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Frequently asked questions about SFU Continuing Studies
Q: Where do your courses take place?
A: Simon Fraser University has three campuses: in Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey. While undergraduate and graduate courses take place at all three campuses, we offer SFU Continuing Studies courses primarily at the Vancouver and Surrey campuses.
Please check course or program pages to find out where classes meet.
SFU Continuing Studies also offers online programs and courses, which are available to students anywhere in the world.
Q: When do your courses start?
A: While undergraduate and graduate courses start at the beginning of each semester (January, May and September), SFU Continuing Studies programs begin throughout the year. Please check course or program pages for start dates.
Q: Do I need to apply for admission if I want to take SFU Continuing Studies courses?
A: You do not have to apply for admission to register for most Continuing Studies courses, but there are application procedures for our certificate and diploma programs. Visit the certificate or diploma program pages for details.
Q: Can I apply for a study permit for SFU Continuing Studies programs?
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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada directly. The permit procedure for undergraduate and graduate students is available on SFU's Student Services website.
Q: How do I find out about your free public events?
Q: Do you have a course about ... ?
A: Please search our website for courses and programs that might interest you. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, we probably don't yet offer a course or program in that area. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-8000 if you have questions.
Q: How do I request a transcript?
Q: Can I access my grades online?
Q: Will I receive an income-tax receipt for my tuition?
A. 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.
Q: What is your policy on course cancellations and instructor substitutions?
A: We reserve the right to substitute instructors or cancel courses without liability. In the event of a cancellation, we will make every effort to give registered students adequate notice. To make this process easier, when you register for courses, please provide full contact information, including your home and business telephone numbers, email address(es) and a fax number.
Q: What is your policy on program withdrawals and tuition refunds?
Q: When I complete my program, what will my alumni status be?
Q: What is a cohort?
A: We call several of our programs cohort programs. This means you will work through the program courses with a group of your peers (called a cohort). Some program courses are available only to cohort students—that is, students who have been accepted to and are working through the entire program.