Lakehead University partners with Rennes School of Business to offer an international dual degree program

July 04, 2022 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

The Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University in Canada has partnered with the Rennes School of Business in France to offer a unique international learning opportunity for students at both institutions.

Participating students from Lakehead who complete the International Dual Degree Program will earn two degrees in four years (one from Lakehead and one from Rennes).

Lakehead students will go on a year-long exchange in third year before returning to Lakehead to complete their studies. Upon graduation, they will receive both an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Lakehead and a Bachelor in Management from Rennes School of Business.

Students who come from Rennes to Lakehead in their third year will earn a Bachelor of Administration from Lakehead before returning to France to earn the Bachelor in Management from Rennes.

This program will provide an opportunity for students to develop international connections and global skills while earning two degrees.

“Our collaboration with Rennes will allow us to strengthen our international partnerships and support our goal of developing cultural competencies and global skills necessary for the future,” said James Aldridge, Lakehead’s Vice-Provost, International.

“I am delighted with this collaboration which allows us to propose an alliance between Canada and Ontario on the one hand, and France and the region of Brittany on the other,” said Thomas Froehlicher, Director General and Dean of Rennes School of Business. “It is also a great achievement to structure an excellent academic relationship at an undergraduate level with Lakehead University.”

Students participating in the program from Lakehead University can apply directly from high school and be admitted to their first year of the International Dual Degree program, or transfer into the program prior to third year from another Lakehead’s business degree program (subject to available spaces).

“We are very excited to offer this new opportunity to all current and future Lakehead students, and to welcome students from Rennes to Lakehead University,” said Dr. David Richards, Dean of Lakehead’s Faculty of Business Administration.

“This first-of-its-kind program at Lakehead will provide a rich learning experience for our students,” Dr. Richards added.

Lakehead University’s Faculty of Business Administration is AACSB and CPA accredited, while the Rennes School of Business is accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA.

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Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has nine faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2022 World Universities Rankings for the third consecutive year, and the number one university in the world with fewer than 10,000 students in THE’s 2022 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit