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Become familiar with PAWS
PAWS, your personalized access to web services at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), is a customizable web environment used by all students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the university community. PAWS is where you'll find information about classes registration, tuition and fees, scholarships and bursaries, textbooks and more.
After you have been admitted, use PAWS to update your profile with the university, including your preferred name, email aliases and contact information.
Your USask email
The university keeps in contact with you through your USask email account, which is created automatically when you are admitted to the university.
Check your email regularly by logging into PAWS, where your email and calendar are accessible in the main menu, or set up your smartphone or other device to receive your USask email directly.
Download the USAFE app
USAFE is the university's safety app, which features emergency contacts, safety tips, a personal safety tools, maps, and much more.
Choose your classes
Learn which courses you need for your program
Learn about the requirements for your program using the Course and Program Catalogue, including:
- the number of credit units you must earn,
- the required courses you will need to take, and
- the recommended sequence in which courses should be taken, for some programs.
Many colleges have additional resources to help you prepare to register for classes and to plan your degree.
- Arts and Science
- Edwards School of Business
- St. Thomas More College
- Off-campus and Online Classes
Speak with an academic advisor
It is strongly recommended that you meet with an advisor from your college or department as you prepare to start your program, and regularly as you work toward your degree.
Advisors can help you to understand program requirements and can also help you to develop an educational plan that fits your abilities, interests, personal circumstances and goals.
If you are taking USask classes at an off‐campus site, you will also have access to a local advisor.
Register for classes
It is important to register for classes as early as you can. Access to the registration system opens well before the start of term. Having your class schedule (and some back-up options) prepared will give you the best chance of being able to register for the classes you want.
Watch our video tutorials for step-by-step instructions on how to register for classes.
Watch for upcoming events
Orientation is your official welcome to the University of Saskatchewan. Taking place before classes begin in September for new Fall Term students, or January for new Winter Term students, Orientation is a must-attend event to kick your university experience off right.
Fall Orientation takes place on September 3, 2019.
Aboriginal Students' Centre New Student Welcome
This is a free event for new Métis, First Nations and Inuit students. Meet new people and learn about services for Aboriginal students.
This two-day event takes place August 29 to 30, 2019.
Welcome for international students
This is a free event for new international students. Meet new people and learn about services for international students.
This event takes place on August 30, 2019.
St. Thomas More College Welcome
St. Thomas More College Welcome is a free summer orientation day exclusively for new St. Thomas More College students. It's a great way to get a head start on your university experience!
This event takes place on August 30, 2019.
Jump Start Your Learning workshops
Get a jump start on your university transition! Sign up for a Jump Start session to learn some valuable strategies and tips for success in university.
Jump Start Your Learning sessions are offered the morning of Tuesday, August 27 or the afternoon of Wednesday, August 28.
Ease your transition
Join a Learning Community
Learn how to adapt more quickly to university and benefit from the mentorship of successful upper-year students by registering in a Learning Community in your college. In a Learning Community, you will get to know a small group of other new students who will be taking some of the same courses as you—courses that you share an interest in, or courses that are part of your degree requirements.
Participating in a Learning Community is one of the best ways for you to take charge of your learning and develop skills to help you succeed in this new academic environment. It is also a great way to make new friends!
Take a summer class
Summer classes can help you get ahead in your degree program, focus on a tough subject or complete a prerequisite for another course. You can take almost any class you choose, including these options:
- INTS 100 – Strategies for Academic Success: Strategies and skills to help you transition to university learning.
- Math 102 – Precalculus Mathematics: Take the prerequisite you need, or get ahead in math and precalculus.
- BIOL 121 – The Diversity of Life: Need biology for your degree? Beat the rush and take it over the summer.
Speak with an academic advisor in your college if you have questions about taking summer classes. If you would like to switch your start term to the summer, contact the Admissions Office by July 2, 2019 at admissions.usask.ca or 306-966-5788.
Find direction with career coaching
If you are feeling unsure about your career direction or would just like to explore different paths, career coaching is a great option. Meeting with a Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC) career coach can help you:
- better understand your current career-related issues and situation,
- articulate your goals and how you want things to be different,
- identify your strengths, assets and supports,
- explore different options, possibilities and solutions,
- make a list of your next steps, and
- access additional resources and supports.
From the short-term job search to long-term career planning, the SECC offers many in-person and online resources for students and alumni. It’s never too early to start planning for your future career and the SECC is one way you can make sure you’re on track.
Accommodation based on disability, religion, family status or gender identity
Access and Equity Services (AES) provides supports for students requiring academic accommodations based on disability (including physical, medical, mental health and learning disabilities), religion, family status (including pregnancy) and gender identity.
Students must register with Access and Equity Services to access services.
Get ready for math
We recommend speaking to an academic advisor in your college to see what the math requirements are for your program and how you can prepare.
