Students from other institutions may come to the University of Saskatchewan as a Visiting Research Student (VRS) to only conduct supervised student research with a faculty member.

A VRS is enrolled at USask to undertake full-time research with a faculty supervisor for no more than 12 months per 18-month period. For international VRS with terms exceeding 6 months, a provincial attestation letter (PAL) is required.

To obtain a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) and support the continued mobility of incoming VRS who wish to spend more than 6 months at USask, please contact

Students may be undergraduate, graduate, or in between degree levels. This student category does not permit enrollment in any credit coursework at USask. 

After 12 months as a Visiting Research Student, students are not eligible to begin another term as a VRS until at least six months after the previous study period.

It is the responsibility of the student and faculty supervisor to make any necessary arrangements for the duration of the appointment at USask.

Visiting Research Student Agreement

All students pursuing VRS studies at USask must complete the  Visiting Research Student Agreement.

The agreement confirms that students and supervisors have reviewed the Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern (STRAC) policy confirming that research being undertaken is not identified as sensitive as determined by the Canadian Government’s listing of Named Research Organizations.