International Students

Laurentian’s reputation on a global scale is attracting interest far and wide.

Bilingualism and multiculturalism are at the heart of who we are. 

We offer 40 French-language programs, with a Francophone student body of 1,500 and counting.

Small class sizes ensure you're treated as an individual and supported through your education.

Discover your potential at an institution that leads the province in post-graduation rates.

Where is Laurentian University located?

Laurentian is home to students from over 60 countries world-wide

 

When I was fifteen, I left my home in Cameroon.

“At first, I didn’t want to leave, I wanted to stay close to my family, but my parents knew there would be more opportunities for me in the future if I left. They were right. I am so thankful that Laurentian University has given me the tools to achieve my goals and succeed at the next chapter of my life.”

- Nelson Yengue

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Student Life at Laurentian

Student life is vibrant, diverse and offers countless opportunities for growth. Learn more about how we'll support you throughout your education.

Study in Canada

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 Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for a list of countries whose citizens require a TRV.

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

The application package is available on the IRCC website.

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

 

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. https://ca.usembassy.gov/visas/

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

Your Study Permit is the document that allows you to stay and study in Canada.

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 international@laurentian.ca.

Sometimes, when you or a family member apply for a visa to visit Canada, you or your family member are asked to include a letter of invitation from someone in Canada with the application.

A letter of invitation does not guarantee that a visa will be issued. 

Laurentian University does not issue letters of invitation. You can write a letter of invitation to support a family member or friend who wishes to come to Canada to visit you by following the instructions at the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/letter-invitation.html

When you are asked to provide a letter of invitation for immigration purposes you may also be asked to include a letter of enrollment to prove you are in fact a registered or enrolled student in Canada.

To request a letter of enrollment for immigration purposes, email international@laurentian.ca and explain your request and the reason you require the letter. 

IRCC 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 throughout each semester and full-time (40 hours) during the summer and/or holiday periods. 

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