Organizations and Support

International students at South Dakota Mines receive support, first and foremost, from the dedicated professionals at the Ivanhoe International Center. But other programs and organizations are also there for international students, including the Friendship Family Program offered by ISI (International Students Inc). The international student organizations (see below) at South Dakota Mines welcome new members each year and offer socializing and activities. There are a wide range of other student organizations on campus, reflecting a diverse community with many interests.

Friendship Partner Program

The Friendship Family program is a visitation program for international students attending South Dakota Mines. It is not a home-stay or live-in program, but a program of outreach and support. Students and families are matched for a period of up to one academic year. Although the relationship may continue well beyond that year, we hope families will make themselves available to another student at the end of that period. A number of activities are planned for participants during the academic year. We hope that both students and families will take advantage of these opportunities to get acquainted with other families and students, as well as the staff from the international offices at Mines & ISI. We will send announcements to you. Participation by both families and students is appreciated.

For more information on the Friendship Family Program, contact:

Suzi Aadland, Director
or Beth Riley, Assistant Director
Ivanhoe International  Center
Heather Fannin
International Students, Inc. (ISI) 

International/Multicultural Student Organizations

For more information on these groups, please contact the Ivanhoe International Center: 

Association of Norwegian Students Abroad - Not currently active  

Chinese Student & Scholar Association

India Club -

International Students, Inc. (ISI) - 

Mongolian Student Association - Not currently active

Muslim Student Association -

Rapid City Islamic Center / Mosque ( –

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) -

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)  -

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)  -

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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