Future Students

Information for Incoming International Students

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Every year, Saint Mary's welcomes students from all over the world. It's an exciting time.

To help with your adjustment, we provide international student workshops on a variety of subjects about life in Canada. The workshops this fall will begin on Friday, September 2nd. We'll provide more details about this year's workshops on this page as they become available.

Welcome Week at Saint Mary’s will help set you up for success as you start your studies.  During your first week, you will engage with support systems and resources, meet student leaders, and participate in a variety of fun and informative activities. As you take part in the fun and excitement of joining Saint Mary’s, you will also experience our campus atmosphere of respect and belonging that is so important to our university community. 

Our main goal is to help you achieve success, a sense of respect and belonging, a balance of responsibilities and all the fun and excitement that transitioning to university life should include.


Thursday, September 1st

Residence Move-In

Friday, September 2nd

Saturday, September 3rd

Sunday, September 4th

Monday, September 5th


More Info TBA

Friday, September 12th



If you arrive after September 15th, please come to the International Centre on the 3rd floor of the Student Centre and we will be happy to help you get involved in the continuing program of Welcome Week.

Once Welcome Week has ended and you are focusing on your classes, you are invited to continue developing your skills through our First Year Experience program. By promoting academic support systems, sexual and mental health, wellness and healthy living, intercultural engagement, as well as extracurricular involvement in sports and societies, Saint Mary’s University shows its commitment to student success. You can learn more about that program when you arrive.

How to Prepare for Your Arrival on Campus

1. International Student Pre-Welcome Week Workshops

Please sign up for the International Student Pre-Welcome Week Workshops before Wednesday,August 10th

Submit the Pre-Welcome Week Workshops Sign-Up Form if you are planning to attend the International Student Pre-Welcome Week Workshops.

2. FREE Airport Pickup: Arrange your free pick-up service at least 72 hours before your plane arrives at the Halifax International Airport.

We offer a free airport pickup service for all our new incoming international students. Submit the Airport Pick-Up Form if you would like to be picked up at the Halifax airport. In order to take advantage of this service, please submit your Airport Pick-Up Form at least five business days before you arrive in Halifax.

3. Cyber Pen Pal: If you would like to correspond with a Saint Mary’s senior current student, please submit the Cyber Pen-Pal Form.

4. Residence Accommodation: September 1st is move-in day!

If you are attending the International Student Pre-Welcome Week Workshops and staying in residence, but arrive in Halifax before Thursday,September 1st, you will need to find temporary accommodation. An online list of hotels, inns and beds & breakfasts is temporary accommodation. We strongly suggest that you make reservations before your arrival.

NOTE: If you are staying in Residence, but are arriving later than Thursday, September 1st you must notify the Residence Life Office  or you may forfeit your $500 deposit and lose your room assignment.

If you are planning to stay in residence, please ensure that you have paid all the necessary deposits and that your space has been confirmed.  If you are unsure, please contact the Centre for Housing and Residence Life as soon as possible to find out about the status of your application. The Centre may be contacted at residence.life@smu.ca, telephone 902-420-5598, or fax 902-496-8107.

5. Registration for Courses

Click here for information on how to register for courses.

Each student accepted to Saint Mary's will be given a Banner Pin Number. Use your pin number to log onto the Banner Self-Service – click here for the Self-Service Page. Once you have logged into Banner Self-Service, you can modify your personal information, register for courses, add/drop courses and monitor your progress through courses.

Once you are here on campus, you can consult with the academic advisors for the Faculty in which you will study, i.e. either Arts, Business or Science.

6. Payment Options, Due Dates and Transferring Money to Saint Mary's

  • Interact Online payment Option Through Self Service Banner - "Preferred Method"
  • Online Banking or Telebanking
  • International Payments – Travelex
  • Bank Transfer
  • Cheque or Money Order
  • Paying in Person

Click here for more information on paying your school fees.

Please include your full name and Student ID when paying and transferring money. If you are paying residence fees, it is helpful to notify the residence office after the payment or transfer is made.

7. Saint Mary's University Student ID Card

To obtain your Student ID card go to the Information Desk in the Library. Learn about the douments needed to get your SMU Student ID card.

8. Opening a Bank Account in Halifax

You need to make an appointment at the bank and bring two pieces of photo ID (e.g. passport, NS ID Card, Saint Mary's student ID card, etc) and proof of a local address. If you transferred a large amount of money to your Saint Mary's student account you can withdraw excess funds once your tuition and fees are paid. Submit a request to Financial Services and it may take roughly a week for Financial Services to issue a cheque to you.

We are here to help you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the International Centre or visit our office on campus.