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On Campus:28%
  • Fall 8/24-12/16
  • Spring 1/11-5/6

Tuition & Payments
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

Additional Information
Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
2%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
1%Two or more races

Campus Links
Home Page
Outgoing Students
Incoming Students

NSE Links
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
Find Your NSE Office

The University of South Dakota is the flagship university for the state of South Dakota, combining a liberal arts tradition with the opportunities of a large research university. USD hosts the state's only law school, medical school, college of fine arts, and AACSB accredited business school. The student-to-faculty ratio remains very low at just 15:1, while offering more than 130 undergraduate major and minor options. Throughout its history, USD has produced 13 Rhodes Scholars and 9 Truman Scholars.

The University of South Dakota Coyotes recently moved to NCAA Division I sports, and the campus boasts several recently constructed resources including the student center, business school, wellness center, Coyote Village residence hall, and Academic Commons. USD is also home to the extensive collection of instruments at the National Music Museum which draws scholars from around the world. Undergraduate research and service opportunities are also bountiful.

Campus Location - Vermillion, South Dakota is located along the Missouri River in southeast South Dakota. Driving time to Sioux Falls, SD - 1hr., Sioux City, IA - 45 min., Omaha, NE - 2hr., Minneapolis, MN - 4hrs. With close proximity to larger cities, it offers friendly, small-town living and access to lots of recreation, including the Missouri river. South Dakota is also home to Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, the Black Hills and many other sites of historical and cultural interest.

Helpful Information - While Vermillion and USD are very walkable, students are encouraged to have their own transportation for easier access to nearby cities, shopping and recreation opportunities.

Closed Programs
Dental hygiene and nursing.

OT/PT, College of Fine Arts

Notable Academic Programs

  • Journalism - Famous Alumni of the USD Media and Journalism Department include Al Neuharth, creator of USD Today and Tom Brokaw, author and NBC Nightly News anchor. The department send students around the world for internships and has a strong reputation for graduating students who work at a national-level.
  • Music - USD is home to the National Music Museum and offers opportunities for studies in musical history, performance and education. USD ensembles have won several national awards.
  • Psychology - In addition to addiction studies, counseling and other psychology fields, USD is home to the Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI), one of the leading agencies in the field of disaster psychology. Many faculty actively respond to natural and man-made disasters the world over and specialized classes and a minor in these issues is available.

Unique Academic Programs

  • American Indian Studies - Students can study Lakota culture, language and governance, as well as broader Native American policy and history.
  • Lakota - Lakota Sioux language, culture and governance.

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology

Area Studies: International Studies, Latin American Studies, Native American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Theater Art

Athletics: Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Physical Education, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Electronic Media Production and Management, Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Mass Communication, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Visual Communication Technology

Computer Science: System Administration

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice

Earth Sciences: Earth Science

Economics: Economics

Education: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Curriculum/ Instruction Supervision, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, French, Kindergarten Education, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education, Theatre Education

English: English

Environmental Studies: Ecology, Sustainability Studies

Foreign Language: French, German, Spanish

General Studies: Classical Studies, Individualized Degree Program, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies

Health and Safety Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Disorders, Health Science, Health Services Administration, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Kinesiology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Substance Abuse/Addictions

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science

International Studies: International Studies

Mathematics: Mathematics

Military Sciences: Military Sciences

Performing Arts: Acting, Design/Technical, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theater, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Education

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Psychology: Chemical Dependency/Addiction Studies, Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Theater: Performance and Directing

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550 paper, 213 computer or 79 Internet
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 7/30/2015.
  • Estimated cost: $4,228.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan A: 18
  • Plan B: 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 7/30/2015.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit: $100 Year Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee: $138 Year Plan A & B Optional
International Student Fee: $100 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: The international student fee applies only to students on an F-1 visa.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003474

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
  • Figures are current as of 7/30/2015.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Double: $1,963
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $600
  • Proximity to campus: 1 mile
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1454.50 declining balance plan.
  • $1651.85 per semester for 17 meals per week.
  • $1330.60 per semester for 10 meals per week.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.