Academic planning is so much more than just choosing the courses you'll need to take to complete your degree. It's about the network of support and resources that'll help you get there.
Plan your courses towards degree completion
Find information and resources to guide you in exploring your different options, managing your degree expectations and making informed decisions towards successfully completing your degree, whether you’re on your first or fourth (or even fifth or sixth) year!
Getting into the habit of mindfully planning your course load each term will go a long way towards successful degree completion. The key to managing your course load is to be prepared, flexible and realistic!
Read through the sections on the right to learn what a course load is and understand:
- What different course loads can mean for you
- All the different factors to consider to help decide your term or year
- Your financial situation, and times when SFU can help fund your tuition
- Learning opportunities to complete your degree
SFU provides resources and support throughout your undergraduate studies to guide you towards successful degree completion. Success is different for everyone—how you define your academic success will be up to you! Here’s how you can learn to manage your course load, empower your decisions around academic planning, and enrich your student experience and beyond.
If you’re a new or undeclared student, ask specific questions that will support you in academic planning and completion. An Academic Advisor can help you:
- Plan your path towards your degree and map out program requirements.
- Plan your next steps if you're facing academic difficulty at any point.
No matter where you are on your undergraduate journey, it’s never too late (or too early) to meet with a Career Advisor to discuss and plan your path towards your degree and what comes after you graduate.
If you plan on doing Co-Op, reach out to discuss how it can affect your course load and the time it takes for degree completion.
International Student Advising
Your enrolment at SFU affects your eligibility to work, study and stay in Canada. Your study permit ultimately depends on reasonable and timely progress towards completing your degree.
Learn about your specific enrolment requirements and discuss them with an International Student Advisor, Immigration Specialist.
This involves some of the most important decisions students have to make. Tuition, fees and life expenses can quickly add up, which may influence your decisions on your course load for a given term or school year.
There are many options for financial aid, supports and opportunities to help you fund the cost of your degree; you just have to know where to look!
Scholarship & Award Eligibility
Hundreds of scholarships and awards are given to Canadian and international students each year at SFU. There may be eligibility requirements based on course load in the term of application, as well as other things to consider.
A Financial Aid and Awards Advisor can inform you about the minimum course loads to be eligible for undergraduate scholarships and awards.
Student-athletes need to meet strict eligibility requirements to practice, compete and represent SFU in intercollegiate athletic competitions.
Speak with an NCAA Academic Advisor to discuss the minimum course load requirement each term, maximum number of terms of participation, and other essential steps toward degree completion.
Other Services to Help with Academic Planning
Once you’ve reached out to an Academic or Career Advisor and given financial planning a thoughtful read above, try looking into these additional supports to supplement your academic planning:
Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL)
CAL advocates educational equity and diversity by providing disability-related services and accommodations for students at SFU. If you have a documented or suspected disability, visit the Centre to find support in planning your academic journey and exploring your personal educational opportunities.
Health & Counselling
Balancing your personal life with your workload and studies may feel overwhelming at times in your educational journey. Visit Health & Counselling to make connections at workshops and events, seek forms of support and explore immersive resources for your mental health and wellbeing.
Student Learning Commons (SLC)
Find help with your academic success as you work towards degree completion! SLC has resources to help improve students' learning, academic writing, reading, and study skills. Take part in collaborative sessions and workshops that are essential for writing your assignments and preparing for exams.