"I chose the U of S because it is a large enough university to have made a strong impact in the academic world, yet small enough to have a sense of community among its students and staff."
– Ata Merat
The University of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon are excited to welcome you to our vibrant cultural and artistic community. There are many university and community groups you can become involved in and events that you can enjoy in all seasons.
Saskatchewan is known for having beautiful open skies, and Saskatoon is one of the sunniest cities in Canada. Summer temperatures can range from 11˚ to 30˚ Celsius. Lightweight clothing is popular in the summer. In spring and autumn, when the weather is cool, a lightweight coat and sweaters are most comfortable. To enjoy our Prairie winter, you should plan to purchase a knitted wool hat, gloves, scarf and sweaters and a good winter jacket, as average winter temperatures can range from -12˚ to -22˚ Celsius.
Starting university can be an exciting but overwhelming endeavour. That is where our student supports come in. We are here to help you every step of the way!
Below are a few services especially for International Students, look to our Campus Life page for those available to all students.
The International Student and Study Abroad Centre is here to help you get settled in Canada. Activites and services include:
- International Welcome
- Advising and Workshops to:
- learn about international students’ responsibilities for immigration, taxes, and work permits
- learn about study abroad opportunities
- refer to academic or employment resources
The University Learning Centre provides academic skills workshops in math and writing and community service learning opportunities that you can participate in.
The Global Connections Student Lounge and Training Room is a place where you can relax with friends, enjoy your lunch, study or get involved. Past events range from salsa lessons to watching soccer games: you can always feel at home with other international students and Canadians alike.
The language of instruction at the U of S is English. If you need help with your English skills, we have classes and programs available to help.
If your first language is not English, you must provide proof of English proficiency prior to the deadline to submit supporting documents for admission.
See our admissions page for detailed information.
If you have not met the university's English proficiency requirements, you can still be admitted to the U of S.
You can be given conditional admission to the College of Arts and Science or the College of Agriculture and Bioresources if you meet all other university admission requirements and enroll in the Academic English Program at the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre.
You must have a study permit if you plan to study in Canada for longer than six months. Depending on your country of origin the study permit process can take several months. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Your University of Saskatchewan admission letter contains all of the necessary information about your studies. If Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) requires additional information, contact International Recruitment and Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the study permit and visa application process and documents required, visit www.cic.gc.ca.
Our International Student and Study Abroad Centre has a comprehensive pre-arrival and arrival guide for international students. Detailed information about housing, permits, transportation are all available.
Saskatchewan government health insurance is available to you at no cost when you arrive, provided you have a valid study permit.
Part-time work on campus is available at our library, giving campus tours, refereeing sports and much more.
Off-campus work permits are available after six months of full-time study. With a permit, you can work off campus part time during the school year and full time during the summer.