Located in Brookings, South Dakota State University is home to more than 11,000 students – large enough for those seeking a big-time campus feel, but yet not too big that students don’t feel at home. SDSU is the state’s largest and most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs. Students get a personal, practical education on a vibrant campus with faculty that are engaged – not only in the classroom – but also throughout campus. More than 200 student organizations are available to ensure there is something for everyone. If you want to leave campus for a few hours, downtown Brookings is just a few minutes away. Enjoy unique, independent restaurants, as well as the familiar favorites you know and love, shop at local stores with some Brookings flavor, and take in a movie or two at the local theater. 

Strong fields at South Dakota State University include engineering and agriculture. Students are permitted to enroll in four to five classes per semester which will be 12-15 U.S. credits.


Students who choose to live in a residence hall will be provided with the Premier Meal Plan. This meal plan provides unlimited swipes at the Larson Commons Dining location during the semester as well as some amount in flex dollars that can be spent at any other dining location on campus. These funds are added to the students ID card after arrival.

There are no meals on campus during vacation periods.  However, several food vendors in the community accept flex dollars on the student ID cards as payment for food.

*Calendar Year students are not eligible for ISEP housing or meal benefits over the summer break

Course Description

Click on this link to view the Classes at South Dakota State University  Next choose Browse classes, select South Dakota State University and the semester to see what is being offered.  Students may also view the complete course catalog. Note that not every course in the catalog will be offered each semester.  

Having difficulty finding course information? Contact your ISEP Student Advisor whose contact information can be found in your ISEP Dashboard. 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Jacki D'Amico 703-504-9977 | JDAmico@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture: Recommended!

    Agricultural Business Operations Agricultural Economics Agricultural Mechanization Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Agronomy and Crop Science Animal Husbandry Animal Sciences Equine Studies Farm and Ranch Management Horticulture Operations Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Range Science and Management Soil Sciences

  • Architecture

    Landscape Architecture

  • Area Studies:

    European Studies French Studies German Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Native American Studies United States Studies Western European Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology: Recommended!

    Anatomy Animal Physiology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Biometry/Biometrics Biophysics Botany/Plant Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Endocrinology Entomology Genetics Microbiology and Immunology Parasitology Physiology Plant Physiology Toxicology Wildlife Biology Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics Construction Management Economics Entrepreneurship Fashion Merchandising Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Labor and Industrial Relations Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies Organizational Leadership

  • Communication:

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Intercultural Communication Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Photojournalism Public Relations Radio and Television Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Computer and IT Support Services Computer Applications Programming Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Informatics Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation

  • Construction Trades:

    Aviation Management and Operations Aviation Science and Technology Building Construction Technology Construction Site Management Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

  • Education:

    Adult and Continuing Education Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education Educational Leadership and Administration Educational/Instructional Technology Elementary Education Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Secondary Education Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Agricultural Engineering Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering Geological/Geophysical Engineering Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology Industrial Engineering Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical Engineering Metallurgical Engineering Surveying Engineering Water Resources Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature Professional/Technical Writing Rhetoric and Composition Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences: Recommended!

    Athletic Training Dietetics Gerontology Health and Wellness Nutrition Sciences Pathology Veterinary Sciences

  • History:

    American History (United States) European History

  • Hospitality and Tourism:

    Event Planning Hospitality Management

  • Human Services

    Social Work

  • International/Global Studies:

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Law/Criminal Justice


  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation:

    Environmental Science Sustainability Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Biblical Studies Christian Studies Ethics Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Astronomy Astrophysics Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Hydrology and Water Resources Science Physics Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

  • Psychology:

    Behavioral Sciences Biopsychology Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Developmental and Child Psychology Forensic Psychology Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Family and Consumer Sciences Geography Human Development and Family Studies Political Science and Government Sociology Work and Family Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts: Recommended!

    Acting Apparel and Textiles Art History Art Studies Ceramics Cinematography and Film Production Dance Design and Visual Communications Directing and Theatrical Production Drama and Theatre Arts Drawing Fashion/Apparel Design Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts Film Studies Game and Interactive Media Design Graphic Design Industrial and Product Design Interior Design Jazz Studies Music Pedagogy Music Performance Music Theory and Composition Painting Photography Playwriting and Screenwriting Printmaking Sculpture Studio Arts Technical Theatre Design and Technology Voice and Opera

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 61
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 500
  • IELTS Score: 5.5
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

The following program areas are not available to ISEP students due to their high discipline fees and academic preparation requirements: Architecture, Nursing, and Pharmacy. 

Registration in classes is not guaranteed as students must meet prerequisites. SDSU will do its best to obtain departmental permission for a class in which the student is interested. However, students must be flexible with class options and will work with an advisor (assigned after arrival on campus) to choose classes as they may change year to year and semester to semester. 

Lab Fees: All classes that require a lab must be paid for by the student. This could include classes in landscape architecture, visual arts, dairy sciences and more. Please check for updated course fees to anticipate potential costs.

Classes classified as online or off-campus tuition (this includes English as a Second Language courses) are not included in ISEP benefits. However, students may be able to take the class if willing to pay the tuition and fees associated with this type of class. Most students choose other classes. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA: All non-U.S. citizens will be required to obtain a visa. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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