Visiting Field School Students

Apply to an SFU Field School as a visiting (Undergraduate or Graduate) student through the respective Field School Application. You must complete both the Field School Program Application AND the Visiting Student Application. All Visiting Student Applications will be processed after acceptance into the Field School Program.

Transfer Credit and Letter of Permission

  • As a visiting student to SFU, you are strongly advised to consult with your home university academic advisor prior to applying to an SFU Field School. SFU advises all visiting students to obtain a Letter of Permission (or equivalent process) from their home institution to aid in the facilitation of transfer credit. You are not required to submit your Letter of Permission to SFU for your Visiting Field School Student application.
  • After completing your Field School program at Simon Fraser University you will be able to order an official transcript from SFU (issuance fee applies). It is also your responsibility to obtain a course syllabus for each of your field school courses, as these will usually be required by a home institution to facilitate transfer credit.

Visiting Undergraduate Admission Process

  • You must complete the Online Visiting Undergraduate Student Application, in addition to your FS program application. This application is embedded within your actual Field School program application, when you select that you are a visiting student to SFU.
  • There is no application fee for the visiting undergraduate application.
  • Once you have been accepted into the Field School Program, you will be admitted to SFU, only for the purpose of the specific Field School Program and year. 

Visiting Graduate Admission Process

  • You must complete the Online Visiting Graduate Student Application, in addition to your FS program application. This application is embedded within your actual Field School program application, when you select that you are a visiting student to SFU.
  • You will be admitted to SFU, if you are successfully accepted into the Field School Program.

For Visiting Graduate students attending a Canadian Institution

Western Dean’s Agreement

  • Eligibility:

Students currently pursuing a graduate program at a participating WDA institution. Check the list and if your institution is not listed, please see CAGS option below.

  • Process:
  1. Complete the WDA form, but without the SFU sign-off. The form must be signed by your home institution [signatures (1) and (2)]. Ensure that the "Courses to be taken" section includes only the course(s) associated with your desired field school. Upload this form to your Visiting Graduate Field School Student application
  2. If you are admitted to your Field School, SFU will complete your form and admit you for the Summer 2020 term. SFU may also contact you if additional information is required.
  • Fees:

Students will pay tuition to their home institution (no application fee to SFU, Off-Campus Graduate Student Activity Fee payable to SFU if WDA is approved.) 

Canadian Graduate Student Research Mobility Agreement (CGSRMA)also referred to as CAGS 

  • Eligibility:

Students admitted into a Master’s or Doctoral program at a Canadian institution that is not part of the WDA

  • Process:
  1. Complete the CAGS form, but without the SFU sign-off. The form must be signed by your home institution. Ensure that the "Courses to be taken" section includes only the course(s) associated with your desired field school.
  2. Upload the form and supporting documents to your Visiting Graduate Field School Student application
  3. If you are admitted to your Field School, SFU will complete your form and admit you for the Summer 2020 term. SFU may also contact you if additional information is required.
  • Fees:
  1. Tuition will be based on the number of units included in my field school, charged at the graduate basic rate or the rate for the subject area, if higher. Tuition may also be paid to my home institution.
  2. SFU Graduate Student Fees may apply. (Please contact fieldschools@sfu.ca for further questions.)

If neither WDA or CAGS applies to you, please apply as a Non-degree student (see below).
Contact fieldschools@sfu.ca for Graduate student inquiries, if you are unsure of the criteria you meet.

For Visiting Graduate students: Canadian non-WDA and non-CAGS students and students currently attending an institution outside of Canada

Non-degree student

  • Eligibility:
  1. For students admitted into Master’s programs outside of Canada
  2. For students who have completed a Master’s degree
  3. For students who have completed an undergraduate degree and are not yet admitted to their graduate program
  4. For students whose undergraduate degree has not yet been awarded, however has been deemed by the Field School Director to meet the necessary requirements to be admitted into the Field School program as a graduate student.

NOTE: Credits earned by students admitted through this pathway cannot be used towards any future SFU program.

