Organizations and Support

International students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology receive support, first and foremost, from the dedicated professionals at the Ivanhoe International Center.  But other programs and organizations are also there for international students, including the Friendship Family Program offered by ISI (International Students Inc).  The international student organizations (see below) at the School of Mines welcome new members each year and offer socializing and activities.  There are a wide range of other student organizations on campus, reflecting a diverse community with many interests.

Friendship Partner Program

The Friendship Family program is a visitation program for international students attending the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. It is not a home-stay or live-in program, but a program of outreach and support. Students and families are matched for a period of up to one academic year. Although the relationship may continue well beyond that year, we hope families will make themselves available to another student at the end of that period. A number of activities are planned for participants during the academic year. We hope that both students and families will take advantage of these opportunities to get acquainted with other families and students, as well as the staff from the international offices at SDSM&T & ISI. We will send announcements to you. Participation by both families and students is appreciated.

For more information on the Friendship Family Program, contact:

Suzi Aadland, Director
or Beth Riley, Assistant Director
Ivanhoe International  Center
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 E. Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
Phone: (605) 394-6884  |  Fax: (605) 394-6683
Heather Fannin
International Students, Inc. (ISI)  
15 Kansas City St.
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
(605) 348-7696 

International Student Organizations

Association of Norwegian Students Abroad

Not currently active - For more information on the National Association of Norwegian Students Abroad, contact Eirik Valseth 

Chinese Student & Scholar Association
President: Lin Kang
Advisor:  Dr. Zhengtao Zhu (Chemistry) | email  

India Club
President: Soham Naik        
Advisor: Dr. Rajesh Shende (Chemical & Biological Eng.) | email  

International Students, Inc. (ISI)
Advisor: Heather Fannin | email

Mongolian Student Association
(Not currently active)

Muslim Student Association
President:  Abdulrahman Alharbi | email                  
Advisor: Nuri Uzunlar (Geology) | email

Contact Us:
Ivanhoe International Center
SD School of Mines & Technology
501 E Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995
Phone: 1.605.394.6884
FAX: 1.605.394.6883