Grow within your community, engage in meaningful research, create your own path with Graduate Studies at SFU.

Quick facts

  • 30% of the graduate student population is international
  • In the science and technology areas, the number is even higher with 40-60%
  • Graduate students come from over 100 countries
  • Top 4 countries where international graduate students come from: China, India, Iran, United States

Applying to graduate school

The application process is the same for domestic and international students.

If you have questions about your admission qualifications, please contact your target department of enrollment directly.

Different graduate programs have different application deadlines. Please check the target graduate program page for deadlines. 

Academic requirements per country

English language requirements


International students pay the same fees as domestic students in most graduate programs (Masters, Doctoral, Graduate Diploma). See fee chart for details.

Fees and cost of living

Funding and awards

Study and work permits

International applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to ensure adequate time to obtain study permits and make travel arrangements. In some countries, it can take months to obtain a study permit, especially if a medical exam is required. 

Please contact International Services for Students with your questions regarding study permits. They also provide important information regarding immigration documents, health insurance, finding housing, and planning your arrival.

International Services for Students