Who We Are

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In the place where innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach intersect, you’ll find Simon Fraser University (SFU). Our vision? To be Canada’s leading engaged university. We engage with communities, organizations and partners using our institutional strengths—from our internationally recognized student co-op program, to our cutting-edge researchers, to some of the world’s best facilities in computing science, materials science, and clean energy.

Born in 1965 with a distinct Canadian west coast spirit, SFU has become Canada’s leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia’s largest municipalities — Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey — and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world. We house 8 faculties, 84 research institutes and centres, and the pan-Canadian Compute Canada data centre site that hosts Cedar- one of the top 100 most powerful academic supercomputers in the world. But that’s not all, our international reach extends to 252 international institutional partnerships in 70+ countries to provide opportunities for our students to better inform both their local and global perspectives.

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Enrolment Total
Enrolment Details

Nearly 35,000 students enroll in courses annually at SFU.

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Campus Locations


8888 University Drive,
Burnaby, BC


250-13450 102 Avenue,
Surrey, BC


515 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, BC


8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC


250-13450 102 Avenue
Surrey, BC


515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

Nearby Highlights

Perched atop Burnaby Mountain, Simon Fraser University’s original Arthur Erickson-designed campus now includes more than three dozen academic buildings and is flanked by UniverCity, a flourishing sustainable residential community.

Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus is a vibrant community hub located in the heart of one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities. Close to the Surrey Central transit station, the dramatic Bing Thom-designed campus is conveniently situated between Metro Vancouver and communities south of the Fraser River.

Described by the Vancouver Sun as the “intellectual heart of the city,” Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus transformed the landscape of urban education in downtown Vancouver. The campus is comprised of multiple facilities clustered in the core of one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Credentials Available
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master’s Degree / Graduate Credentials
  • Doctorate/PhD Degrees
  • Certificates: 1 Year or Less
  • Continuing Education

Programs Programs

Featured Programs

Sustainable Energy Engineering

SFU's new School of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) is the first of its kind in Western Canada, providing an interdisciplinary learning environment that will prepare students to become global leaders in clean technology. As a SEE student, you will have access to brand new facilities in a state-of-the-art building at SFU’s Surrey campus. SEE combines courses from other disciplines including the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Environment and the Beedie School of Business to provide you with a unique and specific education on foundational engineering principles, design practices, current technologies, economics, and policies associated with the global cleantech sector. Through engaging learning environments, you will develop a multidisciplinary approach to solve problems, a skill that is in demand in the industry.

French Cohort Program

The French Cohort Program consists of a political science major with a French extended minor, or a French major with a political science extended minor and offers students the opportunity to study in Canada's two official languages. This multidisciplinary program is taught primarily in French and is most suitable for those entering directly from French immersion or a Francophone secondary school who plan to undertake full-time study. However, admission is not limited to such applicants and all interested students who have a high level of French are encouraged to apply for admission.

School of Interactive Arts and Technology

A degree in Interactive Arts and Technology prepares students to play a leading role in the conception of new media and the design of inventive technologies. A SIAT education combines the science of human experience, the analysis of media and culture, the creation of original and experimental works of art, and the implementation of new technologies. Students bring these resources to bear on the most vital and innovative sectors of the economy, building the technologies and experiences that increasingly shape our lives. According to Maclean’s, SIAT offers the coolest courses at SFU! Two of these “cool courses” from SIAT include the Semester in Alternate Realities, where interdisciplinary teams solve real-world problems by exploring virtual reality; and IAT 333 – Interaction Design Methods, where students video conference with international human-computer interaction design experts.

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Areas of Study Available
  • Business and Management
  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Engineering and Electronics
  • Health Related
  • Communications
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Sciences
  • Visual, Performing and Fine Arts

Study Abroad Opportunities

SFU offers:

Exchange– Spend one or two terms studying on an exchange term at one of SFU’s partner institutions while earning credit towards your degree. SFU has nearly 120 institutional partnerships in more than 40 countries/regions to choose from. You will pay for SFU tuition while on exchange, and can take courses taught in English at most institutions.

Field School– A Field School can be described as an extended field trip, or an off-campus delivery of SFU courses for a group of 10 – 20 students. Most Field Schools are full term programs, directed by an SFU instructor, consisting of 9 to 12 units of selected courses and are offered in the Summer, Fall and Spring terms, with destinations varying from year to year.

Short Term Summer Programs– Short-Term Summer Programs are offered by 30+ of SFU’s exchange and study abroad partner institutions. You can earn between 3 – 12 units towards your SFU degree and programs range between 1 – 10 weeks in length. Many Short-Term Summer Programs include special social programming and field trips, so they can be a great way of getting to know a new city or country in a short period of time.

Study Abroad Info

Admissions Admissions

Basic Admissions Requirements

To apply for admission for Fall 2021, you must meet SFU’s general and program-specific requirements. General requirements include:

  • English Language Requirement
  • Quantitative and analytical skills requirement
  • A minimum of five approved Grade 12 courses, including English Studies 12 (min 70%) or equivalent

Admission is based on an evaluation of all approved Grade 11 and 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses.

Online/distance education courses must be 100% complete by January 31, 2021.

View Admission Requirements for Fall 2021.

IB and AP Credits

One full year of transfer credit (30 units) is granted for a completed IB Diploma. Transfer credit is awarded for all standard level and higher level subjects passed with a grade of 4 or higher.

For students in a partial IB program, transfer credit will be granted for higher level courses completed with a grade of 5 or higher. Transfer credit is not awarded for standard level courses. Transfer credit will be awarded for official AP exam results with a score of 4 or 5.

