Stephen F. Austin State University


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 group 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.

*Attention Business Students!

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

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Hear what these students from a recent trip to Costa Rica have to say about preparing for your study abroad trip and view some beautiful Central American scenery!

Begin Your Journey Here

Applying for a study abroad program is a step by step process. Before you set off on this life-altering experience, you need to complete a few important steps. Each step along the way is important for your application and program plan to be a success. This guide provides an outline of the path you should follow when taking your first steps to studying abroad. Please read through each step carefully, keeping in mind that the steps are presented in the order that you should follow when investigating and applying to a study abroad program, your acceptance and your final preparations for departure. If you are feeling lost, remember you can always contact OIP with any questions or concerns you may have.

After you have answered the questions below and have a better idea of your Study Abroad goals, visit the Students section of our website for more information.

Define your objectives

The program you ultimately choose will be determined by your own, individual objectives for study abroad. The following questions are designed to help you define your goals. Remember, there is no "right" or "wrong" answer.