Steps to Applying to Lakehead

Whether you are interested in one of our undergraduate or graduate programs, use the following step-by-step guide to becoming a Lakehead student.

Step 1: Explore Lakehead's Programs

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As a fully-comprehensive University, Lakehead has over 85 undergraduate and graduate programs. Find a program to suit your interests and career goals. Explore Lakehead University Programs

Step 2: Research Admission Requirements

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Undergraduate Admissions:

We are still accepting applications for most undergraduate programs.
To be considered for admission to a Lakehead University undergraduate program, you will need the following:

Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Graduate Admissions:

Masters Programs

Our minimum admission requirement for international applicants is 75% or 3.0 on a 4 point Canadian scale, with an accredited university degree equivalent to a Lakehead University 4 year degree. We advise all international students to apply early, as admission into our programs is competitive. Should you wish to apply to a thesis program, we strongly advise you to contact a potential supervisor and have your proof of English language proficiency complete.

Depending on your program of choice, there may be additional program-specific requirements. Visit General Admission Requirements for Masters and click on your program, then click on the "Requirements" tab near the top for complete details.

Please be advised that meeting the minimum admission requirement does not guarantee admission into a program.

Doctoral Programs

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university and show evidence of scholarly achievement. Students must have a Master's degree or its equivalent with an academic average as specified by the academic unit. Applicants for our Doctoral programs are strongly encouraged to engage a supervisor for their program before they apply. 

For program-specific requirements, visit Doctorate Programs Admission Requirements, and click on your program, then click on the "Requirements" tab for further details. 

Please be advised that meeting the minimum admission requirement does not guarantee admission into a program.

Step 3: Meet the English Language Requirements

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Undergraduate Programs:

Applicants whose native language is not English, and who cannot verify having recently studied in an English language school system for more than 3 years of full-time study, will be required to present proof of English language proficiency

Graduate Programs:

Applicants whose native language is not English, and who cannot verify having recently studied in an English language school system for more than 3 years of full-time study at the post-secondary level, will be required to present proof of  English language proficiency

Academic English Program:

If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirements for your academic program, you may be admitted conditionally provided you first complete the appropriate Academic English Program at Lakehead University.

Step 4: Apply Online

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Undergraduate Applications:

You can apply through an authorized Lakehead representative or directly to Lakehead University online via the corresponding application to the program you are interested in studying. 

Apply Now - Undergraduate Programs

    Exceptions: Applications to professional programs must be submitted by applying through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre on the following forms:

    • Two-Year Bachelor of Education program: TEAS Form
    • Faculty of Law Juris Doctor program: OLSAS Form

    Undergraduate Application Deadlines:

    We are still accepting applications for most undergraduate programs.

    Inform yourself about our Application Deadline Dates. If you receive an Offer of Admission, take note of any deadlines outlined in your Offer Letter (to submit documents, meet conditions, or accept your Offer). 

    • November 1- deadline to apply for Winter 2020 intake (Applications will be accepted after this date pending space availability.)
    • February 1 - deadline to apply for Nursing for Fall 2019 intake
    • March 1 - deadline to apply for Fall 2019 intake (We are still accepting applications for Fall 2019 for all Undergraduate programs except the following: One-Year Honours Bachelor of Social Work, Nursing.)

    Undergraduate Application Fee:

    If you apply through Lakehead University's Online Undergraduate Application form, the cost is $135 CAD.

     

    Graduate Applications: 

    You can apply through an authorized Lakehead representative or directly to Lakehead University online via the corresponding application to the program you are interested in studying.

    Apply Now - Graduate Programs

    Graduate Application Deadlines:

    Although applications are received on a continual basis, we recommend that interested applicants submit a complete application package by the following dates:

    • For a Fall start term: February 1 (The Fall 2019 application is now closed to International Applicants for the Fall 2019 intake. Some PhD programs are still accepting International applications. Please contact the Graduate Program, directly, to inquire.)
    • For a Winter start term: September 30
    • For a Spring start term: January 15

    Graduate Application Fee:

    Applicants to a graduate program must submit a non-refundable application fee of one hundred Canadian dollars ($100 CAD). Your application package will not be processed until the application fee has been received.

    When you submit the application fee by credit card, you will be granted immediate access to your online Lakehead University myInfo application account. When you submit the application fee by all other payment methods, such as cheque, money order, bank draft, access to your myInfo account will be granted once the Faculty of Graduate Studies has confirmed that the application fee has been received and processed.

