Simon Fraser University

FAQs


Which course should I take?

CHINESE

Students who are unsure about their level or background in Chinese language should contact the Course Chair before enrolling in a CHIN course.*

A few general rules regarding enrolling in Chinese courses:

  • CHIN 100 is designed for learners who have zero background in Mandarin Chinese and who will learn Mandarin as a foreign language. Native speakers of Chinese (Mandarin or any other dialect), students who received their Secondary School education in a Chinese-speaking environment, or students who have taken Beginner Madarin in secondary school will not be permitted to take CHIN 100 and 101.
  • Students who read and write Chinese but speak a dialect other than Mandarin should take CHIN 151 or CHIN 152.
  • Before enrolling in CHIN 151, 152, 153, 182, 190, 191, 290 or 291 for the first time, students will need to attend a Placement Interview with the Course Chair. Placement interview times are posted on the CHIN course outlines.

JAPANESE

All Japanese courses require students to attend a Placement Interview with the Course Chair prior to enrolling in JAPN courses for the first time.* Please email the Course Chair for Placement Interview times and dates.

Please note that JAPN 100 is an introductory course in Japanese as a Foreign Language and is for students who have no background in Japanese

Students without the stated prerequisite on their academic record must receive course placement from the Course Chair prior to registering.

GERMAN

Students with no background in German may enroll themselves into GERM 102 through GoSFU. Students who have some background in German should contact the Course Chair for a Placement Interview if they are enrolling in a German course for the first time.*

SPANISH

Before enrolling into a Spanish Course for the first time, students must take a Spanish Placement Test at the Language Learning Centre located in RCB 7403. The Placement Test takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and can be taken any time the Language Learning Centre is open.

Once students have completed the Spanish Placement Test, test results are sent to the Spanish Course Chair for evaluation. The Course Chair will then give permission to enroll in a specific Spanish course.

After the initial Spanish Placement Test, students may enroll in other Spanish courses as long as the course prerequisites are met in subsequent semesters.*

*  The Language Training Institute reserves the right to transfer students to more proficiency-appropriate courses or to deregister students when there is no appropriate course for them.


How do I enroll in a class?

Please see Which course should I take for specific language requirements prior to registration.

Generally, once prerequisites are met for a course, students may enroll in a course during the enrollment period throughGoSFU.


How can I be put on the waitlist?

During the enrollment period, GoSFU allows you to add yourself to the waitlist provided there is space and you have met the course prerequisites (if any). Once a spot has opened up, students will be automatically enrolled in the course throughGoSFU.

If you are unable to waitlist yourself for a language course, please contact the Course Chair.


How do I drop a class? What are the withdrawal deadlines?

WITHDRAWAL DEADLINES

Classes can be dropped via GoSFU from Class Day 1-25 of the Regular Term. During the sixth to twelfth week of a Regular Term, course(s) may only be dropped under extenuating circumstances. Please see the articles below for specific course drop information.

Normal Course Change Period 
Regular Term – Class Days 1-5 
Courses may be added or dropped or tutorial times changed using the enrolment system without prior approval of the department offering the course. Courses that are dropped will not receive a notation on the student’s academic record.

Extended Course Change Period 
Regular Term – Class Days 6-15 
Courses may be dropped without academic record notation. However, if a student drops all term courses, the withdrawal will be noted on the academic record. Financial penalties apply to courses dropped during class days 6 to 10. There is no refund for courses dropped after day 10 of classes.

Course Drop Period 
Regular Term – Class Days 16-25 
After the 15th to the 25th day of classes, courses may be dropped by the student via the web at GoSFU. http://sis.sfu.ca. Courses dropped within this period will be automatically recorded with a WD notation on the student’s academic record. There is no refund for courses dropped during this period. Students can apply to drop courses for extenuating circumstances at this time and if approved, the notation will be WE rather than WD.

During the sixth to twelfth class week a course(s) may be dropped only in extenuating circumstances. If approved, there will be a WE notation on the student’s academic record for specific courses dropped. Please apply to Student Services if you wish to withdraw under extenuating circumstances. Requests arising after the twelfth week, or requests relating to courses completed in a previous term, are referred to as ‘retroactive’ and follow the same procedures as above but may take longer to adjudicate.

Note: Extenuating circumstances are defined as unusual circumstances beyond the student’s control which make it impossible for the student to complete the course. If a course drop is being considered after the 12th week of classes, it is recommended that students seek advice from Academic Advising and Student Success or their department advisor.

Summer Session and Intersession Course Changes 
For course change information in the intersession and summer session, refer to the summer term Undergraduate Schedule of Classes and Examinations. Financial penalties apply to courses dropped during class days 6 to 10. There is no refund for courses dropped after day 10 of classes.


Can I repeat a course?

A student may only repeat five courses in a degree program. No individual course may be repeated more than once.

When a student repeats a course, the course(s) with the lower grade will be recorded on official records as an excluded course. If the same grade or grade equivalent value is earned for a repeated course, the course that was completed most recently is included in the term grade point average (GPA) and cumulative GPA (CGPA). The former course is excluded in the term GPA and CGPA. A student’s academic standing for previous terms does not change even though the GPA changes.


What are the requirements for a Course Challenge?

Spanish 
Up to 6 lower division Spanish units (SPAN 102, SPAN 103, SPAN 201, and/or SPAN 202) may be challenged for credit. Students wishing to challenge any of these must enroll in the courses to be challenged and in a Spanish language course for which the course(s) challenged is a prerequisite. A minimum grade of C in the higher course must be obtained to receive challenge credit. 

Chinese 
Up to six lower division Chinese units (CHIN 100 and/or CHIN 101) may be challenged for credit. Students wishing to challenge any or all of these must register in the courses to be challenged and in a Chinese language course for which the course(s) challenged is a prerequisite. A minimum grade of C in the higher course must be obtained to receive challenge credit. 

Japanese 
Up to six lower division Japanese units (JAPN 100 and/or JAPN 101) may be challenged for credit. Students wishing to challenge any or all of these must register in the courses to be challenged and in a Japanese language course for which the course(s) challenged is a prerequisite. A minimum grade of C in the higher course must be obtained to receive challenge credit.

German 
Up to six lower division German units (GERM 102 and/or GERM 103) may be challenged for credit. Students wishing to challenge any or all of these must register in the courses to be challenged and in a German language course for which the course(s) challenged is a prerequisite. A minimum grade of C in the higher course must be obtained to receive challenge credit.


How do I enroll in a Course Challenge?

Prior to enrolling in a Course Challenge, please read the University’s policies governing Course Challenge. Please see the above 'What are the requirements for a Course Challenge' for a list of courses that can be challenged in LTI.

If you are interested in enrolling Course Challenge, please obtain a Request for Registration in Course Challenge Formfrom the Department and fill in the following information:

  1. Student information
  2. Course you are enrolled in for which the challenge course is a pre-requisite
  3. Course you wish to challenge
  4. Sign and date the form

Once you have filled out the form, please submit the form to the Course Chair of higher-level course for approval and signature. After the Course Chair's signature has been obtained, please submit the form to the Department (RCB 8200) for processing. The Department will manually enroll you in the Challenge Course Section and notify you via email.