Information for New Graduate Students
Congratulations on your admission to SFU Physics! This section of our website will provide you with some of the resources you will need to begin your studies at SFU. Please click the tabs above or the drop-down menus below for additional information.
Step 1: Once You've Been Admitted to SFU Physics
Accept Your Admission Offer - Pay Your Admission Deposit
Your admission offer must be accepted or declined within 21 days from the date of your admission letter. To accept your offer, please log in to the application system at: https://go.sfu.ca/paprd/gradapplication.html with your 'GA" Id and password, or your computing ID if you are an SFU student. You may pay the deposit online with a credit card. This deposit will be applied to your tuition in your first term in the program.
For other methods of payment please go to:
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Physics or the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies.htm
Provide Proof of Degree Completion Prior to Start Date- Submit Official Transcripts to SFU
Transcripts are only considered Official if they are received in sealed envelopes directly from the institution(s) you attended. If you have up-to-date sealed transcripts in your possession, you may submit them directly to The Department of Physics, they will be forwarded to the Department of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies on your behalf.
All post-secondary transcripts (transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by a certified translator).
Once you have received an admission letter, all official hard copy documentation should be directed to:
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Maggie Benston Student Services Centre 1100
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
SFU Degree Holders
Students admitted with the condition of completing an SFU degree do not need to forward Official SFU Transcripts once the degree has been completed. This condition will be verified by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies upon request, please email email@example.com upon degree completition (please include your SFU student number).
Apply for Your Study Permit (International Students)
Please apply for a study permit as soon as possible. Processing times can take as long as six months, depending upon where you apply for your permit. Your official Offer of Admission and Funding letter from Simon Fraser University's Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral fellows provides the necessary documentation from the university.
Please click here for more information about applying for your study permit.
Activate Your SFU Computing ID and Begin Using Your SFU Email Account
Apply for a Teaching Assistant Position
A portion of your stipend funding will come from Teaching Assistantships (TAs). Most incoming students should expect to work as a Teaching Assistant during their first term of study. If you are an incoming student who has already made arrangements to work with a senior supervisor, please confirm with your prospective supervisor whether or not you should be applying for a TA for your first term in the program. All students without confirmed supervisors should submit TA applications.
Please click here or click the red 'TAs' tab above for detailed instruction and information for new students regarding TA applications and TA assignments.
Prepare Your Course Planner and Enroll in Courses
Please click the Course Planning / Enrollment tab above for detailed instructions about designing a course plan for your SFU Physics graduate program. This page also has instructions for enrolling in courses. Be sure to consult with your senior supervisor to develop a course plan before enrolling in courses for your first term!
Additional Resources Before You Arrive at SFU
Step 2: Arriving in Vancouver and at SFU
Your Arrival on Campus
Get Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada (International Students)
Open a Bank Account
Payroll at SFU is paid on a bi-weekly schedule through direct deposit to your bank account. Please open a bank account when you arrive in Vancouver. The Physics department will require a Void Cheque or Bank Account Verification from your bank (clearly stating your Bank ID, Transit ID Code and Account Information) in order to set up your payroll.
Get Your SFU ID from the Information and Registration Office
You can get your Library/student ID card 24 hours after you have enrolled in a course. You will need to present valid photo ID (for example, government issued ID, passport, driver’s license).
Library/ID cards are produced at any of our three campuses.
Note: If you are based at SFU Surrey, please pick up your student card at that campus, as those cards are also used to access labs.
Bring identification and your student number to the SFUs Information and Registration Desk in the Maggie Benston Building. SFU staff will take your photo and issue you an ID card.
Get Your U-Pass Public Transit Pass
All eligible students receive a U-Pass BC for unlimited access to public transit around Metro Vancouver.
See the U-Pass BC website for more information oneligibility and how to collect your U-Pass BC.
TransLink's mobile site is also very useful to keep you informed on when the next bus will arrive at your stop.
Please note: Students enrolled in a course that is marked as being "off-campus" and have a mailing address outside Metro Vancouver are not eligible for the U-Pass BC Program. Please make sure that your contact information is up-to-date in GoSFU.