About Us

Welcome to SFU Continuing Studies

For more than 40 years, we have been making education available to people who are older than the typical university student. We have reached thousands of learners in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, and the world by offering courses in the evenings, on weekends, and online.

As we think forward, we see that the needs of our students and neighbours are changing. As part of SFU Lifelong Learning, we strive to meet those needs through a variety of educational programs, public events, customized education, and community engagement projects.

We’re committed to continuing this vital work in the years to come—and we hope you’ll join us. Please read on or browse our site to learn more about our programs and partnerships.

40 Years of a Different Kind of Education

SFU Continuing Studies has been bringing university education to adults in Vancouver for four decades.

SFU Lifelong Learning

SFU Continuing Studies is part of SFU Lifelong Learning. We offer continuing education and degree completion programs, including online and distance education. We also offer community learning opportunities across the Lower Mainland.

Continuing education

SFU Continuing Studies non-credit certificates, diplomas, and other programs will help you upgrade your professional qualifications, enter a new field, and feed your passion for learning.

We’ve designed our programs with your busy schedule in mind: Most of our classes take place in the evenings and on weekends at our downtown Vancouver and Surrey campuses, the Surrey City Centre Library, and other convenient locations.

Flexible degree completion

If you’d like to complete a university degree, you can choose from several opportunities:

  • If you work full-time, you can earn an undergraduate degree in the evenings and on weekends through SFU NOW.
  • If you’d like to study online or by distance, you can choose from over 100 courses that span 26 academic areas through our Centre for Online and Distance Education.
  • If you’re from a First Nations, Metis, or Inuit community, you can explore new career opportunities and get ready to excel in an undergraduate program through one of our Aboriginal bridge programs.

Public lectures and events

Throughout the year, we offer a number of lectures, round-table discussions, and other events that are open to the general public. Everyone is welcome; you do not need to be a student to attend. Space is limited, so please reserve your seat.

Custom programs

We provide customized courses and programs that meet the needs of community groups, individuals, and organizations. Contact us at learn@sfu.ca or 778-782-8000 for more information.

Community projects and services

There is much more to SFU Continuing Studies than educational courses and programs.

We also partner with organizations, businesses, and other community groups to reach out to people who face barriers to education—Aboriginal youth, residents of the city’s Downtown Eastside, communities in developing countries, immigrants, seniors, and others.

Read our 2013/2014 Community Report to learn more.

Our advisory committees

Program advisory committees provide academic oversight to all Continuing Studies activities. Members include students, instructors, and representatives from community groups and relevant SFU faculties and departments.

Read the list of advisory committees on pages 41 to 46 of the Community Report.

Contact the dean's office

Dr. Helen Wussow, Dean, SFU Lifelong Learning
Michael Filimowicz, Associate Dean, SFU Lifelong Learning

Email: csdean@sfu.ca
Telephone: 778-782-5138