Current EventsDo you like learning about cultures and lifestyles? Would you like to meet more people? If the answer to these questions is yes, then the International Friendship Program is for you. University and local community members are matched with SFA international students to do different activities together, such as have dinner, go out for coffee, celebrate American holidays, go bowling, etc. If you are interested in participating in this program as a host, please follow this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q37SVL2. If you are an international student, follow this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QF3KYYN. Please submit your information by January 25. After review of applications we will have a meeting where hosts will meet the students face-to-face. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon arrival to the United States the Office of International Programs welcomes the students with the New International Student Orientation before classes begin. Students receive important information, get help with the necessary paperwork, as well as learn about their new life at SFA and in Nacogdoches, TX. During the orientation they also meet other international students and get a tour of campus.
- The city of Nacogdoches official website
International Student Association (ISA) fosters understanding among SFA students from all nations, and a greater appreciation for diverse cultural, religious, and political philosophies; promotes and supports academic, athletic, cultural, and social activities in order to stimulate the participation and interaction of the international students in university and community life; serves as the liaison between the administration and the international students and promotes an interaction with international students attending other colleges and universities. Students participate in activities such as the Fall International Week, International Fashion Show, Food Festivals, and more.
There are several different international student organizations such as Chinese Student Association, Indian Student Association, and Muslim Student Association among others. To find out more about them or contact them, please visit: Student Organizations
Global Gateway is a series of presentations on different countries by SFA international students. These events are open to the public. The public has a chance to taste authentic international cuisine while enjoying learning about cultures of the world. International students have an opportunity to share their cultures with others. In Fall 2010 our students presented on Mexico, India and China.
International Friendship Program is designed to promote interaction between members of local community and international students. SFA students, faculty, staff or community members are paired up with 1 or 2 international students. They meet for various activities every month throughout the semester. Community members learn a lot about other cultures and make long lasting friendships, and international students get acquainted with American lifestyle, improve their English language conversation skills, and broaden their support network in the US.
International Coffee Break is a monthly gathering of students, faculty and staff who are interested in international issues. Everyone is welcome to join us for informal discussions, coffee and refreshments.
Global Perspectives Series is a yearly event organized by the Office of International Programs. A speaker is invited to talk about current and pertinent issues of the world. In Fall 2010 Dinesh D'Souza, best-selling author and President of King's College of New York, spoke on religion and politics at SFA. In Fall 2011 there was a showing and a panel discussion of Arnd Wächter's film "Crossing Borders".
Throughout the semester there are also plenty of opportunities for informal gatherings, such as orientation lunch, Halloween and graduation parties.