Located in Vancouver, Canada on British Columbia's west coast and named for an early explorer, Simon Fraser University
opened on September 9, 1965 with 2,500 students. Noted Canadian architects Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey designed the original Burnaby Mountain campus to foster interdisciplinary contact between students and researchers. That same openness and desire to innovate informs SFU’s current vision: to be Canada's most community-engaged research university.
Now boasting three distinctive campuses, 30,000 students, 6,500 faculty and staff, and 130,000 alumni, SFU has matured into one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. Consistently ranked among Canada’s top comprehensive universities and named to the Times Higher Education list of 100 world universities under 50, SFU is also the first Canadian member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the world’s largest college sports association.
1. Sophomores encouraged to apply; must have at least 60 credits by program start date; seniors may not go in their graduating semester.
2. You must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
Placement Availability and Likelihood:
Please be aware that spaces in this program may be limited, and the number of spaces available for AUS placements will vary from semester to semester. That means that sometimes, access to these spaces will be competitive based on your GPA, Essay, Reference Letters, and other considerations. IXO will try to accommodate your first choice placements wherever possible, but you should always list several programs in your application, in case space is not available in your first choice university.
Exchange students are recommended to enroll in no more than 12 units/credits (approximately 4 courses) during their first term at SFU; they can take 15 credits in total. A list of course descriptions and course outlines can be found on the online SFU Calendar: http://students.sfu.ca/calendar/. Students can verify on SFU’s Student Information System if their chosen courses are being offered: sis.sfu.ca/
There are some school restrictions that students must pay attention to:
Only Engineering Science and Mechatronic Systems programs are Washington Accord-accredited.
SFU’s Beddie School of Business is AACSB accredited although AUS Students have limited access to Business courses at SFU, restricted to the following:
BUS 237 - Introduction to Business Technology Management
BUS 238 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation
BUS 251 - Financial Accounting I
BUS 272 - Behaviour in Organizations
Students could try to access additional Business courses during the first week of classes if spaces become available, although this is not something to be relied upon.
Economics department is not part of SFU’s Business faculty. There are course access limitations
for 3rd and 4th year Economics courses as well, but perhaps the student could combine the two subject areas to create a suitable course load.
1) Access to some Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MBB) upper division (300 & 400 level) courses may be restricted to SFU MBB majors. Access to Biological Sciences (BISC) courses with labs is restricted. Exchange/study abroad students will only be allocated space after SFU BISC majors have been enrolled (space permitting).
2) The French Cohort Program offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is not open to exchange students.
3) To enroll in any Contemporary Arts (FPA) courses - Theatre, Visual Art, Music (composition) or Dance - you MUST contact the School for the Contemporary Arts to discuss your course interests and background.
4) Typically, exchange students are not given access to “studio courses” offered at higher level. Applicants may have to present a portfolio or attend an interview or audition to be admitted in FPA courses. Courses in film/video production and screen writing are not open to exchange students.
5) Study abroad applicants are also restricted from taking Communication (CMNS) courses in the subject area of “Publishing” and senior level Kinesiology courses.
NOTE: Students must fill out the AUS course permission form to get their courses approved by the Associate Dean of their school and the Registrar. Upon approval, students would be provided with the grades required to transfer credits. Students must achieve the minimum grade as indicated on the form in order to receive course credit (requirements for credit transfer vary by program). Each study abroad case is subject to approval.
Length of Stay:
One or two semesters
Program Fees and Costs:
As an exchange student, you will pay AUS tuition fees for the full course load (12-15 credits) in addition to Student Activities fees. Any additional costs including housing, lab fees, meal plans, books and insurance will be paid directly to the host university.
Students must apply online with the Residence Office by March 31 for Fall semester and by September 1 for Spring semester. Visit this page to learn more on housing at SFU: http://students.sfu.ca/exchange/prospective/housing.html