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Program Snapshot

The future is here at Laurentian University. Professors and staff are approachable, and class sizes are small. Laurentianís natural setting is unmatched. You will be surrounded by lakes and pristine forests Ė but with a big city vibe. Expertise and research in such fields as business, mining, health, and the environment are significant. The campus is experiencing rapid growth, with new buildings and new programs. Recently, Laurentian ranked #1 among Canadaís top 50 research universities for the increase in research funding.

Bordered by five fresh-water lakes and 35kms of nature trails, Laurentian Universityís natural setting is unmatched. The City of Greater Sudbury offers students urban amenities, accessible outdoor recreation and a friendly atmosphere. It has small-town flavour with big-city appeal, making it a great city in which to live and study.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or a semester
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or a semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Fair.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Fair.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

ISEP Direct chance of placement for US students and I-to-I students is Excellent.

Program Dates
Academic year: early September to late April; Semester 1: early September to December; Semester 2: early January to late April.

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 16-17: $18,500
Semester 1 16-17: $9,950
Semester 2 16-17: $9,950

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: March 15, 2016
SM2: September 15, 2016

Fast Facts
Sudbury, Canada (pop. 158,000)
Student Enrollment: 9,000
Language of instruction: English, French
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Courses and Program Information

Humanities (Canadian studies, English, French, modern languages, translation & interpretation [German, Italian, Spanish, Cree, Ojibwa], music, Native studies, folklore, philosophy, religious studies, theater arts, womenís studies); Professional Schools (commerce, physical education, social work, nursing, native human service); Science and Engineering (biology, chemistry, computer science, extractive metallurgical engineering, geology, mathematics, mining engineering, physics); Social Sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, gerontology, history, law & justice, political science, psychology, sociology).

Academic Notes
Students may study at the undergraduate level only. Recommended for ISEP students, in addition to bilingual study, are courses in Canadian studies, French-Canadian literature, folklore, and Native studies. The Native studies program examines the history and culture of the Indian peoples of Canada from pre-Columbian times to present-day, and offers instruction in the Cree and Ojibwa languages.


Transcript issued for Semester 1: February 15 of following year
Transcript issued for Semester 2: May 30th of each year
Transcript issued for Full Year: May 30th of each year

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the studentís home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Laurentian is officially a bilingual institution, one of three such institutions in Ontario. Twenty percent of the student population is Francophone. Many subjects in the arts and some in the sciences and professional schools offer instruction in both English and French.

Courses in English: Applicants who plan to study in English and are not native English speakers must submit one of the following minimum test scores: a TOEFL score of 569 paper-based (227 CBT, 87 iBT), an IELTS score of 6.5, a Michigan score of 85, or a Cambridge English Proficiency of "C."

Courses in French: Anglophone students must complete 4 semesters of university level French courses to enroll in host courses marked "FREN". Francophone students may enroll in "FRAN" courses.

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Language proficiency testing is administered for students of French and translation/interpretation. Third- and fourth-year courses in commerce/administration are closed to ISEP students. Enrollment in certain courses may require approval on an individual basis.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
If the original transcript is not in English or French, then students must provide a translation certified as accurate by a professor or study abroad coordinator at the home institution.

Hints for Researching Courses
All applicants should read the guide to Understanding Course Numbers and Codes. You can search for courses on the Laurentian WebAdvisor. Under the students section, choose Search for Sections, then select the term and subject area. Click on the course title for more details.

Housing and Meals
ISEP Exchange students receive full tuition, room, and meals included in the ISEP benefits. Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms with a shared kitchen and washroom in a university residence hall. ISEP Exchange students receive a combination of a meal plan to be used at the on campus cafeteria as well as a meal stipend.

ISEP Direct students tuition only benefits are included in the program fee at this time. Students must contact host coordinator for assistance in making individual housing arrangements, to be paid directly to Laurentian.


Laurentian University offers an orientation program for all international students, which usually takes place one week prior to the start of classes in September. Students arriving in January (for the second semester study period) are given a one day orientation.

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
Life at Laurentian University is more than classes and exams. Itís about meeting new people, forming new friendships and discovering who you are. There are many social activities to engage in, groups to join and teams to support. To name a few there are the International Student Activities Program (ISAP), Peer Connections and Cultural Connections. ISAP is always planning new and fun social outings in and around town as well as to the other cities of Interest. International Peer Connections is a program where past students will meet with new students to share experiences about program specific information. Cultural Connections is a new program that joins Canadian students with new international students to offer a 2-way cultural exchange.

Laurentian University has evolved over the past 40 years from a small liberal arts college to a multi-faculty university. Faculty and students maintain close relationships in a classroom environment that emphasizes individual attention. Laurentian serves a large sector of northeastern Ontario and the campus has a distinctively northern character. Students are active in winter sports, including Alpine and Nordic skiing and curling.