  • Process:
  1. Apply to SFU through the regular Graduate student application portal. Select that you are applying to the department of your field school - e.g. Political Science - as a non-degree student. 
  2. Complete sections 1 and 2 but do not pay the application fee.
  3. You must complete sections 1 and 2 of the application by the same deadline as your Field School (e.g. either Dec 1 or Jan 31). Check the box when you have completed the application as described here.
  4. If you are accepted into your Field School, you will then be prompted to complete section 3 and pay the application fee by credit card. Flywire is another option, however takes much longer to process. 
  • Fees:
  1. Tuition will be based on the number of units included in my field school, charged at the graduate basic rate or the rate for the subject area, if higher. 
  2. As part of your application to SFU through the Graduate student application portal, you will need to pay a Graduate student application fee to SFU if accepted into the field school.

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Mandatory Health Insurance

  • If you are a visiting student, you will need to print, sign, scan and upload a copy of the Field Schools: Proof of Alternative Travel Medical Coverage Form.
  • As stated in the Field School Student Acknowledgment, Section 4 (a) under Insurance, it is your responsibility to purchase sufficient levels of travel medical insurance, when participating in an SFU Field School. 

Visiting International Students

SFU has the following option of primary medical insurance for international visitors, and is below for your information. You may choose to use this and/or travel medical insurance from your own health provider.  

Guard.me@SFU Policy

  • $2.30/day
  • For Visiting International Undergraduate and Visiting International Graduate Students
  • Purchase a minimum of $20.
  • Purchase through https://www.guard.me/sfu 
    Please review the policy details online to ensure that this coverage is appropriate for your needs (eg. prescription medications, pre-existing conditions etc.).
  • The guard.me@SFU policy also includes the following benefits, as can be seen in the policy details: 
  1. 10-Day Inbound to Canada Coverage. You are covered under this Policy for up to 10 days when travelling from Your Home Country for the first time during the Policy period to attend Simon Fraser University. Coverage is not available within Your Home Country.
  2. Out of Canada Coverage for dates within the exact Field School program dates. 

Immigration Requirements

New international Students (to SFU)

All students: Entry into Field School destinations and any other country (other than Canada) you may travel through

Students are responsible for researching and obtaining (and paying for) the proper immigration documents to the country(ies)/region(s) in which this field school is located, based on your citizenship.  If required, please ensure to check if an interview is required and the timing of securing an interview at the appropriate Consulate/Embassy for your visa. You may be required to appear in person to submit your visa application at the nearest processing location, if not available locally. Eg. Ottawa/Montreal or the Embassy (for the field school) located in your country of citizenship. Please consult the Consulate/Embassy for your citizenship's requirements. If you have any questions, please contact fieldschools@sfu.ca.

Financial Assistance

  • Undergraduate students:
  1. Domestic visiting students are eligible for BC/Canadian Student Loans, however are not eligible for SFU Awards (including the Suite of Study Abroad Awards), SFU Scholarships, and SFU Bursaries. Eligibility for external funding opportunities may vary.
  2. International visiting students are not eligible for BC/Canadian Student Loans, SFU Awards (including the Suite of Study Abroad Awards), SFU Scholarships, and SFU Bursaries. American citizens may apply for U.S. Direct Loans. Eligibility for external funding opportunities may vary.

Accommodations

SFU On-Campus Accommodation and Meal plan
Optional plan for NATO Field School and Simulation Program Students only.

May 8th [TBC] - June 1, 2020 - are not included in the Program Fees for the NATO Field School and Simulation Program. The NATO Field School will coordinate an optional on-campus group room booking for SFU NATO participants, if required. 2019 rates: SFU On-Campus Accommodations $994.50 or $1023.75 (based on check-in date) & Residence Meal Plan $616.65 (2019 Guest Accommodations Info Sheet)  [Summer 2020 rates TBC]

Off-Campus Housing Options

Transportation

The public transportation system in Greater Vancouver is convenient, safe and reliable. Find out more about how to get around the city without a car. Visit our Arriving in Vancouver and Transportation for more information. The Upass is not included in Tuition or Field School Program Fees

Metro Vancouver's Public transporation system TRANSLINK >

Parking

  • Field School students will have the ability to purchase a parking pass on a monthly basis, rather than semesterly. View rates online for more details. 
  • When purchasing, please self identify as part of the SFU Field School program and the Parking & Sustainable Mobility staff will allow a monthly pass option.

Alternative Transportation Options