International High School Students

Admission pathways to SFU

As an international high school student, there are two admission pathways to SFU. You can apply directly to SFU or to our pathway program for international students offered by Fraser International College, our on-campus partner institution.

Direct Admission to SFU

Direct admission is recommended for students with high academic standing. In addition to the grade requirements, students will need to meet our English Language, Quantitative and Analytical Skills, and any program-specific requirements.

Please review SFU’s English language requirements to check whether you meet these requirements.

If you have a strong academic record but do not yet meet the English Language requirement, you may be eligible for admission on the condition that you first develop your academic English. SFU’s English Language and Culture (ELC) program offers an 8-week advanced academic English program (Level 8: Low Advanced) that fulfills SFU’s language proficiency. You may be eligible for this ELC program if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • IELTS score of 6.0 with no part less than 5.5, OR
  • TOEFL iBT score of 79 with no part less than 17, OR
  • CAEL score of 60 with no subscore less than 50, OR
  • Completion of Level 7: High Intermediate level of ELC Full-Time Immersion Program (with 3.33 GPA and 85% attendance)

Apply for direct admission to SFU and you would automatically be considered for conditional admission through the ELC program. We encourage you connect with an SFU representative if you have questions.

NOTE: International high school students who do not meet the requirements and conditions of their offer of admission to SFU will have their offer rescinded. Please review the details of conditional offers, should you consider this option.

Pathway program offered by Fraser International College

The FIC program is designed to introduce international students to the Canadian post-secondary school system and support them as they experience studying in Canada for the first time. It also prepares them to meet SFU’s competitive degree standards. Students will benefit from small class sizes and a supportive community of other international students. After completing this pathway program, students will be well equipped to complete their degree at SFU.

You can apply to both Simon Fraser University and Fraser International College concurrently to be considered for admission to both institutions.

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