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Wilfrid Laurier University



Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading university in Canada with a worldwide reputation for academic excellence. Its innovative teaching style combines practical learning in lectures with work experience opportunities outside the classroom. International students are central to the university's community, with over 1,000 international students from over 80 countries enrolling each year.

The university offers over 80 undergraduate programs (both full-time and part-time) across 10 faculties at multiple campuses and locations, as well as online learning options. Prospective students who don't meet the English language proficiency requirements of their program can also attend the Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program to improve their skills.

Due to its learning and community focuses, Laurier has been consistently ranked top in the country for student satisfaction, student life, extracurricular activities and residence living. As a result, Laurier graduates leave with the vital skills and experience they need for career success.

Laurier has multiple campuses, with the largest sites being based in Waterloo and Brantford. There are other campuses in Milton, Kitchener, and Toronto, all within an hour's drive of each other, and all campuses are close to major Canadian cities and the United States. Additionally, students across all faculties can go on exchange trips to 25 countries worldwide.

As well the academic opportunities, students can actively be involved in the university's community by joining societies, teams, and associations, with hundreds to choose from.

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What's new

What's new

Graduate outcomes rated

Laurier has been recognized as one of the top employers for young people in the nation (Canada's Top 100 Employers) for a second year in a row. Awarded for its recruitment and retainment success using mentorship and training, as well as flexible working and tuition support, Laurier is only one of two higher education institutions to have received this accolade.

New facilities

The One Market building on Brantford campus is currently being expanded, and a new student lounge is planned within it. The new 8,000-square-foot social space will include a games area, large table games (ping-pong and pool), group workspaces, lockers, and a kitchenette.

International education partnership

The university has recently partnered up with Navitas for a 10-year plan that will transform its international education and expand learning opportunities. This includes plans for a customized pathway program for international students on the Brantford campus.

New digital media qualification

From September 2021, students who study digital media and journalism will also take additional courses to earn a certificate in digital media production. Studied alongside the degree, this skills-based certificate will compromise of eight courses taken over four years. It will provide practical training that complement the theoretical elements of the course.

New partnership

Laurier has recently partnered with Fairview Parkwood Communities (FPC). With the funding it receives from this partnership, the university will support new intergenerational learning experiences, including expanding virtual community service-learning and volunteer opportunities.

Further education

Laurier has recently launched a new section of their website that highlights further education through the university. The site allows users to sign up for non-credit courses, workshops and certificates that can be attained through the university.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

One of the fastest-growing universities in Canada, and frequently rated one of its best, Laurier teaches a variety of subjects and has a range of learning opportunities.

Its teaching approach blends traditional education with innovative programs, mixing detailed classroom theory and real-world experience. There are also significant opportunities for students to conduct research alongside leading academics.

The university prioritizes student engagement both inside and outside the classroom, and Laurier is consistently ranked first for student services and instructor quality (Maclean's University Rankings). The faculty are experts in their field, and many have been recognized nationally and internationally for their work and dedication. The expert professors are also incredibly supportive, and with a teacher to student ratio at 1:25, are easy to approach and seek guidance from.

Students can take on paid work during their studies through Laurier's unique co-operative education platform. Providing work-integrated learning opportunities, the program gives employment-related development opportunities, professional skills, and valuable networking opportunities. During their time on the program, students are further supported by the university's dedicated co-op office, as well as by the employers linked with the program.

The high teaching quality, accessible support and innovative learning all help students launch successful careers and become industry leaders upon graduation.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Laurier's individual undergraduate programs have specific academic entry requirements for its applicants. Prospective students need to check their specific discipline choice on the university's website for further details on how to apply. If international applicants require advice on their application, they can contact Laurier's international admissions office for support.

As all the courses are taught in English, all applicants must demonstrate excellent English language proficiency to be eligible. If English is not a student's first language, they will need to provide sufficient evidence of their English language proficiency to the university's Recruitment and Admission office.

If the required English proficiency standards aren't met, prospective students can complete the Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program. To attend the LEAF Program, students must submit their most recent IELTS or TOEFL test score, which will determine their teaching level.

However, if Laurier's English proficiency requirements aren't met, but the student is academically qualified for their chosen program, they may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission. For example, if applicants have previously studied at an English language school on a full-time basis for at least three years, they can request an exemption from submitting an English proficiency test score.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

There are a variety of funding opportunities for both incoming and current students at the university. Further details on scholarships and bursaries including amount, application requirements and other conditions are all available on Laurier's website.

Laurier automatically assesses students for in-course scholarships across the upper years of the program of study. These are academically assessed, with student's grade point average (GPA) being considered. Those who receive this scholarship can be awarded between CAD 500 and CAD 1,500 annually. The university also offers entry scholarships, which are also based on a student's grades and require no formal application either.

Students can also apply for competitive scholarships or awards at every year of study. To be considered for this type of financial aid, applicants need to complete an online profile which requires information on their academic achievements, financial needs, interests, and involvement in university activities.

There are also several scholarships and awards for international students specifically. This includes the annual Inspiring Lives Scholarship, which is given to international students who have demonstrated leadership and inspiration in their communities.

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Student support

Student support

Students have consistently rated the university highly for the quality of support services, which begins at their initial application and goes right into their careers as Laurier alumni.

Support is provided by a team of staff and student volunteers. They have been specially trained to support students who are coming into different learning environments than their own.

For international students, Laurier International can help on a variety of issues, including work permits, visas, preparation for arrival, getting used to Canadian life and finding a peer mentor to provide personalized support.

The following services are available to all international students:

  • Pre-arrival information
  • Information on study permit, work permit and visa
  • New student orientation
  • Support understanding the International Student Health Plan (UHIP)
  • English language and academic transition support
  • International clubs, societies, and associations
  • General advising around health, wellbeing, culture, and personal issues

To make things as simple, enjoyable, and stress-free as possible, Laurier's wider student support services also offer advice on health, safety and academic issues. This includes personalized and confidential mental wellness support, and online support in multiple languages. There are also licensed health care professionals on campus, including doctors nurses chiropractors physiotherapists and counsellors. The university also provides specialist programming to help improve aspects of health, including nutrition, exercise, and sleep.

The Career Centre provides students with expert career consultants who help them get started with their career, develop employable skills, and find tailored work experience. The university also hosts careers fairs, employer sessions and panel events to help students' network and establish what they want to do upon graduation.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Laurier offers unparalleled career prospects and graduate outcomes to its students. In 2019, 94.5 percent of Laurier's international students were employed or pursuing further education within 12 months of graduation.

To provide beneficial student exchange programs, Laurier is partnered with 69 other institutions. The university also holds over 800 events and workshops every year at its Career Centre to provide work opportunities for students.

Students can take on part-time work during their studies, adding practical experience and maximizing their employability and earning potential. This benefit isn't limited to the duration of study, as Laurier graduates are able to work in Canada for three years following graduation and are eligible to apply for citizenship following that.

In addition to this, Laurier's International Student Work Experience Program find and create opportunities for international students, both on campus and online.

Helping graduates become successful leaders, the university provides opportunities for students to develop their skills and entrepreneurship. This is achieved through ground-breaking courses, outstanding support services, vibrant student societies and high-impact curricular programs delivered through leading industry partners.

The university has a strong reputation for being experts in training future entrepreneurs and change-making professionals. This was further certified when Laurier was named an AshokaU Changemaker Campus in 2016. The award recognizes the university's collaboration and participation in a global network of institutions, who all work together to make discoveries and improve lives.

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