Accepted International Students

Congratulations! Be sure to use your New Student Checklist and the items below to help prepare you become a Hardrocker.

New Student Checklist

Student Visa Preparations



  • You have two online orientations and one mandatory in-person orientation.
    • Review your checklist for links to the online orientations
  • Check your email for the dates of the in-person orientation.
    • Make sure your travel dates are before the in-person orientation


Arrival in Rapid City

  • We have free airport pick up but no temporary housing options available.
  • Fill out the travel form so we can arrange the airport pick up.


  • You received an estimated costs sheet. Make sure you bring enough money with you to pay your tuition/fees and other expenses.
  • Don’t have your estimated costs sheet? Contact us.

Initial Immigration Document Check In

  • You must check in with the Ivanhoe International Center after arrival in order for us to register you in the SEVIS system. We will send dates and times when check in will occur. Do not show up at a different time, we will not be able to assist you.
  • You will need to bring:
    • Passport and Visa.
    • I-20.
    • Any previous I-20s you have had.
    • I-94, if you downloaded it. If this is your first time in the U.S, we will do this for you.
    • Immunization Records 

Preparing for your Life in Rapid City

Contact Us:

Ivanhoe International Center
South Dakota Mines
501 E Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995
Phone: 1.605.394.6884
FAX: 1.605.394.6883
WhatsApp and Google: 1.605.388.2003

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