Virtual Orientation

Please use this section to get settled, find support and take advantage of university services. 

Fall Orientations

The "Build Your Own" orientation event will take place on Friday, August 29, 2014, Burnaby campus. Reserve online.

See also: Month of Orientation page

Departmental Orientations

Your first priority should be to attend your department's orientation event. You'll meet your departmental colleagues and get to know the staff who will be helping you throughout your program.

Departmental Orientations for Fall 2014 are currently being scheduled. We'll update the list below as we get information from your departments.

You will also receive email directly from your department about your departmental orientation. If you do not receive this information, please contact your department's graduate program assistant.

  • Archaeology: Tuesday, September 2, 1:30–4 pm, Room TBA. The Meet & Greet party is on September 4 at 3:30 pm in the pub loft.
  • Beedie School of Business: Orientation information will be emailed to you from your graduate program assistants.
  • Biological Sciences: Thursday, September 4, 1:30–4 pm, Biological Sciences Seminar room B9242, Burnaby campus
  • Computing Science: Thursday, September 4, 10:30 am, Burnaby campus
  • Computing Science Big Data: Wednesday September 3, 4–6 pm, Burnaby campus
  • Contemporary Arts: Wednesday, September 10, 5:30 pm. Meet in the lobby (ground floor) of SFU Woodward's (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts)
  • Criminology: Friday, September 5, 3:30–4:30 pm, Saywell Hall 10218
  • Digital Media: Tuesday, September 2, 9 am–4 pm, Centre for Digital Media, 685 Great Northern Way, Vancouver
  • Education (Burnaby-administered programs): Saturday September 6, 9 am to 1 pm, Blusson Hall.
  • Education (Community MEd cohorts): Monday, September 8, 6 pm, Surrey campus, SUR 5140
  • English: Wednesday, August 27, 9 am–3 pm, AQ 6106, Burnaby campus
  • Gerontology: Wednesday, September 10, 1 pm, HC 2050, Harbour Centre.
    The Orientation will be followed by a Welcome Reception in HC 2065 at 2:30 pm.  All Gerontology graduate students, both new and current, are welcome and encouraged to attend.
  • International Studies: Monday, September 8, 12:30 pm in HC 2065, Harbour Centre
  • Linguistics: Friday, September 5, 1–3 pm, RCB 7201, Burnaby campus
  • Political Science: Thursday, August 28, 10 am–12 noon, AQ 6093, Burnaby campus
  • Master of Public Health: Wednesday, August 27 (most of the day), Burnaby campus
  • Master of Publishing: Tuesday, September 2, 9:30 am in HC 1425. Followed by lunch at 1 pm, HC 1430, Vancouver campus
  • Resource and Environmental Management: All new students will go on a field trip in the week before classes begin.

International Student Orientation

If you're an international student, we recommend that you also attend the  free International Orientation session on Thursday August 28, 2014.

Topics will include information on immigration, employment, health insurance, academic culture in Canada and an introduction to SFU, Vancouver and Canada. It's also a great way to meet other international graduate students from around the world.

Residence Orientation

If you have a confirmed place in the SFU Graduate Residences (Louis Riel or Hamilton Hall), visit their Graduate and Family Welcome page for info on how to sign up for an early-move in option and residence orientation. It will take place from August 27–September 1. Cost is $115.


SFU's Teaching and Learning Centre hosts a large TA/TM Day event for all teaching assistants and tutor-markers. The event is free and open to current TAs/TMs as well as anyone who is interested in becoming a TA or TM. It will be held on Friday, September 5, 2014, 8:30 am–4 pm.

The schedule also usually includes an opportunity to find out more about TA/TM employee medical coverage for and help with the employee medical insurance forms.

Library Orientation

The Research Commons at the SFU Library has a Library Research Basics for Grad Students overview to get you introduced to the library: