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International Students

For students from around the world, LEAP Academy – the innovative Learning Enrichment Advancement Program – offers an inclusive introduction to Canadian university life. Working in McMaster’s world-class laboratory facilities and living on its beautiful campus, students will undertake hands-on engineering and science projects that prepare them for higher education. Experience the best that Canada has to offer in a safe, culturally-diverse mid-sized city only a short drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Why McMaster?

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World Rankings, Times Higher Education

With 18,000+ universities worldwide, McMaster is proudly in the top 100

Enhancing Student Retention

Enhancing Student Retention

Our Faculty has continued to improve student retention by strengthening our admissions process and offering current students the support they need to succeed

Get the full University experience

Get the full University experience

Stay on campus at one of McMaster's finest suite style residences

Attracting Top Students

Attracting Top Students

Proactive recruiting has led to a significant increase in the number of students who enter our Engineering program with more than 90%. Evidence-based strategies, targeted activities for students with offers and several pipeline programs for youth have contributed to the Faculty’s ability to attract high-performing students. A supplementary application was introduced in 2017 to better assess students for success

Fees and Dates

SessionDatesTuition FeeResidence Fee (Optional)
Session 1*July 2- July 12, 2019$850$1,450
Session 2July 15-July 26, 2019$875$1,450
Session 3*July 29- August 9, 2019$850$1,450

*No Class on Monday, July 1st 2019 due to Canada Day

*No Class on Monday, August 5th 2019 due to Civic Holiday

Residence Move in dates

if you choose to stay in residence, students move in the night before the session start date.

Mary Keyes Residence Move in dates:

Session 1: Monday July 1st, 2019

Session 2: Sunday July 14th, 2019

Session 3: Sunday July 28th, 2019

Please arrive at the Mary E. Keyes residence between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm on your specific check-in date.

Meals on Campus

There are various locations on campus that students can eat at. All locations accept cash, debit or visa

How to Apply?

1. Fill out our Registration Form and email to or fax to 905-546-5492

2. E-mail or fax a copy of your most recent grade transcript or report card (in English if possible)


Fax: 905-546-5492

3. Upon receipt of all of your documents (paid registration + report card), our manager will review your application and you will receive e-mail confirmation that you have been accepted to L.E.A.P.!

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail Carm Vespi at


Residence and Accomodations

Residence and Accomodations

Get the most out of your LEAP experience by living on McMaster University's beautiful campus. Students are housed in Mary Keyes Residence, a suite- style residence hall with kitchenette, common living room and separate bedrooms. LEAP students enjoy the social aspects of living in close proximity while benefiting from the privacy of a single bedroom.

Dining on Campus

Dining on Campus

A variety of dining options are available on campus to meet all dietary needs and restrictions, including vegetarian. Students may also bring, store and prepare food in the kitchen of their suite. Cash, debit or credit cards can be used for food or beverage purchases at any of the campus & and off-campus eateries.

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular Activities

Participate in extracurricular activities and explore the cities around you! See the CN tower, Niagara Falls Canada's Wonderland and more!


Frequently asked questions

Yes, all LEAP students who choose the residence option will be supervised by LEAP residence instructors. All students will participate in all activities as one big group, including eating meals together.

No, LEAP coordinators do not organize travel to and from the airport for international students. All travel must be organized by the parent/gaurdian once the student has been accepted to the LEAP program.

The LEAP program cannot help with Visa applications, all questiosn regarding how to apply for a Visa should be directed to 

However, LEAP will provide a letter of acceptance that can be used in your Visa application

Students who choose the residence option, will eat as a group for all meals. There are a few locations on campus as well as off campus where students will have the oppurtunity to visit with their Insturctors. All locations accept cash, credit and bank cards. 

Students will also have the opportunity to visit the local grocery store and get snacks, breakfast foods and other items they can store in their fridge in their residence.

Students who are staying inresidence must book their flights home to be on the day of or day before the session's end date. If student's are staying for more than one session, the flight must be booked before the final day of their session. 

Why Hamilton?

Hamilton is full of art, diverse culture and waterfalls!

Home to McMaster University, Hamilton is a city that has access to many nature trails, great food and festivals.

Hamilton was voted one of the top cities in the world to visit!