Incoming Fee-Paying Study Abroad Students

Lakehead University welcomes students from around the world to study as a visiting student for one or two semesters.

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With campuses in both Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead University promises the total university experience: a blend of academic excellence and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities. Each year, Lakehead University welcomes exchange students from all over the world – we look forward to welcoming you one day!

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How to Apply
Applying Incoming Students

If you wish to apply to study abroad at Lakehead University, follow these three easy steps. Once you have completed the application process, we will contact you with more information.

Step 1: Nomination

You must be nominated to Lakehead University by your home institution or exchange coordinator. You must have your home co-ordinator complete and submit the Nomination Form, and send it to:

Step 2: Apply

After submitting the Nomination Form, please complete and submit the Incoming Exchange Application Form if you are an undergraduate student. For Fee-Paying Graduate Exchange Students, please complete and submit the Study Abroad Application Form for Graduate Students. Submit these forms to:

Step 3: Submit Your Supporting Documents

Along with these forms, you must also submit two supporting documents to an official copy of your academic transcripts; and a letter of attestation from your home institution stating that you are proficient in the English language.

Course Registration
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All inbound fee-paying exchange students will be sent detailed instructions regarding how to register for courses after receiving their official Acceptance Letter from Lakehead University.

Please visit our Academic Calendar for a full list of programs offered at Lakehead University.

You can also view a full list of individual course offerings on the Course Timetables (see the quick links to the right of the Timetables section).

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Tuition Fees

For Undergraduate students, a fee is charged per course. To find out the exact cost of each course, Refer to the Schedule of Academic Fees (approximately $2700.00 CAD - $3600.00 CAD per 0.5 credit course, depending on the subject area).

For Graduate students, the cost of a fee-paying exchange experience at Lakehead University varies. Please contact for more information.

Students in the GET in Business Program will take courses in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Science in Management programs, and are charged a fee of $2410.00 CAD per course. For more information, click here. Please note: course fees are subject to change, and additional fees as indicated below (Guard.Me, ancillary fees) will be applied.

Additional Fees

Residence fees vary depending on your choice of accommodation. Inbound exchange students coming to Thunder Bay typically stay in the Apartment and Townhouse accommodations.

Guard.Me is the mandatory health insurance plan for all exchange students at a rate of approximately $1.85 per day.  Students are automatically enrolled in this plan. See more information about Guard.Me under the "Health Insurance" tab below.

Ancillary Fees are also a requirement for all students to pay. Amounts vary per study duration and program, but are approximately $65.00-$80.00 per 0.5 credit course.

Health Insurance
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Every Exchange Student will be automatically enrolled in the Guard.Me health insurance plan. There is a fee for this insurance plan and the charge for Guard.Me insurance will be placed on your student account. Students will receive their insurance card via email once the term has begun. Exchange students may enrol in Guard.Me for one or two terms depending on how long they will be studying at Lakehead.

Please note that even if you are insured in your own country, you still must purchase Guard.Me.  Do not purchase extra coverage in your own country unless you plan to travel outside Canada as Guard.Me does not cover you outside Canada.  The Guard.Me website gives more information about the policy.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding Guard.Me please contact Chris Gallinger (International Accounts Officer) at


Apartment style residence building on the Thunder Bay campus

Living in one of our on-campus Residence Units offers a student an excellent chance to make many new Canadian friends and there is no transportation required to get to campus!  We highly recommend that all new exchange students live in Residence.

It is important to understand that you are not automatically placed in Lakehead University Residence. You must complete and submit an application for Residence. All students will be sent Residence application instructions in the "Welcome Package" which will be sent shortly after receiving their official Acceptance Letter.

All exchange students are guaranteed Residence accommodations provided they meet the application deadline.  Pay close attention to the application deadline date, which will be outlined in your Welcome Package.  

Questions regarding Residence can be directed to Residence Admissions/Accounts at:

Tel: (807) 343-8060 or (807) 343-8097

Fax: (807) 343-8521


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Visa & Immigration Documents
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In order to determine which immigration documents are necessary to study abroad in Canada, please consult the IRCC Website for detailed information. 

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact our International Immigration Officer at

Preparing for your Arrival

Students in the International Student Centre

Follow the steps outlined in our Before You Arrive Guide to get prepared for your travel to Canada and your life as student at Lakehead University. We look forward to meeting you in person!