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University of Saskatchewan

Canada Canada


THE World Ranking: 501



USask lives up to its reputation. It’s a place of community, learning and fun where every student can feel welcome and heard. In the province of Saskatchewan and the city of Saskatoon, this university has been around since 1907. History and progress connect at USask, and students enjoy all the benefits of both.


Student life in Saskatoon is really special. Not only is the area beautiful, but it’s also ranked first in the country for air and water quality by Chatelaine Magazine. There are over 2,300 hours of sunshine in the city each year, and this sun shines over the main USask campus.


25,700 students are enrolled at USask and around 3,100 (12 per cent) of them are international. They come from 130 different countries across the world and settle into Saskatchewan easily because this university is very welcoming, as are the students who attend. There are lots of helpful student services, especially for international students as they adjust to living in Canada.


The University of Saskatchewan wants every student to have a great learning experience and keeps up high standards across all programmes and courses. It’s also a well-respected research university. It keeps up with some of the best universities in the world in the fields of sustainability and social impact.


Currently, researchers at USask are doing important research focused on water and food security and experimentation in the field of infectious diseases and their treatment. USask’s research in these two areas ranks at number one in Canada, and water resources research at USask ranks 15th across the globe.


USask’s history is long, but it won’t stop being made anytime soon. Students continue to head for this research-intensive medical doctoral institute when they want to work hard in unique surroundings, benefitting from great outcomes and successes after they graduate.


Explore more about studying at USask:


Teaching quality

Entry requirements

Scholarships & funding

University structure


Student support

Graduate outcomes


Teaching Quality

At USask, the teaching quality is high across the board. Lecturers, tutors and other academic staff care about and challenge students, pushing them to be better every day. There’s a reason so many great alumni once lived and learned at Saskatchewan.


Class sizes are small and there are 17 students to each faculty member, so everyone can get the right amount of focus and attention, the amount they need to succeed. This is one of the secrets to quality teaching, along with other important things like respect, collaboration, and a combination of theoretical and practical work.


The QS World University Rankings 2023 placed USask 17th in Canada. The 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities placed it 13th–18th in Canada. In Maclean’s 2022 rankings, USask came 15th in the medical doctoral category.


The exciting, innovative research done at USask is something that the university is very proud of. And it’s something that’s been the standard for a long, long time. In 1951, medical physicist Harold Johns and his graduate students at USask successfully treated a cancer patient using cobalt-60 radiation therapy, becoming the first people in the world ever to do this.


20 years later in 1971, spectroscopist Gerhard Herzberg was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. This honour was given because he was able to bring the world a deeper understanding of electronic structure and molecule geometry.


With these incredible contributions in the university’s past and many exciting efforts happening in the present (especially in infectious disease research), USask has never looked back. USask has never been afraid to ask questions and find out new information. It’s an institution looking for students who have the same attitude, and it will provide these students with high quality teaching across every programme.


Entry Requirements

USask is known for its beautiful campus, high teaching standards, great facilities and award-winning alumni. It’s a competitive university, and entrance isn’t guaranteed. Every student will need to meet general entry requirements, and there will then be specific university requirements for different subjects to research and consider, too.


General university entry requirements for undergraduates and postgraduates are, of course, different. Undergraduate applicants need to be educated to a post-secondary or post-high school level (specifics and equivalents for international students will depend on the country they are coming from). Postgraduate applicants need to share any previous university qualifications.


Specific subjects likely to have higher entry requirements include the sciences and maths, and USask encourages students to look carefully at every course they’re interested in to find out if they’re eligible, even if they meet the general entry requirements.


Some degrees will also ask for additional qualifications/subject grades/requirements and might ask students to complete interviews or online assessments, adding an extra step to the admission process. Plus, the M.D programme requires proof of Canadian citizenship, so it won’t be an option for international students.


English Score Required

One requirement that every international student who studies at USask needs to meet (though there are a few exceptions) is a certain minimum English score. Programmes and classes are taught in English at the University of Saskatchewan, and the institution needs to know that all students who are admitted have enough understanding to complete a degree in this language.


