Most USask academic programming will be delivered remotely for the 2020 Fall Term and the 2021 Winter Term. Learn more.
International Students should not travel to Canada unless required by their academic program and if they fulfil travel restrictions in place due to Covid-19.
Connect with an advisor in your college to find out if you are required to begin your studies on campus.
New International Student Welcome
Fall Internatinal Student Welcome was held online on September 1, 2020. Welcome for new international students starting in Winter Term will be held in January 2021. We strongly encourage new international students to participate in our onine welcome event.
In January 2021, ISSAC will also offer new international students various workshops and programs in collaboration with other campus parters to help you get ready for your first year studies in this remote learning environment. Examples of our transition workshops and sessions held in September 2020 include:
- Online learning in a Canadian context
- The Library and academic help
- Technology tips and tricks for remote learning
- Workshops on immigration, study permits and working in Canada
More information will be provided here soon.
Immigration and travel restrictions
A majority of USask academic programming will be delivered remotely for the 2020 Fall Term and the 2021 Winter Term. Some students may be required to begin their classes on campus in Canada.
The Government of Canada has travel restrictions in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Students should not travel to Canada unless they are required by their academic program and they fulfil travel/entry requirements.
Please monitor our USask updates page for international students to learn current travel and entry requirements for international students.
Quarantine upon arrival
Students who will be taking their classes on-campus in Canada and who meet travel restrictions, are required to complete a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Failure to comply with this Government of Canada mandate may result in a severe fine or removal from Canada.
USask is offering two self-funded quarantine options to international students.
Health coverage when coming to Canada
All students should have adequate health coverage for their time in Canada. In-Canada students may be eligible to apply for the Saskatchewan Health Card to access the Saskatchewan public health care system.
Any questions regarding health coverage can be directed to ISSAC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency assistanceIf you need urgent assistance upon your arrival in Canada and are unsure how to get help, please contact USask Protective Service at 306-966-5555. Be prepared to provide your name, describe your emergency and provide a contact number or email where you can be reached. A staff member from ISSAC will contact you to discuss your situation in more detail.
Accommodation and housing
All international students starting their studies in Canda should obtain permanent housing before traveling to Canada.
Please visit the Residence Services office's website for more detailed information about on-campus housing. They have Covid-19 FAQ page about their services during the pandemic. Please contact the Residence Services Office at email@example.com if you have any questions.
USask has an extensive guide to off-campus housing as well.
Other Essential Information
Check out other resources that may help your transition to your studies in Canada.
- Set up a bank account and transfer money from home
- Learn to budget your finances during student life
- Sign up with Access and Equity Services (AES) if you have a medical or learning-based disability
- Find your community on campus with the USask Faith Leaders
- Find housing and childcare
- Apply for a Saskatchewan Health Card
- Learn about taxes in Canada
- Learn about driving in Saskatchewan
- Connect you with new community
- Connect you with Student Learning Services to receive academic help or tutoring
Connect with ISSAC
Our staff members are working remotely to ensure we stay connected during this unfamiliar time – we are here to support you.
There are many ways for you to get involved and meet new people outside of the virtual classroom — Follow the ISSAC facebook page, attend our online immigration workshops and social events, and join a student group. Together apart, let us stay connected.
Our current online programming offering includes
- Daily online drop-in advising from 9:00 to 12:00 noon Central Standard Time (CST)
- Virtual social events
- Virtual immigration workshops
- Weekly Global Connections Newsletter on Thursdays (sent to your USask email). We try our best to help you stay informed of our operations.
You can contact our office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +1-306-966-4925.