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Lake Superior State University

International University

The International University College Division of Lake Superior State University and Sault College

Lake Superior State University, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Sault College, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, are just a 15-minute car ride apart. In spite of being located in different countries, our cities are closer to each other than they are to municipalities in their home state or province. So, community leaders encourage initiatives that strengthen the ties between us and take advantage of shared resources. The belief is we have more to offer by working together.

Lake Superior State University and Sault College have enjoyed a good working relationship for many years. In 2001, some articulations were revitalized, new ones were struck and it was decided to establish the International University College Division. The division allows full-time students in some program areas to be dual-enrolled. In computer science/studies, criminal justice, liberal studies/teacher education or occupational/physical therapy assistant and athletic training or exercise science, agreements have been signed which encourage students to take advantage of the diverse faculty and resources available at both schools as they pursue their degrees and/or diplomas.

Getting involved in the International Division is straightforward — consult with the academic department, fill in a Dual Enrollment Form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. As a dual-enrolled student, you are permitted to take one course per semester at the other school. Through the extra advising available to you, you can fit these courses into your overall academic plan and semester timetables. You register for all courses through your home school registrar and your academic information is transferred automatically at the conclusion of each semester. As long as you meet the required academic standards, you will continue to enjoy these advantages of attending both schools:

  • the combination of applied, “hands-on” training and theoretical understanding
  • more course choices
  • access to many of the student services and academic resources (e.g. wider selection of equipment, libraries, student centers, peer tutoring, etc.) available at both institutions
  • accessible professors through small classes, labs and office hours
  • interaction with fellow students from another country — a good basis for a network of contacts that can assist you in your life’s work ahead
  • greater employment options and advancement opportunities
  • Dual-enrolled students pursuing the bachelor of science in computer science or computer networking gain these particular benefits:
  • professors with a wide variety of computer-based qualifications and areas of expertise
  • exposure to, and opportunity to work with, more types of hardware and software than would be available at either institution on its own
  • plenty of equipment available for hands-on experience
  • more than 70% of the major courses with a lab component
  • opportunity to earn world-recognized CISCO CCNA and Microsoft MCSE certifications
  • Innovative, relevant programs which adjust quickly to both changing technology and employers’ needs

Note: As of June 2009, anyone – including American citizens – entering the United States will be required to have a current passport or enhanced drivers license or NEXUS identification card.  Therefore, all dual-enrolled students will need to carry their passports as they travel back and forth across the border to attend classes.

Dual-enrolled students in the criminal justice degree programs benefit from the continuing education opportunities developed by both schools for people currently working in public safety. LSSU does this through its academy, providing MCOLES (Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards) and Michigan Firefighter Training Council certification. Sault College offers advanced training and certification for Ontario Provincial Police and municipal police officers at its Law Enforcement Training Centre.