Sign up for a Smart Start workshop
Smart Start is a series of academic workshops offered every September to help start the year off right. Workshops are available for both undergraduate- and graduate-level students. Learn about effective time management, study strategies, reading and note-taking, research, poster presentations and more!
Housing, transit, meals and childcare
Apply to live in residence
Do you look forward to meeting new people and immersing yourself in campus culture? Is safety and support a top concern for you (and your parents)? Do you want to be able to focus on your studies and social life without having to worry as much about cooking and commuting to class?
Living in residence gives you the convenience of being located as close as possible to your classes and campus amenities, and gives you the opportunity to connect with a close-knit community of other students sharing the same experience as you.
Apply early to live in one of our USask Residences.
- Fall and Winter Terms: Applications open in November
- Spring and Summer Terms: Applications open in February
Already applied? Watch your email inbox for messages from the Residence Services Office. Successful applicants will be contacted to select their room within a certain time frame.
Explore other housing options
If you’re thinking about renting a house or apartment in or near Saskatoon, the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) Housing Registry is a tool you can use in your search and to become better informed about renting.
Living on your own comes with additional responsibilities. You may have to set up your utilities (including internet and electricity), purchase furniture and housewares, buy and prepare your own food and commute to your classes. Don’t forget to factor these costs into your budget and schedule.
Explore transit routes
If you will be living off-campus and taking transit, you should research routes beforehand. Your choice of off-campus housing could be affected by which offers the best transit route. Remember to activate your U-Pass transit pass which gives you unlimited access to Saskatoon Transit services during the school year.
Campus meal plans
Whether you live in residence or elsewhere in Saskatoon, you can take advantage of a convenient campus meal plan that fits your needs and budget.
Need child care?
There are three child-care facilities on campus and many licensed facilities off campus. Child-care facilities usually have long wait lists, so it is important to add your child to waiting lists early.
Plan your finances
Develop a budget
Planning your finances is an important life skill and it will help you to make key decisions about coming to university such as whether you will need to apply for scholarships and bursaries, apply for student loans, or perhaps get a part-time job.
Tuition and fees
Estimate your tuition and fees
After you register for classes, you will be able to see your assessed tuition and student fees in the Tuition and Fees channels in PAWS.
In addition to tuition, students also pay a variety of fees that are used to fund specific student benefits offered as part of a university education.
Graduate Student Tuition Instalment Plan
As a special service, graduate students may apply to pay their tuition fees with monthly preauthorized payments.
Scholarships, bursaries and awards
At USask, we want to recognize your academic and personal accomplishments. Start by learning more about scholarships, bursaries and awards you may be eligible to receive.
Awards administered by the University of Saskatchewan are not the only awards available to students studying at USask. Students are encouraged to look for awards from other sources, such as clubs and associations. External awards are offered by agencies, governments or other organizations outside the university.
Government student loans and grants can help you finance your education and are interest-free while you are in school full-time.
Lines of credit and bank loans are two ways students can borrow money from financial institutions. A student line of credit gives you access to an agreed-upon amount of money that you can withdraw when needed. A bank loan allows you to borrow an agreed-upon amount of money up-front.
If exploring these options, take the time to do some research, shop around and don't be afraid to ask questions and negotiate.
Crisis financial aid
Crisis financial aid, including crisis loans and grants, is designed to help students through an unexpected, temporary financial crisis. By definition, a student's experiences are considered unexpected if he or she did not know that the situation was coming and could not have planned for it.
Funding for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students
Aboriginal students, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, may receive specialized funding for post-secondary education.
Work while studying
If you are considering working while going to university, make sure to think carefully about how much time you will have to divide between work, school and social activities. Know yourself and make sure that getting a job won't create any barriers that may impact your studies.
The Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC) provides a wealth of in-person and online resources students can access, including job search tools and tips, career fairs and networking opportunities and sessions to help you prepare for your job search.
International students should be aware of the rules and eligibility requirements for working in Canada.
Take care of student business
Apply for a study permit
If you are an international student who will be studying in Canada for more than six months you must have a valid study permit to remain in Canada while you study as an international student with temporary resident status.
Send your final transcript(s)
Transcripts or report cards are used to calculate your admission average and to determine whether you have met or will meet prerequisite requirements for your program. You are required to submit your transcript(s) to support your application for admission.
Get your student ID card
Once two business days have passed after you've registered for classes, you can get your student ID card.
Order your ID card online by attaching your own photo and you will be able to pick it up at the Campus ID Office two business days later, or visit in person to have your photo taken and your card printed on the same day. Remember to bring another piece of photo ID, such as your passport or driver’s license, when requesting or picking up your card.
Need a student ID at your off-campus site? Arrange for a card through your local USask advisor. You’ll be able to order your card online and pick it up at your site.
Activate your U-Pass transit pass
The U-Pass is included in your student fees (at a discounted rate compared to regular transit costs) and gives you unlimited access to Saskatoon Transit services during the school year. Remember to download the mobile app Transit, to help you plan your trip and get service alerts on your route before you head out!
