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Graduation and Transfer

If you are going into your transferring semester or even just planning ahead, you have put in a lot of hard work and have come a long way to get to this point. We want to support your transition to Simon Fraser University as much as possible and the most important thing you can do is be prepared and know what needs to get done to successfully transfer.

Guide to Transferring to SFU


Every student has certain criteria they must meet to be eligible for transfer. Additionally, some programs also have further criteria that must be met before you are able to transfer to SFU. Each individual program page has the most comprehensive list of requirements. Please come see a Student Success Advisor in person to discuss your situation!

The following criteria are the minimum institutional requirements needed to transfer to SFU:

  • 10 classes with a C- or higher, including 1 Writing “W” course and 1 Quantitative “Q” course
  • 2.5 CGPA

To qualify for certain programs students must also consider:

  • Course Repeat Policies
  • Approved electives
  • Program GPA (if applicable)

Make sure to click on your program below to see the complete program requirements.

* A full list of writing, quantitative, and breadth courses can be found here under the “WBQ Requirement” heading on the student website.


Students apply to SFU the semester before their transfer. Please refer to the example chart below:

You will be able to submit your application through the BC Education Planner website.

The SFU Transfer Guide helps to give students step-by-step instructions about how to correctly fill out the application through Education Planner BC. You can find this guide on your Student Portal > Students > Documents > SFU Information > SFU Transfer Guide. It is very important to fill out the application correctly because mistakes may cause delays in your transfer to SFU.

Common Application Mistakes:

  • Country of Citizenship: this is not the country you are studying this is the country where you hold a passport, so please make sure you do not accidentally say you are Canadian.
  • Post-Secondary Institution: make sure you select Fraser International College, so SFU knows you are part of the pathway.
  • Transfer Student: when it asks you what category best describes you, select transfer student.
  • Program Choices: please read the transfer guide to see the exact name of your program and how it will appear in the application – the language can be very tricky especially for the Communications, Arts and Technology and Communication and Business programs.
  • English Language Requirement: do not select the IELTS option! You must select a minimum grade of C- in an approved transferable English course.
  • Quantitative Requirement: do not select 60% in grade 11/12 option! You must select a minimum grade of C- in an approved transferable quantitative course.
Checking Your Application Status

After you have submitted your application on the Education Planner BC, you should receive an email from SFU to the email that you applied with which will contain the new user name (9-digit SFU ID) and password to log into

Do not try to log in with your Computing ID and password because it will allow you to enter but you will only see a blank page.

Watch this video to see How to Check Your Application Status.

Important Notes:

  1. You need to check your To Do list on the top right of the page to make sure you have completed your tasks. Your application won’t be reviewed until you have completed your tasks.
  2. If you are meeting the GPA requirements for your program at the time of application, then you will receive a conditional offer approximately 4-6 weeks after applying.
  3. If you currently do not meet the GPA requirement yet then you will have to wait for your final transcript to be sent to SFU before you are able to receive an offer.
Accepting Your Offer

Once the SFU Admissions team reviews your application with the final transcript, they will either issue you an offer if you meet the requirements or cancel your offer/application if you do not.

If I accept my 2nd choice will I still be considered for my 1st choice?

Yes, you will! However, you should only accept your 2nd choice if you would be willing to study that program, if you are not accepted to your 1st choice. If you would not study your 2nd choice, then you should not accept it because the $750 deposit is not refundable.

If you accept your 2nd choice and then later, you get accepted to your 1st choice based on your final grades, then your program will automatically be switched to your 1st choice.

If you only receive an offer for your 2nd choice and you do not want to study it, you can also consider coming back to FIC to raise your GPA to get into your 1st choice.

Watch this video to see How to Accept Your Offer.

Check out this Welcome Guide by SFU to further explain the next steps after accepting your offer.


Complete University Prep Course

Once you have been admitted to SFU, the next step is to start University Prep: Step 2. This free short online course, prepared by your faculty, will give you accurate and timely information about how to enroll and plan for your courses and prepare until your first few weeks of SFU classes and beyond. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

We strongly recommend that you complete this course for your academic success prior to your enrolment date in your first semester at SFU.

How will this course help your transition from FIC to SFU?

  • You will learn how to enroll and plan your courses and connect with an SFU Academic Advisor for your faculty.
  • You will learn how SFU systems work differently from FIC and how to get important advising information about immigration and medical insurance.
  • After you complete the course, you will be entered into win prizes and also receive Co-Curricular Record (CCR) recognition, an official document that you can use to track your volunteer, personal and professional learning at SFU, as well as for applications for job searching and graduate/professional school.

To begin your course, follow the three steps below:

  • CHECK YOUR SFU E-MAIL: If you receive an offer and pay your deposit, you will receive an email invitation to your SFU e-mail (not your personal e-mail) from SFU Canvas with the subject “Course Invitation”. Be sure to check your junk mail if you don’t see it in your inbox.
  • ACCEPT THE INVITE: Once you open the email click “Get Started”. You will be prompted to the Canvas website to accept the invite.
  • LOGIN AND BEGIN: Login using your SFU credentials (computing ID and password). This will be the same online platform where you will access future courses from your program.

Contact if you have any questions or need technical support.

To learn about the other support available to assist you in your transition to SFU, please visit our website.

Attending SFU Workshops

Every semester, SFU hosts Faculty and Course Planning workshops to support students in their transition from FIC to SFU. We highly recommend that you attend the workshops that are relevant to you. You can find upcoming event and workshop information by visiting our Events Calendar.

SFU International Student Advising and Programs Video Resources is also a great resource bank for pre-recorded videos on topics including but not limited to Medical Insurance and Immigration.

SFU 101

SFU 101 is a free online course that is designed to support your transition to SFU student life and guide you through your academic priorities.

