Lakehead University Study Abroad Guide

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Contents ALL ABOUT STUDYING ABROAD 3 What is Studying Abroad? Why Study Abroad? When Can I Study Abroad?

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 4 HOW TO APPLY 5 Do Your Research Apply to Lakehead University International Complete a Study Abroad Interview Apply to the Host Institution

TOP 5 MYTHS ABOUT STUDYING ABROAD 7 Financial Concerns Credit Transfer Academic Concerns Language Proficiency Eligible Programs

AVAILABLE DESTINATIONS 8 Bilateral Partners/Specific Summer Programs Consortiums Research Programs

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS Bailey Giroux (Sweden) Josh Vissers (Sweden) Hailey Shchepanik (Singapore)

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ALL ABOUT STUDYING ABROAD What is Studying Abroad?

Studying abroad is the act of a student pursuing an educational opportunity in a country other than their own. For Lakehead students, this means spending either a semester, a full year, or just a few weeks over the summer at one of our international partner institutions. Lakehead University has exchange partnerships with many universities around the globe. Students who study abroad can often receive credits towards their degree at Lakehead. Studying abroad is designed to enrich students’ academic experiences and facilitate personal growth and development.



• Experience a new and exciting cultural environment

Students typically study abroad in either their second or third year. Students can study abroad for just one semester, or for a full year if they choose.

• Broaden your horizons • Develop academic and professional connections that span the globe • Expand your understanding of other cultures and develop intercultural competency • Give your degree and resume an edge by having an international experience • Meet interesting people and learn from their different perspectives

In order to decide which semester or year is best for you to study abroad, we always recommend contacting your program Chair. They are most familiar with your program requirements and can advise you on the best timing to study abroad. Furthermore, many of our partner universities also offer shortterm summer programs, which can include academic courses, language courses, and cultural experiences. These allow students to study abroad during the summer months, taking one or two academic courses. Summer programs are typically between 2 and 6 weeks in length.

• Make memories that will last a lifetime Through this enriching educational experience, students are able to increase their global awareness by gaining cross-cultural competencies and learning about different concepts of individuality, community and spirituality throughout the world. This dynamic post-secondary educational experience benefits students personally in addition to helping them gain a competitive edge with prospective employers. 3

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS In order to be eligible to study abroad, students must meet the following requirements: • Have a minimum of 75% academic average • Be considered an outstanding ambassador for Lakehead University • Plan to study abroad in their second or third year NOTE: Consult with your program Chair to discuss the best time for you to study abroad, as each academic program is different. All students who meet the eligibility requirements will be called for an interview with an International Student Advisor. Lakehead University International is highly committed to working with all eligible students to find an international experience that will work for them. However, please note that studying abroad is a competitive process, so meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee a spot at your top choice.


HOW TO APPLY STEP 1 DO YOUR RESEARCH Make sure to thoroughly research Lakehead’s various partner universities and ensure that the institutions you are interested in offer courses in English that coincide with your academic program. First, locate the partner institution’s website and look for information pertinent to exchange students and course offerings in English. Pay attention to things like accommodation options and semester dates to make sure it is a good fit. Students can list their top 3 institution choices on the Outgoing Exchange Application Form.

STEP 2 APPLY TO THE INTERNATIONAL OFFICE Once you have done some research and have your top 3 partner institutions selected, you can begin your application to the Lakehead International Study Abroad Program. In order to apply, you will need to fill out the following forms: • Outgoing Exchange Application Form • Personal Reference Form • Academic Reference Form You will also need to submit: • An unofficial copy of your academic transcripts • A one-page typed Statement of Interest, explaining why you want to study abroad The forms can be found through the following link: Once your application is complete, submit it to the Lakehead International office in person or via email at



All eligible students will be contacted shortly after they submit their application to attend a brief interview with a study abroad advisor. During the interview, we will get to know you more and discuss your reasons for wanting to study abroad. We can also discuss any questions you may have about studying abroad or your selected partner institutions.

After being accepted by Lakehead International, there will be a separate application you will need to complete for your selected host institution. Once you are accepted to the program, we will guide you through the next steps of applying to your host university and helping you to prepare for your exchange abroad including selecting courses, securing accommodation, and handling immigration matters.



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Lakehead University International’s agreements with our overseas partner universities mean that in most cases, Lakehead students are only required to pay standard tuition fees to Lakehead University, and are not required to pay additional tuition fees to the host university. However, you will need to cover your accommodations, living expenses, and travel costs. To offset these expenses, Lakehead International provides bursaries for every outgoing exchange student. Some of our exchange partners also offer additional funding, so be sure to ask an International Student Advisor about financing options.

By completing a formal document called the Letter of Permission, you can confirm that the courses you take abroad will transfer back to your degree at Lakehead University before you depart on your exchange. This process assures that the Chair of your academic program(s) has approved the credit transfer of the courses you will be taking at your host institution.

IT WILL AFFECT MY AVERAGE & DELAY MY GRADUATION DATE The courses you take abroad are transferred to your degree as gradeless credits, meaning your academic average will not be affected. However, you must complete the Letter of Permission to ensure the courses you take abroad will transfer to your degree at Lakehead. We also offer a variety of short-term summer programs if you do not wish to study abroad during the fall or winter semesters. Please note that if you are a recipient of a scholarship, your grades WILL count towards the renewal of your scholarship.

I DON’T KNOW THE LANGUAGE The majority of our partner institutions offer a wide range of courses taught in English, meaning you do not need to speak another language to study abroad. However, we do encourage students to take a language course while in their host country in order to fully immerse themselves in their new culture and environment and maximize their experience.

IT WON’T WORK WITH MY ACADEMIC PROGRAM Lakehead International has partnerships with several universities around the globe that are compatible with most of Lakehead University’s academic programs. Moreover, students in programs with strict requirements are welcome to take part in a short-term summer exchange opportunity. Regardless of your academic program, there is a study abroad option that will work for you!


AVAILABLE DESTINATIONS BILATERAL PARTNERS/SPECIFIC SUMMER PROGRAMS Lakehead University has several bilateral exchange agreements and summer programs with universities around the world. A Bilateral exchange is a formal partnership agreement between Lakehead and another institution, in which students are hosted by a partner university abroad but are only required to pay their tuition fees to Lakehead. As part of the European exchange programs there are some universities with Erasmus Plus. Erasmus+ is an excellent opportunity that connects Lakehead University with select universities throughout Europe. This program offers Lakehead University students a chance to receive a generous amount of funding for participating in an exchange program abroad. Erasmus+ opportunities are available for students at both the Bachelor and Master levels.

CONSORTIUMS Lakehead University is also involved in a few consortium agreements. Consortiums provide Lakehead University students with a network of universities in a specific region where they can study. Consortiums also provide students with a tuition waiver, meaning they are only required to pay tuition fees to Lakehead.

RESEARCH PROGRAMS Research programs allow students to carry out research in another country. Typically, these opportunities are available to students at the undergraduate, Master, and Ph.D levels and are open to students in most academic programs. Lakehead University International is always developing new exchange partnerships with universities abroad, so please refer to for an updated list of our International Partner Institutions. 8














Safety & Security Information: There are no significant safety and security concerns in Scandinavia. The overall safety and security situation is similar to that of Canada. Students should take normal security precautions. The crime rate in Scandinavian countries is very low; however, petty crime such as purse snatching occurs in the summer, particularly in populated areas during the tourist season. Travellers intending on trekking, mountaineering, hiking or skiing should ensure they have appropriate health coverage and use a guide.


Weather by season: Scandinavian countries have similar seasonal weather to Canada, with long cold winters and warm summers. In some regions of northern countries, like Finland, Sweden, and Norway, winter temperatures often drop as low as -30°C or even down to -50°C, sometimes with strong, cold easterly or northeasterly winds. One major climate difference is the limited hours of sunlight during the fall and winter seasons. During these darker months, using vitamin D supplements or sunlight lamps is often recommended to avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).






English is commonly used among locals.


In parts of Northern Finland, Norway and Sweden, a group of Uralic languages is Swedish is most commonly spoken by the used. Main foreign languages Sami people. are English and German.




