Prospective Students

Why SFU Applied Sciences?

A computing or engineering education, with its focus on the design and development of emerging technologies, can open up a world of possibilities. SFU gives students the chance to supplement their academic learning with co-op and study/work abroad opportunities.

Co-op work experience

Want to round out your classroom studies?  SFU encourages students to gain experience in the workplace though its well-established co-op program. Students gain valuable workplace skills and connect with employers locally, across Canada and abroad.

Co-op is a mandatory and integral part of Engineering Science and Mechatronic Systems Engineering, and voluntary for Computing Science – and each year more than 80 per cent of Computing Science students choose to participate in co-op. Learn more.


Combine your studies with international travel

Applied Sciences and SFU offer many opportunities to study and work abroad. These are exciting academic and cross-cultural experiences. The award-winning SFU-Zhejiang University Dual Degree Program in Computing Science allows students to earn two degrees and become fluent in Mandarin along the way.  Interested in Europe? Undergraduate and graduate students can do a research term in Germany at Technische Universitat Darmstadt.

Check out our rankings

  • 2014 ARWU University Ranking:  In the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), SFU's School of Computing Science is recognized among the Top 50 computer science departments worldwide.

  • QS World University Rankings Top 50 under 50:  Among universities under 50 years old, SFU is No. 16 worldwide and retains its ranking as one of North America's Top 3 universities. In addition, SFU ranks in Canada’s Top 5 based on citations per faculty member, an indication of strong research impact. See the 2014 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings of Top 50 universities under 50 years old.

  • Times Higher Education (THE) Top 100 under 50 ranking (2014):  Simon Fraser University ranked No. 24 among the Top 100 world universities under 50 years old. THE World University Rankings uses 13 indicators in its rankings.

  • Maclean’s list of comprehensive universities:  SFU is Canada’s No. 1 comprehensive university in Maclean’s annual review of Canadian universities again in 2014 (for year 2015), having placed No. 1 from 2008 to 2012. This shows that SFU has delivered on its mission to invest in student services and resources, and has attracted a high level of research funding per full-time faculty member.

  • 2014 LinkedIn job outcomes:  SFU’s School of Computing Science is one of Canada's best schools for software development training. LinkedIn reviewed undergraduate students who completed their studies in the past eight years to see which university prepared its students to land the most desirable jobs in their profession. SFU Computing Science ranked No. 3 for its students landing top software development jobs.

Take a tour

The Faculty of Applied Sciences at SFU offers tours of our research labs and classrooms to students, parents and teachers. Most weeks, a one-hour tour is offered at the SFU Surrey campus on Tuesdays at 4:00, and at the Burnaby campus on Mondays at 4:00pm. Learn more.

Learn about our undergraduate and graduate academic programs.