    Step 5: Submit the Required Documentation

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    Documents for Undergraduate Applications:

    Please submit the following required documentation as part of the undergraduate application process:

    1. Official Transcripts - Lakehead University may require undergraduate applicants to have official international academic transcripts submitted directly to World Education Services (WES) Canada for verification as part of the admission process; for example, 1-year Honours Bachelor of Social Work applicants or 2-year Bachelor of Education applicants.
    2. Course Descriptions - For applicants who are transferring from a college or university.
    3. Language Proficiency Requirements - If applicable
    4. Consent Form & Reference Letter - Nursing transfer applicants only 
    5. Audition & Theory Test - Music applicants only
    6. Art Portfolio - Visual Arts applicants only

    Documents for Graduate Applications:

    For details on what documents you need to submit and for instructions on how to submit them, visit our Required Application Documents website.

    Step 6: Take Note of Important Dates & Deadlines

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    Application Deadlines

    We are still accepting applications for most undergraduate programs.

    Undergraduate

    Inform yourself about our Application Deadline Dates. If you receive an Offer of Admission, take note of any deadlines outlined in your Offer Letter (to submit documents, meet conditions, or accept your Offer).  

    • November 1 - deadline to apply for Winter 2020 intake (Applications will be accepted after this date pending space availability.)
    • February 1 - deadline to apply for Nursing for Fall 2019 intake
    • March 1 - deadline to apply for Fall 2019 intake (We are still accepting applications for Fall 2019 for all Undergraduate programs except the following: One-Year Honours Bachelor of Social Work, Nursing)

    Graduate 

    Although applications are received on a continual basis, we recommend that interested applicants submit a complete application package by the following dates:

    • For a Fall start term: February 1 (The Fall 2019 application is now closed to International Applicants for the Fall 2019 intake. Some PhD programs are still accepting International applications. Please contact the Graduate Program, directly, to inquire.)
    • For a Winter start term: September 30
    • For a Spring start term: January 15

    Intake Dates  

    September

    • Intake for all undergraduate and graduate academic programs
    • Academic English Program intake
    • Visiting International Student Program intake

    January 

    • Intake for select undergraduate programs except for Nursing and Consecutive Education (depending on course availability; students may not be able to take a full course load)
    • Intake for select graduate programs: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Education, Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering - PhD, Forestry, Geology, Gerontology, Physics, Sociology, Women's Studies 
    • Academic English Program intake
    • Visiting International Student Program intake

    April 30

    • Academic English Program intake

    May

    • Academic English Program intake
    • Intake for limited undergraduate programs on a part-time basis except for Nursing, Engineering, Business and Consecutive Education (depending on course availability; students may not be able to take a full course load)
    • Intake for Graduate Programs: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Education, Chemical Engineering, Forestry, Forest Sciences, Geology

    July - August

    • Intensive Academic English Program

    For intake dates for specific graduate programs, visit our Start Terms for Academic Programs page.

    Class Registration Dates

    Fall/Winter Semester registration begins late January - and closes Mid September

    Spring/Summer Semester registration begins late January - and closes Early May

    Study Periods

    Fall Semester (September - December)
    Winter Semester (January - April)
    Spring Semester (May - June)
    Summer Semester (July - August)

    Orientation

    International Fall Orientation 2019 
    Wednesday, August 28, 2019 (Thunder Bay Campus)
    Thursday, August 29, 2019 (Orillia Campus)
    Thursday, August 29, 2019 - Friday, August 30, 2019 (Barrie Campus)

    Academic Dates & Holidays

    For a list of academic dates (such as the first day of classes, exam period, etc), please visit Important Dates on the Academic Calendar.

    For a list of other important dates (such as holidays, convocation ceremony, etc), please visit Other Dates on the Academic Calendar

    Fee Payment Dates

    For the most up-to-date details on payment deadlines, visit our Payment Due Dates website. 

    Step 7: Stay Connected

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    Once you have sent in all necessary documentation for your application, ensure you are checking your Lakehead email and MyInfo accounts regularly for important information on the status of your application and the next steps toward becoming a Lakehead student.

    Learn more about myInfo and myEmail

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    Step 8: Accept your Offer of Admission

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    As soon as you've decided on Lakehead University as your study destination, you will need to accept your Offer of Admission and stay connected to us as your arrival approaches because we'll be sending you important information in the coming weeks and months. Here are three "must do" things for future Lakehead University students:  

    1. Accept your Offer of Admission: If you have been accepted to an undergraduate program, you may do this online. If you have been accepted to a graduate program, please complete the Admission Response Document we emailed to you and send it back to us by email. You will also need to pay your confirmation deposit to secure your spot at Lakehead. Follow the instructions in your Offer of Admission to do this.
    2. Initialize your myEmail account and be sure to check it regularly for Lakehead University emails about your next steps.
    3. Get familiar with myInfo, your online portal for course registration, fee payments, and much more.

    How do I log into myEmail or myInfo?