POLITICAL CLIMATE Politics vary among the Scandinavian countries; however, they all share an interest in economic opportunity and greater equality for all citizens. Scandinavian countries have a combination of high living standards and low income disparity. Politics in Norway and Sweden take place in the framework of a parliamentary representative democratic constitutional monarchy. Denmark, instead, is a constitutional monarchy and the political system of Denmark is a multi-party structure, with several parties represented in parliament. The Government of Finland is a stable parliamentary representative democracy. 9



Bailey Giroux



North2North is composed of over thirty Scandinavian institutions in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Greenland, Iceland and Norway. A full list of universities can be found here: where-can-i-go/ Some countries or schools have restrictions. Please consult with an Advisor for more details. A student exchange through north2north increases student opportunities to contribute meaningfully in building human capacity in the Arctic and have extracurricular experience related to the North. A North2North exchange aims to give students competence and experience they can benefit from in future professional and/ or academic plans. Due to the large network of participating universities, the North2North program works for students in nearly every academic program.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH As a result of the large number of participating institutions, there are endless program options for students. In particular, students from Natural Resource Management, Humanities, and Indigenous Studies have benefited from this unique consortium.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Each summer, North2North, in collaboration with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs runs a program called the Korea Arctic Academy. This fully-funded program introduces students to Arctic development in Asia through interesting lectures, seminars, and field trips. • Students opting to study at a university in northern Norway can complete an application to receive extra funding to subsidize the costs associated with their exchange. Scholarships of up to $5500 are available.

APPLICATION DEADLINES The North2North program has an annual deadline of February 15th for each year. 10


Studied at Stockholm University in Sweden through North2North My name is Bailey Giroux, and I attended the North2North program at Stockholm University in Sweden. When I was first introduced to the North2North program through Lakehead’s international office, I was immediately interested and excited by the opportunity to further my studies in an international Northern country. I was born and raised in the North and love my Northern community, so I was interested in seeing how other Northern countries operated and potentially bringing new knowledge and innovative solutions to problems back home in Canada. Through my exchange to Sweden with North2North I have gained confidence, a sense of independence, and a passion for travel. I believe that so much can be learned when you immerse yourself in a new culture and language, and the knowledge I have gained through my experience has proven itself useful both professionally and academically as it has broadened my perspective of the world and cultures different from my own. For me, the highlight of my trip was being able to meet some truly wonderful people and having them introduce me to new things, while developing a special bond through our adventures together. I now have wonderful friends around the globe who I hope to visit throughout my life. Through the North2North program I became passionate about student travel, which spurred me to participate in Lakehead International Department’s events once I had returned to Canada. My involvement in these events led to a peer mentorship opportunity and later a job in the International Office assisting other international and exchange students in their journey abroad. After participating in the North2North program it became clear to me that I should pursue a career in international recruitment, as I thoroughly enjoyed meeting people from other countries and cultures and encouraging them to visit my own country so they could experience my culture for themselves. My advice to students considering participating in a North2North exchange would be this: be open and receptive to new opportunities, say “yes” more than you say “no” and remember that some of the most important lessons in life are taught outside of the classroom, so always keep your heart and mind open to others!


Ontario RhoneAlpes Program (ORA) CONSORTIUM AGREEMENT


ORA consists of ten universities located in four regions in France. Six of the Universities are located in Lyon, two in Grenoble and one each in Saint-Étienne and Chambray/Annecy. The ORA program connects Ontario post-secondary students with French universities, allowing them to participate in an exchange that contributes both to their Ontario degree and helps to improve French language skills. The program exchanges 65 full time students from each region, for a total of 130 students per year in the program.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH: • Anthropology • Biology • Business • Criminology • English • French • Environmental Sustainability

• Geography • History • Media Studies • Political Science • Psychology • Sociology • and more

Depending on the university of choice, students may need a certain level of French language proficiency in order to participate.

SUMMER PROGRAMS ORA also administers the popular Summer Language Program, a fourweek program in which students from around the world study French and learn about the French culture. It offers a unique and highly enjoyable learning experience in the classroom, as well as supporting an extracurricular program which opens up many different regional places of interest to students. The ORA Summer Research Program offers funded research opportunities in France for students enrolled in the fields of Science, Engineering, and Health Sciences.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • The ORA program administers scholarships for all participants, using funds provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. Students are eligible to receive $1600 for a one-semester exchange and $2500 for a full-year exchange.

APPLICATION DEADLINES ORA Summer Language Program: March 1st of each year ORA Summer Research Program: December 15th of each year ORA Exchange Program: January 31st of each year 11



Participating countries currently include Australia, Brazil, China, EU member countries, France, Israel, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United States, United Kingdom and Tunisia. Available countries change from year to year, so please visit the MITACS Globalink website for updated information:

MITACS.CA/EN/PROGRAMS/GLOBALINK/GLOBALINK-RESEARCH-AWARD Whether you want to study animal welfare in Brazil or art history in India (or anything in between), the Globalink Research Award can help take you there.


• The program provides financial support for research collaborations between graduate students in Canada and universities in select The Mitacs Globalink Research Award supports research collaborations countries around the world. between Canada and universities in select partner countries. The • Funding varies by destination and ranges from $5000 - $7000. award is open to both undergraduate and graduate level students in all academic disciplines. This program allows outgoing students to partake in research at an international institution, working with their APPLICATION DEADLINES professors at home and abroad. Each student participating in this Session 1: Opens in January of each year. program receives funding, which varies depending on destination. Session 2: Opens in September of each year. Applications typically open in September and January of each year.





Finland Capital City



5.5 MILLION Local Languages

FINNISH, SWEDISH English is commonly used among locals. Currency

EURO Political Climate The government of Finland is a stable parliamentary representative democracy.


Safety & Security Information: There are no significant safety and security concerns. The overall safety and security situation is similar to that of Canada. Take normal security precautions in Finland. However, petty crime such as pickpocketing has been reported. Be vigilant of using ATM machines; only use them at reputable businesses or banks. Visa Requirements: A Visa may be required for entry to Finland, depending on your country of residence. For studies of less than 90 days, a residence permit is not required. For studies longer than 90 days, a residence permit will be required. Applicants are also required to attend an interview at the Finnish Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. Weather by season: Seasons in Finland are comparable to those in Canada. The long winter season lasts from November until roughly May, and summer is June until August. Bring thermals and lots of layers along with a winter jacket, hat and warm mitts. February is usually Finland’s coldest month, with temperatures averaging from - 22 to -3°C. In northern Finland, winter temperatures often drop as low as -30°C or even down to -50°C, sometimes with strong, cold easterly or northeasterly winds. One major climate difference is the limited hours of sunlight during the Fall and Winter seasons. During these darker months, using vitamin D supplements or sunlight lamps is often recommended to avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).




3 campuses, which are located in the city centre of Helsinki, and the surrounding municipalities of Espoo and Vantaa. With a student population of 16,500, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences is the largest University of Applied Sciences in Finland, and is situated in the beautiful Helsinki metropolitan area. The university has four primary fields of study - Culture, Business, Social Services, and Technology.

PROGRAMS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH INCLUDE • International Business • Electrical Engineering and Logistics • Civil Engineering • Social Work • Business Administration • Nursing • Information Technology All programs offered in English can be viewed here: international-programmes/



Located in Oulu, Finland. The University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland, located in the city of Oulu. It was founded on July 8, 1958. The university has around 16,000 students and 3,000 staff. They welcome over 600 students a year for exchange.

PROGRAMS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH INCLUDE English-taught offerings include courses in the Faculties of

The Business Summer School offers students an opportunity to deepen their managerial and leadership competencies while taking courses in the field of Business. More information can be found here:

• Mechanical Engineering • Biology • Natural Resources Management • Education • Geography • Humanities (Scandinavian Studies) • Mathematics • English • Physics • Information Technology • Business • Electrical Engineering • Languages • Chemistry A full list of English course offerings can be found here: university/studentexchange/studies



• Finnish Language courses are offered to all incoming exchange students. • Each semester the university hosts an exciting Study Tour to St. Petersburg, Russia for exchange students studying Business to introduce students to Russian business culture. • This institution organizes a Buddy Program that pairs up new exchange students with Finnish students to orient them to the campus and Finnish culture. • Metropolia is also one of our Erasmus+ partners, which means one outgoing exchange student from Lakehead is offered a generous amount of funding each year.

• The ESN (Exchange Student Network) hosts many fun and cultural events for inbound students. • Sport and wellness services are offered to all exchange students, including activities ranging from ballet to skydiving to cross country skiing. • Exchange students are able to participate in the Kummi Family Programme, pairing them up with a Finnish buddy and giving them the unique opportunity to experience Finnish family life. • Exchange students at the University of Oulu are able to receive several student discounts, including admission to museums and cultural events, bus tickets, etc. making their time in Finland more affordable.

