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Return to Campus Info for Graduate Students
As we work to keep our communities safe and healthy for the return to campus, we're also here to keep you informed as things change, sometimes quite rapidly.
We have returned to in-person operations and are happy to assist you either in person our through our ticketing system, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. Responses take approximately 3 business days.
If you are outside of Canada and will not be coming to Canada for the spring 2021 term, you can opt-out now by completing a declaration and submitting it before January 30, 2021. Learn more ➝
You may be eligible to opt out of the GSS extended health plan. Please check the studentcare website if you qualify.
Effective January 7, all air passengers aged five and older must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline before boarding a flight to Canada from another country. This does not replace the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement, which remains in effect.
For details, see the Government of Canada announcement.
All travelers arriving in Canada are required by law to self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days. Please see this self-isolation guide to learn more about how to self-isolate and what contactless options for getting food (necessities) are available.
Please visit SFU CARES Program for additional information and assistance.
Updates for international students
Review information for travel and immigration with International Services for Students. As things evolve and change, they will provide up-to-date information. Learn more →
Register your travel plans with SFU
Register your plan with SFU as early as possible, so we can support you before and after your arrival in Canada. An SFU staff member should contact you within two business days to discuss your self-isolation plan. Learn more →
If you are a student arriving from outside Canada and need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, the COVID Assistance and Remote Engagement Support (CARES) program can help. Learn more →
Note: The CARES team is working as quickly as they can to work on bookings. If you haven't heard from them within 7 business days of your proposed travel, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SFU documents to enter Canada
If you are travelling to Canada, you are encouraged to print your original Admission Letter and a Confirmation of Enrollment Letter.
You can generate a Confirmation of Enrollment letter yourself through your StudentCentre. You can log in to go.sfu.ca and follow these steps:
- Under the 'Academics' heading, 'Enrollment' sub-heading, click the small double arrow for the drop down menu and select 'Confirmation of Enrollment'.
- Click on the magnifying glass to select the term.
- The letter is produced in real time as a PDF file and can then be saved, emailed or printed.
Getting Started as a Graduate Student at SFU
Take a look around our Getting Started section of the website which includes information about getting connected with SFU systems, getting connected with other SFU students, and partaking in Orientation activities (including GPS's orientation, your department/programs, and more!)
You can also learn more about additional resources and support in our Community Guide.
Guidelines + recommendations
SFU is committed to following the guidelines as directed by the Provincial Health Authority.
Please review the current guidelines and latest updates →
Options for leaves
Graduate students are required to maintain continuous enrollment. If you find it necessary to interrupt your studies, you must apply for a leave of absence. During a leave of absence you are not enrolled and should not use any of the University’s facilities or resources, or undertake academic or research work related to your program. International graduate students who are on a study permit should consult with SFU International Services for Students prior to applying for the leave. Learn more →
And course materials for the fall term are available at SFU Bookstore online. All campus bookstore locations will remain closed for the term to comply with institutional COVID-19 safety measures.
Starting November 20, everyone who visits our campuses must wear a non-medical mask in all indoor public areas. Public areas include building entryways and atriums, hallways, stairwells, washrooms, and study areas.
Even with limited numbers of people on campus, common areas can be congested, making it difficult to consistently maintain a safe physical distance. Non-medical masks are proven to protect others from the spread of the virus, so we ask everyone to do their part to protect each other. For those who are not able to wear a mask for medical or other reasons, please be especially careful to maintain a safe distance.
SFU branded washable cloth masks will also be available soon – stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, please take a moment to learn how to safely and effectively wear a mask.
COVID-19 prevention reminders
While safety plans are being developed with specific measures for activities in labs, offices and classrooms, the following reminders continue to be core to everyone’s health and safety:
- Do not come to campus if you have any symptoms of illness
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your face
- Maintain a safe physical distance of six feet (two metres) from others at all times
- Wear a mask when it is not possible to maintain a safe physical distance
Health and Wellbeing
Your health and well-being is important to us. In addition to the services offered through SFU’s Health & Counselling Services and MySSP, our office has collected and collated some resources to ensure that you are taking the time and space for self-care where ever you may find yourself at this time.
Additionally, the following are also available for you
If you're not able to get support through the channels mentioned above, you can connect with the SFU Ombudsperson. They are an independent, impartial and confidential resource for students. They provide information and assistance on issues relating to students' rights and responsibilities, and University regulations, policies and procedures. Please contact them at email@example.com and 778-782-4563.