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South Dakota State University

A Home Away from Home—Ranked America’s
Safest and Most Affordable College

As one of the top research universities in the Midwest and the largest university in the state, South Dakota State University (SDSU) offers some of the region’s top programs in engineering, dairy science, agriculture, and nursing—all the while weaving in community service and cultural components to educate well-rounded, global citizens.

Intensive English Language and Cultural Studies

The university’s Intensive ESL program focuses on cultural exchange while preparing students for undergraduate or graduate study at SDSU. Students who successfully complete the program can receive undergraduate admission into the university without having to take the IELTS or TOEFL exams.



Glendy Hoang, MA

ESL Instructor

Cultural excursions and student exchange are other important aspects of the curriculum. Community events, service learning, and trips within the region foster global citizenship and broader understanding. “Most of our students are very energized by these experiences and become culturally awakened to the things that are happening in the US. It is a very integral part of our program and which sets us apart from other similar programs in the US,” remarked Director of ESL Program, Nathan Ziegler, Ph.D.

English Language and Culture Institute students receive full access to all student programs, including health and wellness centers, athletic events, clubs, and organizations. The campus itself continues to expand with the completion of new facilities — from new dorms and classrooms to a revitalized football stadium.

Top Ranked for Safety and Affordability

South Dakota State University was named the #1 nationally ranked affordable school based on tuition and fees by U.S. World & News Report in 2016. The college prides itself on offering a quality education at an affordable price, and costs are significantly lower than in other universities in the US. The beautiful Brookings, South Dakota campus was also named the safest in the country by Safewise in 2015.

Educating Global Citizens

Concluded Dr. Ziegler, “Our mission statement really focuses on building global citizens and giving them multi-cultural competency. We want them to understand and appreciate diversity and to be a part of providing that value to our community.”


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