New International Student Welcome August 30 (Recording)

The Fall 2021 New International Student Welcome was streamed live on August 30. It featured the programs and services available to USask new international students and the supports available through the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC). If you are a new international student starting in the fall term and were not able to join our online Welcome on August 30, please email to inquire about a recording.

In August and September, we also offer various programs in collaboration with other campus partners to welcome new international students and to help you get ready for your first-year studies at the university. Learn more about our events and workshops here.

The ISSAC office will be gradually reopening throughout the fall term (September to December). As we are at a transition phase right now, we welcome you to continue connecting with us via phone, email or zoom advising. More information regarding our in-person services will be coming soon.


Preparing for USask


Learning Modules to Assist your transition to Canada

Preparing for life in Canada as an international student doesn't need to be difficult. Sure, there's lots you need to do, but that's where our office can help! Take a quick 20 minutes to review our International Student pre-arrival learning modules. These modules will ease your transition and make you prepared for your life in Canada! 

All students require a valid NSID and password to review the view the module content.

Module 1: Study Permits and Immigration

  • Note: The Study Permits and Immigration module is for information purposes and does not subsitutte for immigration advice. Further, it does not contain information related to COVID-19. All students should refer to the COVID-19 International students page for information on traveling to Canada during COVID-19.

Module 2: Working in Canada

Module 3: Managing Cultural Adaptation

Module 4: Healthcare in Canada - See videos below

Health care coverage required in Saskatchewan

All international students are responsible for ensuring they have adequate health care coverage while studying in Saskatchewan. We have prepared the below videos to help you understand the following:  

  • Healthcare coverage international students should apply for in Saskatchewan   
    • Saskatchewan Health Card  
    • USSU/GSA Student plans 
  • A tutorial on applying for the Saskatchewan Health Card 

Health care coverage needs for study permit holders

Saskatchewan Health Card application tutorial

Applications for the Saskatchewan Health Card and USSU/GSA student health plans can take 2-3 months to process. Thus, international students are advised to purchase travel health insurance before traveling to Canada which will cover them for their immediate stay in Saskatchewan. 

Immigration and Quarantine

International students should be aware of all travel restrictions in place due to Covid-19 before making any plans to travel to Canada.

Immigration and travel restrictions

 Please monitor our USask updates page for international students to learn current travel and entry requirements for international students along with any quarantine requirements.

Emergency assistance

If 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 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. 

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 USask International 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
    • Degree-seeking students and all immigration inquiries: Monday to Friday,  9:00 to 12:00 noon Central Standard Time (CST)
    • Incoming exchange students: Wednesday 9:00 to 12:00 noon and Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 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 by phone by phone at +1-306-966-4925 or via email: