Lakehead University welcomes record number of international students to orientation

Approximately 550 students from around the world took part in the International Orientation held at Lakehead University on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Approximately 550 students from around the world took part in the International Orientation held at Lakehead University on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

August 30, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University welcomed a record number of students at this year’s International Orientation.

Approximately 550 students from more than 50 countries participated in the orientation held at the Hangar on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

“Orientation is an exciting time for students, staff, and faculty,” said Nancy Gallo, Director, English Language Centre and International Student Services.

“Local businesses and services help students become accustomed to the University and to the City of Thunder Bay,” Gallo said.

James Aldridge, Lakehead’s Vice-Provost, International, said the university continues to increase its outreach around the world.

“International students come to Lakehead University because they’ve heard about the exceptional learning environment that we offer, especially for research,” Aldridge said.

“We welcome these students and will do everything possible to assist them in adjusting to life in Thunder Bay,” he said. “We’re thrilled to see another large increase in students choosing Lakehead and we look forward to even more of our domestic students studying abroad.”

Orientation provides an opportunity for students to mingle with each other, and meet representatives from Lakehead University, Lakehead’s Student Union, the Chancellor Paterson Library, the Thunder Bay Police Service, and other important local organizations.

This year, students have come to Thunder Bay from Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Republic of Korea,  Lebanon, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, UK, Ukraine, US, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


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