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Wilfrid Laurier University



Wilfrid Laurier University is a community-focused institution that provides international students with a truly Canadian university experience, while embracing the different cultures and backgrounds of its diverse student population. Laurier takes a holistic approach to higher education with exceptional programs combined with opportunities for practical and professional experience beyond the classroom. Students who graduate from Laurier have the skills they need to succeed in their careers, and to make a difference in their communities and around the world. The university offers over 80 traditional and innovative undergraduate programs across nine different faculties on two campuses, in Brantford and Waterloo, Ontario. The campuses are within an hour's drive of each other and are close to other major Canadian cities, as well as the United States.

Laurier's Brantford campus is also home to the Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program, an academic English program for future Laurier students who don't meet the English language proficiency requirements of their program. Successfully completing the LEAF Program means that students meet Laurier's English proficiency requirements and will be able to begin their undergraduate program studies.

Laurier is known for its commitment to purposeful learning and to providing an exceptional student experience. Laurier is a fantastically welcoming institution where students are able to actively contribute to university and community life through hundreds of societies, teams and associations. International students are central to the university's community, with more than a thousand international students from over 80 countries welcomed each year, in addition to students in all faculties being able to go on exchange to 25 countries around the world. This knowledge and cultural exchange, as well as the life-changing relationships that students build during their time at Laurier, contribute to the university's success in being ranked a top institution for student satisfaction, student life, course instructors, extracurricular activities and residence living. Laurier is committed to providing students with an excellent academic, experiential and extracurricular experience, on our campuses and throughout the university's communities.

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What's new

What's new

Join us for Virtual Open House from Feb. 22 until the end of April. We're offering a ton of virtual events and on-demand content. Your faculty has a specific open house week, and then you can join in on other sessions during the other weeks. Bonus – our ''April Break Break'' features fun and interactive activities from April 12-17. Virtual Open House concludes with an international open house from April 19-23.

Laurier has recently announced its approach to the fall 2021 term, which includes plans for a return to campus and having all student residences operational. The health and safety of the Laurier community remains our top priority, and our planning will align with public health regulations.

Laurier is continuing to host regular webinars just for international students, as well as regular virtual tours of our campuses in Waterloo and Brantford. If you miss any of the webinars, you can also watch the recordings. Laurier has also created a video playlist focusing on important information for international students, like student life, residence, learning at Laurier, admissions, finances, and more!

You can also download digital copies of Laurier's international student viewbook in English, Chinese and Spanish.

In the print version of the English international student viewbook, there is an error in the international admissions requirement section. On pages 24 to 26, the IB requirements column states that we do not accept SL Analysis and Approaches unless otherwise stated. The correct information is that we do not accept SL Applications and Interpretation unless otherwise stated. The university apologizes for this error. All versions of the digital international student viewbook have the correct international admissions requirement.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Laurier's professors and course instructors are experts in their fields and were ranked #1 in the 2020 Maclean's University Rankings. All faculty and teaching staff at Laurier are also friendly and approachable to help ensure students always feel supported in their studies.

Laurier's excellence in teaching is evident in its approach to purposeful learning and providing students with the education and experience they need to succeed in all aspects of live. All programs at Laurier are designed to offer students opportunities for hands-on, real world experience, and to prioritise student engagement inside and outside of the classroom. Students will also have extensive research options with leading academics as well as a huge range of experiential learning opportunities.

Laurier stands out as a premier university due to its unique co-operative education platform, which offers paid, work-integrated learning coordinated by a dedicated co-op office, which provides support for students during this exciting process. Through co-op, students will alternate academic terms with on-the-job experiences at leading employers relevant to their field of study. Employers will assess student performance and offer guidance alongside the co-op co-ordinators, allowing students to develop career opportunities, excellent professional skills, and valuable networks and contacts. Graduates from Laurier are well-placed to become industry leaders and global academics.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

In order to study at Laurier, students must demonstrate excellent English language proficiency, as all of the university's courses are taught in English. If English is not the student's first language, they will be required to provide sufficient evidence of their English language proficiency to the Recruitment and Admissions office. Proof of English proficiency is provided by submitting a minimum score on a test of English proficiency or completing the Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program. The LEAF Program is Laurier's academic English program for future students.

Students who don't meet Laurier's English proficiency requirements, but do meet the academic requirements, will receive a conditional offer of admission and the opportunity to complete the Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program. The student's English proficiency test score will determine the level of the LEAF Program in which they will start, and successfully completing the LEAF Program means the student has met Laurier's English proficiency requirements and can begin their undergraduate studies.

Undergraduate programs at Laurier have a range of academic entry requirements that are specific to the courses offered and the faculty through which it is delivered. Prospective students should check the relevant program pages on the Laurier website for further details on how to apply.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Laurier offers both incoming and current students a variety of opportunities for funding, scholarships and awards. All students are encouraged to complete the online student profile, which gathers information related to the student's academic achievement, financial need and interests, which allows students to be considered for competitive scholarships, awards and bursaries. These funding opportunities are available in all years of study. Students receive access to online student profiles after they confirm their offer of admission.

New applicants to Laurier are also automatically assessed for entrance scholarships, which are based on students' final grades and are available to students in all programs. No additional application is required to be considered for entrance scholarships. Entrance scholarships are between $1,000 CAD and $4,000 CAD, depending on the program, faculty and campus of study. The $4,000 scholarships are renewable provided that the eligibility requirements are met annually by students. Upper-year students are automatically considered for in-course scholarships, which are based on the student's grade point average (GPA) and are valued between $500 CAD and $1,500 CAD annually.

