Important Pre-arrival Dates

  • Inbound Exchange Student Nomination Period: January 1 to April 1, 2014 [CLOSED]
  • Inbound Exchange Student Application Deadline: May 1, 2014 [CLOSED]
  • Campus Residence Registration
  • Accept/Decline Exchange Agreement Deadline: 5 days after receiving Letter of Admission
  • Learning Agreement Deadline: June 21, 2014

Eligibility Requirements

  • In order to be eligible to study at the University of Saskatchewan as an exchange student, you must haveA valid student exchange agreement between your home institution and the University of Saskatchewan.  Contact the International Office at your home institution to check if your university has a student exchange agreement with the University of Saskatchewan before applying. If your university does not have an agreement with the U of S you cannot apply as an exchange student.
  • To be eligible to study in any type of exchange or mobility program, a strong command of the English language is necessary.  English is the language of instruction for all courses at the U of S, with the exception of some courses in the Department of Language and Linguistics.

At an additional cost to the student, there are also non-credit part-time English language courses offered by the University Language Center. These non-credit courses are designed to assist students with their English language skills.

Application Process

Inbound Exchange

Exchange students may apply to study at the U of S for one or two semesters. Exchange students must maintain full-time student status during their exchange at the U of S, meaning a minimum of 9 credit units per term and maximum of 15 credit units per term. The study period should be clearly specified on your application form.

Once you have been nominated by your home university, you will need to send the following documents to apply to the U of S as an exchange student:

  • University of Saskatchewan Application Form for Inbound Exchange (emailed to you once ISSAC has received your nomination from your host institution)
  • A transcript of academic records
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to submit documentation indicating their proficiency in English. This can include any one of the following:
    • A signed letter from the Faculty of English in your institution, or;
    • A signed letter from your International Coordinator confirming your level of English language skills, or;
    • Evidence of completion of the IELTS (minimum band score 6.5) or TOEFL (minimum paper based score of 550 or minimum internet band score of 80)

All documents should be emailed or faxed to the University of Saskatchewan International Student & Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC).

Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP Scholarship)

ELAP scholarships provide students from Latin America and the Caribbean with short-term exchange opportunities.  Please visit the ELAP Scholarship website to find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

Canada-CARICOM Leadership Exchange Scholarship

Canada- CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program provides students from the Caribbean Community with short-term exchange opportunities.  Please visit the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Exchange Scholarship website to find out if you are eligible and how to apply

Canada-Chile Leadership Scholarship Program

Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarships provide students from Chile with short-term exchange opportunitities.  Please visit the Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship website to find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

Science without Borders

Science without Borders an opportunity for 3rd for 4th year Brazilian undergraduate students to pursue a unique undergraduate placement for up to 12 months.  This placement includes: 4 months of English language course (optional), up to 8 months of academic study and a four month internship.  Please visit the Science without Borders website for more information, to find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

MITACS Globalink Research Internship

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for undergraduates from Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Vietnam. From may to September sucessful applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of a faculty member.  To find out if you are eligible and how to apply please visit the Mitacs Website.

After Acceptance

Successful exchange applicants will receive a Letter of Admission from the University of Saskatchewan within eight weeks of the application deadline. Your Letter of Admission signifies that you are officially accepted as an exchange student. Enclosed with your Letter of Admission are the following forms:

  1. Response to Offer of Exchange to the University of Saskatchewan
  2. Inbound Exchange Student’s Learning Agreement

Course information is required to complete this document (see below).

The Response to Offer of Exchange to the University of Saskatchewan informs the University of Saskatchewan if you will be accepting or declining the offer to participate in the student exchange program. You must complete this form and email it to ISSAC within 5 days of receiving your Letter of Admission. The Inbound Exchange Student’s Learning Agreement is to be completed with the selected courses you wish to take and emailed to ISSAC by the deadline listed in the "important pre-arrival dates" section of this webpage.

Also Included in your Letter of Admission is a temporary CRN Student Status Placeholder specific for your exchange program. This CRN Student Status Placeholder will provide you with student status at the University of Saskatchewan.

Although you do not have to pay tuition to the U of S (inbound exchange students pay tuition to their home university), you are expected to pay U of S student fees upon arriving to the University of Saskatchewan.


Study Permit

If you are planning to study at the U of S for one full year, you will need to apply for a study permit.  However, exchange students are encouraged to consider applying for a study permit even if study is less than 6 months.

Students who will be studying at the U of S for only one term may find that the Canadian Embassy will indicate a study permit is not needed if the length of time in Canada is less than six months. However, you are still encouraged to apply for the study permit. Some of the benefits are:

  • If you decide to continue studying in Canada and you have an existing a study permit, you can request a renewal within Canada
  • you may also be entitled to additional provincial health coverage in Saskatchewan when you hold a valid study permit
  • you may be permitted to work on campus

Note that your Letter of Admission to the University of Saskatchewan is required when applying for a study permit at your nearest visa office.

Whether you are planning to study at the U of S for one term or one full Academic year, you must obtain extensive health and international travel insurance prior to leaving your home country.

Health Care

With a valid study permit you may you may be eligible to apply for Government of Saskatchewan health coverage. The Government of Saskatchewan's Health Plan provides basic hospital and medical health coverage to residents of Saskatchewan at no charge. If you arrive directly from your home country coverage starts the day you arrive in Saskatchewan.


It is each student’s responsibility to arrange housing prior to arriving to the University of Saskatchewan.