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 bus depot/train station/airport on the day of their arrival and who require accomodation for their first night in the city. 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.

For new international students who are starting university in January 2018, 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!

Join us for January Orientation

January Orientation is your official welcome to the university. The Orientation will be held on Tuesday, Jan 2nd. This event will be a great opportunity for you to take a campus tour, learn about campus supports available to you, enjoy supper and meet new students starting their studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Sign up here for the orientation.  

ISSAC Welcome Centre

Come to the ISSAC Welcome Centre from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm between Jan 2 to Jan 5 (Room 70, Lower Place Riel, Global Connections Lounge). You will have an opportunity to meet fellow international students, engage with ISSAC staff members and obtain information on campus and community organizations that can help you with housing, employment, banking, academic success and more.

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.