Beginning in fall 2021, multiple $10,000 awards will be available to first-year undergraduate students. The scholarship is renewable, meaning recipients who maintain the eligibility requirements will receive $10,000 in each of their upper years of study. Laurier will invite students who meet the requirements to submit supplemental information to be considered for the scholarship. No separate application is required. Students are eligible to receive an entrance scholarship, as outlined in the entrance scholarship grid, as well as the $10,000 scholarship.

More information on the eligibility requirements will be available soon at Laurier's website.

International students who are eligible to work in Canada can also participate in the International Student Work Experience Program (ISWEP). Through ISWEP, students will work in part-time on-campus positions for a maximum of 50 hours each semester and earn money while also gaining valuable work experience. ISWEP positions are available on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

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Student support

Student support

Studying at university can be a big challenge, so Laurier has put in place supports and services for international students to help them succeed in all aspects of university life. Laurier has dedicated staff to help international students with specific needs such as immigration and government regulations, career development and planning, well-being support and academic transition services. Students consistently highly rate the university for the quality of services they receive. In the 2020 Maclean's University Rankings, Laurier was rated the #1 Canadian university for student life staff.

Laurier is committed to making things as easy, enjoyable and stress-free as possible for all students who choose to study there. For international students, Laurier International is a dedicated resource on campus, with staff and volunteers who are specially trained to support students who are coming into a new and different learning environment. Laurier International offers the following services and support to all international students at Laurier:

  • Pre-arrival communications and information
  • Information on study permits, work permits and visas
  • New student orientation
  • Support understanding the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) and how it applies to international students
  • English-language and academic transition support
  • International clubs, societies and associations
  • Free access to culturally relevant well-being support, available in multiple languages
  • General advising around health, wellbeing, culture and personal issues

Laurier's wider student support services also offer advice on health, safety and academic matters. The university's student services are available to help students during their entire time at Laurier, from application to graduation and beyond into their working lives.

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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 its international students were employed or pursuing further education within 12 months of study. To help students develop their career path, Laurier has career consultants who specialize in supporting international students, and all services offered through the Career Development Centre are available to students throughout their time at Laurier as well as after they graduate.

The university provides excellent opportunities to develop skills in entrepreneurship and social innovation through innovative courses, outstanding support services, vibrant student societies and high-impact curricular programs delivered through leading industry partners. The university was named an AshokaU Changemaker Campus in 2016, recognising its position as a world leader in training tomorrow's entrepreneurs and change-making professionals. The award also recognises the university's proud participation in a global network of institutions, which work together in making new discoveries and improving people's lives.

International students who study at Laurier are able to take on part-time work during their studies, enabling them to gain practical experience during their time at the university and maximise 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. Better still, the International Student Work Experience Program helps international students find part-time on-campus work during their time at Laurier.

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Waterloo Ontario 75 University Avenue West
Brantford Ontario 20 Charlotte Street
Kitchener Ontario 120 Duke Street West
Laurier traces its roots to the opening of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Waterloo more than 100 years ago in 1911. It has gone through several changes since then, and in 1973 its name changed from Waterloo Lutheran University to Wilfrid Laurier University.

The university offers an exceptional range and depth of study. Students can choose from more than 100 academic programs, taught by award-winning faculty. Faculty at the university are not just people who stand in front of a lecture hall. They explore student-centred learning and collaborative teaching in active learning classrooms, taking learning beyond the classroom walls into the community. Most of them are leaders, innovators and trendsetters who work to actively engage their students, helping them to find their passion, connect with their learning material, and focus on their personal growth.

In-class learning is only part of the educational equation. Putting knowledge to work in the world is a hallmark of the Laurier experience. Experiential learning opportunities such as co-op work terms and community service are purposefully designed to help students relate what they learn in the classroom to what they experience outside of it. As a result, Laurier students graduate with both the theory and skills needed to succeed in the world that awaits them after university.

The university offer state-of-the-art facilities where students can take fitness classes, participate in intramural sports or compete in varsity athletics. Outside, Alumni Field offers a full-sized, FIFA-certified, artificial surface for both intramurals and club teams. University Stadium is home to Golden Hawk football, soccer, rugby and lacrosse.

With more than 20 different clubs available so that student can participate in a wide variety of competitive and recreational sports and activities, including men?s lacrosse, karate, ball hockey, equestrian and dragon boat racing.

Laurier?s two biggest campuses are in Waterloo and Brantford, but it also has a Faculty of Social Work in Kitchener and a weekend MBA program in Toronto. All its campuses and locations are about an hour's drive (or less) away from Toronto, Canada?s biggest city.

Waterloo campus is in the thriving, culturally diverse community of Kitchener-Waterloo (KW), located one-hour west of Toronto with a population of about 365,000. With two universities and a college, this university town is a vibrant and student-friendly city with plenty of off-campus housing, entertainment, dining and recreational opportunities. And a new light rail transit system will make it easier than ever to get around.

Shaped by its location on the historic Grand River and proximity to the major industrial and consumer markets of North America, Brantford has a thriving business community that is home to several global business operations but people are drawn to the region for so much more. A healthy arts and culture scene, world-class trails system for walking and biking, and a strong slate of festivals and events make Brantford a vibrant place to call home for residents and students alike.
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