Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate Student Orientation is available both virtually and in-person with events on the lead up to and during Welcome Week.

We invite incoming students to use the Canvas platform to meet new students across all our academic disciplines, to build a base of support as they enter grad school, and to connect with our service units that will support them throughout their graduate career ahead of the in-person events during Welcome Week.

We encourage students to visit SFU GOALS for more information on orientation activities and events in early September.

Some main features found within the Canvas platform are:

  • Welcome messages from key community members
  • Various information on a range of topics, hosted by different groups across SFU, including:  funding, career services, health and counselling, research, writing, teaching and learning, as well as Indigenous and International student support and services 
  • Review materials in your own time and return to them throughout your time in grad school
  • A wide range of service providers to support academics, professional development, well-being, and transition into the SFU community
  • Pages for different graduate programs with links and resources, contact information, and other tools to help you get started

Go to the Orientation Canvas

Incoming graduate students - Orientation Canvas is Online

If you are starting your studies in Fall 2022 and you can't access the online orientation, please email your name, computing ID and student number to

Questions about orientation? 

Contact Stevie Benisch at

Coordinator, Professional Development & Student Experience