There are many ways for a student to show their understanding, but the IELTS test is probably the most common. To be admitted into USask, students must get an overall band score of at least 6.5, with no individual band scores below 6.0. This applies to undergraduate and postgraduate students.


There’s also the Pearson Test of English (PTE). In the PTE, students will need to get a score of at least 63, with individual minimum skills scores of at least 59. Again, this applies to undergraduate and postgraduate students.


In terms of exceptions, previous education in English may be accepted as proof of understanding. A student proves their proficiency in English if they have completed at least three years of full-time study in an approved English-medium secondary programme, including grades 10 through 12, in addition to successful completion of Grade 12 English Language Arts A30 and B30 (or equivalents). They don’t then need to complete a test.


Students who don’t reach the English language requirements can apply for joint admission to the English for Academic Purposes programme at the university’s language centre and undergraduate programmes in any of the direct-entry colleges.



The university admission process begins once a student has confirmed that they meet all the right entry requirements and selected their programme of choice. Online applications take about 30 minutes to complete.


During the application, hopeful students must explain their education history and share supporting documents (transcripts translated into English, relevant letters and pieces of evidence, the specifics will depend on where they’ve studied previously). International students will also need to pay a fee of CAD 90 to submit their application for student admission.


Once the application has been submitted, it will be time to wait for a decision. If any other documents are needed from a student, they’ll be notified by email, but USask still recommends that applicants check on the progress of their admission regularly to spot changes quickly.


The USask admission team considers every application carefully. When a decision is made, students are notified quickly. If they’ve been offered a place, they will then need to accept the offer to officially confirm that they are now, USask students.


Scholarships & Funding

USask understands the issues some students face with funding, whether from the start or in an unexpected moment of financial hardship. For domestic and international students, there are lots of scholarships available to reduce fees and allow students to focus more of their energy on their education.


University scholarships at USask are awarded based mainly on academic merit, but other factors like leadership and community involvement might also play a part. One example of a scholarship only available to international students is the International Excellence Award. It can provide students with up to CAD 10,000 toward their fees, but the true amount will be decided by their existing academic record.


International students completing the International Baccalaureate will also be automatically considered for the IB Excellence Award, which is a one-time scholarship worth CAD 20,000. Selection for this is based on academic performance through an applicant’s IB diploma predicted scores.


There are a number of other scholarships and bursaries available for students who may have difficulties funding their education. Students are encouraged to find out more about funding support that they might be eligible for on the USask website.


University Structure

There are over 100 fields of study across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at USask. The university’s structure is a college system. There are interdisciplinary colleges, graduate schools, and affiliated/federated colleges.


Most of these offer programmes to direct entry students coming from high school/this level of education, but anyone wanting to study dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and nutrition or veterinary medicine will require previous university qualifications before admission. The interdisciplinary colleges and postgraduate schools are:


  • The College of Agriculture and Bioresources
  • The College of Arts and Science
  • The College of Dentistry
  • The College of Education
  • The College of Engineering
  • The College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • The College of Kinesiology
  • The College of Law
  • The College of Medicine
  • The College of Nursing
  • The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine
  • The Edwards School of Business
  • The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
  • The School of Environment and Sustainability
  • The School of Public Health
  • The School of Rehabilitation Science


The affiliated/federated colleges are:


  • Briercrest College
  • Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies & Applied Research
  • Horizon College & Seminary
  • St. Peter’s College
  • Saskatoon Theological Union (the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad, St. Andrew's College, the Lutheran Theological Seminary)
  • St. Thomas More College


The research carried out at the university is part of what makes this institution so special. Its research centres and facilities give smart, strong minds the tools needed to make a real difference. Some notable research facilities include the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organisation (VIDO), the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and an observatory owned by the university, to name a few.


These centres and facilities provide students and faculty members with the resources required to lead, discover new things and make positive and important contributions to humanity’s overall understanding of the world.



USask’s main campus is one of the most beautiful in the country. There are lots of green spaces for students to enjoy, as well as some great architecture. There are student recreation centres like gyms for those who want to stay active and fun student activity centres for those who’d rather get stuck into creative hobbies. The Peter MacKinnon building even has a museum, and there are a few art galleries around the main campus to visit.


