Support and Special Programs
Augustana welcomes international students! View the International Student Handbook for a complete list of programs and services, as well as helpful academic, cultural, and community information. Some of the most important services for new students are also outlined below.
Free Airport Pick-up: Augustana provides free airport pick-up for all new international students. As soon as you book your flights, please contact the International Programs Office (IPO) with your arrival details. We will arrange for a staff member or ACE Ambassador to pick you up at the airport in Sioux Falls (FSD).
Orientation Program: New students enrolling for Fall 2013 should plan to arrive in Sioux Falls on August 25, 26, or 27, 2013. International Student Orientation is held from Wednesday, Aug. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Attendance at International Student Orientation is mandatory for new international students. Fall 2013 Semester classes begin on Thursday, Sept. 5. The last day of final exams for fall semester is Thursday, Dec. 19.
During orientation, the IPO will help you obtain your Augustana Student ID card, set up a bank account, help you get connected technologically, and provide emergency contact information and instructions. You will learn more about intramural sports teams, the Friendship Family program, the ACE program, and how to get involved with the many activities and events happening on campus and in the Sioux Falls community. We will also provide you with information and tips for the cultural adjustment process, making friends with American students, and a lesson on the philosophies and concepts that form the foundation of the American educational system and at Augustana as well.
A number of FUN activities are also included in orientation at Augustana. We will attend our first home American football game, have a group picnic at scenic Falls Park with campus leaders, a campus photo scavenger hunt, and much more. By the end of orientation, you will meet LOTS of students and staff. Our talented ACE Ambassadors play an integral role during orientation, ensuring that new students adjust well, make friends, and start to get settled into their lives at Augustana College.
Employment and Internship Advising: The IPO is pleased to offer assistance to international students seeking employment or internships. Augustana is fortunate to be located in Sioux Falls, a city that enjoys a dynamic local economy and an unemployment rate among the lowest in the United States, making it comparatively easy for students to find jobs. Generally speaking, most international students are only permitted to work on campus during their first year of study. Most international students may be approved to work off-campus during their second, third, and fourth years of study as long as the job is related to their field of study. The IPO provides assistance with the SEVIS immigration paperwork related to employment for international studetns as well as help with social security number applications once a student has secured a job offer.
Immigration and Visa Advising: The IPO provides assistance to prospective and current students with the visa application process and general immigration questions. For more complicated immigration issues, the IPO can recommed immigration attorneys specializing in work with students.
Friendship Family Program: Augustana offers a Friendship Family Program for international students. Being a part of a local family can introduce you to American culture, activities, and family life away from campus. Please visit our Friendship Family page for more information. If you are interested in joining the program, please fill out a Friendship Family Student Application. International students live in campus housing, not with the friendship families.
Augustana Cultural Exchange (ACE) Program: The ACE program is an exciting opportunity for new international students to learn about the culture of Augustana College and the United States. Every new international student will be placed in a small group with other new international students. This group is led by 2-3 second, third, or fourth-year Augustana students. These upperclassmen act as Ambassadors for new internationl students by helping to facilitate meaningful, intercultural relationships. Ambassadors play a mentor role to new international students; providing guidance, advice, and assistance adapting to American culture and studies at Augustana College.
International Education Week: International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education. It aims to highlight the growing importance of international education and exchange from both inbound (international students in the U.S.) and outbound (study abroad) perspectives. Augustana celebrates International Education Week each year in November with many fun international and intercultural events and activities for all students. Augustana’s International Programs Office (IPO) and the Augustana International Club (AIC) invite you to participate!
Writing Center: Augustana offers free Writing Center with nationally certified peer tutors/consultants. The tutors are available to help you understand your writing assignment, organize your ideas and provide strategies for editing. Each semeseter a variety of workshops are offered to help with the writing process as well.
Departmental Tutors: Many academic departments offer free tutors for Augustana students. View the tutoring schedule for each department.
Academic Advising: Each international student is assigned a faculty academic advisor in his or her major. Faculty advisors help students make sure they are taking the appropriate classes to complete their major and other academic requirements at Augustana in a timely fashion. Students who are undecided are also assigned a general faculty advisor until they have chosen a major. IPO staff serve as a secondary academic advisors for international students as well.
Rendezvous Program: Each Friday, students gather in the Back Alley to listen to a fellow student/s presention on their cultural experiences. These speakers are current international students and returning study abroad students. The presentations educate Augustana students and faculty members on their country of origin or recent study abroad experience. View the current Rendezvous schedule.
Excursions: In addition to montly local activities, the IPO plans several excursions for international students outside of Sioux Falls each year. Annual excursions include a trip to the Mt. Rushmore, the Black Hills, Badlands National Park, and Crazy Horse, the Mall of America, the Omaha Zoo and Old Market area, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.
Concerts and Entertainment: The Augustana Union Board of Governors (UBG) programs entertainment events at Augustana. Its purpose is to provide an organized, efficient, and effective program of social, cultural, and developmental activities for the Augustana student body. Activities include films, dances, acoustic nights, Battle of the Bands, comedians, authors, world issues, symphony nights and Big Events concerts. Past performers include Sara Bareilles, Wide Spread Panic, Philip Philips and Macklemore and Lewis.
World Famous Speakers: Through the Boe Forum on Public Affairs, the Center for Western Studies has hosted many of the world’s most influential leaders, including: Gen. Colin Powell (1995), President George H. W. Bush (1995), President of the former Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev (1996), Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1999), Jordan's Queen Noor (2001), Vice President Al Gore (2007), Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox (2007), President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf (2009), former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (2010), and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson (2011).