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Frequently asked questions
About SFU NOW
Are SFU NOW courses different from other undergraduate degree courses at SFU?
Currently, you may choose courses from the following subjects:
- Political science
- International studies
- Earth sciences
What degree will I earn after I complete my part-time studies through SFU NOW?
If you take only SFU NOW courses, you will earn the same Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree as full-time SFU students. If you use SFU NOW courses to supplement another degree at SFU, you will complete the degree for which you applied.
If I don’t want a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, can I still be an SFU NOW student?
Yes. Depending on your degree, you may take some of our courses as electives. Your undergraduate advisor will give you a personalized answer.
Will I be the only mature student in my class?
Your SFU NOW classmates will be a mix of full-time undergraduates and working students like you. Currently, mature students make up about 30 per cent of total enrolment. As SFU NOW grows, we expect this number to increase.
Planning your degree through SFU NOW
Do I have to take a certain number of courses each semester?
No. You may enroll in as many or as few courses as you like, but to maintain your SFU NOW status and privileges, you need to take at least one SFU NOW course every three semesters (once a year).
What do you mean when you say that SFU NOW students get reserved enrollment?
Reserved enrollment means that for the first three weeks of the enrollment period, SFU NOW (night and weekend) courses are reserved for SFU NOW students. For example, if registration begins on August 15, only SFU NOW students may enroll in SFU NOW courses between August 15 and September 5. If there are seats available in SFU NOW courses after this three-week period, enrollment will open to all SFU students.
Remember, you’ll still need to wait for your enrollment date to register for courses. Your enrollment date may fall anytime within the three-week period of reserved access—be sure to register as soon as you receive your appointment. SFU NOW courses fill quickly after reserved enrollment ends.
As an SFU NOW student, may I take other courses at SFU?
Yes. You may take any undergraduate course for which you meet the course and program pre-requisites. You may also take online courses available through the Centre for Online and Distance Education(CODE).
I don’t have time to meet with an academic advisor. Do I need to set up a meeting?
If you are too busy to meet with an advisor in person, you can always get advising help via email, phone, or, in some cases, online Live Chat. Advisors are here to help you navigate the university, plan your courses, choose a major or deal with academic difficulties.
If you’re ever in doubt, contact your advisor. If you don’t know who your advisor is, contact the SFU NOW office, and we will help you get in contact with the right person.
How many credits do I need for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree?
To earn your Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, complete 120 credits of both lower- and upper-division courses. The specific courses you need to take will depend on which major and/or minor you are pursuing. If you decide to pursue an undergraduate honours degree, you must complete 132 credits. For more information on what courses are required for your major and/or minor, look at the SFU Calendar.
How much time do I have to spend on campus?
For each course, you can expect to spend three or four hours per week in class, as well as any time you spend working in the library or the computing lab. SFU NOW courses are scheduled with your busy life in mind. They begin at 5:30 p.m. on weeknights and at 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. on weekends.
Will I need to come to SFU’s main campus in Burnaby to finish my degree?
No. All SFU NOW: Nights or Weekends courses take place at SFU’s downtown Vancouver and Surrey campuses, both of which are conveniently located near SkyTrain stations.
You’ll need to come to Burnaby if you wish to attend your graduation ceremony—but that’s it.