Fall Term – Orientation

Are you a new undergraduate student coming straight from high school? Are you transferring from another post-secondary institution? Are you an international student? We have a whole suite of orientation activities for you!

New fall FIC students

If you are a new student starting at FIC in September, please see FIC Orientation.

Welcome Day

Welcome Day is for all undergraduate students staring at SFU this fall. During this day you will:

  • meet your professors, classmates and the SFU staff who will help launch your time at SFU;
  • find out more about your program of study;
  • get comfortable on campus; and
  • receive free SFU merch, including a t-shirt.


Please register for the campus where you will be taking the majority of your classes. Registration is required to attend this event. 

Starting at the Vancouver campus in a program such as SCA? We encourage you to attend the Burnaby campus Welcome Day, in addition to attending SCA Orientation.

Event details

Location: Surrey campus
Date: Wednesday August 28
Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: free

Location: Burnaby campus
Date: Thursday August 29
Time: 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: free


Welcome Day Coordinators are committed to making this event as accessible and barrier-free as possible. Please contact orientation@sfu.ca to let us know if you have any accessibility needs or require accommodations so we can ensure your full participation in the event.

Exchange & Study Abroad Orientation

All exchange and study abroad students* are required to attend the free Exchange & Study Abroad Orientation on Friday August 30.

* Exchange and study abroad students come to SFU from one of SFU's partner institutions, usually for one or two terms. 

Welcome Guides for International and Newcomer Students

Residence Week of Welcome

Residence Week of Welcome is for all students who have a confirmed housing offer and will be moving into SFU Residence. After you move in, you will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in a variety of events and opportunities aimed at welcoming you to your new community
  • connect you with other residents
  • prepare you for the upcoming semester 

This is in addition to campus events such as University Prep and Welcome Day.

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University Prep

What is it?

It's a free online course that will help you prepare for your academic transition to SFU. Each step will take about 30 minutes to complete and take you step by step through what you need to know and do before classes start.

Step 1 - Introduces you to the academic culture at SFU, course terminology, degree requirements, and the wide range of support services and resources available to you.

Step 2 - This Faculty-specific module will provide you with the tools and strategies to start planning your degree and enroll in courses. Learn more about SFU's first year transition events and get to know your campus community. There are also specific modules for international students, FIC transfer students, Indigenous students, student-athletes and students living in residence.

Who is it for?

All new undergraduate students

How do I access the course?

Step 1 - Once you have confirmed your offer to SFU, you will be sent an e-mail with a link to the Canvas course beginning in mid-April

Step 2 - Once you have activated your SFU ID please allow up to 5 business days to receive your Faculty-specific course invitation. The invitation will be sent to your SFU e-mail.

You will have access to University Prep anytime throughout your first year to review the content, as you need it.

Why do University Prep?

  • Assessment evidence shows that students who complete the course have higher rates of academic success and GPAs than those who don't.
  • If you complete all modules, you will be entered for a chance to win bookstore credit.
  • You will receive your first Co-Curricular Record accreditation!

See below for details on prize draws.

Prize draw deadlines

July 31 at 9:00am PDT: deadline to be entered into the prize draw by completing University Prep.


Email: orientation@sfu.ca


Set yourself up for success

Summit starts with five days of learning and building relationships on campus to kick-start your SFU experience, and it continues with socials and support during the fall and spring terms.

Event details

Date: July session: July 22 – 26, 2019
Location: Burnaby campus
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $125.00 (includes food + swag)

Date: August session: August 19 – 23, 2019
Location: Burnaby campus
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $125.00 (includes food + swag)

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