Frequently Asked Questions for International Students
Who is an international student?
An international student is a student living in Canada or abroad, that does not have Canadian citizenship, a permanent resident card or refugee status in Canada, and may need a study permit to study in Canada. Students studying for less than 6 months do not need a study permit. For more information regarding international students, please contact the International Student Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where is the International Student Office?
The International Education department has two student advisors who work with our international student population. The easiest way to reach them is by email – email@example.com.
What programs admit international students?
Programs that accept international students can be found on the Programs and Tuition link.
How do I apply to a program as an international student?
Step-by-step instructions to apply to Saskatchewan Polytechnic can be found on the steps to apply link.
Be sure to read up on Learning in Saskatchewan items of interest in Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Saskatchewan.
What are the English language requirements?
The majority of students use IELTs to meet their English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Students can meet ELP in a number of ways. Ensure you are familiar with ELP before you apply.
When is the application deadline for international students?
For programs with a September intake, complete your application by May 1 to ensure
consideration for programs beginning in September. If you choose to apply after May
1, please remember that combined processing times (Saskatchewan Polytechnic and CIC)
may not give you enough time to begin studies in the fall.
After May 1, international students will be unable to apply for several programs that have been filled with a waitlist. Applications for these programs will reopen in mid-September for the next September intake.
As many of our programs fill up quickly, please apply far in advance of our deadlines. We begin accepting applications in September for programs that start in September of the following year.
For those programs with January intakes, you should apply by October 1.
Do international student need to send original documents when applying?
No. Colour scanned copies (PDF format is preferred) are acceptable for the initial
application/assessment phase. If you are accepted you will be asked to provide the
originals for verification when you register for classes. If you have post-secondary
transcripts, you may also be asked to have originals sent to us directly from the
granting institution. After you apply you can prepare by arranging for your granting
institution to send the documents to:
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr.
Registration Services, International Admissions
Do my transcripts have to be translated into English?
Yes, this is a requirement to have your transcripts assessed. Saskatchewan Polytechnic can assess many qualifications but for transcripts or documents not in English or documents that do not clearly state your achievement level, you must ensure that they are translated and notarized. You will need to submit both the notarized copy and the original.
How much is the tuition?
Tuition at Saskatchewan Polytechnic varies from program to program. International students’ tuition is generally higher than the domestic rate on the program information page. Visit our International Program and Tuition page to see what programs accept international students and the approximate tuition.
Are there any programs with a January intake?
- Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics post-graduate certificate (Saskatoon and Regina)
- Auto Body Technician (Regina and Saskatoon)
- Automotive Service Technician (Moose Jaw)
- Bachelor of Applied Management degree (Regina)
- Business diploma (Moose Jaw, Prince Albert – Prince Albert is Management specialty only)
- Business Management post-graduate certificate (Moose Jaw and Prince Albert)
- Cloud Computing and Blockchain post-graduate certificate (Saskatoon)
- Continuing Care Assistant certificate (Prince Albert)
- Cyber Security post-graduate certificate (Regina and Saskatoon)
- Entrepreneurship post-graduate certificate (Moose Jaw)
- Financial Services post-graduate certificate (Moose Jaw)
- Hospitality and Tourism Management post-graduate certificate (Prince Albert)
- Office Administration program (Regina and Prince Albert)
- Parts Management Technician (Regina)
- Project Management post-graduate certificate (Moose Jaw and Prince Albert)
- Supply Chain Management post-graduate certificate (Moose Jaw and Regina)
- Technology Management post-graduate certificate (Moose Jaw)
All other programs start students in the fall.
Are there any programs with a March intake?
- Business Management post-graduate certificate (Moose Jaw and Prince Albert campuses)
- Project Management post-graduate certificate (Moose Jaw)
- Supply Chain Management post-graduate certificate (Moose Jaw)
Does Saskatchewan Polytechnic offer any post-graduate certificates?
- Go to the Programs and Tuition for International Students web page.
- Scroll down to the programs section.
- Within the credential dropdown list, choose the post-graduate certificate option.
- A list of the available post-graduate certificate programs will show in the table below.
Does Saskatchewan Polytechnic offer financial aid packages and/or scholarships for international students?
International students are eligible for all achievement scholarships available during their studies at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Currently, there are no entrance scholarships available for internationals students. For information please visit Student Awards.
Does Saskatchewan Polytechnic have student residences to accommodate international students?
No. Please visit the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Housing Registry for a list of accommodation options.
Canada Homestay Network is pleased to offer homestay to Saskatchewan Polytechnic students studying in Saskatoon. Live with a Canadian family while you complete your studies, learn about Canadian culture, and make lifelong friends. Upon acceptance at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, complete the online application.
Can I work while I am a student?
Yes, but there are conditions. Please review the Citizenship & Immigration Canada website for details.
Can I work in Canada after I graduate?
Yes! For more information regarding the post-graduation work permit program please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
Am I eligible to immigrate to Canada following my studies?
There are many ways to come to Saskatchewan either temporarily or permanently. Learn about the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) and other options for immigrating.
Can I get some help settling into life in Canada and studying at Saskatchewan Polytechnic?
Yes! As an international student, you can access to support services that include:
- arrival orientation
- pre-departure preparations
As a Saskatchewan Polytechnic student, you can access student services. Some of the services include:
- child care
- parking and transit
Can I get health insurance and how much will it cost?
Yes! In Saskatchewan, health insurance is free with proof of a study permit.
How much does it cost to live in Saskatchewan?
Approximate expenses per academic year are:
- Accommodation, utilities and food: $9,200
- local transportation: $600
- clothing: $700
- computer labs, typing, duplicating: $250
Does Saskatchewan Polytechnic have tutors in place if I require extra help?
Yes! In addition to tutors, Saskatchewan Polytechnic has a variety of services for
students. Contact Learning Services for more information.
As a student, you can also access many other services offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, such as - access counselling services, conversational partners, students' association assistance and connections to external volunteer organizations.