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International Applicants

This document is updated as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Last update: June 17, 2021.


1) Where can I find the most up-to-date immigration information?

Please refer to the following Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) websites for up-to-date immigration information.

We are also available to help with your immigration questions. Please contact an immigration advisor by sending an email to


2) What should I do if I have any immigration-related questions (e.g., if my study permit needs to be extended this year)?

Please visit our website to consult our guides: Apply for your first Study Permit Online and Apply to Extend your Study Permit. Also, international students are encouraged to book an appointment directly with an Immigration Advisor. Contact to book this appointment.


3) What are the consequences of COVID-19 on the Post-Graduation Work Permit for those who have to study remotely?

Under normal circumstances, all distance learning courses completed outside Canada are excluded from the time accumulated towards the length of the post-graduation work permit (PGWP), and 50% of a student’s courses must be completed in Canada and in person. However, all students who were enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program in progress in March 2020 or who started a program of study from spring 2020 up to and including the fall 2021 semester are not required to complete 50% of their program (or programs) of study in Canada. Up to 100% of their program can be completed online from outside Canada. Click here for more details.


4) I am unable to take an English Language Proficiency Test (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.). What do I do?

We now accept Duolingo English Test with a minimum score of 110 as an English language proficiency test for direct admissions during COVID-19. Please visit our page for more information on other tests that may meet your needs. If you cannot provide us with a recognized proficiency test at this time, we will still assess your application for admission. You may be required to complete our English for Academic Preparation Program, prior to commencing your studies full-time.


 5) What’s the COVID-19 situation in the City of Greater Sudbury where is located Laurentian University?

Your best resource to keep being informed is Public Health Sudbury & Districts, a progressive public health agency committed to improving health and reducing social inequities in health through evidence-informed practice.


6) Is Laurentian University a designated learning institution reopening to international students?

Yes, you can find on this page the official list from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of designated learning institutions (DLIs) that are now able to reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada and who:

List of approved DLIs:


7) What do I do if I am unable to request a WES report? 

If you applied to one of our graduate programs, we will be temporarily accepting official or unofficial transcripts (while we are waiting for WES) and unofficial language scores for conditional admission. Please make sure to submit the documents on the Applicant Portal. Official documents and a course by course WES report will be required before the start of classes in order to clear your admissions dossier.

Are you a newly admitted international student?

Learn about all of the steps that are required before coming to Laurentian University!