP financial ability form carefully.

IEP financial ability form


Copy of the page(s) of a valid, unexpired passport containing:
- Photo
- Date of birth
- Passport number
- Date of expiration
- Signature (if any)
- Current extension stamp (if any)


IEP 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.

Submitting Materials


or mail

International Office
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

Intensive English Program Timeline

Fall 2020
Application Deadline
July 1
Fall Classes
16 Weeks
Spring 2021
Application Deadline
Nov. 15
Spring Classes
16 Weeks

Conditional Undergraduate Admission

If previous academic performance meets USD undergraduate admissions standards, students who successfully complete USD's IEP Level 3 will have satisfied USD's English proficiency requirement and can transition to a degree-seeking program. Applicants who desire conditional admission must adhere to all regular admission requirements and procedures, except for English proficiency requirements. Students will receive a letter of conditional admission and an IEP admission letter.

The initial I-20 will indicate admission to the Intensive English Program. A new degree-seeking I-20 will be issued upon successful fulfillment of USD’s English proficiency requirement. You will be required to submit financial documents showing that you have the finances to cover two full semesters of the IEP. However, you will only pay for the semesters you attend.

For questions or more information, contact our office:

Telephone: 1-877-269-6837
Fax: 605-677-6323