Acronyms and Abbreviations

Acronyms are words formed from the initial letters or parts of a title or phrase. Abbreviations are a shortened form of a word or phrase used chiefly in writing. We often use the acronyms and abbreviations and feel it would be useful to you to have a list of them for future reference.

SDSM&T: South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

SEVP: Student & Exchange Visitor Program

SEVIS: Student & Exchange Information System (the electronic tracking program for international students and exchange visitors)

DSO: Designated School Official for SEVIS F-1 program

PDSO: Primary Designated School Official for SEVIS F-1 program

RO: Responsible Officer for SEVIS J-1 program

ARO: Alternate Responsible Officer for SEVIS J-1 program

USCIS: United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (formerly known as the INS)

ICE: Immigration & Customs Enforcement

CBP: Customs and Border Protection

INS: US Immigration & Naturalization Service (no longer used officially, but still used in casual manner)

NAFSA: National Association for Foreign Student Advisors; also known as NAFSA: Association of International Educators

ESL: English as a Second Language

IIC: Ivanhoe International Center

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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