Student Services Bulletin
News for currently enrolled SFU undergraduates, emailed twice monthly, or as needed.
Most recent bulletin
We can't always fit everything in the Bulletin email, so here are some things you've seen in earlier editions.
Ongoing resources and support
Study hall @home: Are you feeling isolated working alone? Is it more difficult than ever to stay focused and motivated? Join other students in a supportive virtual space during dedicated study times Mondays and Thursdays. Academic support available at your request. More information and registration.
Self-Isolation Support: Do you need to self-isolate? SFU’s CARES program (COVID Assistance & Remote Engagement Support) can provide a safe environment while meeting all necessary guidelines and allowing you to feel part of our community. Our program includes options for accommodation and meals, if needed, as well as remote support if you already have your own self-isolation plans.
Arriving from outside of Canada? New travel, testing, and quarantine measures for travellers entering Canada are now in effect. If you are planning to travel or return to Canada, please register your travel plans with SFU as early as possible so that we can support you before and after arrival. You may also refer to our Immigration and Travel FAQ for information on current travel restrictions and measures.
Protect yourself with MFA (Multi-factor authentication) : MFA is one of your best defences against identify theft and other cyberattacks. You might already be using MFA for your social media or gaming activities, so why not for your academic account? Learn more and enroll.
Temporary Elective Grading System: A temporary undergraduate elective grading system of Pass/Credit/No Credit was introduced for the 2021 spring, summer, and fall terms only.
Check out the SLC: The Library’s Student Learning Commons offers several workshops and webinars that can help you. Some are recorded to view as you have time.
Office of Student Support, Rights & Responsibilities: The Office of Student Support, Rights & Responsibilities (SSRR) is available to support students who experience physical or mental health issues that may impact their studies.
Centre for Accessible Learning: If you are a student with a mental health or physical disability and want to explore possible academic supports please contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) as early as possible (email@example.com; 778-782-3112). For more information regarding registering at the CAL, please visit the Centre's website.
Health and wellness resources
Get vaccinated! Anyone 12 and over and living in BC can now register for COVID-19 vaccines. Please get vaccinated when you are able to, and help keep our community safe as we prepare to return to campus in September.
Health & Counselling Services is open. Student life is challenging. Health & Counselling Services is still operating with most of our services provided virtually. Book an appointment today.
Your Health Matters Newsletter: Health & Counselling has a newsletter that you can subscribe to! Stay updated on all the events and resources we are offering this term.
In case you missed the live Understanding and Coping with Anxiety and Depression seminar, we have a recorded version you can access anytime. Enroll in the Canvas course.
Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office: SVSPO is a university resource designed to support any member of the university community impacted by sexual violence and misconduct. Reach out to us for support regardless of when or where the incident took place.
Mental Health Support available with My SSP (Student Support Program) SFU students can access free, immediate support 24/7 (chat or phone) with My SSP. Multiple language options available. Ongoing support, by video or phone, can be pre-booked by phone. Download the My SSP app to connect and access additional well-being articles and resources or call 1.844.451.9700 (CAN/ US) or 001.416.380.6578 (international, charges may apply).
Creative Collective: At Creative Collective, you can download art tutorial PDFs, such as how to fold origami, how to start a bullet journal, and how to choreograph a dance. Take a look at our collection.
Health & Counselling on TikTok: Follow @sfuhcs on TikTok to see sexual health tips, short snack tutorials, art clips, and more.
Live here. Learn here. SFU Residence. Live where you learn right on the Burnaby Mountain campus in your own private room at an affordable price. Be part of SFU’s vibrant and diverse academic resident community with students from around the world. Apply today.
Discover a global education: Explore Exchanges and Virtual Exchanges at one of our 130+ partner institutions in 45 countries around the world. Exchange Applications for in-person and virtual exchanges are now open! Our new Virtual Exchange program options for an accessible way to explore one of our partners. Deadlines ongoing.
