Simon Fraser University (Vancouver)

Simon Fraser University is an exchange destination for Utrecht University Bachelor students of the faculty of Humanities in Vancouver, Canada.

Student experiences

Currently there are no student experiences available from students of the faculty of Humanities. You can read the student experiences from students of Law, Economics and Governance here.


General information for exchange students

Exchange brochure

Course information

Course restrictions and considerations

Course outlines

Video links

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)

Academic Calendar

Areas open to exchange students

Students can take courses at the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

Language Requirements

Carefully read the information under the 'Proof of English Language Proficiency' heading on the Application Process webpage. Please note that a language certificate must not be more than 2 years old in order for SFU to accept it. 


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

Courses at Master's level

Yes, but there are limitations and uncertainties: do read this webpage about graduate students carefully.

Simon Fraser can accept graduate students from Utrecht, though we must note that most graduate students study at the undergraduate level while on exchange at SFU (especially when they are in the 1st year of their Masters degree, ie their 4th year of university study). If students wish to take graduate level courses, their application will need to be reviewed by the academic unit. The webpage for Graduate Students linked above outlines the various considerations and processes for grad students.

If you wish to take courses at graduate level, please contact the UU’s international office of the faculty of humanities well in advance of the application deadline to inquire about the possibilities.


Housing Assistance

The university offers on-campus accommodation: places in residence are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we encourage students to apply early. Students who wish to live off-campus or are not offered a place in on-campus residence, should see this webpage for information on off-campus housing

Estimated living costs per month

This information is subject to change. It is meant to be an indication. Costs may differ due to personal circumstances.

Housing: (on-campus) $850 per month
Transport: $41 per month
Food: $220 per month

Financial Information


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

Number of places available

1 place per year.

Additional information

General website

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Do you have any questions about this partner university or about studying abroad? Contact the International Office of the Faculty of Humanities (details below).