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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

International Education Week will run from November 18 to 22, 2019, 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.

2019 International Education Week schedule

Friday, Nov. 15

#IAmSudan, 7 - 9 p.m. in the Paul Martin Centre

  • Learn more about the Sudanese protests at this engaging panel.

Sunday, Nov. 17

Wilfrid Laurier University Community Music Ensemble presents Earth, 7:30 p.m. at the Theatre Auditorium

  • All are invited to attend the Community Music Ensemble's end-of-semester concert. General admission tickets are $15, seniors' tickets are $8 and students can attend for free.

Monday, Nov. 18

International Eats at the Fresh Food Company

  • Indian food available at lunch and dinner includes lentil daal, lamb curry with spiced basmati rice, and sweet and sour pumpkin charry (soup), made by Chef Kayla.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

International Opportunities Fair, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Concourse

  • Learn more about opportunities to study and volunteer abroad, and talk with exchange students at Laurier from our host institutions. You'll also have a chance to win payment of your exchange application fee! 

Soup and Bannock Lunch, Noon - 2 p.m., Indigenous Student Centre

  • Enjoy soup and bannock for lunch while learning more about Indigenous culture and practices. Soup will be made by staff from Laurier International and the Career Centre. Vegetarian/vegan options will be available. 

Welcome event for exchange students from France, 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Alliance Francaise Toronto, 24 Spadina Road

  • Meet the Consul General of France and other French students currently studying in Canada. Registration required.

International Eats at the Fresh Food Company

  • Italian food available at lunch and dinner includes osso bucco with gnocchi and homemade focaccia, by Chef Darren.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

International Eats at the Fresh Food Company

  • Chinese food available at lunch and dinner includes okenomeyaki, jing jang pork and a tofu wrap, by Chef Peng.

Thursday, Nov. 21

International Experience Canada, 10 a.m. in the Career Centre, CC-001

  • An opportunity to hear from a representative of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to learn more about opportunities abroad beyond those offered by Laurier. Presented in partnership with the Career Centre.

International Eats at the Fresh Food Company

  • Thai food available at lunch and dinner includes khoa soi, by Chef Rebecca.

Volunteer Visit Program and the Faculty & Staff International Ambassador Program Information Session, 12:30 - 2 p.m. in the Welcome Centre

  • International students, faculty and staff are invited to learn more about the Volunteer Visit Program (VVP) and the Faculty & Staff International Ambassador Program (FSIAP), and how they can contribute to the growth of the Laurier community through school visits in their home country. Enjoy refreshments and informative conversations with members of the International Recruitment & Partnerships team.
    Presented in partnership with International Recruitment & Partnerships.

Diwali Celebration, 1 - 3 p.m. in the Concourse

  • Celebrate the Festival of Lights with food and music. The Punjabi Students' Association will be doing henna art for $2 per hand.
    Presented in partnership with the International Students' Association and the Punjabi Students' Association.

Friday, Nov. 22

Student Exchange Information Session, 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. in Schlegel Building, SB 106

  • Learn more about studying abroad at one of more than 70 institutions around the world.

International Eats at the Fresh Food Company

  • Irish food available at lunch and dinner includes Dublin coddle and colcannon potatoes, by Chef Brandy.

All Week

Journey to the Mexican Border, RCW Lobby

  • Neala Hayratiyan traveled to the border of Mexico and Guatemala along with Dr. Stacey Wilson-Forsberg on the 2019 Mexico Migration field course. This photo exhibit shares some of that journey, introducing real people who challenge our ideas about migration.

Veritas Celebrates World Cuisine, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Veritas Cafe, One Market

  • Stop by Veritas Cafe all week to enjoy a different international special each day. Curated options from China, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Taiwan will be available.

Photo Contest at the Chalk Board and Brick Wall, RCW

  • Join in on a friendly competition and submit a picture from your travels with Laurier. The winner will get a prize! And check out the chalk board each day for more updates about International Education Week.

Monday, Nov. 18

Pathways to Permanent Residence, 2 - 3 p.m. in SCJ 127

  • A session on the steps required to become a permanent resident of Canada, facilitated by an immigration officer.

BSW Information Session, 4 - 5 p.m. in OM 310-1

  • Learn more about the Bachelor of Social Work program.

Bhangra Dance Class, 8 - 10 p.m. at the YMCA, Studio B

  • Learn the basic steps to Bhangra, an Indian dance that originated in Punjab. Bring your OneCard for entrance to the YMCA.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

GESA Drop-In Session, 10 a.m. - noon in OM 310

  • Drop in and talk to our Global Engagement Student Ambassadors (GESAs) and learn more about how you can travel abroad with Laurier.

WUSC Fireside Chat, 5 - 7:30 p.m. in CB 100

  • Faculty of Social Work lecturer Nuha Dwaikat Shaer will be discussing housing and human rights in the context of Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), and the destruction and forcible displacement of vulnerable Palestinians.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Pupusa Fundraiser, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Odeon Entrance

  • Support Habitat for Humanity leaders on their trip to build houses for residents in El Salvador. Vegetarian, gluten-free pupusas will be on sale for $3 for one or $5 for two.

Volunteer Visit Program and Faculty & Staff International Ambassador Program Information Session, 12:30 - 2 p.m. in OM 310

  • International students, faculty and staff are invited to learn more about the Volunteer Visit Program (VVP) and the Faculty & Staff International Ambassador Program (FSIAP), and how they can contribute to the growth of the Laurier community through school visits in their home country. Enjoy refreshments and informative conversations with members of the International Recruitment & Partnerships team.
    Presented in partnership with International Recruitment & Partnerships.

Thursday, Nov. 21

Soup Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Indigenous Student Centre

  • Enjoy a free soup lunch at the Indigenous Student Centre, served by our GESAs and ISAB members.

International Experience Canada, 2 - 3 p.m. in OM 310-1

From Refugee Camp to Wilfrid Laurier University, 4 - 5 p.m. in CB 100

  • Hear about the journeys of two students from refugee camps in Kenya and Jordan to studying at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Friday, Nov. 22

Exchange Information Session, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in OM 310-1

  • Learn how you can spend a semester abroad studying in Norway, Belgium, Australia and many other countries around the world. Pay Laurier tuition and earn Laurier credits.

Lunar New Year Celebrations

Laurier International is happy to host Lunar New Year celebrations each year, with events and activities happening in Waterloo and Brantford. 

More information about the 2020 Lunar New Year celebrations will be available soon.

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 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 globalengagement@wlu.ca.

Tandem Language Program

Join the Tandem Language Program for 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 globalengagement@wlu.ca for more information. 

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.