SFU Graduate Student Handbook

Effective September 2021 until August 2022


  • Welcome to graduate studies at SFU! Read a welcome statement by the Dean and Associate Provost of SFU and learn about the relevant polices, resources and information to guide your graduate studies

  • Understanding your offer of admission, types of admission, what follows admission acceptance, the SFU Calendar + Graduate General Regulations, and Supervision

  • Learn about offers of funding, regulations governing awards + scholarships, and types of award funding

  • Familiarize yourself with the standards and requirements of academic honesty and the code of student conduct

  • Learn about Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), goSFU, graduate student vacation policy, Centre for Accessible Learning, On-Campus Housing, Transit and Compass Card, and publication (or postponement) of theses

  • Find information about Indigenous graduate student support, resources and how to connect with SFU's Indigenous students

  • Learn how to prepare for your graduate studies, important contacts, applying for a study permit, working in Canada, bringing your family, enrollment requirements, and staying in Canada

  • Understanding medical insurance requirement for international graduate students, the BC Medical Services Plan and, medical insurance for teaching and research assistants

  • Learn about budgeting for graduate studies, working opportunities and government financial assistance

  • We've created a checklist for helping to reduce misunderstandings with your supervisor and how to stay on track with your degree completion