    Learn more about Admissions Next Steps:

    Watch our recent webinar about the next steps in the admission process. We cover topics such as: How to accept your Offer of Admission, confirming your acceptance with a deposit, monitoring your myInfo/myEmail account, your Welcome Package, study permits and more!

    WATCH THE WEBINAR

    Step 9: Apply for Visa and Immigration Documents

    In order to study at Lakehead, you will require a Study Permit. To enter Canada, you may also require a Temporary Residence Visa.

    Note: It is an offense under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to not comply with the conditions that were imposed when your entry into Canada was authorized, or when your study permit was issued.

    To help get you started, below is information on documents you need to apply for during your stay in Canada. You may also find this EduCanada Pre-Departure Guide helpful.

    Study Permit

    A sample of a Canadian Study permit

    You should apply for your study permit as soon as you receive your Offer of Admission from Lakehead University. The time required to process an application to study in Canada may vary at different visa offices. Check current processing times for your country.

    You must have a valid study permit for the entire duration of your studies. You may be issued a study permit that is not valid for the entire duration of your studies. If this occurs, you can extend your study permit within Canada.

    Requirements for a Study Permit:

    • A valid passport; Be sure to renew your passport well before it expires, as visas cannot be issued beyond the expiry date of the passport

    • Application fee (Billed in $CND)

    • Offer of Admission to Lakehead University.

    • Evidence of sufficient funds. You must demonstrate (with a bank statement, savings account passbook, bank draft or other proof) sufficient funds to cover tuition and related living costs during your period of study for you and any accompanying family members.

    • A medical exam may be required depending on the country that you are from.

    • Biometrics may also be required depending on the country that you are from. A request will be sent to you if required.

    Applying

    When applying for a study permit there are some variations depending on your country of citizenship.

    If you are an international student who is not a citizen of the United States, you should write or visit your nearest Canadian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission before submitting your application to find out what the Study Permit requirements are for your country.  

    Apply for your study permit

    Temporary Residence Visa (TRV)

    A TRV, commonly known as a Visa, allows you to enter into Canada.

    Note: Not all students require a TRV.

    Find out if you require a TRV

    A TRV can be single entry or multiple entry. All Visa applicants are automatically considered for a multiple entry Visa when you apply. Usually, a multiple entry visa will be issued for the same duration as your Study Permit.

    If you do not require a Visa to enter Canada, you may be required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization.

    Find out if you require an Electronic Travel Authorization

    Applying

    To apply for a TRV you must:

    • Possess a valid passport, be sure to renew your passport well before it expires, as visas cannot be issued beyond the expiry date of the passport

    • Pay the specified Application fee (Billed in $CND)

    • Show your Offer of Admission from Lakehead University

    • Possess Evidence of sufficient funds. You must demonstrate (with a bank statement, savings account passbook, bank draft or other proof) sufficient funds to cover tuition and related living costs during your period of study for you and any accompanying family members

    • A medical exam may be required depending on the country that you are from

    Apply for a Temporary Residence Visa (if required).

    Note: The application process can take up to three months.

    Step 10: Arrange Housing & Meal Plans

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    Housing

    There are many different housing options for international students at Lakehead:

    • On-campus residence
    • Off-campus housing
    • Temporary Housing
    • Home Stay Program

    Each housing option offers you a different and unique experience. Find out more about Lakehead housing options

    Once you've arranged housing, please notify the International Office with your plans by completing the Pre-Arrival Housing Form.

    Meal Plans

    If you live in our on-campus dormitories, you will automatically be signed up for a meal plan. If you live in our on-campus apartments or townhouses, you may choose to purchase a meal plan. 

    Learn more about meal plans at the Thunder Bay campus

    Learn more about meal plans at the Orillia campus

    Step 11: Pay Fees

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    You can find your student account information (including tuition, ancillary and residence fees) on your myInfo portal. You will also need to register and pay for the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).

    Learn more about fees and how to pay them
    Take note of fee payment deadline dates

    Step 12: Register for Classes

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    Course registration for the year usually opens in June. You will choose your courses online through the myInfo portal. When course registration opens, you will receive an email to your Lakehead University email account notifying you and providing you with instructions. If you have any questions as you register, our Enrolment Services staff is available to help you.

    Learn more about Registering for Classes 

    Step 13: Register for Orientation

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    Orientation is your introduction to the Lakehead University campus and the community of Thunder Bay or Orillia.  It is an essential element for new international students and it is required that you make every possible arrangement to attend. It is not only an opportunity to find out important information and learn what your new University has to offer, but it is also a chance to meet your peers and have some fun.

