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International Student Services

Experienced staff will help students from abroad who are considering studies at Laurentian University.

As the hub for international applications and admissions, Laurentian International’s staff will answer questions, make recommendations, and help students to navigate the processes and protocols required. They can also fill you in on the numerous opportunities for Laurentian students to study abroad and gain valuable international experience while earning credits.


Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)

Citizens of some countries need a TRV in addition to a Study Permit to enter Canada. See this page on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website for a list of countries whose citizens require a TRV.

As stated here on the CIC website, a valid TRV is required if an international student leaves Canada and wishes to re-enter Canada. For more information about TRVs, see Glossary: TRV.

The application package is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

Note: When asked to include a Letter of Enrolment with your application, fill out this form and send it to


Study Permit

Your Study Permit is the document that allows you to stay and study in Canada (see Glossary: Study Permit).

As an international student, it is your responsibility to ensure that your Study Permit is always valid.

For tips on how to avoid application delays, go to this page on the CIC website.

The application package is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

Note: When asked to include a Letter of Enrolment with your application, fill out this form and send it to


On-Campus Employment

Citizenship and Immigration Canada regulations permit most full-time international students who hold a valid Study Permit to work on campus up to 20 hours per week while they are registered as full-time students. For more information regarding CIC’s on-campus employment regulations, click here.

If you have found employment on the Laurentian campus, you will need to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) using this form. Bring your application, your valid study permit and the employment contract to the nearest Service Canada Centre at 19 Lisgar St. in downtown Sudbury.


Off-Campus Employment

Some students are eligible to work off-campus during their studies in Canada. See this section of the CIC website for more information regarding eligibility and regulations.

The is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.


Applying for a U.S. Visitor Visa

It is recommended that you live in Canada for at least 6 months before applying for a U.S. Visitor Visa. Further information and links to necessary forms are on the Visa Categories and Requirements webpage of the U.S. Consulate General.

This online Nonimmigrant Visa Application can be completed in order to assist you in expediting the visa application process.

Note: When asked to include a Letter of Enrolment with your application, fill out this form and send it to


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Homestay Program

Homestay is designed to assist international students in maximizing their educational experience in Canada.  Living with a homestay family allows students to gain extensive experience with the English and or French language as well as learn about Canadian culture first-hand.  Students will have the opportunity to establish friendships with people who can help ease the adjustment to the new environment.

There are many benefits to living with a family in Canada.  Homestay homes are fully furnished, including a private student room equipped with proper bedroom and bathroom furnishings (linens, pillows and blankets, towels and toilet paper).  Students also have reasonable access to the host family’s telephone for local calls (long-distance charges must be charged to a calling card). 

Most importantly, homestay homes are safe!  All homestay homes and household members are fully screened by the Homestay Coordinator to ensure the safety and comfort of the student.


Applications and Fees:

Laurentian International students applying to Homestay must complete an application form. The completed application must reach the International Office at least one month prior to the arrival of the student.

The application must be accompanied by a payment in the amount of $750.00 Canadian dollars.

Placement Fee                 $150.00

Last months Fee               $600.00

TOTAL application Fee      $750.00

The student will be required to pay the family on the first of every month upon arrival at the home.  If the student arrives after the 1st of the month, the student then pays a daily rate of $20.00/day. 


Method of payment:

The placement fee of $150.00 is non-refundable in all cases except with proof of Study Permit denial.

The Homestay is generally for one academic term (4 months) and can be extended if both parties are willing to keep participating.  A student must give 30-days notice in writing to the Homestay Coordinator prior to vacating the home, failure to do so may result in losing last months fee.


Application Form:

Click here to download the Homestay Program Application Form.



Click here to download the Homestay Program Guidelines.



For more information concerning the Homestay Program please contact Sandy Blake or by phone at +1-705-675-1151 ext. 3706.