The Schwarzman Scholars Application is open for 2022-2023. Apply for a one year fully funded master’s program at Tsinghua University if you are on track to graduate by August 1, 2022. Mandarin skills not required. More information. Check out previous SFU Schwarzman Scholars. Deadline to apply: September 21, 2021.
Starry Nights: Gaze at the stars from the comfort of your home. Join astrophysicist @JoannaAstro livestreaming on YouTube from the Trottier Observatory for Starry Nights on clear Friday nights.
Integrate mindfulness practices into your back-to-school routine. Mindfulness Meditation is back! Sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 1:00pm.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation Group: When you feel anxious or stressed, one of the ways your body responds is with muscle tension. Progressive muscle relaxation is a relaxation technique that teaches you to recognize that tension and relieve it. Drop-in sessions, no registration required.
Lunch together: Meet, Greet, and Eat is a safe and inclusive space for students to hang out, meet new people, eat lunch together, and participate in fun and creative crafts. Sessions are on Tuesdays, spread out throughout the term.
For international students
International Student Advisors are working remotely and can answer questions related to immigration (study/work permits, visa, travel restrictions, etc.) or medical insurance. Visit our Connect With Us page to see more information on how to connect with an advisor for your individual needs.
COVID-19 FAQ for international students: Visit the international student FAQs for updates and information regarding immigration (eg, study/work permits, visas, travel insurance) and medical insurance.
Important Medical Insurance Reminder: The International Student Medical Insurance, guard.me@SFU, is for your first term at SFU only. Ensure you have an adequate medical insurance coverage for subsequent terms. Visit the SFU Medical Insurance page for more information.
International and Newcomer Welcome Guides: Congratulations on your admission to SFU! Not sure how to start your SFU journey as a new student from international pathways? Check the Welcome Guides for a step-by-step guide and a downloadable checklist.
Employment and volunteer opportunties
Career & Volunteer Services: Career Education Specialists are working remotely and can answer questions related to resumes, work search, interviews, where to find and apply for work and volunteer opportunities and can help bring clarity to your ideas. Connect with us via social media, phone, and email. More info at www.sfu.ca/students/career.html
Beware of job scammers: Finding a job is not always easy and job scammers are aware of this. We hope this guide can help you get educated, to be able to recognize fraudulent tactics, and to help you protect yourself. Please see this infographic and document and let us know if you are suspicious of anything by calling 778-782-3106 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to start a business, but don’t know how? Venture Connection has been helping SFU students with their startups since 2008. Our services are open to members of ALL faculties and are absolutely free. Join us in an entrepreneurship workshop or apply directly for the incubator!
Interviewing 101 (free online opportunity): Interviewing for a job requires a lot of preparation. In Interviewing 101 you’ll find several helpful tips on how to succeed in a Canadian workplace interview. Free Canvas resource.
Job Search Success workshop online: Receive expert feedback on your cover letter and résumé, and engage in activities relevant in today's diverse workplace. Think differently about your experiences and how your unique background can positively contribute to your job search. Job Search Success costs $20; non-refundable after course start date.
Effective Intercultural Communication: Want to be a culturally competent and sought-after professional in today’s globalized workforce? Effective Intercultural Communication is a free self-paced online course.
Videos on Career Development: Head on over to our Youtube Channel for videos on career thinking, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, interviews, and much more. We are here to inspire you to pursue your career dreams and possibilities.
Undergraduate dates and deadlines: For a list of term deadlines related to adding and dropping classes and other important deadlines, please visit Deadlines.
Is your SIN in goSFU? Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires ALL students to have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Individual Tax Number (ITN) provided on their tax forms (T2202 and T4A). Please visit www.sfu.ca/students/fees/social-insurance for details.
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
Access to campus buildings is only available to current members of the SFU community (students, faculty, staff) who present SFU identification, which can include your SFU ID. Please also remember that you must wear a mask in all indoor common areas on SFU campuses, and that your mask must cover both mouth and nose. For more information on the latest COVID-19 and SFU updates, please visit this page.