    Thunder Bay Campus Fall Orientation 2019:

    Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
    Location: The Hangar
    Time: 9:00AM

    Note: Participation is mandatory.
    Register online

    Orillia Campus Fall Orientation 2019:

    Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019
    Location: Orillia Academic Building Room 2014
    Time: 9:00AM
    Note: Participation is mandatory.
    Register online
     

    Barrie Campus Fall Orientation 2019:

    Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - Friday, August 30, 2019
    Location: Georgian College
    Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
    Note: Participation is mandatory.
    Register online

     

    Step 14: Booking Your Travel to Canada 

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    Thunder Bay Campus

    You should book your flight from your home country directly to Thunder Bay (YQT).  There are no direct international flights to Thunder Bay, so you will have a connecting flight through a different city. Most likely your port of entry will be Vancouver (YVR), Toronto (YYZ) or Montreal (YUL). 

    Important: Please allow at least 3 hours between your time of arrival at the Port of Entry and time of departure of your connecting flight to Thunder Bay. It may take up to 3 hours for you to clear the Canada Customs and get your study permit.

    Orillia Campus

    When travelling to the Orillia campus, your port of entry will most likely be the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).  The Orillia campus is approximately a 1 hour and 30-minute drive from the Pearson International Airport.

    When to Arrive 

    For May intake: Please plan to arrive before April 30, 2019.

    For June intake: Please plan to arrive before June 28, 2019.

    For September intake: Please arrive in time to attend the fall International Orientation on August 28, 2019. We recommend you arrive between August 23 - 27, 2019 

    Step 15: Sign Up for Free Airport Pick-up     

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    As a new international student arriving in Thunder Bay or Orillia, you can request that we pick you up at the airport to make your arrival and transportation to campus easy and worry-free.

    Dates of Free Airport Pick-Up:
    Fall 2019 intake:
    August 19-28 (Thunder Bay, Orillia & Barrie)

    How to Book an Airport Pick-Up: Please click the following link to complete your Airport Arrival form and sign up for our free airport pick up service (be sure to click the correct campus). Once you have your flight confirmed, you can complete this form and upload your flight itinerary. The airport pickup service can take you to campus residence OR off campus.

    Please contact us with any further questions:
    Phone: 807-346-7848
    E-mail: sscoordinator.intl@lakeheadu.ca

    Step 16: Sign Up for a Peer Mentor

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    Lakehead International’s Peer Mentor program pairs up experienced Lakehead students with a small group of new international students to help them:

    • Transition to university 
    • Adjust to the Lakehead University campus, the Thunder Bay or Orillia community, and Canadian culture
    • Access and get to know on-campus or off-campus resources

    The Peer Mentor program organizes activities for all participants. It is a great way to meet new students and explore your new home.

    Step 17: Pre-Departure Planning

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    Required documents upon arrival in Canada:

    Carry the following documents and all other valuable items with you at all times rather than in your checked baggage. Entrance into Canada may be denied if any of your documents are missing or if any of the information on your application or letter of reference is incorrect. The Government of Canada also provides an online resource full of information and guidelines to help prepare travellers.

    • The letter of introduction from Citizenship and Immigration Canada that you received when your Study Permit was approved. This letter shows your permit reference number  
    • Your valid passport; A valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) if required 
    • Your Offer of Admission from Lakehead University Evidence of financial support. Upon arrival in Canada, you must have proof that you have enough money available to you to pay for your tuition, accommodation and living expenses for the duration of your studies at Lakehead University 
    • Letters of reference or any other documents recommended by the Canadian embassy, high commission, or consulate in your country.

    *While US residents may apply for a Study Permit by mailing the application to one of Canada's Consulate General Offices in Buffalo, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle or Washington, DC, U.S. residents may apply for a Study Permit at a Canadian Port of Entry upon arrival in Canada.

    Application forms and up to date information concerning Study Permits

    Once you have entered Canada:

    • Check your Study Permit to make sure all the information is correct 
    • Check the date that is stamped in your passport telling you when you must leave Canada

    A Few Tips on What to Pack:

    We want you to be prepared and feel at home while studying at Lakehead University. Here are some suggestions about what to pack:

    • Pictures from home
    • Prescription medication
    • Electrical converter
    • All required documentation for entry into and study in Canada
    • Ensure you have access to funds while studying in Canada

    The following items are available to purchase once you arrive in Canada; however, some students choose to bring them from home:

    • Bedding: Bed sheets, Pillows, Blankets (Beds in the Thunder Bay residences are twin beds - 97 cm × 191 cm. In the Orillia residences, we have double beds - 137 cm × 191 cm.)  
    • Towels
    • Bathrobe
    • Slippers
    • Hair dryer
    • Warm clothing
    • Clothing Hangers
    • Computer
    • Alarm clock
    • Power bar

    What Not to Bring:

    • Candles
    • Incense 
    • Pets
    • Expensive valuables
    • Illegal drugs
    • Weapons

    The Canada Border Services Agency also offers more information on Restricted & Prohibited Goods.