Visiting Graduate Research Students

Application Process

Visiting graduate research students at SFU will typically work under the supervision of a professor at Simon Fraser University. A typical visit would be for one term (4 months) but visits may be as brief as one month. SFU's terms begin in January, May and September (see academic dates). 

Current graduate students (Masters and Doctoral) from other universities who wish to visit in order to undertake research at SFU should follow the steps below:

  • Step 1:
    Establish a research agreement with a faculty member in a department or school with compatible research interests. See our tips for finding a supervisor.
  • Step 2:
    Complete the Visiting Research Student form and submit it with a current transcript and other required attachments to your host Department for approval. Please note that the Department will need to forward the approval to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies at least three weeks prior to your arrival at SFU
    • If you require a visa to enter Canada, please submit the form at least three months before your planned visit.
  • Step 3:
    Obtain a visa for Canada (if required) and
    • purchase adequate medical insurance for the duration of your visit prior to your arrival.  Proof of coverage through either the plan or Canada plan must be submitted prior to registration in GRAD 800 (which provides access to the SFU library and a Upass for Metro Vancouver's transit system).