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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.

You should have recieved your network services identification (NSID) and a temporary password when you applied for admission. If you forget your NSID or password, contact the ICT Service Desk at 306-966-2222 or 1-800-966-4817 (toll free in Canada).

Your USask email

The university keeps in touch 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 iUsask app

The iUsask app puts the University of Saskatchewan in your pocket. Find your way around campus with the map, get the latest university news, check your classes, grades and exam schedule or see whether there is space in your favourite computer lab. iUsask is available for iOS and Android devices.

International students

As you prepare to arrive in Canada, there are important tasks you must complete. The University of Saskatchewan provides support and services to help you when you arrive here in Saskatoon.

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. 

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

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.

Orientation takes place on September 4, 2018. 

Ease your transition

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.

Academic accommodation

 Accomodation 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. More information about Access and Equity 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.

Housing, 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.

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.

External awards

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.

Loans

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 called 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 student only): U-Pass available in mid-April (will activate in May)
Summer Term (undergraduate student 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

Fall Term

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.

Winter Term

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.

International students

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

Shop online or visit Shop usask Bookstore in person to learn about educational discounts available to USask students on hardware and software.

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.

International students

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 the U of S. Money received by the university will be held in your student account and credited against your tuition.

Join the community

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.

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.