Transfer to SFU

Complete your degree at one of Canada's leading research universities

An SFU education carries worldwide recognition for excellence. See yourself transferring here and work towards completing your degree while participating in a network of engaged students, passionate faculty, supportive staff, and proud alumni.

Admission requirements

Understand admission requirements

Your admission depends on where you're currently studying and which program you are applying to at SFU. Review the requirements for college/university transfer students before you apply.

Requirements for college/university transfer

Undergraduate programs

Explore our programs

See the interdisciplinary programs, faculties, and diverse career options available when you study at SFU. Combine majors, minors, certificates, and learning experiences to build your possibilities.

SFU's undergraduate programs

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Start your application

Apply to SFU between March 1 to April 15 for a September 2024 start. Applications to post-secondary institutions in BC are submitted through the EducationPlannerBC application service.

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Transfer student workshops

We recently hosted in-person and virtual workshops for transfer students who are thinking of applying to SFU.

Missed a workshop? Watch a recording of the virtual session from March 14.

Thinking of transferring to SFU?

Share your details with us and an SFU representative will reach out to you to help you with the application process, understand requirements, and answer your questions.

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Thinking of transferring to SFU?

Share your details with us and an SFU representative will reach out to you to help you with the application process, understand requirements, and answer your questions.

Connect with us

Join our workshops!

We're hosting in-person and virtual workshops for transfer students who are thinking of applying to SFU.

Register for a workshop now

Learn from industry leaders and build a solid academic foundation

Our interdisciplinary approach to learning allows you to pursue your goals while acquiring a solid foundation of relevant knowledge, skills, and current best practices to help you excel in life and your career after university.

#1 comprehensive university in Canada

Excluding 2014, when SFU ranked #2 | Source: Maclean's University Rankings.

SFU has been consistently ranked Canada's #1 comprehensive university since 2008. As one of the country's leading research universities, this puts us among Canada's top 15 universities in several global and national university ranking systems.

SFU has been consistently ranked Canada's #1 comprehensive university since 2008. As one of the country's leading research universities, this puts us among Canada's top 15 universities in several global and national university ranking systems.

1,000+ faculty members including
400+ international faculty

You'll be taught by leading professionals and researchers from around the world, who are experts in their respective industries. Our professors and instructors bring their diverse global experience and knowledge to your classrooms, lecture halls, and labs, fostering high quality learning opportunities.

You'll be taught by leading professionals and researchers from around the world, who are experts in their respective industries. Our professors and instructors bring their diverse global experience and knowledge to your classrooms, lecture halls, and labs, fostering high quality learning opportunities.

60+ Research centres and institutes

SFU's research initiatives contribute to our position among Canada's top universities in research impact. Undergraduate students can actively participate in research projects, a creative learning approach that provides hands-on training and experience working on ground-breaking research.

SFU's research initiatives contribute to our position among Canada's top universities in research impact. Undergraduate students can actively participate in research projects, a creative learning approach that provides hands-on training and experience working on ground-breaking research.

8,800 students enrolled in co-op
education programs

As of June 15, 2023: new, seeking, placed, and returning co-op students.

SFU students are actively making an impact through their co-op work experiences both at home and internationally, working with globally-recognized organizations and businesses.

SFU students are actively making an impact through their co-op work experiences both at home and internationally, working with globally-recognized organizations and businesses.

19:1

Student to faculty ratio average

We have more intimate class sizes contributing to the quality of your education and overall student experience at SFU.

19:1 student to faculty ratio average

We have more intimate class sizes contributing to the quality of your education and overall student experience at SFU.

 "My friend in SFU... told me about what projects they were doing, and I thought, 'Oh, this is what I want to do.' I decided that I wanted to transfer to SFU on the spot.”

- Current student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, Justin Yu

Transfer students succeed at SFU

You’ve already done a lot of work towards degree completion elsewhere—take your academic progress with you here.

