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 cuture. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need any help.
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
- The university's undergraduate and graduate academic calendars are available online.
Fall 2016 Term Dates
- International Orientation: Sept. 2-7 (note that the last two days are just for exchange students)
- Classes: Sept. 8 to Dec. 9
- Study break (reading week): Oct. 10-14
- Final exams: Dec. 10-21
- Attendance at orientation days is mandatory.
- Students are advised not to make travel commitments during the exam time period. Exams will not be rearranged and exam retakes are not allowed.
Winter 2017 Term Dates
- Orientation: Jan. 1-2 (tentative)
- Classes: Jan. 3 to April 5
- Study break (reading week): Feb. 20-24
- Final Exams: April 6-24
Note: Students are advised not to make travel commitments during the exam time period. Exams will not be rearranged 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.
- Exchange students will be paired before their arrival with senior students who volunteer their time to help support exchange students through their transition to Laurier and Canada. On the Waterloo campus, these students are members of GESA (Global Engagement Student Ambassadors). On the Brantford campus, this role is taken by the Intercultural Students Association of Brantford (ISAB).
- Exchange students have access to all the services offered on campus, including the library, Athletics and Recreation, Centre for Student Success (includes Accessible Learning Centre and support for writing, mathematics and statistics, and study skills), Student Wellness Centre (includes health and counselling services), Career Centre, Centre for Student Life and Engagement, etc.