How to Register

Online

Programs

Locate the program you're interested in and click on Apply Now. You can choose from our Certificates and Diplomas page or browse by area of study from our Programs and Courses page.

Courses

Locate the course and section you're interested in and click on Register. You can choose from our Courses by Date page or browse by area of study from our Programs and Courses page.  

First-time student?

The first time you register for a course or apply to a program, we’ll ask you to create an 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.

Other registration options

Phone
Call us at 778-782-8000. We’ll be happy to talk to you.

Fax or mail
Download and print your registration form, then fax it to 778-782-5238 or mail it to us with your payment:

Continuing Studies, Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3

In person
Visit us at the Registrar and Information Services desk on the main floor (street level) of SFU Vancouver at 515 West Hastings Street. See our current hours.

Manage your profile

To help us maintain accurate student records, please log in to register.cstudies.sfu.ca to manage your profile. Once you're logged in, you can update your password and make changes to your name, address, telephone number or email address.

Payment

We require payment for all courses and programs when you register. Once we receive your registration and payment, we'll send your confirmation and receipt by email.

We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or wire transfer.

Classes fill quickly, so register early.

Applying to Certificates, Diplomas, and Programs

All of our certificates, diplomas, and programs accept only online applications. Read through our application process for the program of your choice to make sure you meet the requirements.

General Information

Continuing Studies non-credit course cancellation/refund policy

  • 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 learn@sfu.ca at least seven business days before the course start date. All refunds are subject to a 20 per cent administrative charge per course, to a maximum of $75 per course. The same applies to a request to transfer.
  • If you submit a request less than seven 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.

Our non-credit certificates, diplomas, and programs that have a single tuition fee follow this policy:

Continuing Studies non-credit cohort program cancellation/refund policy

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 ten 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.

Tax benefits

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 in 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.

Waitlists

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 learn@sfu.ca 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 wait list.

The waitlist period expires 48 hours before the course begins, 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.

GST

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.

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.

Pricing

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.

Official, current fees are published on this website.

Please remember that we cannot apply discounts retroactively.

English language competency

If English is not your first language, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5. Please check individual programs for additional requirements. If you have any questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact us.

Employer-sponsored registration

Many employers sponsor enrollment for their staff. Please ask us about group registration and purchasing seats in bulk, which you can redeem online at any time.