University of saskatchewan
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Brief Background

The University of Saskatchewan is situated on the east side of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was founded in 1907. The university is recognised as one of the top research-driven and medical doctoral universities in Canada and houses an exceptional array of facilities and different types of equipment. It’s learning is customized specifically for the students keeping in mind the global scenario. The university is home to several colleges and schools such as Agriculture and Bioresources, Arts and Science, Dentistry, Education, Edwards School of Business, Engineering, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Kinesiology, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Nutrition, School of Environment and Sustainability, School of Rehabilitation Science, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan Language Centre and Western College of Veterinary Medicine. It also has Theological and Affiliated Colleges such as  Briercrest College, College of Emmanuel and St. Chad, Horizon College and Seminary (Formerly known as Central Pentecostal College),  Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Andrew's Colleges, St. Peter's College and Gabriel Dumont College.


The university has an enormous number of buildings of historic and architectural significance, some of which are Agriculture Building, Animal Science Building, Bovine Teaching Unit, Curling Rink, Edwards School of Business Building, Health Sciences Building, Observatory, Qu’Appelle Hall Addition and Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility. Some of the university’s notable research facilities include VIDO-InterVac (Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization -International Vaccine Centre), Canadian Light Source synchrotron, the Global Institute for Food Security, the Global Institute for Water Security and the Sylvia Fedoruk Centre for Nuclear Innovation. The University Library is stocked with articles, journals, books, databases, theses, and more. Its recent enhancements include staff workspace in the Murray Library, wall-sized way-finding signage in the Murray Library, and a bookable presentation practice room in the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library.

Residing options

The university provides the students with a number of on-campus residing options inclusive of meal plans, facilities for easy access to the campus buildings and necessary utilities. Some of these residing options are as follows: Voyageur Place, College Quarter, McEown Park, Graduate House. The university also provides help with off-campus housing such as the Homestay program wherein the international students can choose to stay with local families. The university also offers a number of affiliated residing options near the campus such as Luther Residence, Mohyla Institute, St. Andrew’s Residence, Horizon College and Seminary Residence and College and Wiggins Residence. There is also the facility of Housing Registry wherein landlord seeking student tenants post available accommodation spaces that students can check out. The accommodation fees charges by each residence building are as follows, Voyageur Place charges $10,048.70 for single and $9,058.70 for double. The students also receive an Unlimited Dining Meal Plan through Marquis Hall. College Quarter charges $6,416.00 to $8,360.00 depending on whether the student is taking a Studio Unit, Four Bedroom Unit or One Bedroom Unit. McEown Park and Graduate House Fall charges range between $1,060.00/month and $3,904.00 depending on the choice of room.

Financial aid

 The university provides students applying for admission with the Guaranteed Entrance Scholarship depending upon their admission average. For example, 95%+ average is awarded a scholarship of $3,000, $2,000 for 93% to 94.9% and so on. The university also provides Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships wherein students are awarded scholarships based on academics, leadership and contributions to school and community life. Five of such scholarships are known as Circle of Honour Awards and are designated for Indigenous students. Some of the other scholarships within this section include George and Marsha Ivany President’s First & Best Scholarships valued at $40,000 ($10,000/year over four years), Chancellors’ Scholarships valued at $30,000 ($7,500/year over four years), U of S Entrance Scholarships valued at $24,000 ($6,000/year over four years), Edwards Undergraduate Scholarships valued at $24,000 ($6,000/year over four years) and College of Agriculture and Bioresources Renewable Entrance Scholarships valued at $12,000 ($3,000/year over four years). Some of the other awards given by the university are Competitive Entrance Awards, International student awards, Transfer awards and Off-campus awards to name a few.

Jobs and Placements

The graduates of the university have rated 4 out of 5 stars for jobs satisfaction on Payscale. The university facilitates SECC (Student Employment and Career Center) which provides the students and alumni with necessary resources for career growth such as Job postings and Volunteer opportunities, ResumeTalks, Career Coaching, InterviewTalks and Mock Interviews and Career Assessments. It also organizes a number of career events such as Career Fairs, CareerMeetUps and Employer Sessions. The students can also explore the CareerLink to search for on or off-campus full or part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities while studying. Some of the top recruiters of the university are VendAsta; University of Saskatchewan; Cameco Corporation; Bayer Cropscience; Saskatoon Health Region. 


USask is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Western Canada. The most feasible transport option for the students and faculty is the U-pass which is the Saskatoon Transit bus pass and is included in the student's fees. The routes and timings can be accessed through the Transit App. Taxi service is also available through certain suggested companies such as Captain Taxi, Provincial Car Service Ltd., and Uber. There is also the option of carpooling through the  UCommute which is a commute tracking service available within PAWS. Those who wish to travel by flight can take the Saskatoon Airport, while the most reliable rail commuting option is the VIA Rail Canada. Saskatoon is relatively affordable as compared to other Canadian cities. The university also houses the Student Wellness Centre which offers urgent and non-urgent physical and mental health care to U of S students and their spouses and children. Some of its services include Doctor and nurse appointments, Mental health assessment, consulting and counselling, Nutritional counselling, Sexual health care including contraception counselling and STI prevention, testing and treatment and Massage therapy, to name a few. Outside of the academic sphere, the city of Saskatoon is a vibrant site of cultural and recreational activities such as Camping, fishing, music events, sports games, golf, a wide range of cuisine and shopping options.


