Lakehead University International student Admissions  & Application
Lakehead University

Lakehead University

Lakehead University international student admissions & applications
Lakehead University
About Lakehead
Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centred, Lakehead University celebrates all of its students as valued leaders of tomorrow. Both of its campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Canada, promise students the total university experience: a blend of academic excellence, residence living, co-operative education, experiential learning, and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities. Lakehead’s English Language Centre delivers full academic English programs, visiting student programs, and short-term English Innovation Programs which feature enhanced English “Plus” thematic experiences that are delivered as specialized Summer Camps and throughout the year.
Lakehead University campus
Lakehead Fast Facts
  • Two campuses in Thunder Bay, Ontario and Orillia, Ontario
  • 7,000 students (Thunder Bay Campus); 1,300 students (Orillia Campus)
  • 1,200+ international students from 63 countries
  • 15:1 student to professor ratio (Thunder Bay Campus); 13:1 student to professor ratio (Orillia Campus)
  • 6,000+ m2 of recreational facilities (Thunder Bay Campus)
  • Membership to the Simcoe/Muskoka YMCA recreational facilities (Orillia Campus students)
  • City transit pass included in student card
  • LEED environmentally-designed and certified (Orillia Campus)
  • 305 days of sunshine per year (Thunder Bay)
The University is a comprehensive institution that offers a broad range of undergraduate study options within 10 faculties of study, including:
  1. Business Administration
  2. Education
  3. Engineering
  4. Natural Resources Management
  5. Health and Behavioural Sciences
  6. Science and Environmental Studies
  7. Social Sciences and Humanities
Location of Lakehead University
Lakehead's locations in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario are two of the best places to experience Canada.

Thunder Bay
Situated in the heart of Canada on the north shore of Lake Superior, the  world’s largest freshwater lake, Thunder Bay is a culturally-diverse city.  Known for its breathtaking natural environment and unparalleled access to outdoor recreation, Thunder Bay also boasts a dynamic entertainment scene, vibrant arts and culture, as well as a variety of locally-owned boutiques and well-known retail outlets.

Orillia is located near the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lakes Couchiching and Simcoe. With year-round opportunities for recreation, culture and heritage, Orillia has all the amenities of a large urban centre with small-town charm. This city of 30,000 allows you to enjoy the beautiful open spaces and waterfront parks around the city as well as the specialty shops, cafés, restaurants, movie theatres, and locally-owned boutiques.
Thunder Bay
Choose Lakehead
Here are a few reasons why students choose Lakehead for undergraduate study…
  • Top Research University in Canada - For four years in a row, Re$earch Infosource named Lakehead the Top Canadian University in Undergraduate Research (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).
  • Top 10 in Canada - Maclean’s national 2019 university rankings placed Lakehead University in the top 2 in Ontario and the top 10 of Canada’s primarily undergraduate universities.
  • Highest Chance for Success – Lakehead students succeed academically, graduate on time, and get jobs. With an average employment rate of 94.4% two years after graduation, Lakehead graduates are career ready.
  • World-Class Facilities - Not only can students learn in world-class labs and facilities at Lakehead, but they can also take advantage of the natural, outdoor laboratory right on the campus doorstep.
  • Small Class Sizes - Smaller class sizes allow students to have a personalized university experience and be more engaged in their studies. Over 85% of classes have fewer than 50 students, and 50% of its classes have fewer than 25.
  • Student-Professor Ratio - With a student to teacher ratio of 15:1 (Thunder Bay campus) and 13:1 (Orillia campus) at Lakehead University, students will get to know their professors.
  • Experiential Learning - Co-operative education, community-based learning, field school, and internships are just a few of the ways in which Lakehead gives students valuable hands-on opportunities to apply the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom. 
Choose Lakehead University
Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships
Take advantage of one of Canada’s most generous university scholarship programs. The University makes paying for your university degree easier so you can focus on your education.

Non-Canadian citizens who are entering Lakehead University from a high school, or who are transferring from an international college or university, will be considered for the Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships. The scholarship is available to the top international students applying to Lakehead University for 2019-2020.