SUMMER PROGRAM The ICT Summer School offers summer courses for students in the field of Information Technology and Computer Science. More information can be found here:



Term 1 (August - December): Deadline in the beginning of May Term 2 (January - May): Deadline in the beginning of November

April 30: Fall and Full-Year Exchanges October 15: Spring/Winter Term 15


Capital City



Safety & Security Information: There are no significant safety and security concerns in Sweden and students should exercise normal security precautions in Sweden. Be aware that petty crime has been reported in Sweden, and it is important to be vigilant of your belongings and surroundings at all time. There have been isolated incidents of terrorism, but in general the country is a very safe place for tourists.


Visa Requirements: In Sweden a student visa is required for stays longer than 90 days. The application can be completed online.

Local Languages

Weather by season: There are four distinct seasons in Sweden. Winters are quite cold in Sweden with temperatures averaging -22°C that have gone all the way down to -35°C in the northern regions. It is extremely important to bring a warm winter jacket, thermal layers, and a hat, mittens, and scarf during the winter season. Similar to the other Nordic countries, the Fall and Winter seasons bring limited hours of sunlight.



SWEDISH KRONA Political Climate The Swedish political system is a parliamentary democracy.





Josh Vissers Studied at Dalarna University



Two campuses, located in the Swedish cities of Falun and


Dalarna University offers incoming exchange students a true taste of Swedish life and culture as a small and dynamic university located in the very heart of Sweden. Dalarna has excellent facilities, including a modern and state-of-the-art library and the region itself has a lot of natural beauty and outdoor activities to offer.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH • Political Science • Sociology • History • Outdoor Recreation • English

• Mathematics • Cultural Studies • Business • Economics

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Swedish language classes are available to incoming exchange students. • There is a free airport pickup service for new international and exchange students. • All new exchange students are invited to an Introduction Day and Welcoming Ceremony where they will be introduced to the campus and community prior to beginning their exchange studies.

My name is Josh Vissers, and I am a student in the Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism program. I attended Dalarna University for the Fall 2016 semester. Out of the options I had, the Borlange campus at Dalarna offered the most courses similar to those in my program at Lakehead. Borlange is a smaller city north of the capital, Stockholm. This meant not spending my semester in a large city, and being able to travel further north but also to visit the southern cities easily by train. My advice for any student wishing to go to Sweden or to any other country on exchange would be to make the most of every school field trip or exchange trip offered. At Dalarna they would regularly take all the exchange students on trips to explore the country and culture. One of the most memorable experiences was an overnight trip to one of the National Parks in Sweden with a group of friends from my Residence. There were students from Spain, France and other countries in Europe and every one of them had grown up in the city with very little exposure to hiking and camping. They were all very willing to hike to Sweden’s largest waterfall and set up camp on top of it. It was a great experience and an awesome trip exploring an area new to me and an activity new to many of them. To those considering taking part in an academic exchange, I suggest you make the most of it and explore as much as you can, you’ll learn a lot from the places and people you meet!

APPLICATION DEADLINES Mid-April of each year for Term 1 (August to January) Mid-October of each year for Term 2 (January to June)



Capital City

PARIS Time Zone Mainland France has only one time zone:



66.9 MILLION Local Languages

FRENCH Currency


Safety & Security Information: There are some identifiable safety and security concerns in France and the security situation could change with little notice. Students should exercise a high degree of caution at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities. This is due to a high amount of petty crime such as skilled thievery wherein criminals will target tourists, as well as a threat of terrorism throughout the country. Use only officially marked taxis and do not share them with strangers.


Visa Requirements: A student visa is required for stays longer than 90 days. Students must apply in-person at the Embassy of France in Ottawa.

Political Climate The current French political system is a hybrid presidential/parliamentary system with a President who is head of state, sharing power with a Prime Minister who is the head of government.

Weather by season: The climate in France boasts long hot summers and cool winters, which brings snow to higher ground.




Located in the heart of Paris, France.



Located in Grenoble, France. Grenoble Alpes University is a public university in Grenoble, France. It is the third largest university in France with about 45,000 students. The Université Grenoble Alpes features in the top 100 universities in major international rankings for some of its scientific fields. The UGA rivals the best universities in the world thanks to the strength of its research and the numerous educational innovations it has implemented. As of January 1st, 2016, Grenoble’s three universities – Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble 1), Université Pierre-Mendès France (Grenoble 2), and Université Stendhal (Grenoble 3), merged to become the new Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), a comprehensive university with a wide array of international projects and partners.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH Université Grenoble Alpes has departments in • Humanities and Social Sciences • Science and Technology • Arts • Health Sciences • Literature and Languages • Law • Economics and Business Students who are proficient in the French language have many more options of study and can view a full list of program offerings through the following link: international/come-to-the-uga/programs-in-english/programs-inenglish-89079.kjsp

The ISG business school (or Institut Superieur de Gestion) is a business school based in Paris, France. ISG specializes in the Faculty of Business, particularly in the areas of luxury management, fashion and design. It was founded in 1967 by a group of French CEOs led by Pierre-Alexandre Dumas. The student population is approximately 1,500.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH All courses in the Faculty of Business are available in English. Information on the programs offered at ISG can be found at

SUMMER PROGRAMS ISG offers an interesting summer program called Business Luxury Management. This program takes place in the heart of Paris near several locations dedicated to fashion, and is a three-week program recognized by the luxury industry that offers its participants genuine skills in luxury management. Participating students will gain a global overview of the luxury industry and learn how to manage in this very challenging field. Students will also have the chance to meet experts, participate in conferences and visit various luxury stores, companies and monuments throughout this experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Mid June of each year for Term 1 (September to December) Mid November of each year for Term 2 (January to May)

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES French as a foreign language courses are available and encouraged for international and exchange students.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Mid April of each year for Term 1 (September - mid January) Early October of each year for Term 2 (January - May) 19


Spain Capital City

MADRID Time Zone:


46.5 MILLION Local Languages

SPANISH Currency

EURO Political Climate Spain is a parliamentary monarchy, in which the monarch is the head of state whereas the prime minister is the head of the government. Safety & Security Information: There are no significant safety and security concerns in Spain and the overall safety and security situation is similar to that of Canada. Students should take normal security precautions; however, petty crime is common throughout the larger cities. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and take particular care to stow your travel documents somewhere safe. Never leave food or drinks unattended and be cautious around roads and highways as driving habits are different than Canada. Visa Requirements: A student visa is required for stays longer than 90 days and students must apply at an Embassy or Consular Service of Spain in person. Weather by season: Visitors can generally expect a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Rain generally falls mostly in spring and autumn. 20



Located in Cantabria, Spain. The University of Cantabria has a very strong international reputation both in Education and Research, and has established a significant number of strong ties with other universities in Europe and around the world.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH • Civil Engineering • Spanish History and Culture • Physics • Mathematics and Computer Science • Industrial Engineering and Telecommunication

• Pre-med • Chemical Engineering • Education • Business and Economics • Advanced Diploma in Economics

SUMMER PROGRAM The University of Cantabria has two summer programs: Business Banking and Finance, as well as an Introduction to Global Studies.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • The CIUC (UC Language Centre) offers Spanish language courses to exchange students during each of the two semesters.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Full academic year or first semester: March 1 to June 1 Second semester: August 15 to November 1


Capital City

BERLIN Time Zone:


82.6 MILLION Local Languages

GERMAN Currency


Germany Safety & Security Information: There are no significant safety and security concerns. The overall safety and security situation is similar to that of Canada. Students should take normal security precautions in Germany. Beware that pickpockets often work in teams and target people on trains and at railway stations and airports. Their methods include distracting a victim who is boarding or exiting a train or surrounding a victim in line-ups or at check-in counters. Visa Requirements: A residence permit is required for stays over 90 days in Germany, and students must complete the application in-person at the German Embassy in Ottawa. Weather by season: Germany experiences all four seasons, with warm summers and milder winters.

Political Climate Germany is a democratic, federal parliamentary republic.





Located in the German capital of Berlin.



Located in Karlsruhe, Germany. Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is the largest university of applied sciences in the state of Baden-Württemberg, offering both academic and professional higher education study programs in engineering sciences, natural sciences, and business. It is ranked among the top universities of applied sciences in Germany with especially strong Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, and Business programs.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH Courses offerings taught in English primarily include Engineering, but there are some limited course offerings in the fields of Business, Economics, Information Technology and Computer Science as well.

