Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University, also known as SFU, is a Public Research University settled in Canada. The University is breathing its motto ‘We are ready’ in its three campuses in Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver. Simon Fraser University was established in 1965 and had been imparting wisdom and knowledge to approximately 30,000 students every year. Simon Fraser University was the first Canadian University to be a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Courses Offered

Simon Fraser University offers Undergraduate and graduate courses. The University plans its academic curriculum in three semesters. Simon Fraser University believes in small strength in the classroom and therefore maintains a 22:1 student: faculty ratio. Even though the University offers a wide range of courses with different combinations of majors and minors, the popular courses offered by Simon Fraser University are –

  • Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Psychology

How to apply?

Simon Fraser University offers on-campus and online courses to students. For international students, scores of competitive exams like GRE, GMAT, ILETS, TOFEL, etc. are taken into consideration. The approximate cost for Visa application will be 10,000 Rs Cut offs are published on the website. Apart from attaching the score sheets of these exams, the applicant must submit the necessary documents required for verification. It is highly recommended to students applying international Universities to prepare –

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation from Faculties and previous employers (if any)
  • Essays or previous academic work 
  • CV/ Resume

These documents help the Universities to understand the personality and capabilities of the applicant. Unlike any other University, Simon Fraser University prioritises overall growth of students. 


The fee structure differs from course to course at Simon Fraser University. The Postgraduate courses are slightly expensive. The estimated tuition fee for one academic year ranges between 2 Lakhs to 25 Lakhs. The University understands the importance of financial aid and therefore offers fellowships and scholarships to students based on merit.


Simon Fraser University also provides on–campus accommodation to undergraduate and postgraduate students. There are single, twin, and triple sharing rooms available. Students’ are free to opt for lodging with or without a meal plan. The average cost of on–campus accommodation at Simon Fraser University is 6 Lakhs – 8 Lakhs. The University also lends a helping hand to students searching off-campus housing. The minimum rent of a fully furnished and equipped 2BHK or 3BHK flats will range from 35,000 – 40,000 per month. Apartments and Flats are available on a short-term and long-term basis.

Part Time Jobs

The Canadian Student Visa allows international students to work part–time to make some extra money and gain experience. According to the rule, the students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours/ week and have to be paid on an hourly basis. The minimum wage to be paid to students is 10$/ hour and requires permission from the local authority after completing six months of study in the foreign land. However, at Simon Fraser University, students are given an opportunity to assist scholars and researchers without a work permit. Though the students will be paid less, but this opportunity involves more exposure than any other part-time employment.


After a successful completion of the degree, Simon Fraser University also offers placement opportunities to international students. The University has an extensive network of alumni and other industries who are in search of human resources.

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Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world’s # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.

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