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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

International Admissions

More than 150 students come from over 27 countries and bring their experiences, talents, and individual perspectives to create a rich, diverse community at DSU, both in and out of the classroom.

International studies at DSU

We’re Midwest-friendly in Madison, meaning you’ll be welcomed with open arms to a community committed to your success. Get the personal attention of a small university with the amenities and opportunities of a large one.

We value diversity and recognize that internationalism can be defined in a number of different ways. For the purpose of admission and financial aid, we refer to international students as those who do not have US citizenship, permanent residency, or DACA status.

International student athlete Josh Snook shares how he went from England to South Dakota and what he enjoys about DSU.

International student athlete Josh Snook shares how he went from England to South Dakota and what he enjoys about DSU.

International information session for DSU

Interested in attending DSU as an international student? Watch the above video and learn about Dakota State! This video discusses our academics, majors, admission requirements, scholarships, and more.

Education opportunities

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International undergraduate admissions

For international applicants seeking an undergraduate degree, or bachelor’s degree, who have completed secondary school in their home country by the time classes start.

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International graduate admissions

For international applicants who already hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree from an accredited international institution.

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International transfer admissions

For any international applicant who has ever taken post-secondary/college-level courses or been enrolled in a post-secondary (higher education) institution.

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“The people around Madison are ... nice, warm, and welcoming. As an international student that was one of the biggest concerns I had coming to a different country. People are really nice here, supportive.”

Suraj Mahat, Nepal, MS in Information Systems

Life in South Dakota

Madison is a small, safe community between two lakes, located about 50 minutes from Sioux Falls (South Dakota's largest city). The community has a population of 7,300 people — small enough to maintain its unique Midwestern charm and large enough to provide the conveniences of a larger US city.

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We experience all four seasons at DSU. It’s a humid, continental climate in Madison, meaning the summers are hot and humid, while the winters are cold and dry. On average, you can expect the following temperatures each year:

  • Summer (June-August): Average temperatures of about 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit (26-32 degrees Celsius)
  • Winter (December-February): Average temperatures of 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit (-6-0 degrees Celsius).

If you want to build a snowman, you've picked the right place! About 40 inches of snow falls on campus over the winter season. 


Longevity 2024

Longevity Milestones

Dakota State University recognized employees for their dedication and commitment at the annual Longevity Reception on April 16.

Student Awards

Honored Students

Every year, we are able to celebrate the achievements of our students, those who have worked especially hard to excel and contribute to their own future as well as to the lives and progress of those around them.

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DSU to offer advanced AI degrees

Dakota State University is elevating its emerging technology offerings with advanced degrees in Artificial Intelligence. Master’s programs will begin in fall 2024.

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International Student Services
For questions about the international student program or the VISA process.
(605) 256-5267
Outside of the USA: 001-605-256-5267

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International Viewbook

Read our viewbook for more information about what Dakota State University has to offer!

International Viewbook