New International Student Orientation

Welcome to your New International Student Orientation!

Lakehead Orientation Collage

As a new student at Lakehead University (LU), Orientation is your golden opportunity to connect online with staff and other students. Orientation provides new LU students with an opportunity to meet and engage with the International Student Service staff, to ask your questions, and to ensure that you have all the information on international student supports and services available to help you meet your goal of being a successful student at Lakehead University. The most important part of Orientation is connecting with you so that you know we're here for you and we want your success!

COVID-19 & Quarantine

As you prepare for your journey to Canada, it's important to stay informed about updates and procedures related to international travel. Before you begin your travel plans, please visit our Lakehead University COVID-19 Student Quarantine page.

To review the current travel restriction, please visit our Lakehead University COVID-19 Student Quarantine page.

LAKEHEAD LIVE! Pre-Arrival Webinars

Lakehead International will be hosting numerous pre-arrival webinars throughout the semester that will help to provide you with important information about Lakehead University, your transition to Canada,  your classes, services and supports, online programs for you to join and much more!  Attendance is very important to ensure your success and have you feeling prepared to start your new journey with Lakehead.  

Please follow the link below to review the webinars and register.

Review the webinars and register

Transition Tuesdays

Transition Tuesdays will be hosted every Tuesday (Dates coming soon).  Our International Advisors will be discussing topics such as course selection and understanding your new program, academic supports, housing options, virtual programming, and numerous guest speakers!

Transition Tuesday Webinar

Immigration 101

 Join Lakehead University International, our in-house International Immigration Officer, Jennifer Hay and she will be answering your questions related to Study Permits, Visas and Immigration. Dates coming soon.

Immigration 101

Transition Thursdays

Transition Thursdays will be hosted every Thursday (Dates coming soon).  Our International Advisors will be discussing topics related to transitioning to a new country, a new city and a new school.  Topics will include understanding the Canadian classroom, tips to being a successful online learner, peer mentor program, health and wellness, culture shock, conversation club and more!

Transition Thursday

No upcoming events

Connect with a Current Student

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.

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Complete Your Pre-Arrival Orientation Modules

To help incoming international students transition to life in Canada and at Lakehead, our team has built a variety of modules that will help prepare for the exciting journey ahead!

International Student Pre-Arrival Orientation Modules

Once you've opened the D2L/MyCourselink website, look for your "International Orientation" course. If this course is not accessible, please contact our Student Services Coordinator, Sara Melvin, at

Click the button below to go to the D2L landing page.


Navigating D2L and MyCourselink

Not sure how to use D2L and MyCourselink?  We got you covered!

Watch this helpful video made by our Student Assistants that walk you through how to use D2L/MyCourselink.  This will assist you in learning how things work so you are confident to complete the International Orientation module as well as navigating the site for your upcoming classes. 

Main Campus Orientation

Lakehead University also has planned a great main campus orientation for all students to attend.  Please visit the Lakehead Orientation Webpage for more information.  


Questions? We're here for you! Book a one on one appointment with any of our advisors through our online booking system.  It's quick and easy!


 We look forward to welcoming you to Lakehead University very soon!