Before classes begin

International students

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

Get ready for university

Important deadlines and events


Send us documentation to complete your admission

If you were offered early (conditional) admission, make sure that you have met the conditions outlined in your admission letter to complete your admission. Log in to the Admissions channel in PAWS to check the status of your application and determine whether any documents are still outstanding.

Get your ID card, U-Pass, textbooks

ID card

Get your student ID card at the U of S Bookstore. Remember to bring photo ID.


The U-Pass is a city bus pass that is included in student fees for full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students.


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 Bookstore after December 15 and wish to return or exchange them, you will have until January 20 to do so.


Student Central can help.


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.


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.



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.


It’s time to explore your new home!