SUMMER PROGRAM Karlsruhe runs an interesting summer program called HAWtech. It allows student to spend two weeks travelling through three different German cities. This is an outstanding opportunity for students to get to know the automotive engineering capabilities in Germany. Course fees are very affordable for this program, running about 350 euros for students including accommodation and travel costs.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Karlsruhe offers a buddy program with German students to help improve language skills, as well as German as a foreign language classes and German History and Culture classes for international and exchange students. • Karlsruhe also provides a Culture-App for students which contains coupons and vouchers for free entrance or reduced fees at different cultural institutions like museums, theaters, etc.

APPLICATION DEADLINES End of November for Term 1 (March - July) End of May for Term 2 (October - January) 22

Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin is one of Germany‘s largest state universities of applied sciences. With a wide range of forwardlooking degree courses and a staff of highly qualified specialists, Beuth University encourages the career opportunities of all prospective and current students.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH The faculties of Engineering and Business contain courses taught primarily in English. A two week German Intensive Course is offered to all exchange students to enable them to follow classes more easily.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Beuth University offers a Cultural Training program which takes place every semester and features an activity almost every week. Events include movie nights, field trips, cultural festivities and traditional celebrations. • German classes for exchange students are offered during the semester.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Beginning of November for Term 1 (March - July) Beginning of June for Term 2 (October - January)




Two campuses which are located in Deggendorf, Germany and

Pfarrkirchen, Germany.



Located in the city of Aschaffenburg, Germany.

Deggendorf Institute of Technology offers modern, relevant and practical courses set in a friendly, relaxed and safe environment surrounded by a stunning natural landscape. The campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities and excellent technological support and is also nationally ranked as one of the best universities of applied sciences in Germany.

Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences (UAS) is one of Germany’s leading young universities. They offer forward-looking programs based on putting the latest research into practice, thereby providing students with outstanding prospects for their future careers. The historical campus is located in the heart of Germany and provides hi-tech equipment and modern lab facilities.



Courses related to Tourism, Business, and Engineering are offered in English.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Tutoring for International students is available upon request. • Additionally, an organization called the “AKI Club” provides all students with both international and cross-cultural experiences on top of their studies. Active participation in AKI, helps students to improve their foreign language skills and to gain key vocational skills through mentoring, educational programs and excursions.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Beginning of December for Term 1 (March - July) Beginning of June for Term 2 (October - January)

Courses related to Business and Engineering are offered in English.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Each year Aschaffenburg hosts an International Project Week. Typically taking place in late April, this event aims to convey practical skills and theoretical know-how in project management, cross-cultural patterns, technical sales, intercultural communication and interpersonal/social skills. This conference consists of mixed interdisciplinary, international student teams and includes International guest lecturers with different fields of specialization in areas of international business management and technical sales as well as the opportunity to gain credits by participating in group projects throughout the week. • Exchange students are warmly welcomed to get involved with the Aschaffenburg Student Union, which serves as both a student government and as an organisation offering social and extracurricular events on campus. • As an international exchange student, you’ll be matched with a local “buddy” who will help you to get settled in. Your buddy, who will be a full-time student at Aschaffenburg UAS, will help you with all your administrative and social queries about moving to Aschaffenburg. • Exchange students can apply to receive a scholarship of €500 to cover related travel costs.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Beginning of December for Term One (March - July) Beginning of June for Term Two (October - January)






Hochschule Furtwangen University has campuses in

Furtwangen (Black Forest region), Villingen-Schwenningen (Freidburg region), and Tuttlingen, Germany

(Swambian Alp region).

Furtwangen University’s core focus is on employment-oriented education and training based on academic principles. Traditional boundaries between subject fields are removed in interdisciplinary projects. HFU is a leader in the specialist areas of engineering, computer science, information systems and management, business administration and engineering, media, international business and health.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH Courses in the faculty of Business are offered in English. In addition, more limited course offerings can be found in the faculty of Psychology.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Hochschule Furtwangen offers a German student buddy program, as well as a Guest family program with excursions and events organized through the university’s international office. • All exchange and visiting students receive an intensive German course as part of the mandatory two-week orientation program. During the semester it is also possible to take a German course at one of 5 different levels, totally free of charge. The course is normally offered for 4 hours per week. • The Furtwangen Internship Placement Service (FiPS) organizes paid internships with companies in Baden-Württemberg for Canadian university students. These paid internships run from 4-12 months and provide students with the opportunity to gain international work experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Beginning of November for Term 1 (March - July) Beginning of May for Term 2 (September - January) 24


Located in Pforzheim, Germany. Pforzheim is one of the largest public universities for applied science in Germany and emphasises both sustainability and ethics within its fields of research. Currently, the university has more than 600 international students from more than 70 different nations.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH Programs offered in English include Engineering and Business.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • German language courses are available for international students. Additionally, the university offers various scholarships and stipends to exchange students from outside the EU which can help offset costs associated with studying abroad. • Pforzheim University also offers the Engineers Made in Germany program; an exciting course combination of manufacturing and automation technology and manufacturing management. The program is supplemented by intercultural and language courses, and nearly all the courses included are taught in English. Subsequently, both exchange students and domestic students gain a great deal of invaluable experience through the increased diversity of cultural backgrounds and the respective differences in attitudes and opinions.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Beginning of November for Term 1 (March - July) Beginning of June for Term 2 (October - January)


United Kingdom Capital City

LONDON Time Zone


65.6 MILLION Local Languages

ENGLISH Currency

POUND STERLING Political Climate The United Kingdom is a unitary state with devolution that is governed within the framework of a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy in which the monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II, is the head of state while the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is the head of government. Safety & Security Information: There are some identifiable safety and security concerns in the United Kingdom and the safety and security situation could change with little notice. Students should exercise a high degree of caution at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities. This is due to a high amount of crime such as pickpocketing and petty theft, as well as cases of drugged drinks and sexual assault. There have also been incidents of terrorism. Only use reputable taxi companies and do not share taxis with strangers. Visa Requirements: A student visa is required in the United Kingdom for stays over 6 months. Students attending one semester do not require a student visa. Weather by season: The United Kingdom has similar weather conditions to Canada with four distinct seasons. In general, the United Kingdom experiences more rainfall. The wettest month is October with an average of 71 mm of rain.



Located in York, England. York St John University has steadily been building a reputation as a high quality, friendly university, known for its academic excellence, a strong community spirit and a magnificent campus based in the heart of the city.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH York St John houses 9 academic faculties: • School of Languages and • York Business School Linguistics • School of Art, Design and • School of Performance and Computer Science Media Production • School of Education • School of Psychological and • School of Health Sciences Social Sciences • School of Humanities • School of Sports • Religion and Philosophy All course offerings can be viewed through this link:

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • This institution is a great fit for students in the faculties of Geography, Kinesiology and Media Studies. Faculty arranged placement opportunities may be available for students within these particular programs. • The Student Union at York St John, which boasts over 60 Students’ Union clubs and societies, from basketball to the Harry Potter Society, is a great resource for exchange students to get involved in various clubs and events.

APPLICATION DEADLINES End of April of each year for Term 1 (September - January) End of October of each year for Term 2 (January - May) 25


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South Korea

SEOUL Time Zone

KOREN STANDARD TIME (UTC +9:00) Population

51.2 MILLION Local Languages

KOREAN Currency


Safety & Security Information: There are no significant safety and security concerns, and students should take normal security precautions in South Korea. Students should remain aware of their surroundings and avoid walking alone after dark and use only registered transportation. The rate of fatal road accidents is very high. Students should check carefully before crossing the road as vehicles may not stop at pedestrian crossings and use underground or above-ground pedestrian crossings where available. Tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate with little notice and the security situation could develop. Tensions may increase before, during and after North Korean nuclear and missile tests, military exercises or as the result of incidents or military activities at or near the inter-Korean border.


Visa Requirements: A D2 student visa is required, and the application can be completed online.

Political Climate The political system of South Korea is a constitutional democracy.

Weather by season: Weather in South Korea is fairly similar to that of Canada. In general, South Korea experiences all four seasons. The summers are very hot, but cold temperatures and snow can be experienced in the winter.



Campuses are located in Busan, Yangsan and Miryang,

South Korea.



Two campuses, located in the national capital of Seoul, and smaller city Anseong. Chung-Ang University is a private university based in Seoul, South Korea. Worldwide, Chung-Ang University is also acclaimed as the hub of “Korean Cultural Wave” by its excellent arts programs in areas such as theater, filmmaking, traditional Korean music and performance and photography. The unique strength of its international education derives from its cross-cultural academic programs which firmly maintain diversity and intensity.

