Defer your admission

Have you been accepted into SFU but wish to defer your Undergraduate Admission offer?

You may apply to defer your offer of admission for up to one full year and to any term within that year. For example, you have been admitted to the fall term, you may apply for a one-time deferral to spring, summer, or the following fall term.

Deferrals are approved for students who wish to take a gap year and for students with extenuating circumstances. Deferrals are not granted for students who plan on attending another post-secondary institution or who are not financially prepared to attend SFU.

Deferral dates and deadlines

Admission Term Application period
Spring (January) October 15 to December 15
Summer (May) February 15 to April 15
Fall (September) July 1 to August 15*

For your deferral request to be considered, you must pay the admission deposit, which will be applied to your approved deferral term.  Please note: The admission deposit is non-refundable. 

*Students experiencing visa issues or other extenuating circumstances may submit a deferral request through our Future Students Community after the deadlines indicated above. Requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis. 

Contact us

Contact the go-to person who emailed you following your application, phone 778.782.6930, or submit an inquiry by visiting our Future Students community

Deferring SFU Entrance Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

Only certain Entrance Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries can be deferred and requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  Please contact to see how your admission deferral may impact any scholarships, awards and bursaries you may have received. 

International Students

If you are an international student, you are responsible for maintaining valid status while in Canada and continuing to meet all conditions of your study permit.

If you have any questions or concerns about your study permit renewal or status, you should speak with an International Student Advisor/Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant through the International Services for Students (ISS) office as soon as possible.

Graduate Student Deferrals

You should make the request directly to your academic program. If the deferral is approved, the offer of admission may be modified.

You may request to defer your admission term up to a maximum of one year.