How to Register

First-time Registration

After the GLS Selection Committee decides to accept you into the program, the next step is for staff to get you admitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Once that has happened, you will receive a letter from Grad Studies confirming your status. The letter will include your SFU student number if you do not already have one.

Luckily, only the students admitted to each year's cohort group are able to register in LS 800, so there is no chance of the course filling up while you wait for your admission to go through.

Before registering for the first time, you will need to

  • pay your $250 non-refundable admission deposit (this amount is subtracted from the tuition you will pay after registering), and
  • activate your computing ID.

To activate your computing ID, visit SFU Account Activation and follow the steps. Your admission deposit must be paid before you can activate your computing ID.

Registering for LS 800

During the summer, GLS staff will send out an e-mail with registration information and instructions. Registration is done via the Internet through the Student Information System website. You are always welcome to call the GLS office if you need help with registration. The interface is user-friendly and there is a help line, but we suggest that you begin the whole process as soon as you’ve been admitted to Grad Studies so that any difficulties can be solved before classes start.

Once you have registered, your fee assessment is available online by clicking on the appropriate links. It is advisable to pay your fees in full by the deadline, or you will be charged late fees. Outstanding fees will cause your registration status to be “blocked” in the next semester, and interest is also charged.

For instruction on getting your UPass and student ID set up, please visit the Grad Students' virtual orientation page. New students can get their IDs and monthly UPasses at InfoReg (Vancouver campus), usually from the 21st of the month before they take effect. The exact dates for each semester are posted on the UPass website.  

InfoReg is open until 7pm from Mon-Thurs and until 5pm on Fridays.

The program fee that staff will collect in September and again in January covers pre-class dinners and printing costs for the two core courses. You will be advised prior to the start of the term as to the location of the class dinners. These start at 5:15 to give enough time for the group to be served and fed. There are no program fees or mandatory pre-class dinners for other GLS seminars, though there will sometimes be a course reader to purchase in addition to texts.

Registration - All other courses

Registration is 100% online and opens about six weeks before the start of the semester.

If at all possible, register before classes begin — late registration means paying additional fees. There is some excellent up-to-date information on how to activate your SFU Computing ID, and register, on the Grad Studies web site.