Today, Pusan National University enjoys its reputation as one of the top universities in Korea.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH Course offerings in English include courses in the faculties of


• Business • Biology • Psychology • Economics • Sport Sciences • Mathematics • Chemistry

Courses available in English include the programs of


• Humanities • Social sciences • Education • Law • Natural Science


• Engineering • Business and Economics • Arts • Nursing

• Computer Science • Environmental Studies • Global Studies • English • Education • Engineering • Political Science

Each summer, PNU hosts two sessions of the International Summer School. The Summer School consists of cultural and academic courses running from between 2-4 weeks, covering diverse subjects and various activities including field trips and introductions to the Korean language and culture.



Each year, Chung-Ang University offers a summer program which combines course-work and cultural experience to international students to promote Korean culture and society while earning credits in subject areas such as: Business, Social Sciences, International Relations, and Korean Language.

• Hyowon INSA (International Network for Study Abroad) is a program which allows inbound exchange students to network with PNU students who have studied at their home country. By participating in several designated missions with PNU students, exchange students will make friends and also will be awarded financial allowances. • Excursions and events through the school include trips to famous landmarks and a talent show put on by students called We are One Festival. These festivities provide students with cultural experiences and networking opportunities with fellow students. • PNU offers a competitive scholarship to exchange students which includes free tuition at their institution as well as 2 stipends (around 800 EUR) for 2 students studying at PNU in the autumn semester 2017. • Korean language courses available for inbound exchange students.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Special courses in Korean studies in English are available for all exchange students. • Additionally, a peer student advisor (Global Ambassador), who is a Chung-Ang University student, is assigned to each international exchange student to provide the latter with assistance in adapting to campus life.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Late April for Term 1 (September - December) Late October for Term 2 (March - June) Summer Program (Session 1): Late May of each year Summer Program (Session 2): Mid June of each year

APPLICATION DEADLINES Late April of each year for Term 1 (August - December) Late October of each year for Term 2 (March - June) Summer Program: Deadline is in May of each year. 27





Two campuses - one located in Seoul, South Korea and their global campus which is located in Suwon, South Korea. Since its founding, Kyung Hee University has pursued the Kyung Hee Spirit of “Scholarship and Peace” as well as the founding principle of “creating a civilized world”. In particular, the past five years have witnessed notable growth and a rise in the University’s stature through forward-looking and adventurous endeavors in education, research, public service and praxis.

COURSE OFFERINGS IN ENGLISH INCLUDE • Economics • Political Science • Business • English • Physics • Chemistry

• Biology • Mathematics • Geography • Humanities • Tourism Studies • Sociology


Located in Daejeon, South Korea. Chungnam National University, which just celebrated its 65th anniversary, is considered one of the best institutions of higher learning in central Korea. With its educational philosophy of creativeness, development, and service, CNU has played a leading role in the national mission to educate the upcoming generation of world leaders and participate in the development of the local community.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH • Archaeology • Astronomy & Space Science • Biology • Biochemistry • Business • Chemistry • Economics • Education • Engineering

The Global Collaborative Summer Program offers courses taught in English by a faculty team of internationally renowned scholars; courses are centered on Humanity, Civilization and Global Governance. Classes are held from Monday through Friday, and students may earn up to a total of 1.0 Lakehead credits during the program.




• Korean language courses are available for international students. • Airport pickup service is available for new incoming exchange students.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Beginning of May for Term 1 (September to December) Beginning of November for Term 2 (March to June) 28


• Geology & Environmental Science • Information & Statistics • Library & Information Science • Mathematics • Music • Philosophy • Psychology • Political Science • Sociology

Each year, CNU offers a 5 week summer program called the Summer Session for International Students (SSIS) which combines course work, field trips and cultural activities. This typically transfers as a 0.5 credit elective for Lakehead students.

• Tuition Waiver (up to 18 credits, 6 courses) • 50% discount on tuition for optional Intensive Korean Language Course • GSP Application Deadline: November 10

APPLICATION DEADLINES Exchange program deadline: December (flexible)




Campuses are located in Jinju and Tongyeong, South Korea. Gyeongsang National University is well known for many achievements in applied life science along with biochemistry, agricultural science, and veterinary studies. For more than 60 years since its foundation, Gyeongsang National University has been educating talented students who have served not only the local community but also expanded into international research spaces.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Korean Language Learning Courses are available for students to learn about the Korean Language and Culture. Courses range from Beginner to Advanced level with 200 hours of instructions over a 10 week period during the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter semesters.



Located in Yongin and Cheonan, South Korea. Dankook University is a private research university in South Korea. The university was established in 1947, and was the first university established after the National Liberation Day of Korea.

SUMMER PROGRAM The Korean Immersion Program (KIP) provides a full immersion student experience in Korean culture by learning the Korean language and participating in various activities and field trips during a three week intensive program. KIP has 2 intakes and each has the same program contents. The first session runs from the end of July to mid August, while the second session runs from the beginning to the end of August.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Beginning of June for Term 1 (September - December) Beginning of December for Term 2 (March - June)

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Free Korean Lectures provided by the International Center (Tuesday ~ Thursday, 3hrs per day) • Opportunities to connect with Dankook students with Buddy Program by the Global Talent Network (GTN) • Various Korean events offering cultural experiences

APPLICATION DEADLINES Mid-May of each year for Term 1: (August - December) Mid-November of each year for Term 2: (March - June)






Located in Daegu, South Korea. Kyung Pook University is in Daegu, the third largest city in South Korea, with a population of approximately 2.5 million and conveniently located in relation to the exciting cities of Seoul and Busan. An educational and cultural city with strong historical links, Daegu is also known as the “Green and Fashion City” and a key center for regional development. Boasting faculties in Economics and Business Administration, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and Natural Sciences to name a few, KPU is a comprehensive university which offers a unique international learning environment that combines the pursuit of excellence with intercultural understanding.



• There are scholarships and funding opportunities available to incoming exchange students • On campus accommodations are guaranteed to inbound exchange students • A local student is assigned to each inbound exchange student as part of the Buddy Program

KPU offers a wide range of courses taught in English, in the following faculties: • Sociology • Languages • Chemistry • English • Media Studies • Geography • Calculus • Physics 30

• Business • Natural Resource Management • Biology • Computer Science • Psychology • Political Sciences • and more

Kyung Pook University offers a summer program called the “Global Summer Program”. This is an excellent opportunity for international students to immerse themselves in Korean culture. It is an intensive 3 week program, often beginning in May, led by distinguished scholars. It also offers abundant cultural activities, and course offerings including Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Arts, and Languages.


APPLICATION DEADLINES Summer Program Deadline: May 1st of each year. Mid-May of each year for Term 1: (August - December) Mid-November of each year for Term 2: (March - June)


Capital City



5.607 MILLION Local Languages


SINGAPORE DOLLAR Political Climate The politics in Singapore take the form of a parliamentary representative democratic republic.

Singapore Safety & Security Information: In general, Singapore is an extremely safe country and there are no significant safety and security concerns. The overall safety and security situation is similar to that of Canada. However, students studying in Singapore should be aware of strict laws such as the laws prohibiting the use and sale of chewing gum, jaywalking, etc. Singapore has some very strict regulations and being a tourist will not exempt you from the harsh penalties. You can read more about the different laws on the Government of Canada Travel Advisory website: Visa Requirements: Student visas are required to study in Singapore. The visa application is completed online. Weather by season: Singapore is a very hot country year-round. As a country near the Equator, Singapore does not have all four seasons and is known in popular culture to have just two seasons - Wet and Dry. The Dry ‘season’ usually lasts from March to August, while the Wet ‘season’ lasts from September to February. During the Wet season, you can expect a lot of rainfall. There are rain shelters all around Singapore to provide cover during the monsoon season. 31





Located in the heart of Singapore. NTU provides a high-quality global education to nearly 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international olympic medallists from the region and beyond. Hailing from 80 countries, the university’s 4,300-strong faculty and research staff bring dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience. This prestigious institution has also been ranked globally as one of the top 20 universities in the world.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH All courses at NTU are taught in English, and a full list of programs can be viewed through the following link:

SUMMER PROGRAM The GEM Trailblazer Summer Tracks program offers up to five different themes of study, in topics such as Business, Asian Cultural Studies, Media Studies, and much more. Themes vary each year and courses typically run between 2-6 weeks, depending on your course selections (you can take up to 2 courses). More information can be found here: SummerProgramme/Beforeyouapply/Pages/Summer-TracksInformation.aspx

