Settlement services

The International Student and Study Abroad Centre is here to assist all international undergraduate, graduate and exchange students and their families in their transition to the U of S and Saskatoon.

After your arrival, international students are encouraged to come to ISSAC to receive an arrival package, the U of S Student Guide, and settlement support and referrals. ISSAC has a team of Student Assistants who provide one-on-one and small group arrival and settlement support, and a team of International Education Officers who offer individual advising during drop-in hours. Where necessary, International Education Officers may also set up longer appointments to help address more complicated issues.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the University of Saskatchewan. Please see below for more information about our welcome events. We wish you a great start at the University of Saskatchewan!

Emergency accommodation upon arrival: If you are unable to move into your residence on the day of your arrival and you are in need of emergency accommodation for your first night in Saskatoon, please contact international.students@usask.ca or stop by the ISSAC office to discuss your situation in more detail.

Spring /Summer Welcome Information Session for New International Students

We weclcome new international students at the University of Saskatchewan who start in the 2019 Spring/Summer Term to attend the following Spring/Summer Welcome Information Session: 

  • Spring Welcome Information Session for New International Students: May 7, 2:30 - 4 pm, ISSAC training room, please register here.
  • Summer Welcome Information Session for New International Students: July 9, 2:30 - 4 pm, ISSAC training room

At each session you will receive arrival and settlement information and will learn about the programs and services that are available to international students on campus. You only need to attend one session, either the spring or the summer one. 

Visit the ISSAC Office and Connect with a Student Assistant

Ease your transition to life at the UofS by meeting an ISSAC student assistant. In a one-on-one session our Global Friends can assist you in obtaining a Saskatchewan Health Card, help you find places on campus and answer any questions you may have about academic and personal success at the U of S. If you would like to sign-up for the program please contact peer.support@usask.ca, or visit the ISSAC office when you arrive in Room 80, Lower Place Riel, Global Connections Lounge.

Settlement support for all international students

Port of entry

When you arrive at the port of entry, a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) agent will speak to you.  They must be satisfied that all admissibility requirements have been met before issuing you your study permit and allowing you to enter Canada.

Be prepared to answer any questions calmly and honestly and have the following documents with you:


The immigration information on this page has been reviewed and endorsed by an immigration lawyer in compliance with the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. However, this is not a legal document and information may change without notice. Always refer to www.cic.gc.ca for the most up-to-date information, or contact ISSAC.