International Education Week 2020

A Message from James Aldridge (Vice Provost, International)

Welcome to International Education Week!

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Lakehead University International (LUI) is excited and proud to host our first-ever International Education Week (IEW). An annual event celebrated around the world during the third week of November, IEW provides an opportunity for LUI to highlight the importance of international education, and showcase our efforts to internationalize Lakehead’s campuses and communities.

Interactive sessions and presentations hosted by staff, faculty, and community partners will recognize and celebrate internationalization, embrace cultural diversity, explore opportunities for working and studying abroad, and showcase how we prepare students for international study and work environments. I want to encourage all members of the Lakehead university community to get involved with IEW 2020 and celebrate our amazing International campuses.

In keeping with our vision to develop inter-culturally competent and socially engaged leaders through transformative global experiences, and despite finding ourselves in the middle of a pandemic, LUI is going ahead with efforts to honour the many cultures that make our communities so vibrant, and to engage in online opportunities for knowledge development and skill-building. From cooking classes to cultural celebrations, panel discussions to cultural intelligence workshops, and country explorations to the Human Library project, IEW offers something for everyone.

Below please find the schedule of events and how you can register, as well as a list of international resources and relevant contact information. Register now and Zoom will send you a reminder! We look forward to spending time with you!

What is International Education Week?

Lakehead University is thrilled to announce that we will be celebrating our first International Education Week from November 16 - November 20, 2020. International Education Week (IEW) is an annual event that is celebrated every third week of November by over 100 nations around the globe. This event is focused on strengthening the understanding of international education and celebrating its importance.

To celebrate International Education Week, Lakehead International will be running several interactive events and presentations to recognize our international student body, promote study abroad opportunities, and highlight internationalization efforts on our campuses. We encourage all members of Lakehead University to get involved with IEW 2020 and celebrate our amazing international campuses!

Please see the information below for a full schedule of events, a list of international resources, and relevant contact information.

Join Us For Our Diwali Kick-Off Event!

To kick off International Education Week 2020, please join us for a traditional Indian celebration of Diwali, where we will take you around the world to the festivities kicking off in India and talk about this important Indian tradition.

Please register here

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Study Abroad

Interested in Studying Abroad?? Learn more about how the study abroad process works and our international partner institutions in our Study Abroad Book.

Additional information about the application process can be found on our Study Abroad (Outbound) homepage.

We are running Study Abroad Information Sessions every Thursday at 11:00 am EST during the Fall semester.?Click here to join!

Do you want to learn more about studying abroad?? You can also book a Zoom appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor at a time that is convenient for you using this link!

Lakehead University International

You can stay connected with the LUI Student Services department on our Online Community of Care. We have created this online community of care to help our international students navigate through this challenging time. Your safety, health and wellness and academic success is our priority. Many of your questions and answers can be found on this website or by attending our online programs.??

Scheduling a virtual appointment with an advisor is quick and easy!? If you would like to speak with an advisor about a variety of topics including academic advising, study abroad, the Peer Mentor program, personal or financial advising and more, don’t hesitate to book an appointment using this link.

Want to connect with us?? All of our contact information can be found on the LUI Staff webpage.

Cultural Intelligence

There are so many ways to improve your CQ (Cultural Intelligence).? Check out some of the resources below to get started:

Connect with Lakehead University International about receiving Cultural Intelligence training for your classroom or department.

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Lakehead Global Certificate

The Lakehead Global Certificate (LGC) is a program designed to recognize students who, throughout their time at Lakehead University, have demonstrated a commitment to the development of intercultural communication skills, cultural intelligence, and global competency. A Lakehead Global Certificate is awarded to students who, through participation in a variety of co- and extracurricular activities, events, programs, seminars, classes and other experiences, demonstrate global awareness, cultural intelligence, and global competency. We encourage you to attend one of our Lakehead Global Certificate (LGC) Information Sessions to learn more!

