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Step 1. Apply for a Study Permit.
Before you begin your studies at SFU, you must apply for your Canadian immigration documents which includes your study permit. Apply early to ensure your application is processed in time. If your family members will accompany you, make sure that they will have the proper immigration documents. Review our detailed instructions.
i Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced a new temporary public policy which allows eligible foreign workers to study without a study permit. Please visit the IRCC webpage: Public policy allowing some work permit holders to study without a study permit for more information.
International Services for Students provides a variety of support, programming and non-academic advising on topics such as Canadian immigration documents (e.g. study permits, visas) and medical insurance, exchange and study abroad.
Step 4. Find housing and decide where to live.
Deciding where to live is one of the first things you'll need to do after you've been accepted to SFU, and you may find yourself re-making this decision a few times during your stay in Canada.
Educate yourself in identifying potential rental scams, which you may find while looking for off-campus housing. Learn more about common types of fraud and how to prevent them from the Vancouver Police Department website.
Step 5. Sign up for orientation and transition programs.
Make new friends across all our academic disciplines, build a base of support as you enter grad school, and connect with our service units that will support you throughout their graduate career.
The Global Student Centre (GSC) is the campus hub for creating intercultural connections and sharing your international student experience. The GSC offers an array of social events throughout the semester, including welcome events for new students. Check out and sign up for these events.
Applying for BC MSP and Social Insurance Number (SIN), opening up a bank account, and choosing a cell phone plan are some of the settlement tasks you may need to complete.
Explore important information and resources on various topics tailored for international students to assist you with your settlement tasks.
International Student Experience Support provides guidance on your transition into university in Canada and is your space to ask questions about any aspect of your student life outside of class. It's accessible whenever you need it, at any point in your academic journey at SFU.
Your enrollment at SFU affects your ability to work, study, and stay in Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires you to actively pursue your studies while at SFU.
Step 9. Find health and wellbeing support.
Whether you're looking for assistance with managing school stress, finding housing, understanding documents, or understanding Canadian services, our Transition Case Manager is available for one-to-one support.