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New to SMU Welcome

Every year, Saint Mary's University welcomes students from all over the world. It's an exciting time! Currently, classes are being offered online only for Fall semester; however, you are still able to begin your classes and become a member of the SMU community. 

New to SMU Welcome marks the beginning of your life at Saint Mary's and is designed to help you meet new people, learn how to be a successful university student and of course to have fun. Welcome activities will still be happening (virtually) over the next few months, including our Santamarian ceremony. For registration and more information, visit the Welcome main page.


Information For Getting Started


1. Ensure You are Eligible to Start Classes

Click here for information on IRCC regulations and exemptions for students.

During COVID-19, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made exemptions regarding Study Permit regulations and Post-Graduate Work Permit qualifications. To ensure you are eligible to begin your classes online and/or from abroad, please read the regulations and exemptions pertaining to your situation.


2. Register 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.

Currently, you can consult virtually (by email or phone) with the academic advisors for the Faculty in which you will study, i.e. either Arts, Business or Science.


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

Click here for more information on paying your school fees.

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

Please include your full name and Student ID when paying and transferring money. 


4. Join our International Student Peer Mentorship Program

Let us connect you with a current Saint Mary's student who will give you advice on living and learning in Canada. Your student mentor will share their experiences coming to study at Saint Mary's and help you find answers to questions you might have.

Sign up to meet your student mentor by completing the Mentorship Application Form. We will match you with a student mentor who will introduce themselves to you by email.

NOTE: This mentorship program is in addition and complimentary to the Peer Coach you will be assigned through Student Affairs & Services. Take advantage of both opportunities to make the most of your time at Saint Mary’s.


5. Follow the International Student Centre on Social Media

To stay connected with students, the International Student Centre posts regularly on social media (Facebook & Twitter). During this period, the Centre will be posting important information, contests, and virtual activities to help students learn more about Saint Mary's and Halifax to allow you to feel more connected to the international student community.


6. Contact the International Student Centre for Assistance

Although campus is closed, the International Student Centre advisors are available. If you have any questions, please email The advisors are answering questions regularly and booking virtual appointments if needed. They are happy to offer assistance and look forward to welcoming new students to the international student community at Saint Mary's University.