International Student Orientation

All new international undergraduate and graduate students beginning their studies at SFU this Fall 2024 are invited to our 3-part orientation series to get transition support and make connections.

Part 1: Information Session

Attend this virtual info session to learn about key topics to prepare for your time in Canada, and get your questions answered. Session topics include:

  • Immigration documents (study permits/visas) and travel requirements
  • Enrollment requirements and work eligibility (Enrollment requirements as they relate to study permit conditions and work eligibility only)
  • Medical insurance and supports (, BC MSP, Studentcare Health and Dental Plan) 

Notes: For course planning advice, please contact your academic department. For those who cannot attend, the video recordings will be made available here.

Undergraduate Student Info Session

  • Date: Thursday, July 11, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PT)

Graduate Student Info Session

  • Date: Friday, July 19, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PT)

Where: Zoom (details will be sent to registrants)

Part 2: Student & Advisor Panel Session

Attend this live virtual session to get tips from current international students to make the most of your time at SFU and get your questions answered by advisors.

  • Student panelists represent international undergraduate and graduate experiences from various programs.
  • International Student Advisor panelists can answer your questions about immigration, medical insurance, support services at SFU, and more.

Student & Advisor Panel Session

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2024

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PT)

Where: Zoom (details will be sent to registrants)

Part 3: International Student Welcome Social

Attend this in-person social event to:

Note: You have the flexibility to come and go from the event anytime 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. Food will be served throughout the event until supplies last.

International Student Welcome Social

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2024

Time: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM (PT)

Where: Global Student Centre (AQ 2013), Burnaby Campus

Zoom & Technical Requirements:

To attend our virtual sessions, you must have access to internet, and a working computer. Registered participants will be provided with a link in advance via email to access the online space. Our live virtual sessions will be offered via the online platform Zoom. Learn more about SFU Zoom features, tools, and privacy.


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to participate. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact us at

Case-specific Enquiries:

For any case-specific enquiries regarding your immigration documents and travelling to Canada, please do not hesitate to get in touch with an International Student Advisor.

Have questions?

If you have questions about International Student Orientation, please email us at