Locate the program you're interested in and click on Apply Now. You can choose from our Certificates and Diplomas page or browse by area of study from our Programs and Courses page. SFU alumni discount: We're pleased to waive our standard $75 application fee for all SFU alumni. Simply enter discount code SFUalumni when applying to any program.
Phone or in person
Call us at 778-782-8000. We’ll be happy to talk to you. We can also take in-person registrations but at our Vancouver campus only. Visit us at the Registrar and Information Services desk on the main floor (street level) of SFU's Vancouver campus at 515 West Hastings Street. See our current hours.
Please contact us at email@example.com to register and pay for a friend, spouse or fellow staff member, or to purchase seats in bulk, which you can redeem online at any time.
The first time you register for a course or apply to a program, we’ll ask you to create a student account where you’ll set your login and a password. Our step-by-step online registration guide can help you. Once you have an account, you can review your courses, schedule, and grades online. Instructions for accessing your grades are available in our online guide.
We require payment for all courses and programs when you register. All fees are payable in Canadian dollars. We accept payment by cheque, Visa or MasterCard credit card, or wire transfer (no cash payments effective January 1, 2017). Please make your cheque payable to Simon Fraser University. Once we receive your registration and payment, we'll send your confirmation and receipt by email.*
Our mailing address for payment is as follows:
Simon Fraser University
SFU Continuing Studies—Enrollment Services
2300 - 515 Hastings St W
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
Classes fill quickly, so register early.
*If you are using an email account hosted by Microsoft (@hotmail.com, @outlook.com, @live.com or @live.ca), your confirmation and receipt emails may get directed to your junk folder or not delivered at all. Please use another address (Gmail, Shaw, Telus, etc.).
Emails from SFU (firstname.lastname@example.org) sent to or forwarded to any email accounts hosted by Microsoft are sometimes identified as spam and delivered to junk mail folders, or not delivered at all.
Affected email addresses include @hotmail.com, @outlook.com, @live.com and @live.ca. SFU emails sent to other addresses, such as Gmail, Shaw, Telus, etc., are normally not affected, although we cannot guarantee that you will receive SFU email from any external email service.
Please check your junk mail folder for any messages from SFU that you are expecting. If an SFU message is found in your junk folder, please indicate that the email is "Not Junk," to increase the chance that future SFU emails will be delivered to your inbox. See full instructions for "safe sender" marking below.
How to mark your SFU email as safe
Depending on your email service, the steps to mark SFU as a safe sender will vary slightly; for example, you may need to create a filter. Here are the steps for Gmail and Yahoo.
- Click on the down arrow in the search box at the top of any Gmail page.
- Type "sfu.ca" into the From field. Click Create filter with this search in the bottom right.
- Check the Never send it to Spam box. Click Create filter. You may also opt to click on the Also apply filter to X matching conversations if you have emails from SFU that are in your Spam.
- Click on the gear icon in the top right, and select Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Click on Filters on the left and then click Add.
- Type "SFU" as the Filter name. In the From field, select contains and type "sfu.ca" in the second box. In the section under Then move the messages to this folder, select Inbox. Click Save.
- Back in the Settings window, click Save.
Bursaries and scholarships
The following Continuing Studies programs provide bursaries or scholarship opportunities to students enrolling in their respective areas:
If you work in the private or non-profit sector in B.C., your employer may be eligible for the B.C. Employer Training Grant, which provides funding for employers to support skills training for their current and new employees.
The provincial government offers a tuition waiver for former youth in care attending public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. B.C. students who are between 19 and 26 years of age who have received care from the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency through the Child, Family and Community Service Act may be eligible for a tuition waiver for all Continuing Studies courses and programs.
Otherwise, SFU Continuing Studies programs and courses are not eligible for any other B.C. or Canada Student Loans. But you are welcome to obtain funding through other sources such as your personal financial institution (line of credit, borrowing from RRSPs, etc.).
