Education Abroad

At South Dakota Mines, we believe in the power of exchange and strive to develop cross-cultural connections. International experience through education abroad is a great way to gain a broader worldview and global working experience. 

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Top Questions Students Ask

When can I do an Education Abroad experience?

Go as early as your freshman year, or if you are a transfer student, in your second semester. It depends on what you want to do, how long you want to be gone, and where you want to go. Many students have had multiple education abroad experiences during their time at South Dakota Mines.

Do I have to do a traditional semester abroad?

No, not at all! There are so many options, from short-term to summer, week, etc. It all depends on your goals and preferences.

Will my credits transfer back? Will I lose a semester?

We work with you and your department before you leave to make sure the classes you are taking will transfer to South Dakota Mines. Students may choose courses that won't count toward their degree simply because they are interested in those courses. Courses like that may transfer to South Dakota Mines as a general elective.

Do I have to speak the language of the country in which I want to do an experience abroad?

Only sometimes! A variety of programs are taught in English; however, learning the language can help you more fully adjust to the country's culture and area. The benefits of a foreign language can help in future career opportunities by enhancing your worldview and improving your personal skills in areas such as critical thinking (adapting to new circumstances), multitasking, and non-verbal communication.

How much does it cost?

Cost will vary based on what you are doing and your destination. It will also depend on if you will do an exchange, direct enroll, third party provider, or other type of education abroad experience. Each option has different benefits. 

How do I learn more?

  • Attend an education abroad session (We have one each semester.)
  • Talk to the Ivanhoe International Center staff
  • Sign up for the announcements email list - we send information about different opportunities and programs that may be of interest to you. This is for current students only.

Ready to get started? Go to Plan Your Education Abroad.

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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During your education abroad, please be sure to write a blog, post pictures to Flickr, and join our Education Abroad Facebook Group.

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Develop a Global Focus

South Dakota Mines offers a Global Engineering Minor and a Global Engineering Certificate. See our Minors and Certificates web pages for more details.