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Incoming Exchange Students

Coming to Laurier as an exchange student – or already here? Either way, welcome! You're now a Golden Hawk!

Laurier International offers plenty of supports for international students, from getting a study permit to understanding Canadian culture. Don't hesitate to contact International Student Support staff if you have any questions or need any help.

Once you're here, throw yourself into life on campus – join a club, play a sport, volunteer, or check out the many other ways to enjoy Laurier student life.

You can also learn about Canada and other cultures, as well as teach others about your culture, by getting involved in the many International at Home activities we have going on.

Academic Calendar and Dates

Fall 2018 Term Dates

  • International Orientation: Aug. 31 - Sept. 8
  • Classes: Sept. 6 to Dec. 5
  • Study break (reading week): Oct. 9-12 (no classes)
  • Final exams: Dec. 8-21

Winter 2018 Term Dates

  • Orientation: Jan. 4 (tentative)
  • Classes: Jan. 7 to Apr. 5
  • Study break (reading week): Feb. 19-22 (no classes)
  • Final Exams: April 10-30

Please note:

  • Attendance at orientation days is mandatory.
  • Students are advised not to make travel commitments during the exam time period. Exams will not be rescheduled and exam retakes are not allowed.

Academics and Transcripts

  • For course schedules, see LORIS.
  • One official transcript will be automatically sent to your home university once the exchange has ended.
    • Fall-term students: the official transcripts will be mailed by mid-February.
    • Winter-term and full-year students: the official transcripts will be mailed by mid-June.
  • Laurier will not release the transcript to your university if you have outstanding debts to Laurier.
  • Additional transcripts can be ordered from Service Laurier for a fee.

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