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Undergraduate Admissions
Student Center 213
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Graduate Admissions
Tammy Griffith, Program Assistant
1200 S. Jay St., Box 1153
Academic English Program
Tara Arntsen, Interim Director
1200 S. Jay St., Box 1154
Exchange Program
Stacey Schmidt, International Student Advisor
1200 S. Jay Street, Box 1082

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NSU Academic English Program
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"Before I came to America, I felt very afraid and nervous.  I didn’t know how can I live and survive here because my English language was very bad. But when I arrived and started the Academic English Program everything has changed.

"I have a lot of friends from different countries.  Everyone tries to speak English helping me to practice English more. And the teachers in the Academic English Program are professional. They know how to help me to be good at English. They have many activities to help me study English. It has been very fun.
"I think I was lucky to come here because NSU helped me to start new life in America.  Thank you NSU. Thank you Academic English Program."


Braralee Khattapan (Thailand) 

Welcome to the Academic English Program (IEP) at Northern State University! Learn the English you need to study in America, while in America!
The Academic English Program at NSU is designed to give you the English skills needed for study in an American undergraduate or graduate program.
When you arrive, you will be placed in a level that will best suit your needs.  As your English skills improve, you will be able to advance in level. Once you have completed the advanced level, your English language requirement to enter the university has been achieved!

We offer four levels of academic English language courses:


  • Pre-Beginner Level:  Pre-Beginner Reading, Pre-Beginner Writing, Pre-Beginner Listening and Speaking, Pre-Beginner Grammar


  • Beginner Level: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, Grammar
  • Intermediate Level: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, Grammar
  • Advanced Level: Advanced Reading, Advanced Writing, Advanced Listening and Speaking, Advanced Grammar
Each level has 18 hours of classroom instruction a week, including one hour in a language lab.  Tutoring is also available.
Our courses are taught by experienced and knowledgeable English language experts in small classes to provide ideal teacher-to-student interaction.  Our classes also enjoy trips around beautiful South Dakota.