International Student Orientation

Whether you are an international student holding a study permit, or a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is new to Canadian culture and post-secondary institution settings, you are strongly encouraged to attend the International Student Orientation.

Choose from a variety of workshops and information sessions to create an Orientation day unique to you and your needs. Topics will include (but are not limited to):

  • Academic culture at SFU
  • Immigration and employment regulations for international students
  • Medical insurance (BC MSP, SFU Plan, StudentCare)
  • Getting involved on campus
  • Settlement Services for New Canadians and Permanent Residents
  • Academic Support for English as Additional Language students
  • Connecting with students and peer leaders

This free, one-day Orientation aims to ease your process of adapting to a new social and academic environment at Simon Fraser University. 


International Student Orientation

For undergraduate students planning to complete a degree at SFU.
  • Date: Friday, September 1, 2017
  • Time: 8:30 am - 3:15 pm
  • Cost: Free

Registration for the International Student Orientation is now closed.

Orientation Timetable >


Graduate Student Orientation

For international graduate students, please join the Graduate Student Orientation which is hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Fellows:
  • Date: Friday, September 1, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

More Info >

I'm still not sure. Which Orientation should I attend?


Undergraduate student new to Canadian culture

This includes:
  • International undergraduate students with study permits
  • FIC transfer students
  • Returning Canadians from abroad
  • Newly arrived Permanent Residents from abroad

Sign up for the International Student Orientation >


International graduate student

This includes:
  • All international graduate students with study permits

Sign up for the Graduate Student Orientation >


Exchange/Study Abroad student

This includes:
  • Study Abroad/Exchange students who will be attending SFU for 1 - 3 terms for both undergraduate and graduate studies

Sign up for the Exchange/Study Abroad Orientation >

What other welcome events are available to me?

As an incoming student, you are strongly encourage to attend Orientation and other welcome events.

International Undergraduate/Exchange/Study Abroad Students:

International Graduate Students:

What other resources can help me with my arrival at SFU?

The links below will provide you with basic information to plan for your arrival at SFU, including services and programs you may be interested in once you are here.

QUESTIONS? Contact International Services for Students at