About Us

Welcome to SFU Continuing Studies

Since 1971, we have been providing flexible education to a diversity of learners beyond the typical university student. We've reached thousands of students of all ages across Metro Vancouver, British Columbia and the world through our evening, weekend and online courses. 

As part of SFU Lifelong Learning, we strive to meet the changing needs of our community through educational programs, customized training, public events and community engagement projects. We hope you’ll join us as we continue this vital work. 

SFU Lifelong Learning

SFU Continuing Studies is part of SFU Lifelong Learning. We offer a number of continuing education programs, including online options. We also offer community learning opportunities across the Lower Mainland. 

Continuing education

SFU Continuing Studies non-credit certificates, diplomas, and other programs will help you upgrade your professional qualifications, enter a new field, and feed your passion for learning.

We’ve designed our programs with your busy schedule in mind: Most of our classes take place either online or in the evenings and on weekends at our downtown Vancouver and Surrey campuses, and other convenient locations. 

Public lectures and events

Throughout the year, we offer a number of lectures, round-table discussions, and other events that are open to the general public. Everyone is welcome; you do not need to be a student to attend. 

Community projects and services

There is much more to SFU Continuing Studies than educational courses and programs.

We also partner with organizations, businesses, and other community groups to reach out to people who face barriers to education—Indigenous youth, residents of the city’s Downtown Eastside, communities in developing countries, newcomers to Canada, seniors and others.

Read our 2019/2020 Community Report to learn more.

Our advisory committees

Program advisory committees provide academic oversight to all Continuing Studies activities. Members include students, instructors, and representatives from community groups and relevant SFU faculties and departments.

Contact the dean's office

Julia Denholm, PhD
Dean, SFU Lifelong Learning

Email: csdean@sfu.ca
Telephone: 778-782-5138