Pathway to SFU: Get Your Associate of Arts Degree at Fraser International College

About Fraser International College

Fraser International College (FIC) is a privately run academic institution collaborating with Simon Fraser University. Situated within SFU’s Burnaby campus in British Columbia, FIC offers tailored programs and courses aimed at assisting incoming first-year students in seamlessly transitioning to their second year at SFU.

What is a direct pathway program and how does it work?

A direct pathway initiative aims to offer a simplified route for students to advance from one educational stage to another, often from a basic or preparatory program to an undergraduate degree program. Such initiatives are frequently found in institutions such as FIC, which specialize in pathway programs tailored for international students or those requiring extra academic readiness before commencing a formal degree program.

Read here to learn more about FIC and its program offerings as a pathway school.

FIC’s Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts Degree is a two-year program available at FIC, providing FIC students with a pathway to progress into third-year degree programs at SFU or other institutions within British Columbia and elsewhere. This program will be conducted on SFU’s Burnaby campus, offering students advantages such as small and intimate class sizes, extended hours for personalized one-on-one instruction, academic support tutorials, peer tutoring, access to SFU’s amenities and resources, and flexible start dates.

Key information


Students will receive 60 credits in total over the course of the program. The breakdown is listed below:

  • 6 credits in first-year English
  • 9 credits in Science which shall include at least:
    • 3 credits in Mathematics or Computing Science or Statistics
    • 3 credits in a laboratory science
  • 36 credits in Arts which shall include:
    • 6 credits in the Social Sciences
    • 6 credits in Humanities (other than English)
    • 24 additional credits in Arts
  • 9 credits in Arts, Science or other area

A degree checklist can be found here

According to the degree requirements, students are required to complete a minimum of 18 credits at the 200-level in various subject areas within general arts. Furthermore, students must uphold a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of 2.0.

Transferring courses and credits

FIC is affiliated with the B.C. Transfer System, overseen by the B.C. Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT). This means that FIC students have the opportunity to request a maximum of 15 units of transfer credit from another institution for their Associate of Arts Degree program.

To ensure timely processing and exemption from certain prerequisite courses, it is advised that students submit their transfer credit applications at least three months before enrolling and commencing their studies at FIC. Applications received after this deadline may not be processed in time to exempt students from certain prerequisite courses.

The application form for transfer credits can be found here

Students who wish to explore their options for transferring courses may consult with a student success advisor. 

Source: Fraser International College – Associate of Arts Degree

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