Free taxi and first-night accommodation

A free taxi and first-night accommodation service is available to new international students who need transportation from the bus depot/train station/airport and who require accommodation for their first night in the city. 

Students need to submit the online requests at least 5 business days prior to their arrival in Saskatoon.

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 students’ arrival, international students are encourage to come to ISSAC to receive an arrival package, including the Student Guide, and receive 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 in drop-in hours. Where necessary, International Education Officers also set up longer appointments to help international students address more complicated issues.

For the list of the upcoming Fall 2017 welcome events, please see below:

Airport Kiosk

There will be a friendly face waiting for you when you arrive in Saskatoon! From August 29-31 from 4:30 p.m. to midnight, 2017, International Student and Study Abroad Centre staff and volunteers will be on hand to make sure your arrival goes as smoothly as possible! We’ll be there to greet you with snacks and to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you there!

Welcome Centre

Head over to the ISSAC Welcome Centre at the Global Connections Student Lounge (Lower Place Riel, behind the food court)! The Welcome Centre will run from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM between August 28 and September 8, 2017. Volunteers, student assistants, and staff will be present to help you with your settlement questions. There will be plenty of resources available to help make your first few days as easy and enjoyable as possible.

International Student Welcome

If you are new to Canada or are interested in learning about services and activities for international students at U of S, you are invited to attend this event on Friday, September 1, 2017! It is a great opportunity to meet and socialize with your new peers. The event will consist of a formal session detailing life at the university, followed by a fun social event with free food and activities and a chance to get to know a few of the student groups on campus. There will be sports and games for those interested, so please dress comfortably. Check-in will begin at 12:30 PM at Arts 241. Students attending this event should also attend Orientation on Tuesday, September 5. Please register here.

Settlement support for all international students

Port of entry

When you arrive at the port of entry (airport or other border crossing in Canada), you will be issued your study permit and may be asked for the following documents:

  • A Letter of Introduction from the visa office confirming that your study permit application has been approved. (This letter contains your permit reference number and the officer needs this letter to issue your study permit);
  • Your passport;
  • Temporary Resident Visa (if applicable)
  • Copy of your acceptance letter from the University of Saskatchewan.

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 for the most up-to-date information, or contact ISSAC.

Getting help

Use the International Student Guide to learn about life as an international student at the U of S including immigration matters and information on working and living in Canada.

International Student Guide

If you can't find what you need in the International Student Guide contact The International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC). We are here to help! Drop-in advising is available.