i This website contains general information and resources related to policies, procedures, and application processes for international students.

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COVID-19 FAQ for International Students

You may be eligible to apply for your study permit through the Student Direct Stream (SDS) and receive faster processing if you are a legal resident living in one of the following countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vietnam

Please visit the IRCC website for detailed information on the SDS, along with a full list of eligibility criteria.

If you live in another country (even if you’re a citizen of one of the countries above), you have to apply through the regular study permit application process.

Tip: You must select the country/territory from which you will be applying to get your local visa office instructions.

Paying your tuition in advance:

Tuition is calculated upon enrolment in courses. SFU does not require you to pay your tuition in advance. See tuition deadlines and how to pay.

However, if you are applying for your Canadian study permit through the Student Direct Stream, you may choose to pay your estimated annual tuition fees in advance.

You can make your payment through the online payment system, Flywire. Once your fees have been paid, Flywire will issue you a receipt that you can use for your SDS application.

In the event that your student visa is refused, or your admission offer is withdrawn, the funds will be returned back to the originator at the university’s discretion.

Information regarding SFU Refunds can be found here.

To make a Flywire payment to SFU, you must first log in to goSFU using your SFU Computing ID. If you do not yet have an active SFU Computing ID, please refer to the following instructions to log in at :

  • Graduate students required to pay in advance prior to the issuance of an SFU Computing ID may temporarily log in to goSFU using the login beginning with GA00.
  • Undergraduate students required to pay in advance prior to the issuance of an SFU Computing ID may temporarily log in to goSFU using their Student ID number.

If you are experiencing difficulty with the payment system or have questions about how to pay, please contact SFU Student Accounts at for assistance.

Calculating your payment amount

To calculate your payment, please refer to our Typical Costs page. Please only include the costs for the following:

  • Tuition
  • Supplementary fees
  • Student Society Health and Dental Plan
  • International Student Medical Insurance

Books and supplies, on-campus residence, and meal plans are paid directly to their respective areas and should not be included in your one-year tuition fee payment.

Please note that the Typical Costs page provides you with the typical costs for ONE semester (four months) only. You will need to calculate your annual cost as per the SDS requirements.


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