Stephen F. Austin State University

International Events and Activities at SFA


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.

International Friendship Program

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!

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 in a group of 4-6. They meet every month throughout the semester to do different activities together, such as have dinner, go out for coffee, celebrate American holidays, go bowling, etc. 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.

How to Join the Program?

We accept applications for the program at the beginning of each semester. The program has had to take a break for the Fall semester - please check back in the spring if you would like to participate. Or send an email to Heather Catton to get on the interest list.

To get more information about the program please contact Heather Catton at or (936) 468-6631.

Cultural Experience Presentations

Cultural Experience Presentations is a series of presentations on different countries by SFA international students sponsored by the Office of International Programs. These events are open to the public. The presentations are given by international students who share their culture and traditions, talk about everyday lives of the people, and speak from their own experiences. International students have an opportunity to share their cultures with others, while the public has a chance to taste authentic international cuisine while enjoying learning about cultures of the world from the young people who grew up there. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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How to Become a Cultural Experience Presenter?

If you want to learn more about the program, or become a presenter, please contact Lerin Russell at or (936) 468-3927

International Coffee Hour

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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.

Stop by the International Programs Office for more information!

International Education Week

International Education Week - Each November. Lots of internationally focused events will happen this week!