Tips from other ESL/EAL students

  • Talking to your professors is very important. Ask questions when you are unsure of things.
  • Bring spices from home. Some spices are very hard to find in Canada.
  • Memorize the bus schedule and which terminals you need to be at.
  • Don't sign a cell phone contract immediately after arriving. Study each provider and determine which plan works for you. Providers are Rogers, Bell, Fido, Virgin, and Sasktel.
  • Rent a 'short-term' living space first. These places usually have everything in them already. Then, after you've arrived in Saskatoon, you can look for a place to live yourself, since you never know what the place will be like until you see it yourself.
  • Research Saskatoon, its weather, the cost of living, and bring things suitable to what you find out.
  • Try to find people from the same country as you and make contact with them for their advice.
  • Settlement workshops are a helpful way to learn about health care and immigration.
  • The ISSAC is organized and very prepared to help all international students. Even if you don't know anyone at U of S or in Saskatoon, ISSAC can be a good friend, guiding your way and introducing you to people.
  • Wait till you are in Canada to buy your winter clothes: boots, hat, gloves, scarf, and a heavy winter jacket.