University Transfer – Engineering (SFU)

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Complete first-year engineering at VCC and transfer directly into second-year degree programs at Simon Fraser University.

Tuition: 7618*
Credential: Certificate
Length: 1 0 year
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: May, Sep

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and apply it to critically solve problems
  • Demonstrate proper laboratory techniques, including the use of appropriate equipment and instrumentation
  • Develop original designs to solve engineering problems
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret laboratory data, and draw sound conclusions
  • Effectively communicate ideas and project results
  • Demonstrate an ability to work well independently and in groups
  • Engage in informed debate on topics related to technology
  • Effectively apply scientific and engineering concepts towards subsequent coursework

What to expect

The courses are presented using a variety of instructional strategies, resources and activities including lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers, case studies, and computer and laboratory applied practical experiences. Classes may be delivered face-fo-face, blended, or fully online.

Admission requirements


All students must meet the general college entrance requirements.

  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Knowledge of mathematics demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Precalculus 12 with a minimum 'B' grade or equivalent, or
    • VCC Math 0983/0993 with a minimum 'B' grade, or
    • VCC Math 1020 with a minimum 'C' grade, or
    • VCC Math Precalculus Test (MPT) with a minimum of 72%.
  • Knowledge of physics demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Physics 12 with a minimum 'C+' grade or equivalent, or
    • VCC Physics 0983/0993 with a minimum 'C+' grade.
  • Knowledge of chemistry demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Chemistry 12 with a minimum 'C+' grade or equivalent, or 
    • VCC Chemistry 0983/0993 with a minimum 'C+' grade.


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Motivated and disciplined.
  • Possess analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Some word processing experience.

Courses *

This program must be completed within sixteen months for assured admission to SFU and within three years for competitive admission to SFU.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program. 

Assured SFU Engineering Degree 2nd Year Admission Pathway

Assured admission under this pathway requires completion of the VCC Engineering Certificate. Students must have an overall average GPA of 2.75 on the courses required for the pathway which are listed below (calculated based on the best attempt for each course) and an overall average of 2.75 (again, calculated based on the best attempt for each course) on all work combined in order to be considered for the 'assured admission' pathway.  Students who have been previously required to withdraw from another institution would be considered ineligible for the 'assured admission' pathway as would students who were formerly in a Computing, Engineering or Mechatronics program at SFU. 

The assured admission pathway does not apply to international students. While the certificate is fully transferrable to SFU’s Engineering Degree, international students’ GPA requirements may vary at the time of transfer.

All credits must be obtained within sixteen months. In addition, for at least two of the terms at VCC students would need to meet a minimum course load of 12 credits. The following courses must be completed as part of this pathway and must be completed at VCC:

MATH 1100 Calculus 1 3
PHYS 1100 Physics 1 4
CHEM 1121 Chemistry 1 4
CMPT 1010 Introduction to Computer Programming 1 3
MATH 1200 Calculus 2 3
PHYS 1200 Physics 2 4
CMPT 1020 Introduction to Computer Programming 2 3
MATH 1221 Applied Linear Algebra 3
SCIE 1110 Professional Communication 3
SCIE 1100 Engineering, Technology and Society 3
SCIE 1180 Introduction to Engineering Analysis 3
Total Credits 36


Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 7618
Student union192
College initiative103
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource188
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 531
Program-specific extra fees0

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