Current International Students Resources

Many resources are available for current international students. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us, at the numbers below.

Study Resources on Campus

Health Insurance

Mandatory Health Insurance

Health, Major Medical and Life

All International students and dependents are required to enroll in the Major Medical Hospitalization/Surgical Insurance Plan approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents (BOR). No outside insurance policies will be accepted as substitutes for the BOR policy. The only exception to this rule is if you are covered by your government's insurance. Documentation of this is necessary. If any of your dependents are with you here in the United States, it is required that you purchase insurance coverage for them also. Again, the only acceptable policy for you and your dependents is the BOR policy. Questions about health insurance should be directed to the Ivanhoe International Center.

Medical costs in the U.S. are very high; any hospitalization or surgery or major medical problem could lead to the curtailment of your study and stay in the U.S. Contact the Ivanhoe International Center for more information

Health Insurance Plan approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents:
Health Plan

Health Insurance enrollment form for SDSM&T:
Enrollment Form

South Dakota Board of Regents Policy on Health Insurance:

Driver's License Information

The documentation required to obtain a South Dakota driver’s license changed on 12/31/09. Please note that you will need to take the following documents with you when you go to apply for a driver’s license or renew the old one.

Proof of Identity

  1. Unexpired foreign passport w/US visa and approved I-94 form (white card in passport) documenting the applicant’s most recent admittance to the United States.
  2. Unexpired SEVIS I-20 for a student in F-1 status or SEVIS DS-2019 for a student in J-1 status.
  3. If your name has a different spelling or order on your documents, please provide an explanation to the driver’s license examiner.

Date of Birth – please note that in the US we use Month/Day/Year, or MM/DD/YYYY.  These numbers need to match on all documents.

Proof of Social Security Number (SSN) or proof of ineligibility for a SSN.

  1. If you have a SSN, please take the card with you or a recent pay stub.
  2. If you do not have the SSN, you will need a letter from the International Student Advisor stating that you are not eligible for the SSN.

Documents demonstrating principal place of residence.

  1. Items listed on the SD web page include the following: utility bill, credit card statement, pay stub, rent receipt, phone bill, transcript, bank statement, renter’s insurance policy.
  2. School payment receipt with local address
  3. Bank account info or letter from bank with principal place of residence
  4. If you are new to campus and the area, you may need a letter from the International Student Advisor that includes your address.

Evidence of lawful status in the US.  (This information is the same as in item #1.)

  1. Unexpired foreign passport w/US visa and approved I-94 form documenting the applicant’s most recent admittance to the United States.
  2.  Unexpired SEVIS I-20 for a student in F-1 status or SEVIS DS-2019 for a student in J-1 status.

NOTE:  The visa in the passport may be expired, but the I-94 should have a notation of “D/S”, which means “Duration of Status”.  As long as the student is maintaining his or her F-1 or J-1 student status and the I-20 or DS-2019 is valid, the student is lawfully present in the United States. 

Dependents of F-1 or J-1 students would have derivative status of F-2 or J-2 and also have lawful status in the US.  The same guidelines apply to F-2 and J-2 dependents.

If you get a Social Security number in the future, please take it to the Driver’s License exam station, along with your driver’s license, so they can update your records.

Career Center



Organizations and Support

Student Support  (including Pastorial Counseling and Care, Counseling, Disability Services)

Information Technology Services (ITS) - especially helpful with Tablet PC issues and questions

Social Security Numbers

Social Security Numbers - information applies to the Rapid City, South Dakota Social Security office.

Most international students at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology apply for a Social Security Number within their first semester at SDSM&T. In order to apply for a number at the local Social Security office, you must be in valid F-1 or J-1 status and you must have an on campus job or job offer.

When you go to apply for a Social Security number, you must take the following items: 

  • Application form (available at:
  • I-20 form (for F-1 students) or IAP-66 form (for J-1 students)
  • Passport
  • I-94 card (stapled inside your passport)
  • Job or job offer letter on department letterhead
  • Letter from designated school official (DSO, at the Ivanhoe International Center)

The Social Security office is located at 605 Main Street, Suite 201. You will go down a hallway to an elevator, which will take you to the second floor. Upon entering the Social Security office, take a number!! You must have a number, or you will not be helped.

Once you have filed the application properly, it will take 2-4 weeks to receive your Social Security card. When you receive it, please bring it to the Ivanhoe International Center. We will make a copy of it for our records, and we will change your identification number in the main computer system. You should use your Social Security number as your ID number from this point on.

Make sure you always keep your Social Security card in a safe place. The number you receive now is the number you will have for the rest of your life.

Income Tax Requirements

ALL international students must file an income tax return, even if the student does not have any income!!!!

The type of form you file and the deadline is based on whether or not you had any income. If you had any income at all, the filing deadline is April 15. If you did not have any income at all, then the filing deadline is June 15.

This page provides links to general information for income tax requirements for F-1 students:

      Internal Revenue Service
     International Student Taxes (This is a fee-based site.)

      Helpful links at other universities:
      University of Texas at Austin

Free tax assistance is also offered on campus, beginning in mid to late February. 

ESL Web Resources

ESL Web Resources

These resources should be used in conjunction with a traditional ESL program. The resources listed here are supplemental and are not intended to replace vital classroom instruction.

Forvo - "All the words in the world. Pronounced"

Howjsay - English pronouncing dictionary with instant sound

Suggestions from National American University:  - Dave's ESL Café - includes idioms, vocabulary, quizzes, chat rooms, etc. - Interesting Things for ESL students - includes games, puzzles, quizzes, vocabulary, reading, and pronunciation - minimal pairs, songs, etc. - Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab; listening practice for students, improving comprehension skills through practice, self-grading Links to ESL web sites, Idioms/Slang section - good grammar resources and quizzes.

From the University of South Dakota's ESL page:

For more Information Contact:
Ivanhoe International Center
501 East Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
Telephone: (605) 394-6884
Fax: (605) 394-6883