Stephen F. Austin State University

SFA-Sponsored Exchange Programs

How to Apply for an SFA Sponsored Exchange

STEP 1 - Contact Exchange Coordinator

Follow instructions indicated by the contacts of the sponsoring college or department.

STEP 2 - Have Courses Approved

As you will not be taking SFA courses abroad, you will need to make an appointment to meet with the SFA Study Abroad Coordinator for a signature on your Study Abroad Course Approval Form. Once you have this signature, you can start with the application process (SFA and provider).

STEP 3 - Submit your Application in Horizons

Our application will require you to upload a scan of your current passport, so you may want to have a copy of your passport in-hand when applying. If you do not have access to a scanner, simply skip the passport step on the application and send us a copy of your passport in the mail - our office can upload it for you.

Note: You will have to stop by the cashier's window in the Austin Building to pay the $50 application fee (cash, check, or money order payable to SFA), you will need to present the program payment slip. Unfortunately we do not accept credit cards/online payment. If you aren't in town, you can mail the $50 SFA application fee to our office. See the Contact Us page for our mailing address. If you have studied abroad with SFA before, the application fee is waived.

Don't forget to submit the online recommendation requests! When you submit a recommendation request, an email will automatically be generated to your professor, asking them to complete the recommendation for you.
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirming your submission. At that point your application status will change from "Incomplete" to "Pending".

You can stop and restart your application at any time - just hit the "Save and Continue Later" button - but make sure that you actually submit the application by the deadline. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirming your submission. At that point your application status will change from "Incomplete" to "Pending".

Once you submit your application, don't forget to pay the $50 application fee.

STEP 4 - Receive Verification from Study Abroad Office

You will receive an admissions decision via email within 7 to 14 days of the application deadline, unless our office tells you otherwise. Your application status will change from "Pending" to "Approved", "Not-Approved", or "Waitlisted". If you are Not-Approved or Waitlisted, we will provide you with a reason why and we will refund you the $50 SFA application fee.

STEP 5 - Congratulations! Your SFA application has been approved!

STEP 6 - Complete Host Instution Application Materials

Apply to your Host Institution by the deadline and follow their instructions carefully.

Visit your Financial Aid advisor if you plan to use Financial Aid for your semester abroad. Request appropriate forms to your Study Abroad Coordinator.

STEP 7 - Attend SFA Pre-Departure Session

You will receive an invitation for this orientation when your SFA application is received.

STEP 8 - Study Abroad!

STEP 9 - Request Transcripts from Host Institution

Verify with your Host Institution that your transcripts are sent to the SFA Office of International Programs ( 404 Aikman Drive, Room 402, Nacogdoches, Texas-75962).

STEP 10 - Complete your Program Evaluation

Submit your program evaluation through Abroad 101, you will receive an email with instructions shortly after your return date.

STEP 11 - Stay involved in Global Experiences at SFA!

Read the Returned Student page and check what you can do at SFA to share your experience abroad, encourage other students to follow your steps or meet international students.