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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.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Join Laurier International to celebrate the Lunar New Year at events taking place in Waterloo and Brantford from Jan. 30 until Feb. 5. Residents of many East Asian countries, including China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, take part in this traditional festival to ring in the new year.

The Brantford campus has been hosting Lunar New Year events since 2014, with a different theme each year. This year's theme is "Martial Arts of East Asia" and events include:

  • A martial arts display on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Research and Academic Centre, West lobby. This event is hosted by Laurier's History Students Association.
  • A Chinese internal martial arts demonstration on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Laurier Brantford YMCA, Studio B. The demonstration will be by Master Ling Zhong Xie, the founder and director fo the Chinese Medical Clinic and Yellow River Tai Ji Quan School of Canada, in Brantford.
  • Lunar New Year Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Market Square basement. The dinner will include Chinese dishes, Chinese lantern decorating, Mandarin lessons, lion dancing, musical performances and door prizes. Please register in advance.
  • Lunar New Year drop-in tea on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Laurier International. All are welcome to come by to enjoy tea and desserts, hosted by Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program students and Global Engagement Student Ambassadors.

In Waterloo, international students are invited to a Lunar New Year drop-in lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Laurier International. 

International Education Week

International Education Week runs each year in November. 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.

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

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 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.