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Transfer credit and/or advanced standing are granted to students who complete AP examinations in certain transferable subjects and achieve a score of 4 or 5.

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English Proficiency Requirements

English is the language of instruction at SFU. All applicants, regardless of country of origin or citizenship status, will be required to have demonstrated competence in the English language prior to admission. Competence is required in all four of the following skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing.

View the list of ways to meet the English Language Requirement 

Application Deadline


Admission for Classes starting in Application period
Spring 2021 January August 1 – September 15, 2020
Summer 2021 May October 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Fall 2021 September October 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021

View Application Dates for 2021

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $81.00 payable by credit card is required for each online application.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted online through the EducationPlannerBC application service. Sign up for an EducationPlannerBC account or log-in here if you already have an account.

Admissions Contact Phone

Financial Aid Financial Aid

Entrance Scholarships Deadline

Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarships (Application required)

Application Period for Fall 2021: October 1, 2020 – December 15, 2020

Supporting Documentation Deadline: January 31, 2021

Entrance Awards and Bursaries 

Application Period: November 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021

Supporting Documentation Deadline: April 30, 2021

Entrance Scholarships Info
Student Loan Info

Financial Aid Contact Email
Financial Aid Contact Phone

Residence Residence

Residence Options

SFU Residence and Housing is a living learning community made up of towers, traditional residence halls, studio style apartments and townhouses. Our vibrant, diverse and inclusive community welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world from both Simon Fraser University and Fraser International College. All rooms are private single rooms (i.e., no roommates) which means that you won’t have to share your room with anybody. Immerse yourself in the university life and academic experience.

The Towers residences are designed with undergraduate students in mind. Tower residents all have mandatory meal plans to ensure that they always have a meal. As an undergrad living in residences for the first time, being part of the Towers community of up to 727 students is an experience like no other. Co-ed, single-gender and quiet living floors available and accessible rooms are available on each floor. Each room is single-occupancy only (ie. no roommates) with WiFi Internet. Learn more about The Towers.

Shell House has single-occupancy only (i.e., no roommates, private), all floors are co-ed and quiet living floors are available. Common areas (i.e., washroom, lounges, kitchen, laundry) are shared spaces for all residents living in Shell House. Explore what Shell House has to offer.

McTaggart-Cowan Hall is a traditional-style, private single room residence for undergraduate students. At the heart of McTaggart is an engaged community. All McTaggart-Cowan residents share common spaces such as: washroom, kitchen, lounges and laundry. More information can be found here.

Townhouses living is like creating your own small family. Live with other housemates and experience what Townhouses has to offer, including communal outdoor living space, summer picnics and more. Townhouses are four-bedroom, private single room residence that are primarily made up of third and fourth year undergraduate students. All Townhouse residents share common spaces such as: washroom (2 per townhouse), kitchen, living room, and laundry (located across the complex, not in the townhouse). Check out Townhouses.

Total Average Residence Cost
$5,390 per term (for The Towers, includes meal plan)
Residence Cost Details

Undergraduate Residence Fees:

Building Cost/term Meal plan
Towers $3,170 $2,220*
Shell house $3,116 optional
McTaggart Cowan Hall $3,116 optional
Townhouses $3,403 optional

More information on SFU residence fees can be found here.

Residence Application Deadline

For fall semester, applications open October 1 and offers begin in February.

How to Apply

There is no official deadline to apply to Residence, but rooms do fill up quickly. Spaces are offered-first-come-first served so please aim to apply early. When you apply to SFU Residences and pay your $50 application fee, you are automatically added to the housing queue. Offers are made on an ongoing basis to all admitted students based on your application complete date. Once we have the majority of our spaces accepted, the wait list will be available on your housing portal and you can see your place on the wait list.

Residence Contact Email
Residence Contact Phone

International Students International Students

International Student Info

SFU welcomes scholars from around the world. In addition to the comprehensive programs and services offered through Student Services and the Student Learning Commons, we offer specialized support to International students and other students from international pathways through the International Services for Students (ISS) office.

English Language Requirement

English is the language of instruction at SFU. All applicants, regardless of country of origin or citizenship status, will be required to have demonstrated competence in the English language prior to admission. Competence is required in all four of the following skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing.

View the list of ways to meet the English Language Requirement 

More International Student Info

International Students Contact Email
International Students Contact Phone

Indigenous Student Supports & Services Indigenous Student Supports & Services

Indigenous Student Supports & Services Info


  • General Admissions
  • Aboriginal Undergraduate Admission Policy
  • Indigenous University Preparation Program
  • Indigenous Langara Pathway


  • Entrance Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries
  • Indigenous Awards



Indigenous Student Recruitment Coordinator

More Indigenous Student Info

Accessibility Supports & Services Accessibility Supports & Services

Accessibility Supports & Services Info

Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL):

What we do

  • Provide disability related information, support and counselling to the SFU community and campus visitors
  • Review eligible students’ disability documentation and recommend reasonable academic accommodations to offset the effects of their disability on academic life
  • Act as liaison between students and faculty in the implementation of disability-related services and accommodations
  • Facilitate student growth, independence and leadership skills
  • Advocate on issues related to diversity, educational equity and academic achievement

Who should visit CAL

  • Students with a documented or suspected disability
  • Students looking for volunteer opportunities, like note-taking assistance
  • Anyone with questions about equal educational opportunities at SFU
  • Faculty members teaching students with disabilities
  • Faculty members who suspect a student may have a disability
  • Visitors to any SFU campus who require information on physical access or other disability-related issues
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