Simon Fraser University (Vancouver)

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Simon Fraser University is an exchange destination for Utrecht University students of the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences in Vancouver, Canada.

Student experiences

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General information for exchange students

Course information

Application procedure

Academic calendar

Fall term: early September – mid December
Spring term: early January – mid April

Areas of study open to exchange students

Social sciences

Language of instruction


Housing assistance

Information about student accommodation


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

Number of places available

1 place per year. Selection was necessary in the past few years.

Additional information

Please be aware that in order to receive 30 ECTS during your exchange, you'll need to take 15 units. This is higher than the recommended course load by SFU. Please see the credit conversion table above for more information about the conversion from SFU units to ECTS.

Undergraduate Level

Minimum enrollment for full-time status

9 units
(normally 3 classes)

Average enrollment at SFU

12 units
(normally 3-4 classes)

Maximum enrollment, or "full course load"

15 units
(normally 4-5 classes)

Recommended enrollment* for exchange and study abroad students   

9-12 units
(normally 3-4 classes)   


Exchange students must pay the Medical Insurance Fee (281,- Canadian dollars per term) and U-Pass BC Fee (180,40 Canadian dollars per term) to Simon Fraser University.

The medical insurance fee is charged to all students coming from an institution outside of Canada.

The U-Pass BC program is a transportation package which provides students in Metro Vancouver with universal and affordable access to public transit.

See the university's financial information site for more information.