If your SFU tuition fees exceed $100 in one calendar year, they may qualify as a tax credit. The payment receipt that we'll email you after you register is your official tax receipt. To determine whether your tuition fees qualify, consult the Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.
Enrollment Services mails tax certificates at the end of February of each year to all students who qualify for an education amount credit on their personal income tax returns. To determine whether a program qualifies, consult the Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.
For more information about tax certificates, visit our Tax Information page.
For non-credit courses
- We issue refunds in the original method of payment and to the original payee only. Include your payment receipt when you request a refund.
- Send your written refund request to us at email@example.com at least five business days before the course start date. All refunds are subject to a 20 per cent administrative charge per course, to a maximum of $50 per course. The same applies to a request to transfer.
- If you submit a request less than five business days before the course start date, you will not receive a refund. It is also too late to request to transfer.
- If SFU Continuing Studies cancels a course you have registered and paid for, you will receive a full refund.
The above policy is for our individual courses. All of the non-credit certificates, diplomas, and programs that comprise individual courses, which can be taken anytime, will follow this policy.
For non-credit cohort programs
The deposit fee is non-refundable as applicable. The tuition fee is non-refundable once the program starts. If you must cancel, the following fees will apply:
- Over four weeks prior to the start date, there is a $75 administrative fee
- Between two and four weeks prior to the start date, there is a charge equal to 10 per cent of the full tuition fee
- Less than two weeks prior to the start date, there is a charge equal to 20 per cent of the full tuition fee
Any request for cancellation must be received in writing.
Our non-credit certificates, diplomas, and programs that have a single tuition fee will follow this policy, unless otherwise noted.
We may consider one-time exceptions to our refund policy in rare circumstances such as illness, bereavement, or other unplanned incidents, on a case-by-case basis. Please send such requests, with a short description of your circumstances, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you intend to withdraw from a course, you must inform us in writing. A grade of W will be entered on your student transcript. Email your withdrawal request to email@example.com.
To succeed in our programs and courses, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 (unless otherwise noted). If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.
Please note we can't refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.
Course cancellation and instructor substitution
We reserve the right to cancel courses with low enrollment or substitute instructors without liability. If we do cancel a course, we will make every effort to give you adequate notice.
All courses that we offer as part of a certificate or diploma are exempt from GST—even if you are not in that certificate or diploma program. Stand-alone courses that are not part of a program's curriculum are subject to GST (five per cent).
Please note that all non-credit courses are PST exempt.
SFU’s GST number is 118 520 725 RT.
We normally adjust all application, registration, program, tuition, textbook, and other fees annually, but all fees are subject to change without notice and are effective immediately.
Although undergraduate and graduate programs have different fee structures for international students, fees for Continuing Studies courses and programs are the same for domestic and international students.
Official, current fees are published on this website.
Please remember that we cannot apply discounts retroactively.
A study permit is not needed if you want to take short-term courses or programs of study of six months or less. Our part-time Dialogue and Civic Engagement, Executive Leadership, Social Innovation and Urban Design certificates, as well as The Writer's Studio, and our full-time English Language and Culture Program and Interpretation and Translation Program are the only programs that may entitle you to qualify for a study permit. For more information on study permits, contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada directly. The permit procedure for undergraduate and graduate students is available on SFU's Student Services website.
If a course is full, we encourage you to add your name to the waitlist. In some instances, we may add another section. We also use the waitlist to gauge interest in future courses.
If you're on a waitlist, check your email frequently until the course begins. If a space becomes available, you will get an email from firstname.lastname@example.org giving you 24 hours to register and pay for the course. The email will include instructions on how to register. If you do not register within this timeframe, the space will go to the next person on the list. Priority is based on when you joined the waitlist.
The waitlist period expires two business days before the course begins (this could be up to two weeks before course start dates for online courses), after which time we will no longer send email notices. If a seat becomes available during this period, enrollment will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you have joined a waitlist to be notified of when an individual seat opens up for a course initially reserved for certificate and diploma students, enrollment will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.