Outgoing Study Abroad Opportunities

As a Lakehead student, you have the opportunity to study, travel and make friends around the world. Don't miss out on this chance to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn more about yourself, and expand your global perspective. 

Lakehead Study Abroad Program

Where Can I Go?
A Lakehead student on exchange

To view a list of eligible institutions, please visit our Partner Institutions page.

Credit Transfer
A student on exchange

Credits you take while abroad will transfer as a pass/fail (no grade assigned). However, grades will be counted if you are required to maintain a specific average for a scholarship. 

Transfer credits for courses must be pre-approved by relevant program Chair(s) on the Academic Plan Form and a Letter of Permission must then be completed and submitted to Lori Vidotto in the Enrollment Services Office at Lakehead University. If the courses noted on the Letter of Permission have been successfully completed (ie. according to the conditions placed on the Letter of Permission), then the pre-approved courses taken at the Host Institution will be applied towards your degree at Lakehead University as transfer credits. 


Students with an advisor

When you study abroad at one of our partner institutions, you continue to pay your standard tuition fees to Lakehead University. You are not required to pay any tuition fees to the host school.  

At host institutions, the services available to international students are also provided to an exchange student. This often includes assistance with on-campus accommodation. Expenses associated with accommodation, travel, visas, residence permits, health insurance coverage and the like are the responsibility of the exchange student.

Students accepted to participate in an exchange retain their status as a full-time student at Lakehead University. Therefore, OSAP recipients retain their eligibility. However, outgoing exchange students must notify the Student Awards & Financial Aid Office of their intent to study abroad.

Lakehead International also offers bursaries for outgoing exchange students. Some of Lakehead’s partner institutions also offer financial assistance to incoming students to help offset their expenses.

Language Proficiency
Students on exchange in Italy

It is often not necessary for students to be fluent in the language of their host country. The majority of our partner institutions offer a wide range of courses in English, and host institutions often go out of their way to make Canadian students feel welcome. There are many different culture and language courses offered by host institutions to acquaint the student with their host country's social and political systems.

Lakehead University students have proven to be very good ambassadors for the university, and all of our partner institutions are eager to welcome more!

How to Apply
A student on exchange in Singapore

We recommend that all students interested in the Study Abroad Program at Lakehead University attend a Study Abroad Information Session.  To request an Information Session, e-mail studyabroad@lakeheadu.ca. You can always watch our Online Study Abroad Information Session.

In order to be eligible for study abroad, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have a minimum of 70% academic average
  • Be considered an outstanding ambassador of Lakehead University
  • Be a full-time returning student (i.e. typically students cannot study abroad in their final year or term)

Applicants are required to complete the Lakehead University International Exchange Application Package. 

The application package consists of a(n):

The application can be submitted to an International Student Advisor in LI 0008, or by email to studyabroad@lakeheadu.ca. All students who submit a complete Study Abroad Application Package and meet the minimum eligibility requirements will be contacted by an International Student Advisor for an interview.

As part of the application process, you will need to research the Host Institutions using links from the Partner Institution Section. This is how you will find out which institution offers courses that will fit into your program of study at Lakehead University.

If accepted by Lakehead University for the exchange, you will be notified by an International Student Advisor. Decisions are based primarily on academic achievement and relevance to your program of study. After the period of exchange, students return to Lakehead University to complete their degree program.

Contact Us & Book An Appointment

Contact an International Student Advisor today for more information:

Thunder Bay Campus:
LI 0011, ground floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library (International Centre)
Phone: 807-343-8010, ext. 7848
Email: studyabroad@lakeheadu.ca

Orillia Campus:
Simcoe Hall, OA1031
Phone: 705-330-4010, ext. 2141
Email: or.international@lakeheadu.ca