Lakehead International Student Centre

About Lakehead International Student Centre

On the ground floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library, is the International Student Centre (ISC), which is home to Lakehead University International. The departments of International Student Services (ISS), English Language Centre (ELC), and International Relations (IR) are all housed within the International Student Centre. This space has a lobby and lounge area designed for students to enjoy. Whether you want to study, play foosball or pinball, a game with friends, take a rest, or simply hang out, our lounge & lobby is open for you!

International Student Lounge Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


 International Student Services (ISS) English Language Centre (ELC)

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International Student Services (ISS)

Lakehead University International Student Services (ISS) department is located on the ground of Chancellor Patterson Library at Thunder Bay Campus and in OA 1031 Simcoe Hall Building at Orillia Campus.

Our department-designated International Student Advisors (Thunder Bay) and International Engagement Specialists (Orillia) are available to help you during times of need. If you have a question or concern, Lakehead University International is your first stop. 

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Do you know that we can assist with matters such as:

Immigration Advising

All Lakehead International Students have access to our services of Lakehead University's Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA) that are here to help you with all immigration matters during your studies at Lakehead through one-on-one appointments and workshops. 

Immigration matters such as

  • Study Permit Extension

  • Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) or Co-op Application

  • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authentication (ETA) Application and Extension


 Learn More About Immigration


International Student Transition and Orientation

Lakehead International is committed to ensuring all international students have a smooth transition from their hometowns to Canada and Lakehead University. Our department provides programs (i.e. Peer Mentor Program (PMP) and Lakehead Makes Leaders (LML) Module 1: JUMP) for new students to connect with the current students. Lakehead International offers a comprehensive webpage for newly-accepted international students.


Learn More About Newly-Accepted International Students 


Events, Workshops, and Excursion

ISS often hosts student-based events, workshops, and excursions in each academic term. Do you want to know more about our events, workshops, and excursion? Check out our weekly newsletter on your Lakehead Email, and follow our social media and webpage.


Learn More About Events & Workshops 


Financial Advising

Lakehead University offers a limited number of bursaries and loans to assist current international students in meeting unexpected financial challenges. In all cases, students are encouraged to first meet with an International Student Advisor (Thunder Bay) or International Engagement Specialist (Orillia) to discuss their particular situation prior to making an application.


Learn More About Appointment


English Language Centre (ELC)


If you are in one of our English Language Programs, the English Language Centre at Thunder Bay Campus is your home base. Your classes are conveniently located in the centre of campus, close to student support and the International Student Lounge.

Learn More About English Language Centre 

International Relations (Global ME)

There are many ways to integrate the global experience into your university education, but none is better than travelling and studying in another country. Lakehead University welcomes one- or two-semester visiting students from outside of Canada and from our many partner institutions around the world. If you're already a Lakehead student, why not complete a semester or two abroad? Whether you're coming or going, we can help get you there. 

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Learn More About Study Abroad

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Lakehead International Student Life 



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International Student Services Support

(Thunder Bay Campus)


(Orillia Campus)



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English Language Centre Support (AEP Students)



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International Relations Support (Global ME and GAC Students)