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The Office of International Programs works hard to provide support for all international students. There are always opportunities to get help, get involved or volunteer. Below are some major activities organized for and by international students.

Current Events

Do 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.

We will accept applications for the program at the beginning of each semester. If you have any questions, please email feltso@sfasu.edu.

New International Student Orientation

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.

International Student Organizations

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.

Join them on Facebook for more details about activities.

Other Activities

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. This semester we'll have presentations from students from Ukraine, Pakistan and Russia.

International Education Week - November 17-21. Lots of internationally focused events will happen this week, including the SFA World Cup Soccer Tournament!

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.

Throughout the semester there are also plenty of opportunities for informal gatherings, such as orientation lunch, Halloween and graduation parties.