Enrolled students often have additional requests or questions about changing their student status.
The information on this page should help you find answers to the most common questions.
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Taking Courses at Other Institutions
Transferring within SFU
Graduate students may audit courses, with permission of the instructor, senior supervisor and graduate program chair of the student's department. Such audits are recorded as AU on the student’s transcript.
Prior to enrolment, the student and instructor must agree on the requirements for auditing the class. These requirements must include regular attendance at class meetings, completion of readings and participation in class activities.
Audited courses will not count toward degree requirements.
A student may change enrolment status in a course from audit to regular enrolment, or from regular enrolment to audit until the deadline for late enrolment for the term. Normally, no further change in enrolment status will be permitted after that date.
To audit a course please fill out the Graduate Course Change Form
Undergraduate course enrollment
While graduate students may register in undergraduate courses, these courses will not count towards the minimum course requirement for Master's or Doctoral programs. See Graduate General Regulations 1.7.6.
If you wish to register in an undergraduate course, please consult with your supervisor and/or your graduate program assistant. A Graduate Course Change Form will need to be completed.
- students who take courses that are outside their program requirements will pay the rate for the courses in which they enroll, in addition to their regular graduate tuition payable. See additional fee info.
- international graduate students who take an undergraduate course that is not part of their graduate program requirements will pay international undergraduate fees.
- students who register in undergraduate courses and then drop them after certain deadlines will pay a penalty for reducing the total number of credits. See undergraduate deadlines (Click on "Fees: payment and refunds/penalties")
Thesis defense only
Normally, a non-degree student at the graduate level has at least a bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, is admitted in order to complete specified courses, but is not seeking a degree from this University. A non-degree student will not be permitted to enrol in undergraduate courses.
Application is through the graduate program committee in the department in which the student wishes to work; applicants are advised to contact the department before submitting an application (see 1.3.1).
Transcripts of previous university work (or proof of obtaining a degree) will be required at the time of application, but letters of reference will not necessarily be required.
No credit will be given towards any degree offered by the University for courses completed as a non-degree student except, under unusual circumstances, on petition to the senate graduate studies committee.