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Lakehead University - Thunder Bay Campus

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University Overview

Lakehead University is a prestigious and well-known public University located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It was established on July 1, 1965. Lakehead University is your place to live and learn. Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centered, we acknowledge all of our students as valued leaders of tomorrow, whose education and success are most paramount to our institution. Both campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia promise the total university experience, a blend of academic excellence and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities. We also promise excellence in research: Lakehead is the proud host to 9 Canada Research Chairs and revolutionary facilities such as our world-renowned Paleo-DNA Laboratory and our Biorefining Research Institute. The University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities.

Lakehead University - Thunder Bay Campus
Thunder Bay offers a beautiful and natural location in a vibrant, small Canadian city, which is famous for its focus on outdoor recreation, clean air, and an excellent university that attracts students from around the world. Thunder Bay has a strong connection to sports and lots of nearby skiing, hiking and other outdoor recreation.

CAD 12000

Living Cost

CAD 7000-34000


CAD 5000-31000


University Facts

Established in 1965

Programmes 189 Available

Total Students 8680+

Total Int. Students 1500+

Admission Requirement

The following requirements must be fulfilled to get admitted to the Lakehead University

  • International students are considered on case-by-case basis. There can be some additional requirements, depending on the program you are applying to.
  • Students are required to submit their original transcripts from their last attended academic institutions. If they are not in English, then submit the translated copies of the same along with the originals.
  • Should provide the certificate issued by the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) that compares educational credentials from other countries to educational standards in Canada.
  • Applicants must be 18 years old at the time of the beginning of the course.
  • You need to submit your English language proficiency test scores if you are coming from a non-English speaking country.

Please note: If you are not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you must obtain a valid study permit before you come to Canada.

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All Programs(189)

Tuition Fee

The values given below are estimated figures, excluding extra charges like material fee, student activity fees, athletic fees, health care, etc., for courses. To know more, please visit the Programs page.

Approximate Tuition Fee Per Year

7000 - 34000 Per year


5000 - 31000 Per year


CAD28270Tuition Fee

CAD12000Living Cost

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  • Academic Counseling
  • Accomodation (On Campus)
  • Campus Security
  • Campus Shuttle
  • Career Support
  • Co-op Program
  • Day Care Centers
  • Financial Assistance
  • Food & Dining Sevices
  • Health Insurance
  • Internet Services
  • Internship & on-the-job training
  • IT Services Helpdesk
  • Library Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Orientation for new students
  • Parking and Transit
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Recruitment Services
  • Scholarships and Awards
  • Social and Cultural Events
  • Sports & Recreation Facilities
  • Student Club and Socities
  • Student Leaderships
  • Student Unions and Associations
  • Study & Work Permit
  • Work While Studying
  • Student Learning Centre
  • University Transfer Options
  • Continuing Education
  • Women Safety and Resources Centre
  • International Student Life Centre
  • Academic/Career Portals


We believe in our students and your success. That is why we have a wealth of services and supports available for you during your transition to Lakehead and all throughout your time studying at Lakehead. The services and supports we offer you range from academic in nature to personal, social and health-related. Here is a list of some of the ways in which we are committed to helping you: 

  • Academic Advising:
    • Learn about your program requirements, your responsibilities as a student and stay on track to graduation. Our Student Central Professionals can help you devise an academic plan to ensure you understand your program as well as other academic options like minors, specializations and certificates to name a few. 
  • Academic Preparedness & Skills for Success
    • Let us help you prepare for your studies and equip you with the skills and expertise you need to be successful in your courses. Whether you are in need of tutoring or help with writing essays, our Success Advisors are here to support you in achieving your academic success. At the Academic Support Zone, you will also find assistance with writing and math.
  •  Financial Literacy & Budgeting
    • Knowing how to manage your finances at university is important. In addition to knowing how to create and stick to a budget, Lakehead also offers a wealth of financial aid opportunities through scholarships, bursaries and awards.
  • Health & Wellness
    • Keeping a healthy body and mind is important while you are at university. At the Thunder Bay Campus, we have a team of registered nurses, doctors and counsellors available for you to have your health needs addressed right on campus. The Orillia Campus provides you with access to a Wellness Centre that includes a Naturopathic Doctor, counseling services and resources on health and wellness services in Orillia. 
  • Career Advising & Planning
    • As you start to think forward into the future, our Student Success Advisors can help you look at careers that may be align with your interests, strengths and goals, as well as identify careers of the future. Explore the ways the transferable skills you've gained throughout your education can match a wealth of career opportunities. 
  • Job Preparation & Opportunities
    • Whether you are looking for a part time job during your studies or preparing to enter the workforce after graduation, we can assist you with your job search with our Job Bank filled with all sorts of different job opportunities. Resume assistance and interview preparation is also available to help land you that position of your dreams.
  • LUSU Health & Dental Plan
    • The Plan offered through the Student Union gives you the option of affordable coverage. Benefits include extended health, prescription drugs, dental, travel, and accident coverage. 
  • Orientation & First Year Experience
    • Your first few days at Lakehead will be filled with Orientation activities and events that will help introduce you to your new university. Attend Orientation to meet other new students, explore the campus and become comfortable in your new space. We also will introduce you to what it means to be a student and the important role you play in the community.
  • Student Accessibility Services
    • Student Accessibility Services provides academic support for all Lakehead students with academic accommodations for disabilities as well as medical conditions.
  • Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services
    • Lakehead is committed to providing a culturally-sensitive and welcoming environment to Aboriginal students while assisting with your academic and personal concerns. Links between the student and services available within the University and the local Aboriginal community are established through counselling, academic and cultural programs
  • Ombudsperson
    • This is an impartial, independent and confidential support service provided to ensure you receive fair and equitable treatment throughout your time at Lakehead. The Ombudsperson deals with a variety of issues and complaints, and provides information for both academic and non-academic concerns. 
  • Legal Services
    • Do you have a problem that requires legal assistance?  Perhaps you are having trouble with your landlord, or you got a traffic ticket.  Lakehead University Community Legal Services (LUCLS) is a legal clinic inside the Faculty of Law and provides free legal advice and representation in a number of legal areas including Tenant Rights; Highway Traffic charges; minor Criminal Offences like theft, assault or mischief; Employee Rights; and Contract disputes in Small Claims Court.  We also can Notarize documents for a fee.  Legal issues can be very stressful.  We are here to help.  Currently our services are limited to low income individuals.  Call our office at (807) 346-7871 to see if you qualify.  Our website also contains a fulsome list of community and public resources related to legal and social services in the city and province.  You can also follow us on Facebook.  
  • Safe Walk
    • Lakehead is committed to having safe campuses in which you can live and learn. The safety of our students is of great importance to us. Through Safe Walk, our Security Services Team will walk you anywhere you want on-campus. This service is offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 
  • Chaplaincy
    • The University Chaplain is available to serve the whole University community, regardless of religious denomination. Personal concerns, spiritual direction, addictions, and grief counselling are issues for discussion with the Chaplain. 
  • U-Pass
    • Affordable transportation within our cities is available to you through your U-Pass. For a nominal fee, you will have unlimited public transportation access.