Conversation Club

The Conversation Club is a program designed by the International Student Centre for students to improve their conversational skills in English. It promotes intercultural engagement and gives them the opportunity to meet in small groups, meet new people, practice their English, make friends and add to their co-curricular. Click here for information on how you can join.

Peer Mentor Program

Lakehead International’s Peer Mentor program pairs up experienced Lakehead students with a small group of new international students to help ease their transition to Lakehead by orienting them to the resources and services offered by Lakehead University for its students. Check out this link to learn about how you can get involved.

Virtual Coffee House

Our LUI student assistants will be hosting fun and interactive activities throughout the academic year, including movie and trivia nights, cooking shows, and much more!? We have an amazing online community to keep you connected. We encourage you all to take a break from your online classes and keep engaged.?Click here to learn more!

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English Language Centre

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The English Language Centre Online Advantage

  • no need for a Study Permit to take the ELC program of your choice from your home country
  • ability to complete the program from the comfort of your home
  • access to live classes from Monday to Friday, depending on the schedule of your program (see program offerings below)
  • individual access to instructors during office hours, in addition to class time
  • students receive detailed formative feedback on their assignments that will move them forward
  • collaboration with students from different countries
  • access to additional course materials at no extra cost to the student, including access to Lakehead University’s online library resources
  • ample opportunities to meet many other international students, as well as to get to know Lakehead University and Thunder Bay through exciting extracurricular activities designed to keep students connected and engaged with Lakehead University?

Academic English Program (AEP)

Have you received an Offer of Admissions to an undergraduate or graduate program from Lakehead University, but do not meet the language requirements to start such a program? Then the AEP is the program for you!?

The AEP is designed to prepare students for their academic studies at Lakehead University beyond the demands of every-day English. Our program targets all four language areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking through an academic lens. You will improve your ability to read challenging academic materials, write a number of academic essays and give academic presentations using proper citation guidelines, take notes while attending a lecture and much more.

Click here to learn more about the AEP! While visiting our website, check out the 9-week Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP)!

Visiting International Student Program (VIP)

The VIP is a program for those students who would like to experience life at Lakehead University as an undergraduate student, while working on their language proficiency skills. Students in this program take the Academic English Program part-time and up to two undergraduate courses of their choice.?

Click here to learn more about the Visiting International Student Program!

English Innovation Programs (EIP)

The English Language Centre offers exceptional and innovative short-term English language programs throughout the year. Learning English at Lakehead is enriched with exciting thematic experiences that enhance your language studies - all while you enjoy Canada's most famous attractions and the great outdoors.

Click here to learn more about our diverse EIPs!

Homestay Program

The ELC offers a homestay program for international students enrolled in English Language Centre programs. By matching ELC students with caring families in both of our campuses, students are welcome into Canadian families and their homes. Further, the homestay program extends learning outside of the classroom and into the home.??

Click here if you want to learn more about the homestay program!

Check Out Our Video Resources!?

Your First Steps Into Lakehead University

Hosted by the English Language Centre (ELC) Sponsored Group Coordinator, this video offers an insight into the steps ELC short-term groups follow from the moment they arrive in Thunder Bay to the moment they come to the ELC on their first day of classes. The video can be of benefit to students planning to attend any of the ELC programs. In this way, they will be better prepared for their arrival. Similarly, the video informs the local community of the first steps ELC students take when settling in Thunder Bay.

Video: ELC Tour hosted by Crystal Belanger

Want to take a trip around the world? Come take a virtual?tour of the murals displayed at The English Language Centre where you can discover the world all in one place! Crystal Belanger, the Administrative Manager of the centre, who is also a local artist, will walk you through the centre's murals and tell you a little about each one. Painted by Lakehead staff, students and locals, each pillar in the centre's main hallway is the creation of their culture, experiences?and knowledge. So grab coffee, sit back and enjoy the colours of the world!


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Laura Pudas
International Student Advisor
P: 807-343-8010 ext 7846

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Katie Fraser
International Engagement Specialist
P: 705-330-4010 ext 2141

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