International Students

Welcome to O’Gorman’s International Program!

O’Gorman High School is recognized as a three-time National Blue Ribbon School for its high levels of student achievement. At O’G, you will have an outstanding American high school experience while achieving academic excellence, becoming part of a faith-filled community, and getting involved in athletics and the arts. Read below to find out why you belong in blue.

O’Gorman High School is SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System) approved. 

To apply for the 2019-2020 school year, you will need the following:

  • Official school transcript
  • Administrator’s letter of recommendation
  • Teacher’s letter of recommendation
  • English proficiency test scores (can be sent directly to the school)
  • Financial statements
  • Click on the button below to apply

Coordinator of International Students, Caitlin Hamstra is looking forward to helping you find your place at O’G. To get started, just contact her.

Coordinator of International Students



O’Gorman High School is a four-year Catholic high school comprised of approximately 800 students. OGHS is proud to have been named a “National Blue Ribbon School” by the United States Department of Education three times: in 1985, 2005 and in 2014. OGHS has also been named a top 50 Catholic Education Honor Roll-School of Excellence for 8 consecutive years.

Our professional and dedicated staff and faculty – along with outstanding parental support – help our students reach their potential in a safe, positive and faith-filled environment. OGHS has a comprehensive instructional program including many advanced placement/college courses, which serve as dual credit options for the vast majority of students who are college bound, as well as a developed foundations curriculum designed to broaden instruction to reach differentiated learners. Students can earn up to 57 college credits through our dual credit program. Ninety-eight percent of our graduates go on to post-secondary education.

Coming to a high school in a foreign country can be a daunting experience for any teenager. To ease the transition, OGHS provides programs designed especially for international students.

New students orientation in August. This program introduces the students to the school and its policies, enables them to see and make schedule adjustments meet teachers and other students, prior to the actual start of classes. Orientation also provides a time for international students to meet their peers, get acquainted with their new school, and ask questions of faculty and staff.

During the fall semester all international students will be enrolled in the course “US Language and Culture” designed to further acclimate international students to the culture and climate of OGHS. We also provide opportunities for international students to make a smoother transition to our high school through our International Club. This organization offers social opportunities outside of the classroom.

Studying in the United States: Click HERE for more helpful information!



  • Sioux Falls offers a wide variety of attractions and entertainment all year round! Here are a few highlights!
  • Falls Park: the city’s namesake is a triple-cascading waterfall located in the heart of the city. Nightly light shows, walking and biking trails, with restaurants and shopping close by.
  • The Washington Pavilion: Kirby Science Center: Visual Arts Museum: Experience Science, Theater, and Art all in one incredible location.
  • The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History.
  • Historic Downtown Sioux Falls has many unique restaurants, shops, museums and galleries including Sculpture Walk, an exciting exhibit of sculptures from around the world.
  • The Outdoor Campus features South Dakota exhibits, classes and walking trails and on the same campus.
  • Explore the Sertoma Butterfly House and Purdy Marine Cove.
  • Sioux Falls has 20 plus miles of biking and walking trails along the Big Sioux River.
  • Try Ultimate Frisbee or Frisbee golf.
  • Sioux Falls has many public swimming pools, tennis courts and affordable golf courses.
  • Go fishing.
  • Canoeing and Kayaking on the Big Sioux River and nearby lakes.
  • There’s a Go-Kart park, a trampoline park, skateboard parks and video gaming venues.
  • Downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snow shoeing and ice skating in the winter.
  • Rock climbing at nearby Palisades State Park.
  • Play recreational soccer or softball or attend a game of professional basketball or hockey.
  • Experience Pheasant hunting season in the fall.
  • There are movie theaters, bowling alleys and shopping malls too!


Sioux Falls, South Dakota is located in the “Heart of America”, bordering Iowa and Minnesota. Sioux Falls is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. Sioux Falls is conveniently located at the junction of Interstates 90 and 29 on the banks of the Big Sioux River. It is 2 ½ hours from Omaha, Nebraska; 4 hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; and 5 hours from Des Moines, Iowa.


  • Population: 156,300
  • Metro Population: 228,261
  • Area: 73.66 square miles
  • Altitude: 1,422 feet above sea level
  • Latitude: 43° 32’ 50” • Longitude: 96° 43’ 48”


  • Summer: High: 84°F/Low: 62°F
  • Fall: High: 60°F/Low: 36°F
  • Winter: High: 29°F/Low: 10°F
  • Spring: High: 59°F/Low: 34°F

Sioux Falls Cost of Living: Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Sioux Falls, SD is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Sioux Falls, SD is more expensive.

Overall, Sioux Falls, SD cost of living is 99.80.