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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 Development Week

International Development Week runs from February 2 to 8, 2020, and is held annually each February. Activities and events held during this week aim to educate and engage participants on global issues. The theme this year is Go for the Goals, which relates to the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and focuses on moving forward together toward a better world.

At Laurier, this year's International Development Week events have been planned by students and faculty from International Education Studies. All events are free and include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 6: Lunch and learn with Yvette Itangishaka, a WUSC student at Laurier, and Dr. Anh Ngo, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in BA 307.
    • Please bring your own lunch to this event.
  • Thursday, Feb. 6: Schooling the World film screening and discussion, from 7 to 8 p.m. in BA 307.
  • Friday, Feb. 7: The Intersection of Gender, Food Security and Education in Haiti, a lunch and learn with Dr. Jennifer Vansteenkiste, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in BA 307.
    • Please bring your own lunch to this event.

Tandem Language Program

Registration for the 2020 winter term is now closed. If you're still interested, email and we'll be in touch.

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 took place on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Thursday, Jan. 23 in Brantford, and on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Waterloo.

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.