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Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Information

What are the COVID-19 protocols at the U of R?

The University of Regina has been approved by the provincial and federal governments as one of the Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) to welcome international students with its COVID-19 readiness plan. Before you travel to Canada, please read the following policies and guidance carefully to understand how to prepare yourself before departure and what to expect upon arrival.

For important information of COVID-19 for International Students please click here.

For information of safety precautions at the U of R please click here.  

For the most up to date information for the city of Regina please click here.

What are the protocols to travel to Canada?

The Government of Canada has implemented a number of travel restrictions and self-quarantine guidelines in an effort to protect and ensure the safety of all residents in Canada. Therefore, before you travel, make sure to be aware of the policies and expectations, as well as other requirements to travel to Canada.

Please refer to the Government of Canada website for the most up to date information.

Please use the checklist that applies to you as an additional resource:

Driving to Canada requirement checklist

Do I need health insurance coverage to travel to Canada?

It is important to note that the processing time for the Saskatchewan Health Card takes several weeks. Therefore, in the event of any medical emergency or situation where health coverage is required, it is recommended to arrange additional health insurance prior to travel to Canada to ensure that students are covered while waiting for their Health Card to be issued.

The University of Regina Students’ Union (URSU) offers the URSU Health & Dental Plan to students registered in 9 or more credits in undergraduate programs, and 6 or more credits in graduate programs. For more information about URSU Health & Dental Plan, please visit the URSU website.

Will my tuition fees be reimbursed if I study online because of COVID-19 while waiting for a study permit?

Yes, students who withdraw from classes prior to the End of 100% refund period will not be charged any tuition fees. Courses dropped after the End of 100% refund period will be charged according to the Academic Schedule. Please ensure to review the Academic Schedule for important dates and deadlines of each term.

It is important to note that courses offered through distanced learning because of COVID-19 are subject to the same regulations and criteria as courses offered in person on campus. As such, no refund will be allowed except according to the above-noted Academic Schedule. Should you have more questions, please contact us.

As a U of R International Student, can I get the COVID-19 Vaccine in Regina?

Yes, international students and students from other provinces/territories living and studying in Saskatchewan for more than two weeks will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligibility is based on the Saskatchewan COVID-19 vaccine delivery phases (by age) and priority populations.

All students are encouraged to visit saskatchewan.ca for further information.

International Admission Information

How do I apply?

  • Undergraduate programs:

Step 1: Complete the online admissions application.

 

Step 2: Pay your application fee of $100 Canadian. U of R accepts payment in the following ways:

  • Credit card (Mastercard, Visa and American Express). Contact Financial Services: 1-306-585-4123
  • Flywire (If you do not have a credit card, you can transfer funds to U of R using our payment portal.)

 

Step 3: Upload your documents in PDF format in the Supporting Documents section of your application.  Contact international.admissions@uregina.ca for support:

  • High School Transcript (Year 10, 11, and 12)
  • Front and back page (if there is information on it) of transcripts from additional education after high school
  • Your English Language Proficiency test — Learn more about these requirements.
  • Copy of your passport
  • Gap information - Have you obtained any other education or attended a post-secondary institute, for example: polytechnic, college or university, since completing high school?

 

  • Graduate programs:

Original documents will be required once you arrive in Regina. Please be sure to provide a certified English translation for all documents.

Once a decision has been made regarding your application, U of R will send it electronically.

For more information please contact Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Can I make changes to my application after it has been submitted?

Yes. After you submit your admissions application, if you want to make any changes, please contact us directly.

In addition, if you want to change your program, semester, address, or pay the fee after submitting your application, please send an email to the same address noted above. However, please note that submitting multiple applications slows down your application progress and delays an admissions decision.

 

How can I check my admission application status?

Please note that admissions application reviews generally take about four weeks to complete once University of Regina receives all required documents.

Step 1: Sign into the Admission portal – Enter your Login ID and PIN that you used when submitting your application.

Step 2: Click on the term for which you have applied under the “Processed Applications” heading.

What do I do once I am accepted?

Step 1: Pay deposit

Step 2: Prepare your immigration documents

Step 3: Find housing

Step 4: Register for classes

Step 5: Register for orientation

Step 6: Arrive in Regina

If accepted, for how long is my acceptance letter valid?

Letters for full acceptance from the University of Regina remain valid for three consecutive semesters.

For example, if you apply for Fall 2021, an acceptance letter allows you to study starting in Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 or Spring/Summer 2022.

If a student is academically admissible but does not yet meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) policy, the conditional acceptance letter is valid for a period of 12 months from the date it is issued.

Can I still apply if I am unable to take an English Language Proficiency Test?

Yes. If you are academically admissible, we will issue you a Conditional Letter of Acceptance, then you can provide your ELP test results soon after being accepted.

We now accept Duolingo English Test with a minimum score of 110 as an English language proficiency test for direct admissions during COVID-19.

Please visit our website for more information on other tests that may meet your needs.

Can I transfer credits to the U of R?

