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Abroad 101 Award!

Stephen F. Austin State University was recently named a top study abroad provider in the fourth annual Study Abroad Rankings, presented by Abroad101, America's first and largest study abroad review website.

SFA's top-10 ranking was awarded based on student reviews of the university's current operations of its study abroad program.

"It is the students' ratings and stories about their experiences with SFA's study abroad program that helped the university gain recognition," said Inés Maxit, study abroad coordinator in the Office of International Programs at SFA.

According to information on the PR Web website, the individual rankings are a compilation of evaluations submitted by U.S. university students who attended short-term, credit-bearing study abroad programs overseas.

The information detailed how students completed online evaluations with both quantitative and qualitative responses regarding a specific study abroad program. With more than 23,000 evaluations entered into the system, Abroad101 then provided an in-depth tally of the student-opinion rankings, which are solely based on a study abroad program and experience.

"Our faculty leaders invest such an unbelievable amount of effort and care in all aspects of their trips," added Maxit. "This recognition shows the level of satisfaction student participants had in SFA's study abroad programs, which is always very fulfilling. "Students love to hear from other students, and we hope the reviews will encourage more students to participate in our programs," Maxit added.

English Classes for Local Residents

Do you want to improve your English?

The English Language Institute offers a non-credit series of courses for non-native English speakers who'd like to improve their skills for personal or professional reasons.

Those interested in the classes can take as many as four courses (minimum enrollment is two courses), about 20 hours of instruction per week for a 14-week period (fall or spring semesters), which include conversation hours, computer lab time and formal instruction in writing, speaking, reading, grammar and vocabulary. Students will be evaluated by staff members and then placed in the appropriate level of classes based on their skills.

For more information, visit the Office of International Programs at or email

You also can stop by the Liberal Arts North building, Room 402 on campus or call (936) 468-6631.

You must have been a resident of Nacogdoches county or of an adjacent county for at least 6 months to take advantage of this benefit.


Tuition for 4 classes (20 hours/week): $2,495.00

Text books: about $50 per class

* Students will have access to the SFA Library, including computer labs, SFA Student Center, and SFA Recreation Center.

Most classes will be held during the morning hours (9am - 11am and 11am - 1pm).

SFA is a Generation Study Abroad Partner

SFA is now a partner in Generation Study Abroad! Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.

SFA has committed to raising the number of students studying abroad from 1% to 3% in the next five years. We are investigating strategies that will build a study abroad culture on our campus and allow more students to have an international experience.