International college/university

International admission: college or university transfer

General requirements

You must have successfully completed 24 units of transferable post-secondary course work and may transfer up to a maximum of 60 units toward your degree program. If you have completed fewer than 24 units you will be required to meet the high school admission requirements.

If you are not in good standing or have a GPA of less than 2.00 ( 60%) , you will not be admitted.

Admission is competitive. In the past, the average for admission has ranged from a 2.50 GPA to a 3.50 GPA depending on the program - for details see admission averages.

In addition to the general and program-specific admission requirements (listed below), you must meet our English Language and Literacy and Quantitative and Analytical Skills requirements. If you do not meet these requirements on your college or university work, we may request your high school transcript.

We will assess possible transfer credit only after we have received your admission application. We may request that you provide detailed course outlines, which should include:

  • a statement of course objective(s)
  • the duration/number of weeks (excluding final exam period)
  • hours per week of lecture (laboratory / tutorial / seminar / studio work) and the hours per week of required open laboratory work or open studio work
  • the method of evaluation and grading
  • the textbook(s) used
  • the amount of credit/units earned

Detailed course outlines can be submitted to the Admissions office, or emailed to 


Polytechnic institutes and institutes of technology

You must have successfully completed a two- or three-year diploma at a recognized institute of technology. Transfer credit may be granted for approved diplomas. Please note that most diplomas do not receive transfer credit.

Visiting students

If you are currently a student at another university, you may apply for admission to complete specified courses for subsequent transfer back to your home university. You must also submit a letter of permission from your home institution.

As a transfer student, you must meet our general and program-specific requirements, as well as our English admission requirement and Quantitative and analytical skills requirements. Original, official documentation must be submitted for evaluation purposes. No transfer credit or enrollment priority is awarded.

Please apply as a transfer student, as you will be evaluated as a college or university transfer student.

Degree holders

If you have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognized university, you may wish to pursue a second or subsequent degree, or a post baccalaureate diploma or certificate. Your admission average is calculated on course work completed in your last two years as a student, and you are required to meet the Competitive Admission Average for the Faculty/Program applied to.

All applicants must meet our English Language Requirement. All applicants to a degree program must also meet our Quantitative and Analytical Skills requirement.

Faculty of Applied Sciences

Computing Science, Geographic Information Science

  • English Language admission requirement
  • Quantitative and Analytical skills requirement
  • Minimum 24 units of transferable course work, including: one mathematics course chosen from MACM 101, 201, MATH 150 (or 151), 152 and 240 (or 232); one computing course chosen from CMPT 125 (or 126, 128 or 135), 127, 225, 295 (or 150 or 250) and 276 (or 275); one additional mathematics or computing science course chosen from the above lists. Direct email queries to

Engineering Science, Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Anthropology; Archaeology; Asia-Canada; Cognitive Science; Criminology; Economics; English; Explorations; First Nations; French; French Cohort; Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies; Gerontology; Hellenic Studies; History; Humanities; International Studies; Labour Studies; Languages; Latin American Studies; Linguistics; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; World Literature

Beedie School of Business

Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management

  • English Language admission requirement
  • Quantitative and Analytical skills requirement
  • College/University equivalents of the following 9 SFU courses (minimum grade of C- required): BUEC 232 (or STAT 270), BUS 237, 251, 272, ECON 103, 105, MATH 157 (or 151 or 154); two courses chosen from the following list*: ENGL 102, 111 (or 101), 112, 113 (or 103), 114 (or 104), 115 (or 105), 199, PHIL 100, 105 (or 001), 120. *Note, one of these courses may be replaced by any 3 unassigned credits in English at the 100 or 200 level. 
  • For more detailed information, please see the Beedie School of Business website.

Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology


Contemporary Arts

Interactive Arts and Technology

Faculty of Education

Bachelor of General Studies

Bachelor of Education

Faculty of Environment

Bachelor of Arts - Archaeology, Geography, Geography – Environmental Specialty

Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science, Geographic Information Science, Physical Geography

Bachelor of Environment - Resource and Environmental Management, Global Environmental Systems

Faculty of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Faculty of Science

Behavioral Neuroscience, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, General Science, Life Sciences Year Two, Management and Systems Science, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Physics, Statistics and Actuarial Science

Application Status

Applications for Spring 2017 open August 1

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Undergraduate Admission Deadlines for:

  • Fall term: February 28
  • Spring term: September 15
  • Summer term: January 31