Fall Term: U-Pass available in mid-August (will activate in September)
Winter Term: U-Pass available at the end of November (will activate in January)
Spring Term (undergraduate students only): U-Pass available in mid-April (will activate in May)
Summer Term (undergraduate students only): U-Pass available in mid-June (will activate in July)
Apply for a parking spot
If you plan to drive to campus regularly, you can apply for a student parking permit for select lots on or near campus.
- Spring and Summer Terms: Permits can be purchased from Parking and Transportation Services starting in late April.
- Fall and Winter Terms: Applications open in PAWS from May to August.
- Winter Term only: Limited spots may be available—contact Parking and Transportation Services.
Confirm your health coverage
Full-time, on-campus students automatically pay for a health and dental plan provided through their student association (the USSU for undergraduate students and the GSA for graduate students).
- Opting out: If you are already covered by an equivalent health and/or dental plan or are covered by non-insured health benefits for First Nations and Inuit peoples, you may choose to opt out during the change-of-coverage period. Make sure to compare your existing coverage with the Student Health and Dental Plan before you decide to opt out; it may cover items that have limited coverage or are not covered by your current plan.
- Opting in: Part-time and off-campus students who are USSU members are not automatically covered, but may choose to enrol in the plan during the change-of-coverage period at the beginning of Fall Term or Winter Term by following the instructions at studentcare.ca.
If you are a new student starting classes in January, you are not automatically covered by the plan, but you can enrol yourself, your spouse and/or dependants for health and dental coverage.
Change of coverage periods
The change-of-coverage period generally takes place during approximately the first three weeks of the term (September for Fall Term students, January for new Winter Term students). Please check studentcare.ca for specific dates as they become available.
Full-time, on-campus students automatically pay for a health and dental plan provided through their student association (the USSU for undergraduate students and the GSA for graduate students). You will need a Saskatchewan health card in order to make a claim on this extended health coverage.
Buy your textbooks
Your textbook lists will be posted online prior to the start of term and you’ll be able to access them in the My Textbooks channel in PAWS or on the Shop usask Bookstore website after you register for classes.
Ordering your textbooks online is a good way to avoid the long line-ups at the start of each term. Whether you buy your textbooks online or in person, we recommend you wait until the extended textbook return period for the term starts before you buy any books, in case you need to change or drop any of your classes.
Buy a computer on campus and save
As a USask student, you also have access to the Microsoft Student Advantage program, through which you can download and install the latest Microsoft Office software at no cost.
One of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s requirements to enter Canada on a study permit is to show that you have enough money to pay for tuition and living expenses for your first year of study. The immigration office in your country may ask you to deposit this money with USask. Money received by the university will be held in your student account and credited against your tuition.
Join the community
There is more to campus life than class and studying. Remember to take time to take care of yourself, meet new people and have fun.
Check out student associations and campus groups
Student associations are usually based in colleges, schools or departments and are made up of students in similar programs. For example, the Agricultural Students’ Association and Saskatoon Engineering Students’ Society’s famous rivalry is well-known, but no matter which college or program you’re in, there is likely a student association where you can get involved.
Campus groups exist for students interested in a variety of pursuits from social activism, charitable support, or leadership and development to sports, the arts, religion and culture, or pure recreation and everything in between! The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) maintains a list of ratified student groups you can explore, or keep an eye out for them at Welcome Week and other events.
Join a Campus Rec intramural sports team
Campus Rec intramural sports are a great opportunity to keep active while meeting new people and having fun! Whether competitive or non-competitive sports are your thing, there is a Campus Rec league for every experience level.
Volunteering and community involvement are rewarding ways to develop your leadership skills, learn new things, meet new people, experience different career options and gain new experiences.
Visit Student Central
Student Central provides undergraduate and graduate students with centralized assistance with finances, registration and academic life.
Visit the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre
As an intercultural gathering place, the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre brings together the teachings, traditions and cultures of the peoples of Saskatchewan. Grounded in the teachings of collaboration, cooperation, humility, reciprocity and sharing, the centre aims to enhance First Nations, Métis and Inuit student success.
Visit the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC)
The International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) is a resource and campus partner for all students, staff, and faculty. ISSAC is dedicated to fostering a welcoming, globally aware and engaged campus community.
Visit the Student Wellness Centre
The Student Wellness Centre offers urgent and non-urgent physical and mental health care to uSask students and their spouses and children.
Visit Student Learning Services
Student Learning Services (SLS) aims to help students make the most out of their academic experience at the University of Saskatchewan. SLS contributes to academic success through creating innovative programs, services, and activities.
SLS offers workshops, online resources and tutors to help students with writing, studying, math and stats.
Visit a USSU Centre
The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) operates a number of centres for enhancing the student experience. These centres include the Women’s Centre, Pride Centre, Help Centre, and Food Centre. The USSU centres are open to all students, and provide resources, support and services in a warm, positive atmosphere.