Your First Year

As you explore this culturally diverse and enriching academic space, become part of a community of students who share your passion and curiosity for language, culture, and literary exploration. So, are you ready to jump in with both feet? Let's do this!

Embrace a Unique Academic Calendar

At the Department of World Languages and Literatures, we offer a distinctive academic experience. SFU stands out as the only university in British Columbia with a three-semester calendar, granting you the freedom to tailor your course load to your schedule. This flexibility means you can seamlessly integrate co-op work placements or international study exchange programs, enhancing your learning with practical experience.

Explore Diverse Degree Options 

Dive into a world of possibilities with our joint major and minor programs. Collaborate with other faculties and departments to customize your degree. Choose from interdisciplinary options by marrying language study and literary exploration to other passions. Are you interested in exploring a career in international business? Consider adding a language. Want to become a lawyer? Consider World Literatures as a place that teaches you to win arguments. The combinations are as limitless as your interests. Learn more. (HYPERLINK to Programs page)

Embark on Your First Year with Confidence

Transitioning into university life is made seamless with our FASS Mentorship programs on the Burnaby and Surrey Campus. Connect with experienced students who are here to guide you. From answering questions to building connections and attending events together, our peer leaders are dedicated to making your first year at SFU unforgettable. Learn More.

Forge Connections through WLLSU

Become a part of the vibrant community at the World Languages and Literatures Student Union (WLLSU). This dynamic group represents diverse, curious, and forward-thinking students. Engage in event planning, financial strategy, social media initiatives, and more. Your involvement here is not just an opportunity, it's an investment in your future success. Learn more.

Engage in Real-World Experiences

Elevate your learning with our World Literatures Co-operative Education program. Take on a 4, 8, or 12-month co-op working term, and gain invaluable experience with our network of esteemed local and global partners. Work alongside industry leaders and see your classroom knowledge come to life. Learn more.

Join us at the Department of World Languages and Literatures, where your academic journey is as unique and diverse as the languages and cultures we explore. Welcome to a future of endless possibilities!