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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.

Tandem Language Program

Register now for the Tandem Language Program for the winter term!

Through the Tandem Language Program, you'll have a chance to improve your language skills, make intercultural connections and learn in a social way. Students with diverse language and cultural backgrounds will share their passion for language with each other. Students are partnered based on language proficiency and interest, and are required to meet for a minimum of 10 hours over the semester and complete a 500 word journal to get Laurier Experience Record recognition. 

In the past students have learned English, Mandarin, Spanish, French, Taiwanese, German and Farsi. Don’t miss your chance to learn a new language and learn about a new culture!

Email for more information. 

Intercultural Certificate

Registration is now open for the Intercultural Certificate offered during the winter term in Waterloo and Brantford. 

The Intercultural Certificate is a six-module program that focuses on developing your intercultural knowledge, skills and competencies. 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 Laurier Experience Record credit for it.

Learn more about the program in our article about the Intercultural Certificate. For more details on the modules, and to register, see our Intercultural Certificate information page. If you have any questions or need more information, email

Lunar New Year Celebrations

Laurier International hosts Lunar New Year celebrations each year, with events and activities happening in Waterloo and Brantford. 

Our 2020 Lunar New Year celebrations are taking place on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Thursday, Jan. 23 in Brantford, and on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Waterloo.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, come by Laurier International for a drop-in lunch to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 3 - 4 p.m., OM 310

  • Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony at Laurier International, hosted by the Global Engagement Student Ambassadors and our International Student Leaders.

Thursday, Jan. 23 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m., RCW 324

  • Explore the Visual Art of East Asia through a display of informational posters, hosted by the History Students' Association.
  • Create your own artwork and enjoy snacks and refreshments.

Thursday, Jan. 23 from 4:30 - 9 p.m., One Market, Lower Level

  • Events include a lion dance, taekwondo demonstration, lantern decorating, Chinese paper cutting, Mandarin lessons and a Beijing opera performance.
  • A Chinese food dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.
  • Get your FREE ticket at Laurier Internationa, OM 310.

International Education Week

International Education Week runs every year in November, with events and activities happening in Waterloo and Brantford. We are also happy to share some intercultural events happening in the Laurier community before International Education Week begins.

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.


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.