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • The GEM Trailblazer Winter course offers a 3-week Chinese Language & Cultural Studies track aimed to equip students with basic Chinese language skills increasingly valued in the world economy. • The Global Research Internship (GRI) Programme is a university wide Research Programme initiated to stimulate a culture of research for the overseas undergraduates. Participants in this programme will develop research interest, strong sense of cross-cultural intelligence, gain a network of friends and a better understanding of Singapore. Eligible overseas undergraduate students will be given an allowance, and are expected to fulfill an 8-week research attachment at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

APPLICATION DEADLINES The application deadlines vary each year. Connect with an International Student Advisor to learn more. 32



Hailey Shchepanik BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, BIOLOGY Studied at Nanyang Technological University

My name is Hailey Shchepanik and I attended Nanyang Technological University in Singapore for the Winter semester of my third year. As a student attending Lakehead who was born and raised in Thunder Bay, I was eager to study in a city other than my own after spending my first two years here. Initially, I considered taking a year off to travel, but when I began to research exchange options, I found that it would be the perfect fit for me! Going on exchange allowed me to continue my studies while simultaneously seeing the world. After four months in Singapore, and two additional months in Southeast Asia, I was able to visit eight different countries altogether. During my exchange, I had the chance to take many biology classes that aren’t offered at Lakehead, like a Stem Cell Research class, and Drug Development – which has sparked my interest in the pharmaceutical industry. Although Singapore has a reputation for being expensive, I found that student living costs are incredibly affordable. Meals on campus range from $2 - $4, and residence for the entire semester was under $1,300.

Living in Singapore allowed me to learn about their unique culture first hand. During my exchange, I lived with a Singaporean student who was always happy to answer any questions I had about the country, social customs, and everyday lifestyle. The locals were incredibly friendly, always going above and beyond when I needed help. One of the most memorable parts of my exchange was getting to meet so many new people. Nanyang greets over 800 exchange students from all over the world–with plenty of students from Canada and the US eager to escape the cold winter! If I had to pick one piece of advice to give students considering an exchange it would be: DO IT! With a bit of preparation and research, anyone can go on an exchange at one of the excellent universities that Lakehead is partnered with. Additionally, while on exchange, get involved in your host school and country–getting to know local students was one of the highlights of my experience abroad.





Capital City


BEIJING TIME (UCT+8:00) Population

1.379 BILLION Local Languages


CHINESE YUAN RENMINBI (RMB) Political Climate The politics of the People’s Republic of China takes place in a framework of a semi-presidential socialist republic run by a single party, the Communist Party of China. Safety & Security Information: There are identifiable safety and security concerns and the safety and security situation could change with little notice. You should exercise a high degree of caution at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities. Avoid any potential gatherings and demonstrations. Be aware of your surroundings in public areas as there have been reports of sexual assault and petty crime in some larger cities. Keep your doors securely locked, especially at night. Visa Requirements: Student visas are required to study in China. (X1 visa required for stays longer than 6 months, and X2 visa required for stays shorter than 6 months) Weather by season: The Chinese climate varies from region to region because the country is very large. In the northeast the summers are hot and dry and the winters are freezing cold. The north and central regions have frequent bouts of rain and wind coupled with hot summers and cold winters. In the winter, temperatures can range from -4° to -10°C.




Located in the capital of Beijing, China. The Beijing Forestry University is dedicated to the promotion of green culture and ecological civilization. This research-oriented institution supports and encourages students who are passionate about furthering a collective understanding of our global environment.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH All academic courses are offered in Chinese.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Chinese Language Programs are available at the Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced level. Students who complete the required courses will receive certificates of Chinese Language Training issued by Beijing Forestry University.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Spring Semester (Starting in March): Application Period: September 1st to December 30th Autumn Semester (Starting in September): Application period: January 1st - May 30th




Located in Hong Kong. HKBU encompasses eight Faculties/Schools offering a range of undergraduate programs, associate degree and higher diploma programs as well as postgraduate programs and research. It prides itself on its dual focus on teaching and research and encourages service to society among its staff and students. Over the years, HKBU has remained committed to academic excellence and the development of the whole person, and has gained a reputation as one of Asia’s finest institutions of higher learning.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH • Education • Geography • History • Humanities • Mathematics • Physics

Capital City


Courses offered in English in faculties including : • Business • Chemistry • Computer Science • Economics • English • French

Hong Kong

• Political Science • Sociology • Social Work • Visual Arts • and more

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • The “East-West Encounters” program aims to orientate newly arrived international exchange students and to foster cross-cultural exchanges between local and non-local students at HKBU. It does so by mixing the student ambassadors and the non-local students in a range of educational and cultural activities. It is hoped that through this means, friendships will be developed between local and non-local students. • The Global Café aims to foster cross-cultural exchanges and enhance English language speaking opportunities between local and exchange students. • In order to help international students familiarize with Hong Kong, the International Office organizes an outing each month during the semester. Destinations vary from popular sightseeing spots like the Stanley Market, to outlying islands such as Cheung Chau, or ecotourism facilities like the Wetland Park.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Spring Semester (Starting in March): Application Period: September 1st to December 30th Autumn Semester (Starting in September): Application period: January 1st - May 30th

HONG KONG TIME (UCT+8:00) Population

7.3 MILLION Local Languages


HONG KONG DOLLAR Political Climate Hong Kong is governed under the principle of “one country, two systems”, under which China has agreed to give the region a high degree of autonomy and to preserve its economic and social systems for 50 years from the date of the handover. Safety & Security Information: There are no significant safety and security concerns and the overall safety and security situation is similar to that of Canada. Students should take normal security precautions in Hong Kong. Similar to most places, travellers should be aware of their surroundings at all times, and keep their immigration documents and passport in a safe place. Use ATMs only in reputable businesses or banks to avoid scams and credit card fraud. Visa Requirements: A student visa is required to study in Hong Kong. Weather by season: Subtropical Hong Kong has four distinguishable seasons - a warm and humid spring, hot and rainy summer, pleasant and sunny autumn, cool and dry winter. 35


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Time Zone


(UCT+9:00) Population

127 MILLION Local Languages


JAPANESE YEN Political Climate The government of Japan is a constitutional monarchy in which the power of the Emperor is limited and is relegated primarily to ceremonial duties.


Safety & Security Information: There are no significant safety and security concerns in Japan and the overall safety and security situation is similar to that of Canada. Students should take normal security precautions in Japan, but should avoid all travel to the area near the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The country is still recovering from an Earthquake and Tsunami natural disaster that occured in 2011, and reconstruction is still happening in some areas. Most taxi drivers do not understand English, so it is important to have a destination written in Japanese for them. Visa Requirements: A student visa is required to study in Japan for long term stays, and students must apply in-person at the embassy in Toronto. Weather by season: The weather in Japan is generally temperate, with four distinct seasons. Japan’s weather in Winter, from December to February, is quite dry and sunny along the Pacific coast and the temperatures rarely drop below 0°C. The temperatures drop as you move north, with the Central and Northern regions experiencing snowfall. In the summer, temperatures can reach nearly 40°C.




Located in Kyoto, Japan.



Located in the city of Gifu, Japan. Blessed with abundant nature, the Gifu region has developed and passed down a diverse culture and technology that brought eastern and western cultures together. Having inherited these attributes from the Gifu region, Gifu University trains students who will later actively participate in society. We provide a place where students learn, explore, and contribute in an environment conducive to exploration and growth. The university has adopted the principle that it is an integral part of a local community, serving as an institution that learns, explores, and contributes. We are committed to conducting high-quality research that is the foundation of that education and to achieving internationalization rooted in the local community.

With its roots dating from 1639, Ryukoku University is one of the oldest universities in Japan. Founded on the principles of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, the university today has seven faculties ranging from the humanities to the natural sciences. Boasting a student population of approximately 20,000 spread over three unique, attractive and accessible campuses in the ancient capital of Kyoto and neighboring Shiga, the university continues to preserve the past while at the same time press the boundaries of knowledge into the future.

COURSES OFFERED IN ENGLISH Exchange students will be enrolled in the Japanese Experience Program in Kyoto (JEP Kyoto), which is designed specifically for students from Partner Universities. This program encourages the development of practical Japanese language skills, with each language class based on a topic syllabus. Language classes available from the beginner to advanced levels are available to cater to a wide range of abilities.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH Gifu University offers a one-year course designed to help undergraduate students study Japanese language and culture, develop their Japanese language proficiency, and provide basic knowledge about Japanese culture and research methodologies.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Semester 1 (April - September): November 15th of each year. Semester 2 (September - March): November 15th of each year.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • The International Student Center opened a lounge for student exchange in April 2012. The lounge serves three purposes: to support international students in their study of Japanese language and culture, to offer a place of communication for Japanese and international students, and to provide Japanese students with information on studying abroad. • In the lounge, volunteer Japanese students at Gifu University are stationed as “lounge tutors” on weekdays to support international students with their studies.