 The Department of Biomedical at the University of Saskatchewan is a site of interdisciplinary learning and activities. It combines Biomedical Engineering with physical Sciences and Engineering with Clinical Medicine and the Life Sciences.    The department does not offer any undergraduate courses, however, it offers M.Sc, M.Eng, post-graduate diploma and PhD programs in its graduate course. The M.Sc and M.Eng.  programs are two-year courses wherein students can choose either the thesis-based or the project-based option, while the PhD course has a four-year duration. It has 74 full-time working faculty, wherein most of them are the recipients of International Embryo Technology Society Mentor of the Year Award, SmithKline Beecham Award for Research Excellence and numerous grants in eminent universities along with publications in internationally recognized journals and papers.Some of its primary areas of research include biomechanics, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography, biomedical signal and image processing, applications of artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic and expert systems, physiological system modelling, and medical instrumentation.

Chemical and Biological

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan aims to equip their students with the necessary skills to tackle careers as professional engineers. It offers B.E. in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Option, Mineral Processing Option and Petroleum Option under its undergraduate wing. The graduate programs include M.Sc. and PhD courses in Biological Engineering and M.Eng., M.Sc. and PhD in Chemical Engineering. The graduate program in Biological Engineering is project or thesis-based. The M.Sc program is for two years, while the PhD programme is for four years. The M.Eng. and M.Sc programs under chemical engineering are of two years each, while the PhD program is for a minimum of four years. Chemical Engineering Student Society, ChESS, is an initiative by the department wherein the members facilitate social outings, conduct tutorials and organize graduation ceremonies for the graduating students in the department. Its primary aim is to create a close-knit community within the department. The board of faculty consists of 15 full-time working faculty who are well-versed in research areas such as Fluidization and Multiphase Flow Systems, Clean Energy and Sustainability. They have organized and participated in talks, have been published in illustrious journals, have authored books and chapters for significant academic texts. The main areas of research in the department are as follows: Biotechnology and Bioprocessing,  Energy and Renewable Resources,  Environment and  Mineral Processing and Materials.

Civil, Geological and Environmental

 The department focuses on the design, construction, management, and planning of the built environment . In its undergraduate program, the department provides degrees in Civil Engineering, Geological Engineering and Environmental Engineering. The department’s graduate program offers M.Eng., M.Sc. and PhD courses in Civil Engineering. Graduate courses in Civil Engineering cover four broad areas: Transportation; Geological, Geotechnical, and Geo-environmental Engineering; Structures and Materials Science and Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. The department has a total of 25 full-time working faculty who have been published in internationally recognized journals and have organized and participated in conferences.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

 The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan is completely accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. Its curriculum is carefully designed to provide students with the right learning at the right stage while placing major emphasis on core engineering subjects for the first two year and then on subjects specialized in technical and design-based principles in the third and fourth years. It offers B.E., B.E & B.Sc (dual-degree) for its undergraduate program and P.G.D, M.Eng., M.Sc. and PhD for its graduate program. The postgraduate diploma is a course-based program, while both M.Eng. and M.Sc. have the option of being either project or thesis-based. The PhD is a four-year thesis-based program. The department has four labs namely Photonics Lab, Tau Lab, General Lab, DSP Lab and Power Lab. Some of the department’s primary areas of research are as follows: Digital Signal Processing,  Sensors, Circuits, and Devices,  Power and Energy and  Digital Systems.

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan follows an interdisciplinary approach, as it is linked to the divisions of Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Engineering. The department also fosters partnership with popular industries and organizations for research to facilitate students with their design projects. The department offers Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) - Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) - Mining Option as its undergraduate programmes. The graduate program offers M.Sc, M.Eng., P.G.D. and PhD programs. In the M.Sc. and PhD programs, graduate students are required to complete course-work and a project, while P.G.D. students are only required to complete course-work.  All graduate programs are conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. The department has laboratories for specific research purposes such as Applied Mechanics and Manufacturing, Biomechanics and Bioengineering, Fluid Power and Controls, Materials Science and Metallurgy and Thermo-fluids and Heat Transfer. The board of faculty has a total of 24 full-time members  who have undertaken various projects such as the Development of Particle Image Velocimetry Technique, Particle Image Velocimetry of Wall Jet Flows and Turbulence Modelling and are the recipients of New Research Award, Teaching Excellence Award, to name a few. The department’s primary areas of research are as follows:  Advanced Engineering Design and Manufacturing, Applied Mechanics and Machine Design, Biomedical Engineering, Control Systems, Robotics and Fluid Power, Engineering for Agriculture,  Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Sciences and Energy and Materials Science and Metallurgy. 

Pure Sciences

 The University of Saskatchewan constitutes the pure sciences departments of Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Earth Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics. The Department of Chemistry offers Bachelor of Science,  Bachelor of Science Three-year, Bachelor of Science Honours and Bachelor of Science Double Honours under its undergraduate programme while it’s graduate program includes MSc and PhD degree. The Department of Biology offers Bachelor of Science Four-year, Bachelor of Science Three-year, Bachelor of Science Honours and Bachelor of Science Double Honours in Biochemistry in its undergraduate programme while it’s graduate program includes MSc and PhD degree. The Department of Environmental Earth Sciences in its undergraduate program provides degrees in Bachelor of Science Four-year, Bachelor of Science Honours, Co-operative Education Option. The Department of Mathematics offers Bachelor of Science Four-year, Bachelor of Science Three-year, Bachelor of Science Honours and Bachelor of Science Double Honours in its undergraduate course while it’s graduate program includes M.Math, MSc and PhD degree. The Department of Physics provides Bachelor of Science Four-year, Bachelor of Science Three-year, Bachelor of Science Honours and Bachelor of Science Double Honours within its undergraduate program  while it’s graduate program includes MSc and PhD degree.

Annual fees for Indians $6,000
Annual off-campus living $5,500
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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