Stephen F. Austin State University

Prospective Students

The Office of International Programs (OIP) serves students and faculty in providing information about study abroad, in encouraging and facilitating organization of faculty-led study abroad programs and in coordinating exchanges for students and faculty.

Why Study Abroad? Incorporating an international experience into your curriculum is a great way to take what you learn at SFA to a new level. Study Abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity whose benefits go far beyond academic learning. Study Abroad will provide you a chance to explore first-hand the language, history, and people of another land and, in the process, you will become more self-reliant, empathetic, and sensitive to other cultures and you will gain a competitive edge in the employment marketplace.

As an SFA student studying abroad, you have three different types of programs from which you can choose. While each is slightly different, they will all offer you a great experience abroad; for more information, please visit the FIND A PROGRAM section from the menu on the left. The PROSPECTIVE STUDENT section will introduce you to the study abroad guidelines and procedures. It is important that you review this section before applying to any program. Please contact us if you have any questions. Whether you want to spend two weeks or two semesters abroad, we are here to help you make study abroad a part of your SFA experience!


Attention Business Students! The Nelson Rushe College of Business has exchange agreements with two excellent institutions which offer business courses in English: La Rochelle Business School in France and MCI Managment Center Innsbruck in Austria. For information, please contact Ms. Lone Wittliff,


ISEP candidates! Please remember your application deadlines: February 1st for the Fall semester abroad and September 1st for the Spring semester.

New ISEP Program!

This new semester-long program is for low-level language students on ISEP Exchange at Universidad de Vigo in Spain. Students with two semesters of university-level Spanish are eligible to apply for the Beginning Spanish Program. This program will be offered in each semester, beginning in Fall 2015, and is open to US and I to I students. In this full-time program students will enroll in the following courses:
• Spanish as a Second Language: 60 instructional hours, equivalent to 3 to 4 US credits
• A selection of introductory classes on Spanish history, culture, literature and science (taught in English), available courses will be announced in April
• 2 or 3 Regular University Courses in English: Universidad de Vigo offers a number of courses in English in a number of areas
• Optional: Galician as a Second Language
Students will live with host families or in shared student apartments. Universidad de Vigo is a vibrant campus located in the outskirts of Vigo, an important commercial city in Galicia. Students may participate in a variety of extracurricular activities including theater, choir and sports. Vigo is home to some of the best beaches in the world, and is highly regarded by ISEP students.


Gilman Scholarships

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the online application is now open for students participating in study abroad programs and internships during the summer 2015 and fall 2015/academic year 2015-2016 terms. The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources, including subscription to Gilman Advisor Newsletters, please visit the Gilman website .

Summer 2015 & Fall/AY 2015-2016 online applications are due March 3, 2015 by 11:59pm (central)

Students applying for any academic term must meet the eligibility requirements below:

* Enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited two- or four-year U.S. institution

* Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term abroad

* Be a United States citizen

* Participating in a study abroad program or internship that is no less than four weeks (28 days) - or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students - in one country and no more than an academic year

* Applying to or accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for academic credit by the student's home institution

* Studying or interning in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba. Students applying to programs in Mexico may only apply for scholarships to support study in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.