International Education Week 2021

A Message from James Aldridge (Vice Provost, International)

Welcome to International Education Week!

Headshot of James AldridgeLakehead University International (LUI) is excited and proud to again host International Education Week (IEW) at Lakehead University. An annual event celebrated around the world during the third week of November, this year's IEW provides an opportunity to showcase the cultural diversity of our wonderful international student population, inform the Lakehead community about our efforts to internationalize Lakehead’s campuses and communities, and highlight the importance of international education. 

Interactive in-person and online sessions hosted by staff, faculty, and students are designed to enlighten participants, celebrate cultural diversity, and introduce opportunities for internationalization through study and work abroad. I want to encourage all members of the Lakehead university community to get involved with IEW 2021 and celebrate our amazing international students and campuses.

In keeping with our vision to develop inter-culturally competent and socially engaged leaders through transformative global experiences, LUI is working hard to honour the many cultures that make our communities so vibrant, and to engage in both safe, in-person and online opportunities for knowledge sharing and skill-building. From cooking classes to cultural celebrations, panel discussions to exploring study abroad opportunities, and country explorations to featuring fashion from around the world, IEW offers something for everyone.

Below please find the schedule of events and how you can register, as well as a list of international resources and relevant contact information. Register now and Zoom will send you a reminder! We look forward to spending time with you!

What is International Education Week?

Lakehead University is thrilled to announce that we will be celebrating International Education Week from November 15 - November 19, 2021. International Education Week (IEW) is an annual event that is celebrated every third week of November by over 100 nations around the globe. This event is focused on strengthening the understanding of international education and celebrating its importance.

To celebrate International Education Week, Lakehead International will be running several interactive events and presentations to recognize our international student body, promote study abroad opportunities, and highlight internationalization efforts on our campuses. We encourage all members of Lakehead University to get involved with IEW 2021 and celebrate our amazing international campuses!

Please see the information below for a full schedule of events, a list of international resources, and relevant contact information.

Join Us For Our "Canada Through My Eyes" Kick-Off Event!

To kick off International Education Week 2021, please join us for the "Canada Through My Eyes" event.  Canada Through My Eyes" will showcase the unique perspectives of international students as newcomers to Canada who will share their personal experiences through writing, poetry, and art.  This interactive display will take place on Monday, November 15th from 10AM - 2PM in the Agora (Thunder Bay Campus). All submissions will be displayed at the event and posted on this website on Monday, November 15th (stay tuned!). We invite the Lakehead University community to vote on their favourite submissions, and the top three winners selected will win some amazing prizes. If you are unable to make it to the event in-person, please click the link below to cast your vote! 


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Cultural Lunch Series

Join Lakehead International for the Cultural Lunch Series, happening during International Education Week from November 15 - 19.  For the past 2 decades, organizations in over 100 countries around the world have celebrated International Education Week (IEW) throughout the third week of November. IEW provides an opportunity to highlight the benefits of internationalization efforts worldwide. Between November 15-19, Lakehead University will take part in the celebrations by offering a variety of virtual and in-person events that are available to all members of our campuses and communities in Thunder Bay and Simcoe County. 

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Cultural Lunch is a new series where Lakehead University staff, students, and faculty are encouraged to participate in collaborative dialogue with our international students.  Culture Lunch provides guests an opportunity to grab your lunch and join us virtually from your desk (or wherever) to build cultural competency and awareness on global topics.  This year, we are having three Cultural Lunch Events:

A Tale to Tell will showcase the unique perspectives of our international students.  Moderated by Vijay Babu, International Student Advisor, international students will share their experiences transitioning to Canada.  This event will take place on Wednesday, November 17th at 1PM.
Let's Talk Religion! is a panel discussion hosted by International Student Advisor Lateefah Olatunde.  During this session, international student panelists will share the many faiths and religions, beliefs, values, and celebrations that Lakehead students celebrate.  This event will take place on Thursday, November 18th at 1 PM.
Cultural Cash is a panel discussion moderated by alumni and International Student Services staff member Cilvius Chen.  Cultural Cash will feature students from around the world who will be discussing economics, taxes, income and money matters in their home country.  This event will take place on Friday, November 19th at 12 PM.

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Study Abroad

Interested in Studying Abroad?  Learn more about how the study abroad process works and our international partner institutions in our Study Abroad Book.

Additional information about the application process can be found on our Study Abroad (Outbound) homepage.

We are running Study Abroad Information Sessions every Friday at 2PM EST during the Fall 2021 semester. Click here to join!

Do you want to learn more about studying abroad?  You can also book a Zoom appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor at a time that is convenient for you using this link!

Lakehead University International

You can stay connected with the LUI Student Services department on our website. Your safety, health and wellness and academic success is our priority. Many of your questions and answers can be found on this website or by attending our online programs.  

Scheduling a virtual appointment with an advisor is quick and easy!  If you would like to speak with an advisor about a variety of topics including academic advising, study abroad, the Peer Mentor program, personal or financial advising and more, don’t hesitate to book an appointment using this link.

Want to connect with us?  All of our contact information can be found on the LUI Staff webpage.

