Arriving

International students

As you prepare to arrive to Canada, you have specialised support availble to you and specific tasks to complete.

Orientation

Kick-off your first year at the U of S at Orientation, our annual event to welcome the newest members of our community. Get to know the campus and your college and make new friends on this high-energy, information-packed day.

Get ready for university

Important deadlines and events

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Send us documentation

Read your admission letter to see if the university requires any other documentation from you and how to submit it.

Avoid the lines! Get your ID card, U-Pass, textbooks early

ID card

From August 18 to September 12, get your student ID card on the main floor of the Place Riel Student Centre. Remember to bring photo ID.

U-Pass

Starting August 18, undergraduates can pick up their U-Pass transit pass sticker at the USSU Information Centre in the Place Riel Student Centre. Starting August 25 graduates can pick up their UPASS at the GSA Commons in the Emmanuel & St. Chad building.

Textbooks

Find out what textbooks and materials you need in the My Textbooks channel in PAWS or at the Bookstore. If you buy textbooks from the U of S Bookstore after August 5, you will have until September 19 to exchange or return them.

International students

Soon after your arrival, be sure to visit the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) to pick up a Welcome Package and to meet with a Student Assistant or International Education Officer.

Questions?

Student Central can help.

Academics

See our class registration guide to learn how to:

  • Plan your degree
  • Search for classes
  • Register for classes
  • Make changes to your registration

Speak with an academic advisor

Academic advisors are trained and experienced experts

  • Identify the quickest way for you to complete your program
  • Explain university policies
  • Help you decide on your academic and career goals
  • Look into getting you credit for classes you’ve taken at another institution

Disability Services for Students (DSS)

If you have a disability, you are encouraged to register with Disability Services for Students (DSS), so that you can access services and programs provided by DSS. 

Appropriate documentation is required to register. For medical-based disabilities, a physician must fill out a medical questionnaire. For learning disabilities, a psycho-educational assessment that was completed by a registered psychologist within the past five years must be provided.

Money

We encourage you to put together a simple budget for one term to make sure you will have enough money to cover all of your costs. If you don’t think you will have enough money, you can apply for a student loan, get a part time job or apply for scholarships.

International students

One of Immigration Canada’s requirements to enter Canada on a study permit is to show that you have enough money to pay for tuition and living expenses for the first year of study in Canada. The immigration office in your country may ask you to deposit this money with the U of S. Money received by the university will be held in your student account and credited against your tuition.

When choosing a bank or credit union, keep in mind that the Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, the Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Affinity Credit Union have bank machines on campus.

Technology

PAWS

When you log into PAWS using your NSID and password, you’ll have access to a message feed, your email and calendar, U of S Course Tools (Blackboard), groups, events calendar, file storage and a printing account.

You can also reset your password, update your contact information and set your text-messaging preferences in PAWS.

Explore

It’s time to explore your new home!

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