Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

When are applications due?

Application deadlines are:

For Fall 2023: The Future of Healthcare, the application deadline is August 15th, 2023.

How do I apply?

Students apply online, using an application form that can be accessed here.

For full application requirements, please see the requirements section below.

What if I am not an SFU student?

Non-SFU students must first be accepted to the Semester in Dialogue program. If accepted to the program, the student will apply to SFU as a visiting student. This process will be supported by the Semester in Dialogue Program Coordinator.

How competitive is the application process?

We anticipate there will be more applications than we have spaces.

How are applications evaluated?

Applicants will have an opportunity to speak with the instructor to discuss whether the Semester in Dialogue is a good fit. We will look to create a diverse cohort of 20 students from a range of departments and faculties.

Do I need letters of reference?

Letters of reference are not required, but you are invited to help us get to know you better by providing additional information. We welcome narratives about yourself, such as a story about work you are proud of, or a reflection on your identity/ positionality. Traditional materials like transcripts, resumes and letters of reference are optional.

All additional materials should be sent to


What are the eligibility criteria?

The Semester in Dialogue is open to undergraduate students from all departments and faculties who have completed 45 credit hours prior to beginning the program, including transfer credits from other institutions. The program also can be taken post-graduation as a special student, and credits can be applied towards a post-baccalaureate diploma.

Students who have completed credits for DIAL 393 and DIAL 394 are not eligible to participate in the program.

Can I enroll in other courses while taking the Semester in Dialogue?

Yes. However, the course hours are from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You should not have other fixed commitments (e.g. other courses or work) during course hours.


When is it best to take the Semester in Dialogue?

Students often take the semester near the end of their undergraduate education as a means to explore what they are doing and why it matters, but the choice is yours based on your individual needs and preferences.

How often are course themes repeated?

Program themes are selected based on emerging opportunities to link coursework with community. Although some themes are occasionally repeated, there is no regular schedule for this to occur. Regardless of theme, all program offerings provide similar opportunities for immersion in dialogue-archive, self-exploration and community engagement.

What credits will I receive?

For the Fall 2023 Semester you will receive 10 credits 5 each for DIAL 390 & DIAL 391.

Is the program eligible for SFU’s Writing (W) and Breadth (B) requirements?

The Semester in Dialogue fulfills SFU writing (W) requirements, and each course within the semester can fulfill either B-SOC or B-HUM breadth requirements.

How do I transfer credits to my major Department?

Students should consult with their major Department prior to taking the Semester in Dialogue to determine how DIAL credits fulfill major, minor, or elective course requirements.

How does this relate to the Minor in Dialogue program?

The School of Communication offers a Minor in Dialogue that is also available to students who take the Semester in Dialogue and fulfill additional course requirements. For more information about the minor program, view the SFU calendar or contact a Communications advisor.

How much does the Semester in Dialogue program cost?

The cost is equivalent to SFU’s undergraduate tuition for 10 credits. More information about tuition fees can be found here.