Preparing for Travel

Now that you have been accepted into an international study program, it's time to plan your travels. Make sure you have all the right information by using our resource links for useful information.

  1. Have you started the mandatory checklist?
    The Ivanhoe International Center requires you to fill out either the Long Term Program Checklist (longer than two months) or the Short Term Program Checklist (less than two months) depending on your study program.

  2. Have you reviewed and completed an Academic Credit form?
    The Academic Credit Form allows you to choose several options for credit as some courses may not be available when you arrive. Find course descriptions and, if possible, syllabi for the courses you wish to take. Copy and paste web site links into a word processing document with this information.

  3. Have you made arrangements for health insurance enrollment?
    Health insurance (MinesLink login) is required for study abroad. Please make arrangements with the Ivanhoe International Center for enrollment. The insurance portal is a great resource for you as you prepare to study abroad and while you are in your program.
    Insurance Portal - South Dakota Board of Regents policy number is 18 GLM N01060946. Please include spaces.

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Academic Differences

Academic systems in other countries can be quite different than in the US. Are you prepared?

In the US, student progress in a course is assessed (graded) on a regular basis through homework assignments, pop quizzes, research papers, attendance, class participation, and multiple tests, etc. over the course of the term. The student is assigned a final grade for the course based on a combination of these items, which is specified in the course syllabus. Individual grades are usually retrieved through some electronic means and are generally kept private.

In most European universities, class attendance is expected, but not always mandatory. You may be graded on only one or two items. There is usually a final exam that is comprehensive and possibly a research paper. The student is responsible for learning the material, which requires a great deal of self-discipline. Tests are short answer essay and essay. Multiple choice tests are uncommon. Grading scales will most likely be quite different than in the US as well. Grades may be posted publicly on a wall in the department.

Due to the grading differences, grades for the courses the student takes are usually not entered on the SD Mines transcript. The courses appear as transfer credit with Pass/Fail, rather than the regular grading scale.  

Cultural differences and preparation to go abroad

Learn more through the online Global Scholar program. Contact the Ivanhoe International Center at to get registered

Emergency Contacts

CISI: Cultural Insurance Services International 
SD Mines Emergency 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

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about Study Abroad contacting the Ivanhoe International Center (located lower Surbeck Center)


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