Arrival, Transition and Cultural Support
The International Student and Study Abroad Centre is a place for international students to:
- receive support with their transition into student life in Canada
- get involved in transition events and social activities
- access advising services, including immigration advice
- make friends from around the world
- attend workshops on topics such as employment in Canada and immigration
- get support throughout their studies
- inquire about supports during unexpected life events
Study Abroad, Awards and Travel Safety
ISSAC supports all USask students who wish to travel abroad with the university. Through ISSAC' s various programs and services, the centre is a place where students can:
- apply to go on exchange for one or two terms
- take part in summer programs offered by our international partners
- get travel safety support and complete the University's pre-departure process
- apply for travel awards and conference funding
- get support while studying abroad with the university
ISSAC supports the university in its internationationalization efforts also by offering intercultural programs that students can participate in. Through ISSAC, ratified student associations can:
- Become members in the Global Connections Network
- Apply for support for student-led events that are open to all students
- Take part in the planning and delivery of the annual Global Village event
Due to precautions being taken to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak, advising services offered through the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) will be done via Zoom, virtual appointment, telephone or email. No in-person appointments will be made at this time.
To connect with an ISSAC International Education Officer through Zoom, please visit the following links during our advising hours (see below):
International students advising (including ESL):
- Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon Central Standard Time (CST)
Join the Zoom meeting at https://zoom.us/j/410289734
Study abroad advising:
- Wednesday 9am - 12pm and Thursday from 1 - 4pm
Join the Zoom meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/511487422
Meeting ID: 511 487 422
After visiting the Zoom link, you will be prompted to download the Zoom application or continue through your web browser.
Upon entering the room, you will be sent to a waiting room. When an ISSAC IEO becomes available, they will bring you into the main Zoom meeting. You will meet with the IEO one-on-one. No recording or chat history of the conversation will be archived. Be prepared to provide your full name and NSID upon starting the advising session.
- Equipment required for Zoom:
- A functional microphone on your digital device
- Zoom can be connected via desktop/laptop computer or an iOS or Android Device
- While a video camera would be advantageous for the session, one would not be required
- A functional microphone on your digital device
Students are encouraged to visit the Zoom Help Centre if they are experiencing any technical issues.
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
This non-credit course is designed for students undertaking an intercultural experience throughout their studies (i.e. studying abroad, COIL coursework, internship abroad, service learning with an intercultural organization). The course outlines foundational concepts in intercultural studies to help them process their intercultural experience and provide them with tools to understand better how to communicate with cultures outside of their own dominant culture. It also seeks to assist students in self-reflecting and improving upon their own intercultural competencies.
Module 1 introduces the concept of culture and how to define it. The iceberg analogy for culture is used to assist students in understanding surface/external and deep/internal cultural elements.
Module 2 discusses the dimensions of culture including: power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism/collectivism, masculinity/femininity, long/short term orientation, indulgence/restraint, and low/high context communication.
Module 3 highlights the 5Rs of cultural change: routine, reactions, roles, relationships, and reflections about yourself. This portion of the course is designed for students who are moving to another culture for a period of time and is intended to help them process transition or culture shock and to prepare them in advance for this experience.
Module 4 then introduces Intercultural Communication Competencies (ICCs) and asks the student to reflect on their own ICCs.
Module 5 asks students to reflect on the above modules during their intercultural experience.
Module 6 takes place after the intercultural experience and asks the students to reflect on what they have learned through their intercultural experience.
The modules can be delivered as stand alone modules or through mixing and matching what is relevant to the student’s experience.
Contact ISSAC to if you are interested in learning more or in enrolling in the course.
- An opportunity for international, Indigenous and domestic students to learn and build multicultural relationships and understanding through informal and semiformal activities, workshops, sharing circles and events.
- Help students to learn about one another's identities as well as their own
Global Connections Lounge
A place where you can relax with friends, enjoy your lunch, study or get involved.
Assisting faculty with immigration matters
ISSAC is the first point of contact for faculty and staff regarding immigration matters involving international students.
ISSAC assists faculty and staff with risk assessment and emergency planning. The centre oversees the USask pre-departure process.