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College Life | Undergraduate | Study Abroad

Jump-Start Your College Career Abroad

Looking to jump-start your college career at South Dakota State University before the start of your freshman year? Want to travel and learn about significant sites in different countries around the world? If so, Jacks Start Abroad is perfect for you!

Jacks Start Abroad gives incoming freshmen the opportunity to be introduced to academic life at SDSU before traveling to international locations to study  global topics and issues.

What to Expect with Jacks Start Abroad

The program kicks off with two orientation days on SDSU’s campus that will educate and prepare students for their travels.

SDSU will offer at least two Jacks Start Abroad programs in 2021, with final information available for interested students by April 2021. One of the planned excursions takes place in Germany and France with a learning emphasis on the European Union and the politics of migration while visiting many museums and castles.

The second current option includes journeys around the Republic of Ireland and its capital city of Dublin while learning about Gaelic Ireland and the arrival of the English.

These Jacks Start Abroad programs will take place in August.

Benefits of Jacks Start Abroad

Participation in these programs will help SDSU students by:

  • Creating opportunities for student achievement with a new language learning/practice and other problem-solving tasks abroad;
  • Initiating students’ global awareness and curiosity including interests in continuing to pursue education abroad opportunities (study, internship, volunteer) and/or real-world problems;
  • Encouraging and supporting students’ interests and abilities to interact with people different than themselves;
  • Starting down a successful path towards a four-year graduation plan with a track record of higher retention for program participants;
  • Providing deep preparation for going abroad with Zoom preparation and online platforms; and
  • Making connections and creating a community with fellow SDSU freshmen.

Requirements to Join

In order to register, you must be a recent high school graduate accepted into SDSU with plans to attend for the first time in the fall. Also, discuss the opportunity with your academic advisor.

If this experience sounds like something you’re interested in, click here for more information or contact Briana Litz, education abroad adviser, at 605-688-5288 or Briana.Litz@sdstate.edu for more information.