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CANADA - ISEP University of Regina

Explore Regina, Saskatchewan, the home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the largest urban park in North America. The University of Regina offers strong academic fields including Business Administration, Engineering, Film and Video, and Education. Join the International Office for excellent cultural programs, educational workshops, and local excursions. Discover all that Saskatchewan has to offer.

This program would be an excellent fit for a world traveler or one going abroad for the first time.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  
Location

Regina is a beautiful oasis on the prairies with more than 350,000 hand-planted trees. The Queen City has a population of 180,000 people from all over the world! There are many attractions and events that take place all year round in Regina for students to take part in. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is headquartered in Regina. Saskatchewan Science Centre, the Legislative Building, several art galleries, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, and many parks and walkways can be found throughout the city. Regina is cold, dry, windy and has a lot of snow in the winter. In the summer Regina boasts hot, dry summers with bright sunshine and little rain. Fall is windy and colorful whereas spring has more rain than any other season in Regina.

Academics

Students may study at the undergraduate level only. The University of Regina is particularly strong in Business Administration, Engineering, Film and Video, and Education. However, all of our Faculties have excellent programs. 

1. Research courses using the University of Regina’s online catalogue
2. In the “Search by Term” drop-down menu, choose the term during which you would like to study. (ex: 2014 Winter). If the term is not listed yet, select the previous year’s term (ex. if 2014 Winter is not yet available, select 2013 Winter). Click “Submit”
3. In the Subject field, choose the subject that you are interested in, and then choose your level.
4. At the bottom of the screen click “Get Courses”

LEARNING STYLE AND ASSESSMENT

The Canadian education system is marked by progressive evaluation. That means that your final grade is not based solely on one major exam or paper at the end of the semester but on an accumulation of grades for periodic (usually smaller) assignments given throughout the semester in combination with one or two larger assignments given halfway through the semester or at the very end. This system also allows you to track your own academic progress throughout the semester. However, you must complete all the assignments (not just the final exam) to achieve a high grade in the end. Consult your course syllabus, which your professor will provide on the first day of class, to determine what percentage of each assignment is worth.

Professors present core material during class in the format of lectures or discussions and attendance is mandatory. All students should be present and punctual for class, as their attendance record may actually affect their final grade. Furthermore, Canadian students are expected to take an active role in their own learning: this includes taking notes on the lecture material, joining in the discussion or asking questions during class, making appointments to meet with professors outside class if additional help is needed for any of the material, etc. Your level of participation in class shows evidence you have done the outside reading or assignments, and may therefore also affect your final grade.

TERMINOLOGY

In many countries the academic term beginning in January is termed as the Spring semester, while Canadians refer to it as Winter term.

COURSE LOAD, CREDITS, AND CONTACT HOURS

A full load for a typical Canadian student is 5 courses per term, although if exchange students wish to take only four courses per term, it is sometimes permitted. Each of these courses generally equates to a 3 credit course in the U.S. system. This means Lake Forest students would take 15 US/Canadian credits to earn 4 Lake Forest credits.

Some Canadian courses are two terms long and therefore worth double the credit-weight of a semester course. Students may take a combination of one-term and two-term courses which balance out to five courses per term. Exchange students staying in Canada only one semester are obviously not eligible to enroll in the two-term courses.

GRADES

A (100 – 80%)
B (79 – 70 %)
C (69 – 60%)
D (59 – 50%)
F (49 – 40%)

If a Canadian letter grade is at the higher or lower end of its corresponding percentage range, it may be specified with a “+” or “-”; for example, a percentage of 80 – 84 % is probably considered an A-.

Please review the ISEP country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

Student Life

It is mandatory for all international study abroad students to attend orientation. The day starts with a Welcome breakfast and morning kick-off, students meet with Study Abroad Coordinator and other new students, presentations such as academic expectations, navigating the campus, displays of all service units, lunch is included, games, campus tours, meeting with faculty, and the wraps up.

The University of Regina offers many activities, associations, and clubs that students can join. Being a UR Ambassador, an International Buddy or a V-Team volunteer is a great way to improve your social life and make friends at the UR. Intramural sports, a full track, swimming pool, gym, outdoor sports, and activities are all available to ISEP students. The UR International Office has an excellent programming calendar which includes cultural events, educational workshops, and field trips.

  Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteering at the UR International Office, being an Ambassador or volunteering on the V-Team are all excellent ways of getting involved.
Housing and Meals

Students are housed in Luther College Residence with single rooms having a built-in desk, shelving, drawers, closet and big window. Telephone and high-speed internet connection are available in every room. Students share toilets and showers. The cafeteria is open 7 days a week and is sensitive to and will accommodate international tastes. Students receive a meal plan for 19 meals a week in the Luther Cafeteria. Laundry service is available to students. If desired, students can buy bed linens on site for an additional fee. As well, “The Cellar” is a lounge that is open 24 hours a day for students to lounge around, watch movies, or just hang out. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to the University of Regina includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week. 

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 programs:

Budget Item

Amount

Lake Forest College Tuition

$23,160

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

TBD

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

 TBD

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

 $475

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance (estimated, $90/mo)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP

 $360

Additional Meals

 $500

Estimated Airfare

*Students placed on ISEP Exchange may be eligible for up to $750 airfare award

 $600

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

 $1,500

Total Expected Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $3,285

Total

TBD

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office
    847-735-5231
    aolson@lakeforest.edu