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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Laurentian University


The future is here at Laurentian University. Professors and staff are approachable, and class sizes are small. Laurentian’s natural setting is unmatched. You will be surrounded by lakes and pristine forests – but with a big city vibe. Expertise and research in such fields as business, mining, health, and the environment are significant. The campus is experiencing rapid growth, with new buildings and new programs. Recently, Laurentian ranked #1 among Canada’s top 50 research universities for the increase in research funding.

Laurentian University has evolved over the past 40 years from a small liberal arts college to a multi-faculty university. Faculty and students maintain close relationships in a classroom environment that emphasizes individual attention. Laurentian serves a large sector of northeastern Ontario and the campus has a distinctively northern character. Students are active in winter sports, including Alpine and Nordic skiing and curling.

This program would be a fit for a world traveler or one that has never left their hometown. 

Learn More about Laurentian University here!

Program Type



Greater Sudbury, Canada

Languages of Instruction

English and French

Program Dates

Fall 2018: Early September to December

Spring 2019: Early January to Late April

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

The chance of placement for Exchange is Fair for Laurentian.


Bordered by five fresh-water lakes and 35kms of nature trails, Laurentian University’s natural setting is unmatched. The City of Greater Sudbury offers students urban amenities, accessible outdoor recreation, and a friendly atmosphere. It has small-town flavor with a big-city appeal, making it a great city in which to live and study.


Laurentian University has evolved over the past 40 years from a small liberal arts college to a multi-faculty university. Faculty and students maintain close relationships in a classroom environment that emphasizes individual attention. 

Recommended for ISEP students, in addition to the bilingual study, are courses in Canadian studies, French-Canadian literature, folklore, and Native studies. The Native studies program examines the history and culture of the Indian peoples of Canada from pre-Columbian times to present-day and offers instruction in the Cree and Ojibwa languages. 


Laurentian is officially a bilingual institution, one of three such institutions in Ontario. Twenty percent of the student population is Francophone. Many subjects in the arts and some in the sciences and professional schools offer instruction in both English and French. 

All applicants should read the guide to Understanding Course Numbers and Codes. You can search for courses on the Laurentian WebAdvisor. Under the student’s section, choose Search for Sections, then select the term and subject area. Click on the course title for more details.


The Canadian education system is marked by progressive evaluation. That means that your final grade is not based solely on one major exam or paper at the end of the semester but on an accumulation of grades for periodic (usually smaller) assignments given throughout the semester in combination with one or two larger assignments given halfway through the semester or at the very end. This system also allows you to track your own academic progress throughout the semester. However, you must complete all the assignments (not just the final exam) to achieve a high grade in the end. Consult your course syllabus, which your professor will provide on the first day of class, to determine what percentage each assignment is worth.

Professors present core material during class in the format of lectures or discussions and attendance is mandatory. All students should be present and punctual for class, as their attendance record may actually affect their final grade. Furthermore, Canadian students are expected to take an active role in their own learning: this includes taking notes on the lecture material, joining in the discussion or asking questions during class, making appointments to meet with professors outside class if additional help is needed for any of the material, etc. Your level of participation in class shows evidence you have done the outside reading or assignments, and may therefore also affect your final grade.

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.


In many countries, the academic term beginning in January is termed as the Spring semester, while Canadians refer to it as Winter term.


A full load for a typical Canadian student is 5 courses per term, although if exchange students wish to take only four courses per term, it is sometimes permitted. Each of these courses generally equates to a 3 credit course in the U.S. system. Lake Forest students need to take 15 credits to earn 4 Lake Forest credits.

Some Canadian courses are two terms long and therefore worth double the credit-weight of a semester course. Students may take a combination of one-term and two-term courses which balance out to five courses per term. Exchange students staying in Canada only one semester are obviously not eligible to enroll in the two-term courses.


A (100 – 80%)
B (79 – 70 %)
C (69 – 60%)
D (59 – 50%)
F (49 – 40%)

If a Canadian letter grade is at the higher or lower end of its corresponding percentage range, it may be specified with a “+” or “-”; for example, a percentage of 80 – 84 % is probably considered an A-.

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Student Life

Laurentian University offers an orientation program for all international students, which usually takes place one week prior to the start of classes in September. Students arriving in January (for the second semester study period) are given a one-day orientation.

Life at Laurentian University is more than classes and exams. It’s about meeting new people, forming new friendships and discovering who you are. There are many social activities to engage in, groups to join and teams to support. To name a few there are the International Student Activities Program (ISAP), Peer Connections and Cultural Connections. ISAP is always planning new and fun social outings in and around town as well as to the other cities of Interest. International Peer Connections is a program where past students will meet with new students to share experiences about program specific information. Cultural Connections is a new program that joins Canadian students with new international students to offer a 2-way cultural exchange.

Housing and Meals

ISEP Exchange students receive full tuition, room, and meals included in the ISEP benefits. Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms with a shared kitchen and washroom in a university residence hall. ISEP Exchange students receive a combination of a meal plan to be used at the on campus cafeteria as well as a stipend. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee.  The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to Laurentian University includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week. These meals include both those served by the host family as well as a stipend to purchase other food on your own.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have an added cost


College Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application


College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)


ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance (estimated $90/mo)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page, if the program fee or other estimates change.

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php