APPLICATION DEADLINES The deadline for the year-long Japanese Language and Culture program is early March of each year.





Toyo University has three main campuses in Tokyo, Saitama, and Gumma, Japan. For over 125 years, Toyo University has been one of the largest universities in Japan with over 30,000 students. Toyo University offers both liberal arts and science courses, and boasts world class varsity sports teams, including baseball, field athletics, sumo wrestling and ice hockey.

COURSES OFFERED IN ENGLISH • Japanese Language & Culture • Computer Science

• Global Innovation Studies • Design

SUMMER PROGRAM The Toyo Summer Program offers participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in the unique and dynamic business world of Tokyo. Balancing stimulating classroom discussions, activities, and lectures with behind-the-scenes visits to Japanese companies, Toyo Summer Program will give unparalleled access to the inner workings of Japan’s business culture. Participants will also experience the traditional side of Japan, taking part in a home stay, partaking in the tea ceremony, and much more!

WINTER PROGRAM The Toyo Winter Program is the perfect opportunity for students looking for a quick but unforgettable introduction to Japanese culture. The program combines classroom activities, field trips, and experiential learning. The program runs for one week at the beginning of January. Application Deadline is the beginning of November.


UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Japanese and culture classes are available to International Students to help learn more about Japanese history and culture, as well as develop basic language skills. The Language Exchange Partner (LEP) program also gives exchange students an opportunity to learn Japanese while building friendships with Toyo University students on and off campus. • The English Community Zone is a space where any student enrolled at Toyo University can participate in various programs and informal conversations in English. Its primary objective is to provide opportunities for students to be exposed to and learn different cultures and perspectives. • The International Affairs Office implements a 3-day-and-2-night homestay program exclusively for exchange students to experience Japanese family life. During that period, many events including a BBQ party and Japanese cultural experiences such as the tea ceremony are held.

APPLICATION DEADLINES End of March for Term 1 (September to January) End of November for Term 2 (April to August)




Chiba University has 4 campuses located at the east edge of the South Kanto region of Japan: Nishi-Chiba (main campus), Inohana, Matsudo, and Kashiwanoha. The main campus is located about 40 minutes by train to Tokyo Station and to Narita airport. Chiba University is large university in Japan with over 14,000 students. The university has achieved national recognition in many fields of basic and applied sciences, and has achieved a high degree of participation in international cooperative research projects. Chiba University is also known for their leadership in the advancement of science, engineering, technology, research and education methodologies. Applicants must be at least second year students and should at least have Japanese language competence equivalent to the pass level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test administered by the Japan Foundation at the time of application.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH The university offers courses in English found throughout their 10 Undergraduate Faculties and 13 Graduate Schools. Students enrolled in the J-PAC program have access to 21 English taught courses, and 12 courses taught in Japanese and English. International students interested in this university, are able to enroll in the J-PAC (Japan Program at Chiba), which includes an International Liberal Arts Program and a Japanese Studies Program.

SUMMER PROGRAM Chiba University offers various programs throughout the summer. These consist of workshops, presentations and off-campus activities generally delivered over 1 to 2 weeks in any of the following areas: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Law, Politics and Economics; Humanities and Social Science; Science; Engineering; Nursing; Environmental

and Remote Sensing; and Horticulture. Chiba University requires at least 15 students from Lakehead University to enroll in the program. For more information, please visit: course-program/summer-program/summer_regular_program.html

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Japan Program at Chiba (J-PAC) for undergraduate international students has two undergraduate programs: programs-e.html • International Liberal Arts: for students who have already acquired some Japanese language skills and are interested in Japanese society and culture • Japanese Studies Program: for international students who specialize in Japanese Studies at the universities, and who wish to study about Japan in the Japanese language. • Cool Japan Program is a fee-paying program which runs for 1 week in mid December. The program provides an opportunity to explore contemporary Japan, by experiencing and learning about traditional as well as modern aspects of Japanese culture. Participants take part in Chiba University lectures and join exciting activities, workshops and day trips.

APPLICATION DEADLINES October: 2 months prior to the program start date. 39


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THE UNITED STATES IS SPREAD ACROSS SIX TIME ZONES. From west to east, they are Hawaii, Alaska, Pacific, Mountain, Central, and Eastern. Population

325 MILLION Local Languages


US DOLLAR Political Climate The United States is a constitutional democracy with a President at the head and a two party system, Republicans and Democrats. Safety & Security Information: There are no significant safety and security concerns in the United States and the overall safety and security situation is similar to that of Canada. Students should take normal security precautions. Crimes of opportunity such as petty theft and pickpocketing occasionally occur, particularly in urban centres and tourist locations. The possession of firearms and the frequency of violent crime are generally more prevalent in the United States than in Canada. Students should exercise caution when participating in outdoor activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, etc. and travel in groups when possible. Visa Requirements: Students do not require a visa to study in the United States for under 6 months. Stays over 6 months require students to obtain a student visa. Weather by season: In Michigan, the weather is similar to that of Canada in that there are four distinct seasons. 40



Houghton, Michigan, United States. Founded in 1885, Michigan Technological University is a public research university that offers over 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics and social sciences. The campus is located directly across Lake Superior in the northern hardwood forests of the Upper Peninsula. MTU also has a natural resources management program ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. and the top 5 in Forestry.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • MTU is the only U.S. undergraduate program in Northern Research Management that has a full-semester “Integrated Field Practicum,” traditionally known as Fall Camp, held at the Ford Forestry Center. The Integrated Field Practicum at Michigan Tech is a unique experience that blends classroom study with hands-on, field-based learning opportunities. This semester-long exchange program is intended for students entering their third year, and is designed to promote teamwork, increase competence in the woods, and prepare students for a career in forestry, natural resources, wildlife, and applied ecology. undergraduate/ifp/ The program runs from the second full week of August until the third week of November.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Although there are no application deadlines, students are encouraged to apply by April 1 for fall semester (August start) and September 1 for spring semester (January start).


Australia Capital City



Australian Western Standard time (UTC +8:00), Australian Central Standard Time (UTC+09:30), and Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10:00). Population

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Campuses located in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Orange,

Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.

Charles Sturt University is a community that embraces diversity and nurtures individual growth. Each campus focuses on different areas of academic study. With a total student population of over 40,000, CSU caters to a wide range of programs and areas of research, making it a great match for many Lakehead University students.

COURSES OFFERED IN ENGLISH All courses at CSU are taught in English. In particular, students in the fields of Outdoor Recreation, Psychology, English, Criminology, Natural Resource Management, and more have had a great experience with CSU. To view a full list of academic programs offered at Charles Sturt University, please visit

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Academic learning supports such as tutoring in math and writing are available to exchange students through the University’s Student Support department.


Political Climate Australia is a federal parliamentary democracy and commonwealth country. Safety & Security Information: There are no significant safety and security concerns and the overall safety and security situation is similar to that of Canada. Students should exercise normal security precautions in Australia. Please note that the use and possession of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited in Australia. Convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences and heavy fines. Be aware of potential pickpocketing and bag-snatching, and only swim at supervised and reputable beaches. Visa Requirements: Visas are required for students spending a semester or more in Australia, and the application can be completed online. Weather by season: Australia’s seasons are at opposite times to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring. Many people may go to Australia thinking it will always be warm and sunny - although it is a warmer climate, you may still need a jacket, long pants, and layers to stay warm during the cool periods in Fall and Winter. The average temperature is up to 30°C in the summer and around 15°C in the winter.

Session 1 (late February - mid June): November 7th Session 2 (mid July - early November): May 7th 41





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8.5 MILLION Local Languages


ISRAELI NEW SHEKEL Political Climate Politics in Israel is dominated by Zionist parties. They traditionally fall into three camps, the first two being the largest: Labor Zionism (social democrat), Revisionist Zionism (conservative) and Religious Zionism. Safety & Security Information: There are identifiable safety and security concerns and the safety and security situation could change with little notice. Students should exercise a high degree of caution at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities. Protests and political clashes are frequent in Jerusalem in East and Old City. Avoid these demonstrations, as they may turn violent without warning. Students should travel in groups and dress conservatively. Visa Requirements: A student visa is required and students must apply in-person at the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto. Weather by season: Israeli has two dominant seasons: Winter (late Oct to mid-Mar), which is cool to cold and often rainy, and summer (Apr–Oct), which is warm to hot and often rain-free. Winter in Israel starts with showers in October and advances to periodic heavy rainfall from November to March.


