SFU is Canada’s most community-engaged research university, with three thriving urban campuses. Born in 1965, 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.
Website of university: http://www.sfu.ca/
Website for inbound exchange students: http://www.sfu.ca/students/exchange.html
Online academic calendar website: http://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/2015/spring/academic-dates/2015.html
Courses that have a “W” in their number (eg CMNS 253W) are considered “writing intensive” courses. Exchange and study abroad students may have access to “W” courses, but need to demonstrate proof of prior academic English work (above and beyond the basic English language requirements for admission to SFU). For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to demand and space restrictions, some courses and academic programs have limited or restricted access for exchange/study abroad students. For more information, please viewhttp://www.sfu.ca/students/exchange/academic-information/restricted-subjects-and-courses.html
In order to attend SFU as an exchange or study abroad student, your home university must have a current Formal Exchange/Study Abroad Agreement with Simon Fraser University.
All applicants must demonstrate competence in the English language in one of the following two ways:
1) completion of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0.)
2) completion of TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test) with an overall score of 88 or better with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four components (listening, speaking, writing, reading).
2. APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Number of semester placements: up to 5 semester spaces inbound (2015-2016 Spring Semester) proposed 4 outbound spaces and 5 inbound spaces (2016-2017 Academic Year)
Nomination and Application Deadlines
FALL TERM (OR FULL-YEAR) ADMISSION:
Nomination deadline: March 15 (partner institutions must nominate students by this date)
Early application deadline (with priority housing): March 31 (students must submit both their complete exchange/study abroad application and their complete housing application to be placed on the priority housing list)
Regular application deadline (without priority housing): April 30
SPRING TERM ADMISSION:
Nomination deadline: September 15 (partner institutions must nominate students by this date)
Application deadline: September 30
SUMMER TERM ADMISSION:
Nomination deadline: January 15 (partner institutions must nominate students by this date)
Application deadline: January 30
In order to attend SFU as an exchange/study abroad student, you must be studying at one of SFU’s formal exchange/study abroad partner institutions, and they must nominate you for an exchange/study abroad at SFU. Contact your university’s International or Exchange Office to find out more about the application procedure, application deadlines, and selection process.
Once your home university’s international office has submitted a nomination for you, you will receive an email from SFU with a link to our online application.
As part of the online application, you will be asked to submit a minimum of 8 course access requests besides uploading required application documents.
View detail: http://www.sfu.ca/students/exchange/prospective/application.html
3. APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
1) Most recent official transcript (in English; your home university’s international office may need to do this on your behalf)
2) Colour passport-style photo (head shot from the shoulders up; white- or light-coloured background with full face view; no hats, sunglasses, etc.)
3) Statement of interest (250-500 word statement about your interest in SFU, your study plan and any relevant academic and international experience)
4) Copy of your TOEFL iBT or Academic IELTS score if your primary language is not English. Applicants must demonstrate English language competence and literacy. Please refer to the list of SFU English Language and Literacy Requirements.
If you wish to be registered as a Graduate student at SFU you must submit additional supporting document including:
1) Two academic references (a letter of support from your program supervisor is preferred, and one letter of support from a recent instructor),
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Research proposal (only for those students planning to pursue research while at SFU)
As an exchange or study abroad student, you must have primary medical insurance for the entire duration of your studies at SFU. The number of terms you are studying at SFU (1 term or 2 – 3 terms) will determine what kind of insurance you need to apply for.
View detail: http://www.sfu.ca/medical-insurance/exchange-studyabroad.html
SFU’s on-campus residences are located at the Burnaby Campus. They are 5-15 minutes walking distance to most buildings on the Burnaby Campus and under an hour by public transit to the Surrey and Vancouver campuses. For more information on SFU’s on-campus housing, please seehttp://www.sfu.ca/students/residences.html
SFU is not able to guarantee on-campus housing for exchange/study abroad students. Places in residence are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we encourage you to apply early as explained below.
3. ESTIMATED LIVING EXPENSES
4. VISA REQUIREMENTS
1) Check the application processing times
2) Determine where and how you will submit your application
3) Read the Application Guide and collect the necessary Forms and Documents required
The CIC website (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/student.asp)provides the resources you will need to apply for your documents. Please note that to apply for a study permit, you will typically require the following items: (A) APPLICATION FOR A STUDY PERMIT.
(B) VALID PASSPORT.
(C) OFFICIAL SFU EXCHANGE / STUDY ABROAD ADMISSION LETTER
(D) PROOF OF FUNDS.
For more information regarding proof of financial support, please visit the CIC website.
(4) Consult the website of the Canadian visa office serving the country or region where you live to determine if you are required to provide additional requirements, forms or documents.