International Student Services

Experienced staff dedicated to helping international students who are preparing to study and currently studying at Laurentian University


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.

Welcome Guide

Click here for your preparation guide for international students.

Study Permit

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:

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.

Temporary Resident Visa Application guide (PDF)

Temporary Resident Visa Application Instructions (PDF)

Temporary Resident Visa Online Eligibility Questionnaire Guide (PDF)

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:

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:

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.

About the PGWP process:

Health Insurance

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:

For all other inquiries regarding UHIP, contact us at

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.

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.

TEST Highlights:

  • Take the test online anytime, anywhere
  • Finish in 1 hour and get results in 2 days


Duolingo English Test


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 -

International Students Checklist

  • 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
  • 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. 

International Student Services

International Programs, 2nd floor Parker, P-210