Location: Online on Canvas

  • For: All new incoming undergraduate SFU students including incoming FIC transfers
  • If you receive an offer to SFU close to the start of the term, you will be added to the course after you have been admitted. Check your SFU email to accept your invite
  • You will receive Co-Curricular Record accreditation for completing this course
  • For questions, contact

Join the SFU HIVE Program

Join your HIVE, a free online program where you get to chat and participate in fun activities with a group of students within your faculty-specific SFU 101 course. You also get to connect two senior SFU students in your faculty HIVE who can share tips, free events, opportunities to help you find your people within your SFU community.

Location: Online on Canvas

  • For: All new undergraduate SFU students including incoming FIC transfers
  • All new students will receive their SFU 101/HIVE invitation. Check your SFU email to accept your invite
  • To learn more, please check the SFU Hive Website
  • For questions, contact

Once you have paid the $750 deposit, you will be assigned an enrolment date at SFU. You can find the date of your enrolment on the right side of your goSFU page, under ‘Enrolment Dates’. You should consider attending transfer course planning workshops for your faculty if they are available to help guide you with what to take at SFU.

Check out these SFU Help Video:


Transferring your FIC balance to your SFU Account

If you have been admitted to SFU successfully and you are looking to transfer any available funds in your FIC account to your SFU account, please follow the steps below to request for a transfer of funds:

  1. Fill out and submit the online FIC refund form, which can be found on the student portal > students > student forms
  2. You will need to upload a copy of your Letter of Acceptance or a screenshot of your application status from Please find a sample of the screenshot below.
  3. Please note that the deadline to submit the refund form in time for your funds to be transferred to SFU is one week before SFU’s tuition deadline. Find more information on the SFU Dates & Deadlines page.If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the finance team at or visit them at their in-semester office hours found here.

Important Tips & Notes
  • While the minimum requirement is 10 courses with a C- grade, in order to achieve a 2.5 CGPA you will need to be achieve between a C+ (2.33 GPA) and B- (2.67 GPA) on average to meet this requirement.
  • If you achieved a D grade in an elective class this can count for credit at SFU and can be transferred as an 11th or more class.
  • To find out the designation of your classes whether it is a writing (W), quantitative (Q), a breadth humanities (B-Hum), breadth science (B-Sci), or breadth social science (B-Soc), check out the course description on the course catalogue

Transferring to SFU FAQs

When can I apply for the next semester's intake?

SFU Transfer Applications for the next semester open at the start of the current semester!

For example: Spring applications will open at the beginning of Fall semester. Summer applications will open at the beginning of Spring semester.

To support you during the application process, FIC hosts SFU application transfer workshops once the applications open. You will receive an email from the FIC Advising team about these workshops.

Where can I apply to transfer to SFU?

You will be able to submit your application through the BC Education Planner website.

I missed the deadline for the SFU Application. What can I do?

Unfortunately, if you missed the application window for an intake, you will need to wait until the applications open for the next intake. Please speak to a Student Success Advisor for the next steps.

I made a mistake on my application. How can I contact SFU?

If you’ve made a mistake on your application, please use the ‘Ask a Question’ function on this website to contact the SFU Admissions Team, as soon as possible. Please also connect with a Student Success Advisor to ensure that all necessary steps have been taken.

How do I send my FIC Transcript to SFU?

FIC will be sending your current and final transcripts to SFU on your behalf. The deadline specific to this to-do list item does not apply to FIC students.

When will I receive an offer from SFU?

Conditional offers are only offered to students who currently have the CGPA required to transfer. For example, if you are intending to transfer to Arts and Social Sciences and your current CGPA is 2.5 or higher, you will receive a conditional offer from SFU when they have assessed your current transcript.

If you are not eligible for the conditional offer, final offers are sent to students once final transcripts have been assessed, which will be during the inter-semester break period.

Associate of Arts Degree Graduation


The Associate of Arts Degree is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students for work, citizenship and an enriched life as an educated person, and to lay a solid foundation for further study.


  • 6 credits in first-year English
  • 9 credits in Science which shall include at least:
    • 3 credits in Mathematics or Computing Science or Statistics
    • 3 credits in a laboratory science
  • 36 credits in Arts which shall include:
    • 6 credits in the Social Sciences
    • 6 credits in Humanities (other than English)
    • 24 additional credits in Arts
  • 9 credits in Arts, Science or other area


  • Sixty (60) credits as per degree structure
  • Minimum 18 (200-level) credits in general arts in two or more subject areas
  • CGPA of 2.0

Visit out Associate of Arts Degree page for more information and course planning.

Future Ready Course

Future Ready (FTR101) is designed to build the needed foundation, skills, and understanding for students to assimilate into the Canadian work force and provides an educational experience that prepares students for work, citizenship, and community involvement. Students who expect to graduate with an Associate of Arts degree is required to take FTR101 by their last semester.

Graduation Check

Students in the Associate of Arts Degree program are assigned a personal advisor from the start of their degree. As they approach their final semesters, the check-ins with their advisor increase to ensure appropriate course planning and for success. To graduate from the program, 3 graduation checks must be complete with the Student Success Team: 2 graduation checks from two different advisors, and the final graduation check by the Student Success Manager or Associate Director, Students.

Associate of Arts Degree Checklist

Obtaining the Associate of Arts Degree Diploma

Upon completing the Associate of Arts Degree program, students will receive an invitation to the Celebration of Excellence to receive their diploma. The Celebration of Excellence celebrates academic and community achievements each semester.

Students who are unable to attend the Celebration of Excellence can request their diploma through the FIC Request a Document Page.

Graduation Celebration

In addition to their invitation to the Celebration of Excellence, there is a yearly Celebration Reception that graduates of that year are invited to attend.

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