Whether you are from Ontario, another province, or another country, you have an options when it comes to paying your post-secondary costs. Explore the many student assistance opportunities and scholarship, award, and bursary offerings that are available. Lakehead University provides over $11 million annually to students in the form of scholarships, bursaries and awards. Our Entrance Scholarships recognize the hard work and effort our future students put in to their studies, prior to enroling at Lakehead. That is why we offer one of the leading scholarship programs for future students in the country. Take a closer look at the various Entrance Scholarships & Awards available to you as a new student to Lakehead - be sure to check out the criteria and any applications and deadline dates. 

Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships & Awards

Entrance Scholarships (International)

  • Lakehead University’s International Entrance Scholarships recognize the academic achievements of international students entering into full-time undergraduate studies.  Students are automatically considered. No scholarship application required!

International Entrance Scholarships 2021-2022

Academic Average
(Canadian Equivalent)
   IB Average    

Scholarship Total4
(in Canadian dollars)

Scholarships Available



$40,000 ($10,000 x 4 years)1


80.0% - 89.9%


$30,000 ($7,500 x 4 years)2


75.0% - 79.9%


$6,000 ($6,000 in Year 1 only)3

  • Renewable provided a 90% average is achieved in each academic year. If a student's university academic average falls between 80.0% - 89.9%, the student will receive an amended scholarship valued at $7,500 CAD/year for each subsequent academic year for the remaining term of the scholarship.
  • Renewable provided an 80% average is achieved in each academic year.
  • Non-renewable, one-time only scholarship awarded in Year 1.
  • Maximum length of scholarship term is 4 academic years or until the first degree is awarded, whichever occurs first. Recipients whose status changes and may be charged domestic fees will have their scholarship value reassessed to equate to the domestic entrance scholarship grid and regulations available at that time.

How and When are Entrance Scholarship Offers Made?

Entrance Scholarship averages are awarded based on the Canadian equivalent of your average used for admission consideration. Scholarship Offers will be extended in two rounds. Round One will take place in February 2021, and Round Two will take place in April 2021. A limited number of International Entrance Scholarships are available. International students considering Lakehead University are encouraged to apply to the University early in order to be considered for the two Entrance Scholarship rounds.

Can my entrance scholarship be applied to my academic English program costs?

No. Your Entrance Scholarship will be applied to your first year tuition to an undergraduate degree program once you have successfully completed Lakehead University's Academic English Program.

*Please note that all of the above scholarship values, eligibility requirements, and criteria are subject to change without notice.

Graduate Scholarships

  • Graduate Assistant appointments may be offered to some full-time graduate students (including Visa students). These positions vary between programs but can provide teaching opportunities for student workers. The Graduate Assistant appointments are offered at a rate of $10,197.68 CAD (2019-20 rates) at the Master's level; and $11,120.82 CAD (2019-20 rates) at the Doctoral level. A regular appointment constitutes a maximum of 270 hrs of work over the Fall and Winter terms averaging not more than 10 hrs of work per week.

Faculty Research Awards for Graduate Students

  • Some graduate students may also receive a Faculty Research Award. This stipend may be paid to a full–time degree candidate for research or academic activities relevant and related to the student's field(s) of study within the academic program. Faculty Research Awards are awarded by the student's supervisor.

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