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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 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.

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