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International Student Services and Global Studies

Thank you for visiting the SMSU International Student Services & Global Studies site today! Warm Minnesota Greetings from the International Students Services & Global Studies!

Coronavirus CoVid-19 Announcements

During this unprecedented time, we wanted to keep you updated about everything concerning campus - for all Covid-19 related SMSU announcements, please consult the SMSU Covid-19 site.

Adjusted Office Hours

We will be maintaining our office hours but they will be non-contact. We are open for Phonecalls, Emails, and Pickup/dropoffs only.

Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

No In-Person Advising is available at this time. Virtual advising times are Tuesday-Wednesday- Thursday from 12noon-4:00pm. Available by appointment (Phone, email, skype)

As always you may call 507-237-6018 or email for assistance.

It may be cold during certain seasons here in Minnesota, but you will always be greeted by open arms and warm smiles when you stop by the International Student Services & Global Studies. Our office is the primary contact for our international students from the time you apply until the time you graduate. We look forward to assisting you while you attend Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU)!  Although we understand that the United States will never be considered "home" to you, we will do our best to make Southwest your "home-away-from-home."

As you attend SMSU we will do what we can to help you adjust to the culture and encourage you as you strive to accomplish your academic and career goals.  Furthermore, we will support you as you encounter the United States' immigration laws and regulations that are, more often than not, complicated and unclear. 

Not only is our office is here to assist you whenever we can, we also host many university events throughout the year. Be sure to get involved with our International Student Organization! It is a great place to make friends and enjoy lively conversation.



 Southwest Minnesota State University has been named the 2020 “Safest College Campus in Minnesota” by


in the U.S. for Best Value for Students from Taiwan. College Factual analyzed 363 colleges and universities for this category In February 2020 from


SMSU was listed at number 7 in U.S. schools with the lowest international student costs from U.S.News & World Report on January 15, 2020.


SMSU was listed at number 10 in Best Value for Students from Nigeria, out of 464 higher education institutions analyzed for this category In February 2020 from

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