On the subject of staying active, the many USask fitness facilities don’t just include gyms. There’s also a dance studio, a climbing wall, a hockey rink, tennis courts and American football fields, soccer fields and baseball fields.


There are also lots of shops around campus so students can always get what they need, including bookstores, IT stores and convenience stores. The essentials can be collected without the need to leave campus.


Academic facilities at USask are great, too. Students can get hands-on experience in their field using great research centres. The libraries are student life centres that offer many excellent study spaces for individuals and groups, as well as being the first place many students turn to for academic support and tutoring.


Lecture theatres and classrooms are modern, welcoming spaces. There are options for larger classes and smaller, collaborative groups so students can enjoy a little of everything during their learning journey at USask.


Students at USask have the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience in their chosen field of study due to their top-quality study and research facilities. Its libraries offer the perfect spaces to study individually or as part of a group, with lots of academic support available from staff, including free one-on-one meetings with maths or writing tutors. USask’s lecture theatres and classrooms also offer beautiful spaces for larger lectures or smaller, more collaborative classes.


There are also lots of areas for recreation and socialising, including an International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC), providing a place for international students to spend time with friends, have lunch, work, and get involved with the wider USask community.



The residences on USask’s campus give students a home away from home, and a chance to live in a fun community of friendly students. There are a few different choices, and each has its own benefits and special features. Students can research and find the on-campus student accommodation that suits them best. The choices are:


  • Voyageur Place
  • College Quarter
  • McEown Park
  • Graduate House


The most suitable option for first-year students and the best example of what future students can expect from this university’s housing is Voyageur Place. There are four co-ed (both sexes), male-only and female-only residence halls at Voyageur Place. These are Athabasca Hall, Saskatchewan Hall, Qu'Appelle Hall and Qu'Appelle Hall Addition.


Residents of the halls enjoy furnished single or double dormitory-style rooms and three buffet-style meals daily at the Marquis Culinary Centre. And for convenience, there’s easy access to tunnels and skywalks that lead straight to other buildings on campus. For new students looking to live the traditional university campus life, this accommodation is perfect.


Information on the other residences and types of university accommodation, including Graduate House (only open to postgraduate students) is available on the USask website. There’s also always the option to explore off-campus living.


Compared to other Canadian cities, Saskatoon is very affordable and would be a good option for any student wanting to try life in a student house or apartment outside of campus. Student fees include a bus pass (called U-pass), and there’s a great bus service to and from campus.



Student Support

At USask, enrolled students are given the best care and student services to make sure that they all feel welcome, confident and safe. No person is left without the help they need. The student support services at this university can deal with difficulties around studies, general wellbeing concerns and requests for quality medical care.


There’s a Student Wellness Centre dedicated to mental health support, for example. Students can book appointments with a student guide at the centre to discuss how they’re coping and access one-to-one professional counselling sessions when they’re needed.


International students receive targeted student support from the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC). This support covers everything from settling into Canada to handling new academic challenges. There’s also a wider academic student support programme, including quick access to appointments with academic advisors.


Graduate Outcomes

The university keeps its reputation for success high by making sure students are looked after and fully prepared for the world beyond university. For many graduates, what happens after a degree comes to an end causes fear and confusion. But graduates of USask know what to expect, know their job prospects and have a plan in place.


Career services at this institution include one-on-one career coaching appointments with a qualified career guide. These are bookable through the university’s website and can help students explore their career options, improve their resumes and cover letters and perfect their interview techniques.


Also available throughout the academic year are career fairs events. Students and alumni can connect with different organisations about employment, volunteering and other opportunities at these events. They can also attend industry panels, meet with reps for career advice and more.


Careers beyond graduation at USask are impressive. The alumni network grows yearly, and the employment services put these graduates ahead of their peers when they’re stepping into professional roles for the first time.


Of the 163,000 students that have graduated from this institution in the last 115 years, 72 became Rhodes Scholars, 295 received the Order of Canada, two won Nobel Prizes in the field of chemistry and 44 became Olympians. One even went on to lead the country: John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada, is a graduate of this university.



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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023
Source: THE


QS World University Rankings 2023
Source: QS


Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022
Source: ARWU


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