Wilfrid Laurier University is a mid-sized university located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and for more than 110 years, has premier destination for students from around the world. Every year, we are proud to welcome international students into our inclusive, friendly community that celebrates culture and diversity. Our commitment to purposeful learning ensures you will graduate ready for the real world and ready to leave your mark on the world. In our campus communities, the communities we live, learn and work in, and our global community, Laurier builds meaningful connections that have a lasting impact.
Our programs in business, liberal arts, human and social sciences, and social work will help you launch your career by giving you real-world experience as part of your studies. You'll grow culturally, too: There are dozens of student clubs and groups on campus, and you'll meet other students from Canada and around the world who share your interests and experiences. Laurier offers a truly Canadian experience in a community that inspires a world of difference.
You can download a digital copy of Laurier's international student viewbook (available in English, Spanish and Chinese) or submit a request to have a printed copy mailed to you.
Laurier offers a unique blend of traditional and innovative undergraduate programs on our Waterloo campus. Students studying in Waterloo can take programs from the following faculties: Arts, Science, Music, Education, and the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. We are committed to academic excellence and our approach to teaching brings classroom learning into the outside world, providing you with both the theory and experience you need for success.
At Laurier, our community culture is at the core of who we are and what we do. From day one, you will feel welcomed and encouraged to find your place in the many faculties, clubs, teams and associations we have to offer. And our focus on creating a strong student-focused community has resulted in Laurier being ranked #1 in Student Satisfaction for four years in a row in the annual Maclean's Rankings of Canadian Universities.
We also offer our students the Laurier Experience Record, the first of its kind in Canada. The experience record is an interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on learning opportunities that you can share with potential employers to show the skills and experience you gained by engaging in Laurier's student life activities on campus and in the community.
Going away to university may be the first time you'll live away from home. This new freedom is exciting, but it's also an adjustment.
Immerse yourself in a community of support from your first day at Laurier, where staff and upper-year students are committed to your personal growth, development and safety. Share this new beginning with friends and create lifelong connections with the people you meet.
Our residence buildings are more than just a place to sleep and study; they are strong communities that encourage personal growth and development.
If you decide to live off campus, whether you're a first- or senior-year student, we have some resources to help you in your search.
Remember, just because you live off campus, that doesn't mean that you need to miss out on events. Connect with LOCUS and find events on the Student Events Calendar.
Check out our partnerships for rental listings and helpful tips for you to consider when renting.
To help with the transition to university, Laurier offers Laurier 101, a collection of programs specifically tailored to incoming international students, to provide support from the time students accept their offer until their first week of classes and beyond. Online programming includes course registration webinars, International Headstart and Online Summer Orientation. In-person programming includes International Orientation and Orientation Week, which consist of social activities, academic information sessions, opportunities to talk to campus staff and engagement with other incoming Laurier students.
The Career Development Centre provides assistance and guidance to all Laurier students and alumni, and has programming tailored to the specific needs of international students, including a career consultant dedicated to supporting international students. Through the Career Centre, students can get help with resumes, cover letters and interview skills; learn job search tips and techniques; attend workshops on career development; attend networking events with professionals and alumni; and attend various career and job fairs, including the largest career fair in Canada.
Fitness and recreation facilities are available to all students, and access to the campus fitness centres is included in tuition. In Waterloo, the Athletic Complex facilities include weights and cardio equipment; an Olympic-length pool; a rock-climbing wall; squash courts; a triple gym; and four dance and fitness studios. Alumni Field has a FIFA-certified artificial surface for intramural sports and club teams, while University Stadium is home to football, soccer, rugby and lacrosse.
At the varsity sports level, there are 13 different varsity sports, for men and women, and every team (except football) holds open tryouts each year.
Our intramural program offers a variety of sports and athletes of all levels are welcome to participate. You can sign up for intramural sports each semester and games are played throughout the semester. Our intramural teams can be men's, women's or co-ed teams, and you can register as part of a team or as a free agent, available to play on any team.
Club sports are run by students for students, and there are more than 20 different club sports available.
Laurier offers more than 250 student-led clubs and associations, with 5,000 active members, as well as faculty and program associations, which consist of student representatives of the faculties and programs offered on campus. The wide variety of clubs and associations provide endless opportunities for student engagement, and if a certain club does not exist, students are able to start one themselves.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) offer online services to help make student life at Laurier easier. All registered students are assigned a MyLaurier email address, which will be used for all official communication with the university. Wifi is available on both campuses and internet services are available in all residence buildings. Computer labs on both campuses are available to all registered students, with some faculties and departments maintaining computer labs exclusively for their own students. The Laptop Loaner Program gives students access to a loaner laptop (either a PC or Mac) for up to 14 days.
The Robert Langen Art Gallery is the university's visual arts centre and develops exhibitions, artist lectures and arts-related events with a variety of practitioners. The Maureen Forrester Recital Hall is the main performance space for Laurier's Faculty of Music and regularly presents performances and concerts for the Laurier community. Laurier International provides a variety of cultural programming and events, such as Diwali and Lunar New Year celebrations. The various student-led clubs and associations also offer a variety of social and cultural activities.
In the community, you can explore one of Waterloo Region's many museums, visit historical buildings each September during Doors Open, take part in a historic tour or visit the St. Jacob's Market, home of the country's largest farmers' market.
Advising and support services are available to all students at Laurier. Student success programs include assistance with mathematics, study skills and writing development, and are delivered in small group settings or through one-on-one consultations. Academic advising is available to help students navigate their program, overcome academic challenges and to help plan for the future, both academically and professionally. The Accessible Learning Centre provides support to students with documented disabilities to help them reach their full academic potential.
Through Laurier International, International Student Advisors are available to assist students with immigration needs, academic transition, and cultural transition and engagement. The Student Wellness Centre provides all students with physical, mental and emotional wellness support, and offers programs that focus on overall student wellbeing, including nutrition, exercise and sleep. The Special Constable Service prioritizes student safety with 24-hour campus patrols and video surveillance of many campus buildings. The Foot Patrol program, offered on both campuses, is provided by student volunteers and ensures students get home safely. The SAFEHawk app connects students with Special Constables and Foot Patrol, as well as provides other safety and wellness information.
Laurier has exchange agreements with 70 institutions in 25 countries around the world, and students can study abroad for a semester or a year. Students can also study abroad through faculty-led programs abroad, which are short-term international excursions led by Laurier faculty. Other international opportunities include the Alternative Reading Week, where students spend the winter reading week on a build in El Salvador, and the Summer Leadership Experience in China. The Laurier-Ghana Partnership sees Laurier students spend a summer in Ghana on an internship, while scholars from Ghana come to Laurier to study.
Our Welcome Centres and ambassadors would be happy to share more about our campuses and community. Please contact the Welcome Centre in Waterloo at (519) 884-0710 x2157 or email email@example.com. You can explore our campuses online with our Virtual Reality campus tours.
The Laurier Experience Record is a record of a student's co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and engagement, and is useful to share with potential employers. Laurier also offers more than 100 online courses, allowing students to study from a distance or to fit a class into a busy schedule. To help students with financial literacy, Laurier offers a Money Management program, providing financial support and guidance and offering workshops that allow students to earn a Money Management certificate.