Saskatchewan is full of opportunities for study, quality careers and entrepreneurship. Our economy is growing - we are a leader in Canada. These opportunities along with our safe and friendly communities, competitive cost of living and the natural beauty of our prairie, lakes and forests, result in a high quality of life that students from around the world are enjoying when they come to study in Saskatchewan.
High Quality and Affordable Education
Saskatchewan offers high-quality, affordable education. Our Prekindergarten to Grade 12 system provides a well-rounded educational foundation that prepares students for a successful future. Our universities, colleges and technical institutes offer a wide range of courses and credentials from trade certifications to doctoral degrees. We have state-of-the-art research and innovation facilities and top-quality educators, which attract international students from around the world. The application process and fees vary by post-secondary educational institution, so you should check with each institution for the specific information you need.
Post-Secondary Educational Institutions
There are several types of post-secondary educational institutions in Saskatchewan including:
Saskatchewan has two world-class, publicly-funded, government-accredited universities that attract international students from many countries around the world:
- The University of Regina is a dynamic institution with 10 faculties and 25 academic departments, which have established reputations for excellence and innovative programs leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
- The University of Saskatchewan is a member of U15, a group of top research universities in Canada. It offers 58 kinds of degrees, diplomas and certificates at bachelor, master and doctoral levels in over 100 program areas.
Both universities offer English as a Second Language (ESL) through a number of supportive, student-centred programs. Visit the University of Regina ESL program or the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre to learn more.
La Cité at the University of Regina offers a Certificate in French as a Second Language. It is a two-semester, full-time program designed for students who want to acquire a solid, intermediate level in both oral and written French.
Polytechnics provide people with applied learning opportunities, equipping them with marketable knowledge and skills that business and industry need to grow.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic is a member of Polytechnics Canada. It is Saskatchewan’s primary post-secondary institution for technical education and skills training. It offers 150 certificate, diploma and degree programs and serves students through campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, as well as distance education.
Saskatchewan's regional colleges offer courses and programs in trades, skills training and academic studies leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees. They also provide adult basic education to prepare adult learners for post-secondary studies. Many regional colleges offer programs linked to Saskatchewan Polytechnic and first year university classes that allow students to transfer into one of our universities.
Parkland College, Great Plains College, and Cumberland College are designated to provide programs for international students. Visit their websites to learn more.
Career Colleges, also known as private vocational schools, offer non-degree, vocational training programs in Saskatchewan to prepare students for employment in a specific occupation. Programs are available in a variety of areas including business, healthcare careers, fashion design, and office administration.
Pathways for Post-Secondary Education
Saskatchewan’s flexible post-secondary system offers a variety of pathways for students.
- Students could choose to take diploma, certificate or degree programs at one institution.
- Students could choose to start a degree at one institution and then finish it at another (for example, students could start at a regional college and then transfer to one of the universities).
- Students could complete a full degree at one institution then add on to it with a diploma or certificate from another institution designed to give them more specific and practical skills.
To study in Canada, you usually need a study permit or a temporary resident visa; however, not everyone must have these documents. Visit Get a Study Permit on Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website to find out what requirements you must meet in order to study in Saskatchewan.
To ensure international students receive high-quality education, Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada made changes to the International Student Program. As of June 1, 2014, only students accepted by a designated learning institution will be issued a study permit. A complete list of post-secondary institutions designated in Saskatchewan to host international students is available on Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada's website.
A study permit is not needed if you want to take short term courses or programs of study of six months or less. You may enrol in short term programs at any learning institution, regardless of whether or not it is designated.
For more information please visit Changes to the International Student Program.
Supports and Services
International students can access settlement services free of charge to make a more successful transition to life in Saskatchewan. Find newcomer services near you to learn more.
Besides your study, there are many things to do and places to explore that will make your experience in Saskatchewan wonderful. Visit Tourism Saskatchewan to find out more.