Spring Term – Orientation

Are you a new undergraduate student coming straight from high school? Are you transferring from another post-secondary institution? Are you an international student? We have a whole suite of orientation activities for you!

Welcome Day

Welcome Day is for all new undergraduate students. During this day you will:

  • meet your professors, classmates and the SFU staff who will help launch your time at SFU;
  • find out more about your program of study;
  • get comfortable on campus; and
  • receive SFU swag, including a t-shirt.


You don't need to pre-register for Welcome Day. Bring your 9-digit student number and know your faculty (check your admission letter) when you check in in the morning.

Taking classes at another campus

Starting in a program based at the Surrey or Vancouver campus? This Welcome Day is intended for you as well! You will meet staff from your faculty, as well as fellow classmates, even if you won’t be taking classes at the Burnaby campus this term.


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in Welcome Day, please contact orientation@sfu.ca as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made to ensure full participation.

Event details

Location: Burnaby campus – Saywell Hall
Date: Wednesday, January 2
Time: 9:45 am – 12:45 pm
Cost: Free

You will receive an email to your SFU account by December 31 with a faculty-specific schedule. You must have confirmed your offer (paid your deposit) by December 24 to receive this email.

In addition to Welcome Day, other Orientation events are available:

Welcome/Welcome Back Reception

Get the opportunity to meet and connect with students and staff at SFU. Learn about resources and services available to you on and off campus. Online registration is required in order to participate in this event. Light dinner and refreshments will be served. This event is open to all SFU students including new and returning domestic, international, exchange, undergraduate, and graduate students.

Students living in Residence

This orientation is for students who will be moving into Residence and have received a housing offer. After you’ve registered for Welcome Day, learn more about.

Exchange & Study Abroad Orientation

This mandatory orientation event is for all exchange and study abroad students. Exchange and study abroad students come to SFU from one of SFU's partner institutions, usually for one or two terms. 

Online Orientation for New Students from International Pathways

If you are an incoming student from international pathways including: international students coming from outside Canada, transferring to SFU from FIC or another Canadian post-secondary, or newly arriving permanent resident, returning Canadian citizen, or refugee, access all the information you must know about enrollment requirements, medical insurance, support and services available to new students from international pathways.

FIC Students

If you are an FIC student, please see www.fraseric.ca.


University Prep

What is it?

It's a free online course that will help you prepare for SFU. It will take you step by step through what you need to know and do before arriving on campus. You will learn about the academic culture, degree requirements, course enrollment procedures, and our wide range of opportunities and resources.

Who is it for?

All new undergraduate students.

How do I access the course?

Once you have activated your SFU ID, please allow 5-7 business days to receive your course invitation. The course invitation will be sent to your SFU email.

Course content: October 15 - January 2

  • Degree planning, scheduling tools, SFU policy, student life, enrollment timeline
  • How-tos of using your SFU ID, enrolling in courses, registering for transition events

Why do University Prep?

  • Assessment evidence shows that students who complete the course have higher rates of academic success and GPAs than those who don't.
  • If you complete all modules, you will be entered for a chance to win bookstore credit.
  • You will receive your first Co-Curricular Record accreditation!

See below for details on prize draws.

Prize draw deadlines

  • January 11 at 9:00 am PDT: Deadline to be entered into the prize draw by completing University Prep
  • January 17: Prize draw


Email: orientation@sfu.ca

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