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International at Home

Going international doesn't have to wait until you leave your country's borders. There are plenty of ways to learn about the world right here at Laurier. From sharing food and culture to more formal intercultural education, you can internationalize your education without leaving home.

International Education Week

Each year in November, International Education Week (IEW) offers Laurier students a number of activities on both Brantford and Waterloo campuses. During IEW, departments, faculties and student organizations are given an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the diversity of programs, events and activities on campus and in the community which expose students to an international dimension, enriching their learning and preparing them to engage and challenge the world in all its complexity.

This year, International Education Week will take place Nov. 13-18, 2017.

Schedule of Events

Monday, Nov. 13

  • International Opportunities Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Waterloo Concourse
  • Studying in France, 11 a.m. to noon, Paul Martin Centre
    • Presented by Jessy Neau, University Exchange Officer, CampusFrance
  • Dining Hall International Eats: Portugal
    • Rotisserie piri piri whole chickens
    • Chorizo and Parisian potatoes
    • Braised collard greens
    • Calde verde soup (chorizo, potato and collard greens soup)

Tuesday, Nov. 14

  • University of Lincoln, United Kingdom, Exchange Information Session, 10 to 11 a.m., Arts C Wing, Room 2C2
  • Soup and Frybread, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Indigenous Student Centre
  • Dining Hall International Eats: Korea
    • Grilled short ribs with kimchi and rice
    • Bibimbap rice bowl
    • Pork bone broth soup

Wednesday, Nov. 15

  • Australia Information Session, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Senate and Board Chambers
    • Hear from Australian students on exchange at Laurier about studying abroad in Australia
  • Dining Hall International Eats: Brazil
    • Rodizio-style beef
    • Feijoda black bean pilaf
    • Shimp, coconut and tomato soup

Thursday, Nov. 16

  • Marketing Your International Experience, 2 to 3:30 p.m., CC101 (Career Centre)
    • With Jessie Eulenberg, Career Consultant
  • Dining Hall International Eats: Thailand
    • Traditional beef pho noodle bowl
    • Fresh spring rolls
    • Chicken pad thai

Friday, Nov. 17

  • Student Exchange Program Information Session, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., BA111 (Bricker Academic)
  • Syria Film Festival, 6 to 8 p.m., LH4001 (Lazaridis Hall)
    • Runs on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19 as well
  • Dining Hall International Eats: Ireland
    • Braised cabbage potatoes and corned beef
    • Scotch broth soup
    • Potato boxty pancakes

Saturday, Nov. 18

Schedule of Events

Monday, Nov. 13

  • International Students' Association of Brantford Culture Event, 4 to 7 p.m., RCW Lobby

Tuesday, Nov. 14

  • Go Abroad Student Panel, 4 to 6 p.m., SCJ127 (SC Johnson Building)
    • Students who have studied abroad share their experiences and advice

Wednesday, Nov. 15

  • El Salvador Field Course Information Session, 2 to 3 p.m., DC136 (Dalhousie Centre)
  • Fireside Chat with Bree Akesson, Assistant Professor: Faculty of Social Work, 7 to 8:30 p.m., CB100 (Carnegie Building)

Thursday, Nov. 16

  • Soup and Frybread, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Indigenous Student Centre
  • Student Exchange Program Information Session, noon to 1 p.m., DC136 (Dalhousie Centre)

Friday, Nov. 17

  • Campus France, 10 to 11 a.m., DC136 (Dalhousie Centre)
    • Learn about opportunities to study and work in France

Saturday, Nov. 18

Intercultural Certificate

In 2015/16, Laurier International introduced a new, six-module Intercultural Certificate. More than 110 students have so far successfully completed the full certificate, which is available on both the Brantford and Waterloo campuses.

The delivery of the program uses an active learning approach and is free of charge to registered Laurier students, including exchange students, and you can get co-curricular record credit for it.

For more details, read our article about the Intercultural Certificate. If you have any questions or need more information, email globalengagement@wlu.ca.

More International Education Initiatives

Whether you're a Canadian or international student, you can get involved in internationally focused clubs and student organizations. Our Global Engagement Student Ambassadors and Intercultural Students' Association of Brantford are great opportunities to get involved in leading global engagement initiatives.

Also, the Global Kitchen Project encourages the sharing of cultures in the most delicious way possible.

Contact Us:

Waterloo Campus

Office Location: Arts Building 2A01

Brantford Campus

Office Location: Dalhousie Centre DC135