International Entrance Scholarships 2019-2020
Automatically considered. No scholarship application is required.
Academic Average
(Canadian Equivalent)
Scholarship Total4
(in Canadian dollars)
Scholarships Available
90.0%+ $30,000 ($7,500 x 4 years)1 Limited
80.0% - 89.9% $20,000 ($5,000 x 4 years)2 Limited
75.0% - 79.9% $4,000 ($4,000 in Year 1 only)3 Limited
1 Renewable provided a 90% average is achieved in each academic year. If a student's university academic average falls between 80.0% - 89.9%, the student will receive an amended scholarship valued at $5,000/year for each subsequent academic year for the remaining term of the scholarship.
2 Renewable providing an 80% average is achieved in each academic year.
3 Non-renewable, one-time only scholarship awarded in Year 1.
Maximum length of scholarship term is 4 academic years or until the first degree is awarded, whichever occurs first. Recipients whose status changes and may be charged domestic fees will have their scholarship value reassessed to equate to the domestic entrance scholarship grid and regulations available at that time.
Student Supports
Lakehead offers a selection of support services ranging from academic advising, health and counselling, tutoring, visa and immigration advising, leadership development, accessibility services, career development, study skills seminars, and more.
Student life at Lakehead University
Student Life
Being able to make a difference and getting involved in your university community is an important part of being a student. Lakehead University is proud of its vibrant student life. Here are just a few of the ways students get involved:
  1. Participate in on- and off-campus events organized through the International Centre, or just hang out in the International Lounge with your friends between classes.
  2. Join one of the many student-run academic, cultural, and special interest clubs...or start your own club with the support of the Lakehead University Student Union.
  3. Get active through recreational teams, or athletic varsity and club teams.
  4. Host a radio show on Lakehead’s very own LU Radio
  5. Become a writer, photographer, or member of the editorial team for The Argus student newspaper
  6. Run for the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU)
  7. Participate in one of the student union centres, such as the Sustainability Initiative or the Multicultural Centre.
  8. Take advantage of leadership opportunities
Residence Life
On-Campus Accommodation
Lakehead University Residence is a fun, safe and convenient place to live. Its Residence Life Team is dedicated to organizing clubs, activities and excursions for students, which is an ideal way to become involved in campus life, get to know students from other countries and programs, and explore the city. Students can take advantage of the supports and 24-hour security Residence offers.

Residence living has many more benefits such as…
  1. Higher likelihood of graduation
  2. Safe and clean furnished room
  3. No cooking, which means more time for academics and getting involved
  4. Convenience to campus and classes
  5. Abundance of on-campus support and services
  6. Personal development and identity is enhanced and supported
  7. Programming, events and support right in Residence
Fill out the enquiry form on the right to learn more about the different types of residence and meal plan options on offer at Lakehead's Thunder Bay and Orillia Campuses.

Off-Campus Housing

For students looking for off-campus living options, apartments to rent are close by – often only a few minutes from campus.
Residence living at Lakehead University
Tuition & Fees
Tuition Fees change each year. Please complete the enquiry form on the right to find out more.

Ancillary Fees: Ancillary fees are fees that include the Athletic Building Fund, Computer Enhancement (Technology) Fee, LU Radio Fee, to name a few. Ancillary fees vary depending on the program and campus and may change from year to year. In the 2018-19 year, they were approximately $1,000 CAD. Please complete the enquiry form on the right to find out more.

University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP): The 2018-19 fee is $624/year CAD. This fee may change from year to year.

Residence Fees: If you choose to live on campus, residence for the 2018-19 year cost $10,704 - $12,896 CAD (for one academic year / 8 months) if you choose dorm style accommodation including a full meal plan, or $7,261.95 - $7,286.95 CAD (for one academic year / 8 months) for on-campus townhouse/apartment (without meal plan). If you choose to live off campus, the price varies depending on what you choose, but it could be anywhere from $8,000 - $9,600 CAD (for one academic year / 8 months)(not including meals).

For up-to-date information, please get in touch.