Stephen F. Austin State University

Certificate of International Competency

Prepare for your Future!

The Office of International Programs provides a unique opportunity for SFA students to earn a certificate that confirms that the individual has participated in the necessary activities to become an internationally competent person. With this recognition, you will have a tremendous advantage in the globally competitive job market or in applying to graduate programs.

This certification is open to all undergraduate SFA students!

After earning the International Competency Certificate the student will demonstrate:

International Competency

Why Is It Important?

To be globally competitive, U.S. companies look worldwide for the best job candidates.

Are you prepared to compete?

The SFA Certificate of International Competency is designed to enhance your preparation for the global environment of business, creativity, and scholarship. Increase your cross-cultural knowledge, skills, and experiences that employers and graduate programs are looking for!

How Can I Get a Certificate?

FIRST - Fill out the Application Form and bring it to International Programs - Liberal Arts North, Room 402.

We will start your official tracking sheet to monitor your progress. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO START THIS CERTIFICATE THE SAME SEMESTER THAT YOU ARE PLANNING TO GRADUATE!

SECOND - Start working on the Academic and Global Engagement Components of the certificate.

These need to be documented over time so International Programs can track your progress.

FINALLY - Create and present a CAPSTONE PROJECT to showcase your international know-how.

This will be in the form of a public presentation open to the SFA community. Show us what you've learned and how you've grown by participating in the program.

Details about the Program

Here are more Specific Requirements of the program.

Here is a List of Courses that may help you complete the Academic Component of the Certificate. **Remember that all courses must be approved with your Academic Advisor and the Director of International Programs and you must earn a grade of 'C' in each course.

Here is a List of International Activities that may help you complete the Global Engagement Component of the Certificate. Verify each activity by completing an Activity Verification Form for any program that you participate in (this also needs to be signed by the activity sponsor and given to the Office of International Programs).

The following table provides general guidelines on the awarding of points. Point totals may vary.

Activity Points
Attend an international event 1 point
Participate in an international event 3 points
Attend an internationally-focused conference 5 points
Participate in a short-term study abroad program (faculty-led or independent) 10 points
Participate in a long academic term study abroad program 20 points
Mentor an international student for a semester 10 points