SPECIFIC SUMMER PROGRAM OVERSEAS.HUJI.AC.IL/ACADEMICSSUMMER-AND-SHORT-TERMPROGRAMS/SUMMER-COURSES/ Located in Jerusalem, Israel. The Rothberg International School (RIS) at Hebrew University offers a wide array of short-term courses and programs throughout the year. You can choose courses from the July and August session, as well as elect to take language courses or participate in archaeological field schools. RIS works directly with faculty and study abroad offices in developing faculty-led and other customized programs.

PROGRAMS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH • Israel and Middle East Studies • Language Studies • Religious Studies

• Social and Political Sciences • Business and Legal Studies • STEM Program

SUMMER PROGRAM Lakehead University only sends students on short term summer programs for this University. They offer a 4 week July session, as well as a two-week August session.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Students can combine courses from both sessions to get the most of their summer study abroad experience. • Funding possibilities are available for most students.

APPLICATION DEADLINES For the June-July program, the application deadline is May 25th. For the July-August-Sept program, the application deadline is June 24th. 43


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127.5 MILLION Local Languages

SPANISH Currency

MEXICAN PESO Political Climate Mexico is a democratic republic, with the president being both head of state and head of government.


Mexico Safety & Security Information: There are identifiable safety and security concerns and the safety and security situation could change with little notice. Students should exercise a high degree of caution at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities. Students should avoid all travel to certain Northern and Western States. There are high amounts of organized crime in areas of Mexico, and students should always be aware of their surroundings and keep electronic copies of their travel documents with you. Visa Requirements: Student visas are required for students studying abroad in Mexico for over 6 months, and the application must be done in-person at the Embassy. Weather by season: Mexico has warm to hot weather throughout the year. Rainy season is from June to October, with rain mainly falling in the late afternoon or evening.




Mexico City, Mexico. The International Summer Program is taught in English and focuses on the study of Mexican and Latin American realities. The program includes Spanish language classes and cultural tours around the Mexico City area. Students must choose four courses among the program’s academic course catalogue. By the end of the program, students will have covered 80 hours of academic coursework in addition to the Spanish language classes.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH The International Summer School offers an array of courses in the fields of: • Economy • Environment and Climate Change • Population and Urbanization

• History • Linguistics • Politics

In addition to the academic courses, students will be offered Latin American culture and Spanish language courses. The Spanish as a Foreign Language course is offered at the Elementary, Basic and Intermediate levels.

SUMMER PROGRAMS Lakehead University only sends students on short term summer programs for this University. The International Summer Program courses start on July 4th and end on August 1st.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • Students can enjoy cultural visits within Mexico City while studying up to four subjects over the summer.




Mérida, Mexico. EBC (Escuela Bancaria y Comercial) was founded in 1929 and is considered to be Mexico’s first private business school with approximately 14,000 students. The 3 week program offered at EBC combines Spanish language learning with cultural excursions. The program includes 45 hours of Spanish language instruction and 50 hours of cultural activities.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH No knowledge of Spanish is required. Students will compare and contrast cultural differences between Mexico and the student’s country. Students will become familiar with general social protocols as well as academic policies at EBC. Cultural activities allow students to explore the beautiful and unique regions in Merida. Students will take part in a day trip to Yucatan.

SUMMER PROGRAMS Lakehead University only sends students on short term summer programs for this Institution. The Vive Mexico Spanish Summer program in Merida runs from July 2nd to July 20th.

APPLICATION DEADLINES The application deadline is May.

APPLICATION DEADLINES The application deadline is April. 45


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Acre Time, Amazon Time, Brasília Time and Fernando de Noronha Time. UNISC is in the Brasilia Time Zone. Population

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BRAZILIAN REAL Political Climate Brazil is a democratic republic with a President who is both head of state and head of government. There is a multi-party system in Brazil. Safety & Security Information: There are identifiable concerns as the safety and security situation could change with little notice and students should exercise a high degree of caution at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities. However, the city of Santa Cruz (where UNISC is located) is rather safe and prosperous compared to other major cities in Brazil. Crime is a serious problem throughout Brazil. Rates of both petty crime and violent crime, including homicide, are highest in urban centres. Unaccompanied female travellers should exercise caution in dealing with strangers or recent acquaintances, and be extremely cautious about accepting invitations. Nationwide demonstrations and labour strikes occur regularly to protest against government corruption, and can escalate. Visa Requirements: A visa is required to study abroad in Brazil and students can do the application online or by courier. Weather by season: In Santa Cruz do Sul, the summers are long, hot, and muggy, the winters are short and cool, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. The hot summer season lasts from November to March. 46



Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil. The University of Santa Cruz do Sul is a Brazilian non-profit private university located in the setting of the large town of Santa Cruz do Sul, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, with four other campuses in Capão da Canoa, Sobradinho, Venâncio Aires, and Montenegro.

DESCRIPTION Founded in 1993, Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul (UNISC) is a private higher education institution with its main campus located in the urban setting of the large town of Santa Cruz do Sul. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, UNISC is a large higher education institution with a student population of approximately 15,000. UNISC offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study, as well as short-term exchange programs.

SUMMER PROGRAM UNISC offers an International Summer Program that is taught entirely in English. The program runs for 1 week and includes field trips and lectures on a variety of topics. During this program, students can choose to stay with a Brazilian host family or find alternate accommodations. This program is very low-cost and would be a great experience for students who want to learn more about Brazilian culture.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Please see an International Student Advisor for more information regarding program deadlines.




Thessaloniki, Greece. American College of Thessaloniki is situated in Northern Greece and is part of Anatolia College, of the leading educational institutions in Greece. ACT offers a wide array of courses in the fields of: Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as Technology and Service.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ENGLISH Their regular summer program includes 1-2 elective courses and 2 of the excursions from the Go Greek in Greece program. Other optional trips will be offered over this summer program as well. Students can see a list of the other summer courses, as well as the academic calendar for the program dates.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES • The “Go Greek in Greece” is an experiential learning program which allows students to experience Greek hospitality, heritage and culture while earning credits in humanities. A group of exchange students from all over the world will explore ancient and modern Greece through class, organized trips, events and service opportunities. This program runs from May 16 - June 6.

SUMMER PROGRAMS Lakehead University only sends students on short term summer programs for this Institution. The ACT Summer Program runs tentatively from mid June to mid July. The fee for the Go Greek program includes: course credit / course fees, museum entrance fees related to their relative course, accommodation, transportation to campus and included trips / activities, trips (as advertised), service learning, access to ACT services, and an ACT staff member dedicated full-time to this program. Some funding opportunities may exist for this program. In Thessaloniki, students reside in studio apartments (private or double) with equipped kitchen facilities, so they can cook as they wish. The ACT campus has a cafe with lunches ranging from 3€-5€. Many students also choose to eat at local restaurants with prices ranging from 4€ for gyros, 7€ for a home cooked dish at an average restaurant, to 25€ for a full meal at a fancy restaurant.

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10.7 MILLION Local Languages

GREEK Currency

EURO Political Climate Greece is a parliamentary democracy, where the prime minister is the head of government and of a multi-party system.

Safety & Security Information: There are no significant safety and security concerns in Greece and the overall safety and security situation is similar to that of Canada. Students should take normal security precautions. Petty crime, such as purse snatching does occur, especially in larger cities. Avoid certain areas after dark and remain vigilant at all times. Only use ATMs in reputable businesses and public areas. Visa Requirements: A student visa is required for stays longer than 90 days. Weather by season: The climate in Greece is typical of the Mediterranean climate: mild and rainy winters, relatively warm and dry summers and, generally, extended periods of sunshine throughout most of the year. From mid-June to August, the temperatures rise and heat waves of 40°C are common.

APPLICATION DEADLINES Please see an International Student Advisor for more information regarding program deadlines. 47

If you are interested in studying abroad and would like to learn more, please contact: You can also visit the International Office to meet with an International Student Advisor: Lakehead University 955 Oliver Rd., Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5E1

Lakehead University Orillia 500 University Avenue Orillia, Ontario L3V 0B9

LI 0008 (Ground Floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library) Office Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday (807) 346-7846

OA 1031 Office Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday 705-330-4008 Ext. 2141

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