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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Brock University in Canada


Thinking of a multicultural destination with an array of academic fields, endless outdoor activities, and stunning scenic vistas? Think Canada! 

Canada is close to home, yet bridges the cultural crossroads of British and French heritage. With classes in English or French, you can gain valuable international research experience for your resume. In addition to the traditional academic fields, enhance your learning experience with the folklore, history, and literature of Native Canadian cultural studies.

Study in the heart of the Niagara! Brock University is located in St. Catharines, the largest city in the Niagara region, located in south-central Ontario. Also known as “The Garden City,” St. Catharines is renowned for its lush parks, gardens, and trails. Niagara Falls is only 15 minutes away, and St. Catharines is centrally located between Toronto and Buffalo, USA. Brock University offers strong academic fields including Business Administration (AACSB accredited), Sports Management, International Relations, Computer Science, and Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture – the study of grape growing for wine production! You will have many opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom and participate in many events and social excursions on- and off- campus. Study at Brock and have an amazing and rewarding learning experience!

This program would be suitable for students that are ready to be abroad, but would still like some of the academic services that a U.S. college provides.  It is a good choice for someone that is a world traveler OR has never left their hometown.

Learn more about Brock University here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.


Program Type



St. Catharines, Canada

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Fall 2018: Early September to December

Spring 2019: Early January to 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.


ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Limited.


Brock University is rich in culture and diversity due to its location in the Niagara Peninsula. Surrounded by hiking paths and lakes, Brock University is an ideal choice for students who are looking to experience a culture of tradition, adventures, and natural beauty. The university is located in the city of St. Catharines, which is set on the top of the Niagara escarpment, overlooking the greenery of Niagara’s green belt and famous wine vineyards.

The university is located in the center of the Niagara Region and is an hour away from Toronto, Hamilton Buffalo (USA) and 15 minutes from Niagara Falls. Students have the ability to explore not just the local attractions, but many popular North American spots!


Brock University was first established in 1964. Brock‘s academics is made up of six faculties which provide multiple programs and course choices for exchange students. Brock University offers strong academic fields including Business Administration (AACSB accredited), Sports Management, International Relations, Computer Science, and Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture – the study of grape growing for wine production! 


Academic Environment and Teaching Style

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.



From the Brock Undergraduate Calendar, click on the year, then the Department. Click on Course Descriptions at the bottom of the left bar. This shows a list of all courses within the department. For more specific details on which courses are running each semester, see the Undergraduate Timetable

When searching for courses please keep in mind that Brock University only accepts undergraduate students for exchange. Course Load: All ISEP students are required to register and take a minimum of 3 classes per term, with a maximum of 5 classes per term. Credit: A course worth 0.5 credits normally represents a one-term course that is typically 3-4 hours in-class per week. A course worth 1.0 credit normally represents a full-year course that is typically 3-4 hours in-class per week, but lasts for both the Fall and Winter (Spring) Terms.  Each course represents approximately 3 US semester hours; students must take 5 courses to earn the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest credits.

Students that are studying at Brock for a duration of one term can only take courses that are 0.5 credits and run for one term. Courses with course codes that have the letter “P” in the course code are one-term courses and courses that have the letter “F” in the course number are full-year courses. 


Cooperative education programs are closed to ISEP participants.

Course Approvals

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

Experiential Opportunities

There are many ways ISEP students can volunteer and be involved in the Brock community. There is a Student Engagement and Community Outreach office that is extremely active and encourages students to participate in monthly activities. Students are sent emails regularly informing them of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities on-campus and in the community. Students are welcome to participate in local, national and international programs run through Brock. If you are interested in service learning, Brock offers a first-year course (full year) that is called “The Foundations of Service Learning”. It’s a unique course that incorporates field practicums (bi-weekly) with formal class. All ISEP students planning to study at Brock for a full year are informed about this course by way of a special email, as it’s a great way for them to get involved off-campus and the community at large.

Student Life

Brock takes great pride in life outside the classroom. Students can get involved with intramurals, join student clubs and get involved in residence life. 
The following is a list of the fantastic and modern facilities Brock has to offer: 12 story tower library, theatres with professional musical and dramatic performances throughout the year, a new recreation complex (which includes four gymnasiums, an indoor running track, squash, tennis, racquetball courts and an indoor rowing center) and many student learning and computer common areas. 



New international students will receive a specific mandatory orientation session. The mandatory orientation session will discuss important and practical information on working on campus, academic policies, finances, immigration regulations, etc. In addition to the orientation offered by the international office, the University offers a week-long campus orientation designed to introduce students to all aspects of campus life. Activities include concerts, games, and social excursions – lots of activities to meet both Canadians and other international Brock students!

The host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.



The International Office, the Department of Residence and the Student Union offer many events/ excursions throughout the year (either free or low cost) so there are many ways to get involved! Excursions include but are not limited to trips to Niagara Falls, Toronto, sporting events (professional hockey, basketball, and baseball), ski trips, dog sledding, etc. (activities depend on the semester). Joining a club is another great way to become active on campus! The student union at Brock has over 60 clubs ratified that ISEP students are welcome to join. Clubs vary in interest (sports, cultural, academic, etc). Specifically, ISEP students are encouraged to join the International Student Association (ISA) – this is the oldest club at Brock, and it celebrates the cultural diversity on-campus and runs many events all throughout the year.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in double-occupancy rooms, in the Decew Residence. Students will be given a meal plan to eat in the cafeteria located in Decew. 

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 program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

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 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 ($90/mo estimated)

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.

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

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