Exchange - Visiting Students

What is the difference between an exchange student and a visiting student?

Exchange Student:

An exchange student is a student from a partner university who studies at South Dakota Mines for 1-2 semesters and then returns to their home university to complete their degree. Exchange students are accepted through a direct agreement between the student’s home university and Mines.

Exchange students must be nominated by their home university and accepted by South Dakota Mines. Exchange students must complete the online application and submit the official documents required by the application process.

Exchange students pay tuition (if any) to their home university. Exchange students are charged certain fees explained in the exchange agreement, as well as any applicable costs such as on-campus housing and meal plans. Health insurance is mandatory and if a student wants to use their home country plan, it must be reviewed by the Ivanhoe International Center.

Visiting Student:

A visiting student is a student who applies to study at South Dakota Mines for a short time (usually 1-2 semesters) but who does not plan to complete a degree. Visiting students are non-degree seeking and are required to pay tuition and fees to South Dakota Mines.

Visiting students must submit the online application and submit the official documents required by the application process. 

Applying for Admission as an Exchange/Visiting Student

Student Process:

Home Institution Process:

If you have a student who is interested in studying abroad at South Dakota Mines and would like more information, please contact us at If a student is being nominated or has already applied, please follow the steps below.

Accepted? Now What?

Visit the Accepted International Student page for the next steps.

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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