Defer your admission

Have you been accepted into SFU but wish to defer your admission?

You may apply to defer your offer of admission for up to one full year. Deferrals are approved for students who wish to take a gap year and for students with extenuating circumstances. Deferrals are not granted for students who plan on attending another post-secondary institution or who are not financially prepared to attend SFU.

Please submit the deferral form before the first day of class.

If your deferral request is approved you must pay the admission deposit which will be applied to your approved deferral term. Please note: The admission deposit is non-refundable.

If you are interested in deferring an SFU Entrance Scholarship, Award and/or Bursary, please note that deferral requests for Entrance Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact before submitting the deferral request.

If you're a graduate student and wish to defer your admission to a master's or doctoral program, please email

Information for deferring SFU Entrance Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

Deferral requests for Entrance Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries will be considered on a case by case basis for students who request to defer their admission. Only certain Entrance Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries are possible to defer. Please contact for more information.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, you are responsible for maintaining valid status while in Canada and continuing to meet all conditions of your study permit.

If you have any questions or concerns about your study permit renewal or status, you should speak with an International Student Advisor/Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant through the International Services for Students (ISS) office as soon as possible.

Need help?

Contact us

  • Contact the go-to person who emailed you following your application, or
  • Phone 778.782.6930