Getting Started

How to Get Started

The benefits of studying abroad are universal. You will be inspired by the sites your will see, the people you will meet and the experiences you will have. Whether you decide to go for a year, a semester, a summer, or for just a few weeks with one of the School of Mine's short-term programs, you will earn credits toward your degree program. The Ivanhoe International Center can answer all your questions and many of those answers can be found here on the Study Abroad webpages.

Start planning to go abroad now!

First Steps:

  1. Complete the general information form and take it to the Ivanhoe International Center, which will have additional information for you.
    General Information Form  (This form is on the Ivanhoe International Center Mines Link page.  You will need to log into Mines Link to access this form.)
  2. Attend a study abroad session. General sessions are usually held within the first two weeks of each the fall and spring semesters.
  3. Join the study abroad Facebook group at
  4.  Review potential programs (some are below) and general requirements.
    SD Mines students must have a 2.75 GPA to qualify for study abroad.
  5. Talk to your department.
    See our list of Department Contacts
  6. Review a comprehensive checklist for additional information.
    Online Checklist -  - from The Center for Global Education website.
  7. Get your passport early! 
    Passport Information - from website.

School of Mines Programs

SD Mines Faculty-led Programs
Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station (BHNSFS)
(The Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station offers field camps during the summer months in Turkey and India)
Environmental Field Camp (India, BHNSFS)
Geology Field Camp (Turkey, BHNSFS)

Exchange Programs
Technische Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany)
TU Bergakademie International Summer School (taught in English)
Telemark University College (Norway)
University of Flensburg (Germany) - terminated in 2010
Pontiicia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) 
  —  Bachelor Program (taught in English) 
  —  Graduate Programs (taught in English)
Universidad Catolica del Norte (Chile)
Novia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

European Project Semester (EPS)
 Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Oslo University College (Norway)
Fachhoschule Kiel (Germany)
Novia University of Applied Sciences(Finland)

Other Affiliated Programs
Mongolian University of Science and Technology (Mongolia)
Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College (India)

SD Mines Student-led programs/projects

Engineers & Scientists Abroad (ESA)

Other Programs

At South Dakota's public universities:

Black Hills State University
Northern State University
South Dakota State University
University of South Dakota

And other places:
Other Study Abroad Programs
(Programs and program resources provided by other entities)

New Developments
Recent information on scholarships, internships, and other opportunities


. . . with friends, faculty and the Ivanhoe International Center while you study abroad. Write a blog; post pictures to Flickr or just let us know; we'll share your stories and links. Be sure to join our Study Abroad Facebook Group.

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