  • After completing your application, transfer credit will be applied to your records during the admission evaluation process, so you can take your learning experiences (and credits) with you to SFU.
  • In addition to credit evaluation, SFU supports the Pan-Canadian Protocol on the transferability of first- and second-year courses from any recognized Canadian university.

Justin Yu
Interactive Arts and Technology student

School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) student Justin began his post-secondary journey at another university. But after meeting an SFU SIAT student, his plans shifted: "...they told me about what projects they were doing, and I thought, 'Oh, this is what I want to do.' I decided that I wanted to transfer to SFU on the spot.”

He put his design skills to use by helping destigmatize mental health while on a co-op placement at SFU Health and Counselling. Outside of class, he rounded out his student experience through opportunities on campus to connect with other students. He's an executive of the popular Anime Club and a member of several others.

Justin is more than happy with his decision to transfer to SFU. " The professors are really good at pushing you to your limits and making you consistently improve. I have a lot to show in terms of my work because of SIAT.”

Hear from other SFU students

"The SIAT program drew me to SFU. It's one of the only programs in Canada that makes you a jack of all trades in the digital media industry.”

"The SIAT program drew me to SFU. It's one of the only programs in Canada that makes you a jack of all trades in the digital media industry.”

Justin Yu
Interactive Arts and Technology student

School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) student Justin began his post-secondary journey at another university. But after meeting an SFU SIAT student, his plans shifted: "...they told me about what projects they were doing, and I thought, 'Oh, this is what I want to do.' I decided that I wanted to transfer to SFU on the spot.”

He put his design skills to use by helping destigmatize mental health while on a co-op placement at SFU Health and Counselling. Outside of class, he rounded out his student experience through opportunities on campus to connect with other students. He's an executive of the popular Anime Club and a member of several others.

Justin is more than happy with his decision to transfer to SFU. " The professors are really good at pushing you to your limits and making you consistently improve. I have a lot to show in terms of my work because of SIAT.”

You'll have a place at SFU. Find support for continuing your student journey here.

Students who transfer to SFU value the experiences and resources available to them. You'll have access to services that support your academic, professional, and personal journey—from student to alumni and beyond—and help set you up for success.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SFU'S OFFERINGS

We understand choosing your transfer institution isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. You want to find a university that supports your unique goals and provides you with expansive opportunities. Here are some ways we help.

Co-op opportunities

As a transfer student, you'll have the opportunity to develop your skills and gain hands-on work experience while completing your degree.

  • Find co-op placements in private and public sectors both locally and around the world.
  • Establish a professional foundation while you study, and position yourself better in the job market after you graduate.

Learn more about co-op

Student life at SFU

Everyone is welcome to participate in and make lasting connections in the SFU community beyond the classrooms and lecture halls.

  • View our student clubs, where you can socialize and network with other members of the SFU community who share similar interests.
  • International students can find a community of support in transitioning to student life in Canada.

Learn more about the SFU student experience

Academic support 

We have various supports and resources to help you work towards earning your degree at SFU:

  • Academic advisors can help you understand degree requirements, plan enrolment, and consider your course load and schedule.
  • The Student Learning Commons offers expert help with academic writing, note taking, and preparation for exams.
  • The Centre for Accessible Learning supports students with documented disabilities, including mental health conditions, in their studies.

Funding your education

We'll help you understand and plan for the ongoing costs of your university education once you transfer to SFU. 

  • Explore financial aid options like scholarships, awards, and bursaries available to all eligible undergraduate students at SFU.
  • Calculate an estimate of your costs per term so you can anticipate, plan, and budget for the cost of your education at SFU.
  • Discover programs that accommodate international students, Indigenous students, students with disabilities, and students in French language programs.

Learn more about financial planning

Want to transfer to SFU?

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Share your details with us and an SFU representative will reach out to you to help you with the application process, understand requirements, and answer your questions.

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Want to transfer to SFU?

CONNECT WITH US TODAY

Share your details with us and an SFU representative will reach out to you to help you with the application process, understand requirements, and answer your questions.

Connect with us