Plan your Trip

In-Person Spring 2022 Exchange Students

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Early or Late Arrival

Early Arrivals

It’s important that you know where you are going once you arrive in Vancouver. Plan ahead for the trip to the SFU campus, and make sure you have everything you’ll need for your first few nights in Canada. If you have a confirmed place in residence but are arriving in Vancouver before the move-in dates, or if you will be looking for off-campus housing upon arrival, you may need to stay in temporary short-term housing for a few days.

More information can be found on our website at Arriving in Vancouver.

Take advantage of your early arrival to explore the campus and city. Here is a useful website to find information about what you can do in Vancouver

If you are planning on arriving early, please note the following:

If you are applying for on-campus housing, your move-in date/time is noted on your license agreement. If you are registered for Residence Orientation (August, January, May) you may have an alternate date. You will receive an email from SFU Residence and Housing to confirm your date.

Medical Insurance:
The Plan is valid for four months and begins each term (January 1, May 1, and September 1). If you arrive before any of those dates and wish to purchase medical insurance before your plan begins, please visit the website on how to purchase additional coverage, or ensure you have adequate coverage from another medical insurance provider.

Late Arrivals

Please contact International Services for Students <> if you plan to arrive after classes begin. If you have confirmed on-campus housing, please also contact Residence and Housing We recommend that you arrive no later than the first week of classes. If you arrive later than this you will have missed lectures for your classes and it will be difficult to catch up. If you still plan to arrive late please contact your instructors directly to determine any missed readings, assignments, and lecture notes.