As the hub for international student services and programs, Laurentian International’s staff will answer questions, make recommendations, and help students to navigate the processes and protocols required for international study in Canada. They can also fill you in on the numerous opportunities for Laurentian students to study abroad and gain valuable international experience while earning credits.
There will be a full program of orientation activities starting in August. All new students should attend the orientation session.
A study permit is an immigration document that gives you status and permits you to live and study in Canada. It does not permit you to enter Canada. You must have a study permit if your program or course of study takes more than 6 months to complete. Your Study Permit must be valid for the duration of your program in Canada. The Study Permit gives you legal status in Canada to study and automatically expires 90 days after the completion of your program.
*You must always follow the conditions of your Study Permit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/prepare-arrival/study-permit-conditions.html#s01
Study Permit Guides
Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) Or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
A valid TRV is an official counterfoil that is placed in a person’s passport. The TRV is the document that allows you to enter Canada as a temporary resident. An eTA is an electronic document that links your passport to allow you to enter Canada as a temporary resident.
*A TRV or eTA will be issued by the officer at the same time as your first Study Permit application.
Working in Canada
Your Study Permit will indicate if you are able to work off-campus. In order to work, you must follow specific conditions listed on your Study Permit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/work-off-campus.html#requirements
Your Study Permit will indicate if you are able to work on-campus: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/work-on-campus.html
Some programs require you to complete a work term or work experience as part of the curriculum. Find out if you are eligible to apply for a work permit while holding a Study Permit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/work-on-campus.html
The PGWP is an open work permit that gives you status to remain in Canada and work full-time for up to three years after you graduate from a Canadian post-secondary institution. PGWPs are issued once in a lifetime. Your Study Permit expires 90 days after you have received confirmation that you have completed the requirements of your program.
These forms are available to download:
When you come to study or work at an Ontario university, you must have insurance to pay the cost of healthcare services and medical treatments. The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is a mandatory health plan for all international non-residents studying or working at a participating university or affiliated college in Ontario.
For information on health insurance (UHIP) claims, please go to the following link and follow the instructions: http://uhip.ca/Defaulthome.aspx
For all other inquiries regarding UHIP, contact us at email@example.com.
As full-time students you have additional medical coverage through your student association health plan. Follow the links below for more information on your extended health plan. Medical coverage through your student association helps pay for services that are not covered under UHIP.
- Students’ General Association
- The Association des étudiantes et étudiants francophones
- Graduate Students' Association
English Language Institute
The English for Academic Preparation (EAP) Placement Test
For the Winter academic semester, the Language Institute is requesting that all students who have a conditional offer for the English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program and do not have an IELTS or TOEFL test score take the Duolingo Test of English for level placement. The Duolingo English Test will place students in the appropriate level within the EAP Program.
- Take the test online anytime, anywhere
- Finish in 1 hour and get results in 2 days
Students are advised to take the test by Monday, January 4 to allow appropriate time to be placed before classes begin on Monday, January 11. Your test results will be sent directly to Laurentian University. You will receive an email from the Language Institute to indicate your level of study once the test results are received.
If you have any questions, please contact Krista McNeely, EAP/UP Program Coordinator, Language Institute - firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Students Checklist
- Accept your offer. See your Applicant Portal for further instructions
- Pay the $1,000.00 tuition deposit by visiting our website:
Choose Flywire, our preferred payment method for international students.
- Make sure you have all the documents you need to enter Canada.
View a list of what you need here.
- Upload the ArriveCAN app is available for free on. This digital tool that will help reduce wait times at the border and continue our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Canada:
- Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.gc.cbsa.coronavirus
- Apple App Store - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/arrivecan/id1505394667?ls=1
- Find a place to live.
- Make your travel arrangements
- A free airport pick-up can be arranged by sending an email to: email@example.com.
We require the following details: Your Name, Student Number, Flight Number, Date of Arrival, Time of Arrival, Destination (Residence on-campus, Hotel or Home Address)
- Housing arrangements. Refer to page 5.
- Get to know Canada. Learn and explore before you arrive here:
- Check your Laurentian email account every day as this is how we will get in touch with you!
- Attend the International Student Orientation.
- Open a Canadian bank account, get a Canadian cell phone or SIM card. We will help you with this at the International Student Orientation.
- Get your Laurentian student card at the myLaurentian Hub (first floor of the Parker Building). Register for your courses.
- Contact our academic advisors to get help with registering for your courses firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Buy your textbooks in our Bookstore located on the 2nd floor in Atrium Parker building.
- Verify your student account balance on Webadvisor and pay your tuition fees using Flywire.
- (Optional) Get an Ontario Photo ID card so that you can leave your passport safely at home.
- Prescription medication for the first few months of your stay in Canada.
- A sufficient amount of travel/health insurance coverage to cover you before you start your studies.
- Canadian currency to cover your expenses for the first few days in Canada ($500-$1000 CDN CASH).
- A credit card. Contact your bank to confirm that your credit card will work in Canada. Please note: Tuition cannot be paid by credit card.