Register for a course
Phone or in person
Call us at 778-782-8000. We’ll be happy to talk to you. We can also take in-person registrations but at our Vancouver campus only. Visit us at the Registrar and Information Services desk on the main floor (street level) of SFU's Vancouver campus at 515 West Hastings Street. See our current hours.
Registering for someone else?
Please contact us at email@example.com to register and pay for a friend, spouse or fellow staff member, or to purchase seats in bulk, which you can redeem online at any time.
The first time you register for a course or apply to a program, we’ll ask you to create a student account where you’ll set your login and a password. Our step-by-step online registration guide can help you. Once you have an account, you can review your courses, schedule, and grades online. Instructions for accessing your grades are available in our online guide.
We require payment for all courses and programs when you register. We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or wire transfer. Once we receive your registration and payment, we'll send your confirmation and receipt by email.
Classes fill quickly, so register early.
If your SFU tuition fees exceed $100 in one calendar year, they may qualify as a tax credit. The payment receipt that we'll email you after you register is your official tax receipt. To determine whether your tuition fees qualify, consult the Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.
Enrollment Services mails tax certificates at the end of February of each year to all students who qualify for an education amount credit on their personal income tax returns. To determine whether a program qualifies, consult the Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.
For more information about tax certificates, visit our Tax Information page.
For non-credit courses
- We issue refunds in the original method of payment and to the original payee only. Include your payment receipt when you request a refund.
- Send your written refund request to us at firstname.lastname@example.org at least five business days before the course start date. All refunds are subject to a 20 per cent administrative charge per course, to a maximum of $50 per course. The same applies to a request to transfer.
- If you submit a request less than five business days before the course start date, you will not receive a refund. It is also too late to request to transfer.
- If SFU Continuing Studies cancels a course you have registered and paid for, you will receive a full refund.
The above policy is for our individual courses. All of the non-credit certificates, diplomas, and programs that comprise individual courses, which can be taken anytime, will follow this policy.
For non-credit cohort programs
The deposit fee is non-refundable as applicable. The tuition fee is non-refundable once the program starts. If you must cancel, the following fees will apply:
- Over four weeks prior to the start date, there is a $75 administrative fee
- Between two and four weeks prior to the start date, there is a charge equal to 10 per cent of the full tuition fee
- Less than two weeks prior to the start date, there is a charge equal to 20 per cent of the full tuition fee
Any request for cancellation must be received in writing.
Our non-credit certificates, diplomas, and programs that have a single tuition fee will follow this policy.
Other registration information by topic:
Course cancellation and instructor substitution
We reserve the right to cancel courses with low enrollment or substitute instructors without liability. If we do cancel a course, we will make every effort to give you adequate notice.
To succeed in our programs and courses, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 (unless otherwise noted). If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.
Please note we can't refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.
Some programs and courses may be eligible for a Canada-British Columbia Job Grant, which could cover up to two-thirds of your tuition costs. Work with your employer to confirm your eligibility and share tuition costs with the Government of Canada. In addition, if you are an Internationally Trained Professional, you may contact S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for potential financial assistance from the Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loan Project.
Otherwise, SFU Continuing Studies programs and courses are not eligible for any other B.C. or Canada Student Loans. But you are welcome to obtain funding through other sources such as your personal financial institution (line of credit, borrowing from RRSPs, etc.).
All courses that we offer as part of a certificate or diploma are exempt from GST—even if you are not in that certificate or diploma program. Stand-alone courses that are not part of a program's curriculum are subject to GST (five per cent).
Please note that all non-credit courses are PST exempt.
SFU’s GST number is 118 520 725 RT.
We normally adjust all application, registration, program, tuition, textbook, and other fees annually, but all fees are subject to change without notice and are effective immediately.
Although undergraduate and graduate programs have different fee structures for international students, fees for Continuing Studies courses and programs are the same for domestic and international students.
Official, current fees are published on this website.
Please remember that we cannot apply discounts retroactively.
Our part-time Urban Design Certificate and The Writer's Studio, and our full-time English Language and Culture Program and Interpretation and Translation Program are the only programs that may entitle you to qualify for a study permit. A study permit is not needed if you want to take short-term courses or programs of study of six months or less. For more information on study permits, contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada directly. The permit procedure for undergraduate and graduate students is available on SFU's Student Services website.
If a course is full, we encourage you to add your name to the waitlist. In some instances, we may add another section. We also use the waitlist to gauge interest in future courses.
If you're on a waitlist, check your email frequently until the course begins. If a space becomes available, you will get an email from email@example.com giving you 24 hours to register and pay for the course. The email will include instructions on how to register. If you do not register within this timeframe, the space will go to the next person on the list. Priority is based on when you joined the waitlist.
The waitlist period expires 48 hours before the course begins (this could be up to two weeks before course start dates for online courses), after which time we will no longer send email notices. If a seat becomes available during this period, enrollment will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you have joined a waitlist to be notified of when an individual seat opens up for a course initially reserved for certificate and diploma students, enrollment will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.