Language requirements

As the language of education at the English PhD programme of SFU is English, applicants are highly encouraged to develop sufficient language skills, which enable them to follow lectures, participate in coursework and discussion and to produce written work on high level in academic English. Therefore, we strongly recommend every candidate to pass an internationally recognised English language exam (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE test), and submit a proof of English language competency with the application package.
Please note that all students are tested on their English language proficiency upon their arrival to SFU, and in case of serious language problems they will be required to ’stop the clock’ of their PhD education in order to improve their language skills.