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University of Saskatchewan


University Information

Location: Saskatoon, Sasktchewan
Founded: 1907
Undergraduate Students: 19 700
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public research institution 
Website: www.usask.ca

About the University

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is a Canadian public research university located on the east side of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Founded in 1907 as an agricultural college, Saskatchewan is today home to 13 interdisciplinary colleges, 3 graduate schools and 6 affiliated or federated colleges. More than 20,000 students currently attend the University of Saskatchewan, including 17,200 undergraduates and 3,402 postgraduate and doctoral students.

Saskatchewan offers over 200 academic programs in the following fields: Agriculture and Bioresources, Arts and Science, Biotechnology, Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies and Research, Kinesiology, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Nutrition, Physical Therapy and Veterinary Medicine. The most popular majors/fields of study for undergraduate students include accounting, agribusiness, agronomy, animal science, biochemistry, chemical and civil engineering, computer science, dentistry, English, exercise and sport studies, finance, geology, law, medicine, native studies, nursing, psychology, studio art, veterinary medicine, among others. The following are several of Saskatchewan’s colleges:

  • College of Arts and Science (with over 60 programs in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and fine arts)
  • College of Agriculture and Bioresources (with degrees in agriculture, environmental science, food science, renewable resource management, this college boasts a 97% employment rate among graduates)
  • Edwards School of Business (with programs in accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, and operations management)
  • College of Education (the second-largest college at U of S with programs aimed at future elementary, middle, high, and Aboriginal school teachers)
  • College of Engineering (with programs in biological, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, physics, environmental, geological, and mechanical engineering)
  • College of Kinesiology (with a holistic approach to various programs, such as exercise physiology, gross anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning and control, growth and development, psychology and ethics)

TOEFL: 86/120 (at least 19 in each competency)

IELTS: 6,5

Exchange Students must purchase international health and emergency insurance prior to departing from home country. 

Full-time, on-campus students automatically pay for a health and dental plan provided through their student association (the USSU for undergraduate students).

Cost: Health Insurance: $138.22
Dental Insurance: $111.95

Students may choose instead to subscribe to the insurance proposed by MICEFA, AIG. 

At U of S, alternatively, if you have other equivalent coverage, you can opt out of the health portion, the dental portion, or the plan in its entirety during the change-of-coverage period (usually in September). You will receive a credit to your student account for the amount of the plan. Students can only opt out of the plans upon showing proof of equivalent coverage. Opt outs must be completed online at the website www.ihaveaplan.ca in September.

You must have a study permit when you apply for a health card. If your duration of your stay is less than 6 months, you might not have one. To avoid expensive medical expenses, travel insurance from the country you are traveling from is recommended.

Living on-campus: Students can apply for on-campus Residence

  • On-campus Residence has a separate application with separate deadline dates from the Incoming Exchange Admission Application
  • U of S cannot guarantee all exchange students will receive on-campus accommodations.

Cost: $2,833.00 – $3767.00 per year* 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information.

Off-campus Housing: Housing can be found off campus if students desire, the U of S has provided a spreadsheet with the pros and cons to help you decide.

In addition to exploring off-campus housing and apartments, there are also a number of affiliated residences on campus or nearby that you may want to consider:

$542.41 Fall semester

$292.24 Spring semester 

The average budget per month is: $400 – 500 

Not specified, but you should think about having enough to cover all the expenses listed in the Estimated Budget page.