Cultural Intelligence

There are so many ways to improve your CQ (Cultural Intelligence).  Check out some of the resources below to get started:

Connect with Lakehead University International about receiving Cultural Intelligence training for your classroom or department.

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Lakehead Global Certificate

The Lakehead Global Certificate (LGC) is a program designed to recognize students who, throughout their time at Lakehead University, have demonstrated a commitment to the development of intercultural communication skills, cultural intelligence, and global competency. A Lakehead Global Certificate is awarded to students who, through participation in a variety of co- and extracurricular activities, events, programs, seminars, classes and other experiences, demonstrate global awareness, cultural intelligence, and global competency. We encourage you to attend one of our Lakehead Global Certificate (LGC) Information Sessions or visit the LGC website to learn more!  

Questions? E-mail for more information.

Lakehead Makes Leaders

Lakehead Makes Leaders (LML) is a co-curricular completion certificate open to all Lakehead students. LML focuses on empowering students with soft skills and professional development opportunities essential to effectively access the labour market after graduation. The LML program is made up of 5 distinct modules, each designed to focus on developing a different leadership or soft skill that is valued in the Canadian labour market. Four (4) of the Five (5) modules can be completed in no specific order over the course of a student’s time at Lakehead University. Module Five (5) is a capstone module that involves a career service placement opportunity and requires successful completion of all 4 modules first so that a student is set up for career placement success. Successful completion of each module generates a specific Leadership completion certificate designed for the key competencies met. Completion of all five (5) modules leads to a Lakehead Makes Leaders completion certificate. All five (5) modules, upon successful completion, are updated on the student’s permanent co-curricular record so employers in Ontario can be assured that you have the soft skills and leadership competencies that they are looking for when hiring new graduates.  This cutting edge career readiness program is organized and hosted online through Lakehead International Student Services.  Click HERE to register for the Lakehead Makes Leaders program.  Visit our website to learn more about the Lakehead Makes Leaders program.

Peer Mentor Program

Lakehead International’s Peer Mentor program pairs up experienced Lakehead students with a small group of new international students to help ease their transition to Lakehead by orienting them to the resources and services offered by Lakehead University for its students. Check out this link to learn about how you can get involved.

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The English Language Centre Online Advantage

  • no need for a Study Permit to take the ELC program of your choice from your home country
  • ability to complete the program from the comfort of your home
  • access to live classes from Monday to Friday, depending on the schedule of your program (see program offerings below)
  • individual access to instructors during office hours, in addition to class time
  • students receive detailed formative feedback on their assignments that will move them forward
  • collaboration with students from different countries
  • access to additional course materials at no extra cost to the student, including access to Lakehead University’s online library resources
  • ample opportunities to meet many other international students, as well as to get to know Lakehead University and Thunder Bay through exciting extracurricular activities designed to keep students connected and engaged with Lakehead University 

Academic English Program (AEP)

Have you received an Offer of Admissions to an undergraduate or graduate program from Lakehead University, but do not meet the language requirements to start such a program? Then the AEP is the program for you! 

The AEP is designed to prepare students for their academic studies at Lakehead University beyond the demands of every-day English. Our program targets all four language areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking through an academic lens. You will improve your ability to read challenging academic materials, write a number of academic essays and give academic presentations using proper citation guidelines, take notes while attending a lecture and much more.

Click here to learn more about the AEP! While visiting our website, check out the 9-week Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP)!

Visiting International Student Program (VIP)

The VIP is a program for those students who would like to experience life at Lakehead University as an undergraduate student, while working on their language proficiency skills. Students in this program take the Academic English Program part-time and up to two undergraduate courses of their choice. 

Click here to learn more about the Visiting International Student Program!

English Innovation Programs (EIP)

The English Language Centre offers exceptional and innovative short-term English language programs throughout the year. Learning English at Lakehead is enriched with exciting thematic experiences that enhance your language studies - all while you enjoy Canada's most famous attractions and the great outdoors.

Click here to learn more about our diverse EIPs!

Homestay Program

The ELC offers a homestay program for international students enrolled in English Language Centre programs. By matching ELC students with caring families in both of our campuses, students are welcome into Canadian families and their homes. Further, the homestay program extends learning outside of the classroom and into the home.  

Click here if you want to learn more about the homestay program!

Check Out Our Video Resources! 

Your First Steps Into Lakehead University

Hosted by the English Language Centre (ELC) Sponsored Group Coordinator, this video offers an insight into the steps ELC short-term groups follow from the moment they arrive in Thunder Bay to the moment they come to the ELC on their first day of classes. The video can be of benefit to students planning to attend any of the ELC programs. In this way, they will be better prepared for their arrival. Similarly, the video informs the local community of the first steps ELC students take when settling in Thunder Bay.

Video: ELC Tour hosted by Crystal Belanger

Want to take a trip around the world? Come take a virtual tour of the murals displayed at The English Language Centre where you can discover the world all in one place! Crystal Belanger, the Administrative Manager of the centre, who is also a local artist, will walk you through the centre's murals and tell you a little about each one. Painted by Lakehead staff, students and locals, each pillar in the centre's main hallway is the creation of their culture, experiences and knowledge. So grab coffee, sit back and enjoy the colours of the world!


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Laura Pudas
International Student Advisor
P: 807-343-8010 ext 7846

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