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SFA Rusche College of Business offers study-abroad experiences in France, Austria

June 20, 2017 - University Marketing Communications
Stephen F. Austin State University Rusche College of Business student Lawrence Moore studied abroad in Austria during the fall 2016 semester. Moore is one of many SFA business students who has taken advantage of the college's partnership with two business schools in France and Austria.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University's Rusche College of Business offers students the opportunity to study abroad in France and Austria through partnerships with two business schools.

Since 2013, SFA business students have had the opportunity to study at either Groupe Sup De Co La Rochelle in France or MCI Management Center Innsbruck in Austria, which are both business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Lone Wittliff, lecturer in SFA's Department of Management, Marketing and International Business, was instrumental in bringing these partnerships to fruition and continues to work as a liaison in helping SFA students enroll in this exchange program.

"Our students meet others from all over the world and gain cultural understanding and experiences," Wittliff said. "For many of them, this is the highlight of their college experience with memories to last a lifetime."

Since its inception, 21 SFA students have studied abroad with 18 studying in France and three in Austria. SFA also has hosted nine French students.

During this semester long program, SFA students enroll in various courses abroad that count toward their SFA degree plan.

"Students not only learn the essential business skills that will help them advance in their careers, but they also gain cultural experiences that will help them stand out to employers," Wittliff said. "Much of the student body at both schools in Europe is international. This gives our students incredible insights to cultural differences and understandings and provides them with the opportunity to make lasting friendships."

All College of Business students, except accounting majors, are eligible for the program. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have completed various introduction business foundation courses. Students meeting the criteria may be eligible for a $1,200 scholarship from SFA's Office of International Programs.

Those with a 3.0 GPA may receive an additional $1,000 scholarship from the College of Business. Participation in the college's Student Success Passport Program also may provide additional scholarship opportunities. For this program, students pay SFA tuition, and room and board fees are approximately the same or less in France and Austria than in Nacogdoches.

For more information, contact Wittliff at lwittliff@sfasu.edu.