Yes, Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the faculty or college you are applying to. Transfer credit may be given for up to two years of work at other accredited post-secondary institutions.  However, some programs may only give limited credit. Once admitted to the university, you can make a request to your faculty or college will evaluate your previous work and award transfer credit relevant to your program of choice.

Students will need to submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope, directly from the institution attended) and course descriptions in order to allow an accurate assessment of the courses). Transfer credits will not be considered without the official transcript or if the institution is not accredited.

International Student Services Information

When is my tuition due?

Tuition and fees payment dates vary according to each term. For all tuition and fees payment and refund dates, as well as other important dates and deadlines, please review the Academic Schedule respective to the current, or applicable, academic term.

If you are a first-term international student, please visit the Registration Information website, under the “International Student Class Registration” section for important dates regarding immigration document submission and tuition and fees payment deadlines.

What scholarships are available to international students?

We currently offer the following entrance scholarships designated specifically for international students:

  • International Entrance Scholarship: $3,000 automatically awarded to undergraduate students on a study permit who are applying for admission directly from a secondary school (or equivalent) into a direct-entry undergraduate program.
  • Circle of Scholars Entrance Scholarship: $5,000 each school year for up to four years (assuming student maintains eligibility requirements).
  • University of Regina Undergraduate International Student Welcome Solidarity Scholarship and Housing Support:

- New students that register for only the Winter 2021 term or only for the Spring/Summer 2021 term will receive a $1,000 CAD tuition credit upon arrival and registration in the Fall 2021 term

- Students that register for both Winter 2021 term and Spring/Summer 2021 term will receive a $2,000 CAD tuition credit upon arrival and registration in Fall 2021 term

- Students that register for both Winter 2021 term and Spring/Summer 2021 term or only Winter 2021 term will a receive a $2,000 CAD credit towards the on campus housing rent for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms ($1,000 CAD per term)

In addition, the number of scholarships that you can apply for increases after your first year at the UofR.

As an international student, am I eligible for the Saskatchewan Health Card?

Yes. International students, provided they reside in Saskatchewan, have a valid study permit, and maintain their full-time student status, are eligible to apply for the Saskatchewan Health Card and have access to Provincial Health Coverage.

UR International Student Services offers Health Card Information Sessions in the beginning of every semester for students who require support during the application process. If you encounter any difficulties with the Health Card application, please contact us.

For a detailed, step-by-step guide on the Saskatchewan Health Card process, please refer to the Saskatchewan Health Card Manual.

What is the U of R Guarantee Program?

The UR Guarantee Program will support you through every step of your university experience to successful employment. UR Guarantee students have an advisor that can help with ALL aspects of University life. Newly admitted or transfer students with 30 credit hours or less of post-secondary classes are eligible to join. If you complete all elements of the UR Guarantee program and do not secure career-related employment within six months of graduation, you will be eligible to come back for another year of undergraduate classes free of charge.

More information about how to join the U of R Guarantee Program please click here.

What is the Co-operative Education (Co-Op) Program?

Co-operative Education (Co-op) alternates practical, career-related, paid work terms with semesters in class, giving you 12-16 months of supervised work experience by the time you graduate.

We are accredited by Co-operative Educational and Work-integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada, so we meet the standards for commitment and quality set by our national governing body.

More information about how to join the Co-op program please click here.

Do I need a Study Permit as an international student?

Yes. If you are coming to Canada to study, and your study period is more than 6 months, you will need to obtain a Study Permit to study in Canada. To determine if you need a Study Permit, please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) “Find out if you need a study permit page.For information about the process of Study Permit application, please visit “Study Permit: About the process” page.

As an international student, can I study part-time?

No. As an international student holding a study permit, it is required to maintain full-time student status in Fall and Winter terms.

Full time registration is defined as follows:

  • Undergraduate: 9 credit hours in each Fall and Winter term;
  • Graduate (Master’s): 6 credit hours in each Fall and Winter term; at least 3 credit hours in each Spring/Summer term;
  • Graduate (Doctoral and MPP students): 6 credit hours in each Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer term.
During specific times throughout the year (designated by the University of Regina), students may be eligible to register full-time, part-time or take a break. Regularly Scheduled Breaks may differ according to your level of study, therefore, it is important that you review the Academic Schedule appropriate for your level of study and the respective term.

As an international student, can I work off-campus?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) determines working eligibility based on different factors. In order to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria, please contact UR International Student Services.

For more information on eligibility requirement to work off campus please click here.

Do I need a work permit to be a co-op/internship student?

Yes, co-op for post-secondary international students is intended for foreign nationals who intend to perform work that is an essential part of a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training program offered by a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada. The work cannot form more than 50% of the total program of study.

For more information on how to apply for co-op work permit please click here.

What are my options to stay in Canada after graduation?

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have graduated from eligible Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) to obtain an open work permit to gain valuable Canadian work experience. More information on the PGWPP eligibility requirements and application process can be found on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

If you are a graduate from a recognized post-secondary institution within Saskatchewan, you may qualify for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). More information on the SINP can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan website.

Where can I find the most up-to-date Canadian immigration information?