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A home away from home

If you’re thinking about earning a degree in the United States, SFA is a great place to explore, learn and grow. Not only will you find engaging classes and outstanding faculty members here, you’ll have opportunities to explore other cultures, make lifelong friends and take part in all that university life has to offer. We invite you to discover the Lumberjack experience for yourself.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

For the most up-to-date information on the average cost an SFA student incurs, visit our Cost of Attendance page.

Applying to SFA: The requirements

An international student is someone who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident (i.e., those who are visa holders). Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals are not considered international students.

English Proficiency requirements

All applicants must submit an English test score or a waiver of equivalency as part of their complete application. Testing can be done through one of the following official exams:

  • TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System
  • DET: Duolingo English Test (for undergraduate admission only)

If you have attended school in the U.S., including select language schools, additional options are available to meet the English requirement.

A waiver of equivalency may be available for students with academic credentials from certain countries.

Applicants to any Educator Preparation Program must adhere to requirements listed in the EPP handbook.

Visit the English Proficiency Requirement page for more information.

Credential Evaluation

All international applicants must submit course-by-course credential evaluations from previous schools that are outside the U.S.

  • Undergraduate, first-time student: all secondary schools
  • Undergraduate, transfer: all secondary and post-secondary schools
  • Graduate: all post-secondary schools

The Office of International Programs will accept a credential evaluation from most recognized companies. Although we do not recommend any one company, we have had successful experience with the following companies:

Additional requirements for admissions:

Undergraduate students

First-year student:

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on all secondary coursework.

Transfer student:

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA on all post-secondary coursework.

Transferring credits from another educational institution:

In addition to the credential evaluation noted in the above requirements, if you are transferring from another educational institution and would like to transfer course credits, you may be required to submit syllabi from those courses.

Graduate students

Ready to apply? 

Step 1: ApplyTexas online application

Applying to SFA is easy with the ApplyTexas online admissions application. This application can be completed from anywhere in the world. Note: When completing the ApplyTexas application, if you have trouble entering your high school code, try using eight asterisks (*) instead.

The cost for applying to SFA is $50. You’ll pay this at the end of the application process.

Step 2: Mail additional documents to the Office of International Programs

You will need to mail the additional documents listed below to the Office of International Programs to complete your application for admission paperwork. 

All applicants must submit:

Undergraduate applicants also can submit:

  • Official SAT/ACT scores
    • Test scores are never required for international student admission but may be used to satisfy the Texas Success Initiative.

Graduate applicants:

The following documents should only be submitted if required by your academic program. An application guide for your academic program should be requested from the Office of International Programs by emailing

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal goal statement, or similar
  • Official GRE, issued directly by ETS
    • SFA school code: 6682
  • Official GMAT

Note: Official GRE/GMAT scores must have been taken within the last five years to be considered valid for admission.

Mail all documents to one of the following addresses:

Regular mail and DHL
Office of International Programs
P.O. Box 6152, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

Express mail - FedEx, UPS:
Office of International Programs
404 Aikman Drive
Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 402
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

Once all application materials are received, decisions are typically made within three to four weeks.

Accepted? Congratulations! Here's what to do next:

The information from the following documents will be used to complete your I-20 form, which will allow you to apply for your student visa.

Mail the following documents to the Office of International Programs:

  1. An original Certification of Finances form completed by you and your sponsors.
  2. Original bank statement from your or your sponsor(s) verifying funds of at least*:
    • Undergraduate students: $30,616 USD.
    • Graduate students: $24,995 USD.

*This amount is reduced by any scholarship or out-of-state tuition waiver received.

If you are transferring from another educational institution in the U.S., you also will need:

  • Transfer-In Form completed by you and your international student advisor to transfer your SEVIS record.

Acceptance letters and I-20/DS-2019 forms

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's I-20 Guidance policy allows OIP the option to email your acceptance letters and I-20 forms to you. We'll email you additional details about this option and you will choose if email or hard copy is best for your situation.

DS-2019 forms for exchange programs must be mailed as a hard copy.

Mail all documents to one of the following addresses:

Regular mail and DHL
Office of International Programs
P.O. Box 6152, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

Express mail - FedEx, UPS:
Office of International Programs
404 Aikman Drive
Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 402
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962


Office of International Programs
Fax: 936.468.7215
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Come see us:
Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 402