Free transportation and first-night accommodation

A free transportation and first-night accomodation service is available to new international students who need transportation from the airport on the day of their arrival and who require accomodation for their first night in the city. Please note that only degree-seeking and exchange students coming from outside of Canada are eligible for this service. For more information, please click below and log in with your PAWS username and password.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties when making a request for this service, please contact us at

Students need to submit the online requests at least 7 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 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 international students 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!

Fall International Student Welcome

Fall International Student Welcome takes place Friday, August 31st, 2018. This event will be a great opportunity for you to  learn about campus supports available to you, enjoy supper and meet other new students starting their studies at the University of Saskatchewan. 

Visit the ISSAC Office and Connect with an ISSAC Global Friend

Feel at home at the U of S by meeting with an ISSAC Global Friend! 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, 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 (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.