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Admission Process

New Participants

Fellow Studies at the Simon-Erdős School of Design Sciences

Get started by reviewing the memo issue on either July or January.

We are delighted to have you join our fellowship participant community!

As you get closer to the start of your first term, you will receive communications about orientation and transition programing designed to support you as you enter your new fellowship studies program.

The situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. For the most up-to-date information, we encourage you to visit the country-specific health website and check back often. This site will provide information and guidance on vaccination requirements, exemptions and accommodations, and guidelines for on-campus activity.

Once You've Received Your Offer of Admission

Review and accept your offer of admission

Review the information on our participants page for details on viewing, and accepting your offer of admission.

Apply for your study permit (international participants only)

The School of Design Sciences (“DESC”) FPA recommends applying for your Study Permit as soon as you’ve been accepted to the DESC. You may also be interested in reviewing the resources that the DESC offers to international participants:

  • International Participant Guide
  • Additional international participant resources

Estimate Your Stipend, Fees and Resources

Please note participants are required to inform within 30 days (1st billing) of acceptance to hold your place in your Fellow program.

Prior to your stipend posted on STAGE (approximately one month prior to the beginning of your admit term), you can estimate your living costs using the details on your program page. Ensure you review your offer of admission carefully to determine what funding may be available to you.

Review and estimate your total costs/expenses and your resources to fund them, including things like rent for off-campus housing and groceries. 

After You’ve Accepted Your Offer of Admission

You’re likely still several months away from beginning your new fellowship program, but there are many things you can start thinking about to make your transition go smoothly.

Review and satisfy your conditions of admission

  • It’s important to satisfy your conditions of admissionas soon as possible, or at least by the due date.
  • Your conditions of admission must be satisfied before we can make your profile active into your program. For those who have satisfied their conditions of admission, matriculation takes place approximately six weeks prior to the beginning of the term. The matriculation process continues to take place on a rolling basis as conditions of admission are satisfied.

View and update your personal information

Ensure that you review and update your personal information, including emergency contacts, in STAGE. Remember to keep your contact information up to date! Hint: If you know your new address, but haven’t yet moved, you can “future-date” an address by editing when the address change will take effect.

Review information about your program and fellowship studies

Some important sources of information about your program and fellowship studies can be found in:

Fellowship Studies Academic Calendar

Here you can find general information and regulations for fellowship participants, as well as your program requirement

Important dates

As you prepare for the beginning of the term, ensure you familiarize yourself with the important dates. All important dates can be found in the fellowship studies important dates calendar.

Make note of the following dates, as they are of particular importance:


  1. March 31: New Class enrolment period begins
  2. April 30: New Participants Registration
  3. April 30: Tuition and fees are due (Current Participants)
  4. June 30: Tuition Advance Fee refund deadline -100%
  5. July 31: Class-Course selection complete
  6. July 30-August 15: Exam period (Current Participants)

Summer/Fall (on or before):

  • August 25: Tuition and fees are due
  • TBD: Class enrolment period begins
  • September 25: Classes begin
  • September 30: Tuition and fee refund – 50%
  • October 8-16: Reading week
  • October 31: Tuition and fee refund – 25%
  • December 6: Classes end
  • December 9-23: Exam period

Coming To The Simon-Erdős School of Design Sciences

If you are planning on moving to British Columbia campus or China campus, here are a few things to consider:

  • Explore housing options
  • On-campus housing: Housing for single fellowship participants and participants with families is offered near each location.
  • Off-campus housing: Off-Campus Housingis a free resource open to all DESC participants. Find a place to live through this listing service or learn more about tenant rights, subletting and other off-campus issues.
  • Check out our Top 10 tips when searching for off-campus housing.
  • Review the Welcome to DESC guide.
  • Review study and living costs to estimate your total costs/expenses and your resources to fund them.
  • International travellers only: Review the COVID-19 resourcesin the International participant guide
  • DESC Fellow Ready – Fellowship participant orientation and transition programming
  • As the School continues to prepare for the coming term, the DESC Fellow program, a virtual transition and orientation program designed to support you, will launch.
  • Over the course of 5 months, DESC Fellow will offer you a suite of resources to prepare you for fellowship studies at the DESC, including:
    • a  new participant checklist to help keep you organized;
    • discussion boards and live chats to help build connections with other incoming participants;
    • Resources (including modules and videos hosted on DESC’s online learning collaboration system, STAGE) to help you socialize life at the DESC; and
    • live events to welcome you to campus and support your ongoing fellowship experience.
  • DESC Fellow Ready will be delivered through STAGE.  You will be invited to join Fellow Ready shortly after you receive an offer of admission

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