Simon Fraser University (Vancouver)

Simon Fraser University - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - is an exchange destination for bachelor and for master (limited though!) students from the Faculty of LAW, ECONOMICS and GOVERNANCE at Utrecht University 

Student Experiences

Student Experiences


General website

General information for exchange students

Exchange and Study Abroad to SFU

Exchange basics

Academic calendar

Academic calendar

Simon Fraser University operates on a trimester system. Each academic term is 15 weeks in length, including the final exam period.

Although the calendar year is divided into three terms, two terms are equivalent to one full academic year. Exchange/Study Abroad students may attend SFU for one or two of the following:

Fall term (early September – mid December)
Spring term (early January – mid April)
Summer term (early May - mid August)



SFU does not have a minimum GPA requirement for inbound exchange students.

Find here the language certificate requirements
Language certificates with an issue date longer than 2 years will not be accepted.

No language requirement is needed for U.S.E. students who study a fully English taught BA.

Language of instruction

Language of instruction: English


Areas of study open to exchange students

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

(Below information is subject to change)

Please note that some subjects and courses have restrictions for inbound exchange/study abroad students.
Please see these restrictions here; they are updated each Summer.

Undergraduate students must submit a minimum of 8 courses (they will take 3-5 courses) at the time of course registartion at SFU. Undergraduate courses are numbered 100-400. Undergraduate students may take courses from multiple subject areas

SFU does its best to accommodate course requests, but cannot guarantee access to specific courses. For more information on course selection please see Academic information

Keep this also in mind:

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange/study abroad students will not receive priority enrollment for 300-400 level ECON courses. During the enrollment period, students may be added to the wait list for a maximum of 2 courses. 

The following courses are restricted for all inbound exchange/study abroad students. Exceptions are possible, but require special permission from the course instructors or the Economics Undergraduate Chair to make certain the student's background is sufficient for them to be well prepared. Please contact International Services for Students in regards to access to those courses.

Econ 402 - Advanced Microeconomic Theory
Econ 403 - Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
Econ 435 - Econometric Methods
Econ 499 - Honors Seminar in Economics

Below is only applicable after being nominated by UU and having applied at SFU:

If you wish to request access to Economics courses, with pre-requisites, please follow these steps: first, look at the pre-requisites for the courses you will be requesting listed in the calendar website

Second, look up the pre-requisite course descriptions and identify from your home university transcript which course or courses you have taken and feel could be used to meet those pre-requisites. Please send us a list that relates the transcript to the pre-requisites. If the course has a minimum number of units required, you must also show you meet the equivalent at your home university.

Third, you must provide a course outline for each of those pre-requisite courses.  This should not be just a 3 line course description but an actual course outline of the topics covered.  If necessary this should be translated in English.  A link to the original university website course page for that specific course containing the course outline may be used for this.

These courses outlines will be evaluated to make certain the student's background is sufficient for them to be well prepared for the course.

More information on courses. / Restricted subject and courses

As for master level: Graduate applications must be approved by the relevant academic unit. Some of SFU’s graduate programs are oversubscribed, or are otherwise unsuitable for hosting exchange students. As such, admission to your preferred graduate program is not guaranteed. See also here for further detailed information and the procedures. 
Graduate students must submit a minimum of 3 courses from within the same department (unless they will be doing full-time research). Graduate courses are numbered 500-900. Graduate students can take courses from within a single subject area.

Beedie School of Business

Only limited courses are available. Most courses only open to students from Business Exchange Partners (and UU is not a Business Exchange Partner)). 

You can access innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) courses and unique co-curricular opportunities through SFU Beedie’s Chang Institute. Look for more information on the Chang Institute at this factsheet

Housing assistance

On-campus residences

Off-campus residences


Estimated living costs per month

More information on the website

Health insurance

SFU has a mandatory primary medical insurance plan for inbound international exchange/study abroad students. Students who can provide proof of acceptable equivalent coverage are able to opt out.

For more information on medical insurance please see the following website


More information on the website


More information on the website

SFU also works with an Exchange buddy programme. 


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Number of places available

1 place per year

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Do you have any questions about this partner university or would you like to know more?

Contact the International Exchange Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

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