Cultural Events

In order of dates from fall to spring semester.

Cultural Etiquette Dinner (mid-October)

Increasingly science and engineering students go on to careers where they work in many places around the world, and on global teams with diverse membership. The Cultural Etiquette dinner helps students understand the standards of behavior in business or social settings with people from other cultures. What do you eat and drink? What is appropriate table conversation? When do you give a gift, and what do you give?  These are just some of the issues addressed. For more information, contact us at 

International Education Week (mid-November before Diwali)

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. We have some interesting events during this week leading up to Diwali! Learn more at the International Education Week webpage.

Diwali - Festival of Lights (mid-November)

Every year in November the India Club at South Dakota Mines puts on a special celebration for Diwali, the Festival of Lights.  Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India for those of the Hindu faith.  Here, the campus community, as well as many in Rapid City, come to the Diwali celebration for the music, food, dancing, exotic costumes and fireworks. Please see the campus calendar for actual dates and more information on the event.  

Diwali 2024 is planned for November 23 beginning at 5 pm

Learn more at the Diwali webpage

Cultural Expo (late March/early April)

International students from the South Dakota Mines and a variety of community groups celebrate their cultural diversity with food, entertainment and displays.  Learn more at the Cultural Expo webpage.

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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