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International Students

A home away from home

If you’re thinking about earning a degree in the United States, SFA is a great place to explore, learn and grow while you pursue your goals. 

Not only will you find engaging classes and outstanding faculty here, you’ll have opportunities to explore other cultures, make lifelong friends and take part in the fun of university life. And while you’re at it, you’ll be a valued part of our warm, friendly community.

More than 125 international students from 40 countries currently make SFA their home away from home. We invite you to discover the Lumberjack experience for yourself.

We’re here to help

SFA is devoted to helping all of our students succeed. Not only can you select from a broad range of academic majors here, you’ll have access to a wealth of resources and support throughout your time with us.

Here are just a few of the amenities we offer international students:

  • Intensive instruction in academic English at our English Language Institute
  • Support programs that include tutoring, study sessions and supplemental education
  • Assistance and advice for immigration, registration and general advising
  • Opportunities for cultural celebrations, activities and learning experiences
  • Student organizations that help promote cultural awareness

International students excel at SFA

Applying to SFA: The requirements

An international student is someone who is not a U.S. citizen or someone who is not a permanent U.S. resident.

All international applicants must be able to demonstrate English proficiency. This can be done through one of two official exams: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must score at least a 79 on the TOEFL or a 6.5 on the IELTS. Scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Additional requirements for admissions can be found below:


First-time freshmen applicants must have:

  • At least a 2.5 high school grade point average
  • Test scores demonstrating English proficiency

Transfer applicants must have:

  • At least a 2.5 high school grade point average
  • Test scores demonstrating English proficiency
  • At least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on all post-secondary coursework

If you are transferring from another institution in the United States, you will also need a Transfer Eligibility Form completed by you and your international student advisor.


In addition to meeting the English Proficiency requirements, international graduate applicants must meet the same criteria as all graduate applicants. Generally the minimum undergraduate GPA required is a 2.5, but there are opportunities for provisional acceptance.

Note that the Graduate Mathematical Sciences program and Performing Artist Certificate program have different English proficiency requirements (TOEFL = 70 and IELTS = 6.0).

Applying to SFA: The process

Applying to SFA is easy with the ApplyTexas online admissions application. This application can be completed from anywhere in the world. You can preview the application to get a sense of the questions.

Here’s a checklist of what you will need to complete your application for admission to SFA:

  • A completed application (done through
  • Your official secondary school transcripts and official transcript evaluations for all non-U.S. secondary schools attended
  • Your official SAT/ACT scores, if taken
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Your TOEFL or IELTS English proficiency test scores

The cost for applying to SFA as an international student is $50 (USD). You’ll pay this at the end of the application process.

Tip: If you have trouble entering your high school code, try using 8 asterisks (*) instead.

Additional criteria for transfer students

  • Have your official transcripts from any post-secondary schools sent to SFA.

Additional criteria for graduate students

  • Have your official GRE/GMAT scores sent to SFA.
  • Have your official transcripts from any post-secondary schools sent to SFA.

When will I hear back?

Decisions are typically made within 3-4 weeks, once all application materials are received.

Accepted international students

If you’re accepted to SFA, you’ll also need to provide us with:

  • An original bank statement verifying funds of at least $27,608 for undergraduates; or
  • An original bank statement verifying funds of at least $23,671 for graduate students; and
  • An original certification of finances form completed by you and your sponsors.

After you apply, don’t forget:


Log on and set up your mySFA account right away. Housing assignments, orientation confirmation and class registration are all done through mySFA.


State law requires that new students have a bacterial meningitis vaccine at least 10 days prior to enrollment. You must also submit your shot record to the office of Admissions. Submission of shot record is also required in order to receive your housing assignment.


Use mySFA to apply for housing as soon as you finish your admissions application. Students who are at least 21 years old, or have 60 earned college hours, may apply for an off-campus permit.

Office of International Programs

Fax: 936-468-7215

Physical Address
Liberal Arts North, Room 402

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 6152, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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