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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.

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 co-curricular record credit for it.

For more details, read our article about the Intercultural Certificate. If you have any questions or need more information, email globalengagement@wlu.ca.

Shelter and Social Justice Forum 

This forum takes place in Brantford from Wednesday, Nov. 2 until Friday, Nov. 4 and includes guest lectures on the theme of shelter, community visits and a panel discussion and dinner . All are welcome.

Community Visit

Thursday, Nov. 3 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free bus trip to visit a Habitat Brant build site in the city of Brantford and to the completed Biotechture Earthship home on Six Nations. Each site will feature a presentation and discussion. Bus departs from Carnegie Hall at 1 p.m. sharp. Free ticket available from Mary Ola at Laurier International in DC 138.

Shelter and Social Justice Panel

Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Devlin's Advocate (formerly the Piston Broke)

Hear from panelists representing global and local communities and organizations confronting the challenge of inadequet shelter. Light meal is provided.

International Education Week

Nov. 14 - Nov. 18, 2016.

This year, International Education Week has a theme of "Celebrating Canada's Engagement with the World" and Laurier students can find a number of activities on both Brantford and Waterloo Campuses.

International Menu 

Lunch and Dinner Monday to Friday at the Fresh Food Compnay, Dining Hall

Enjoy the flavors of the Caribbean, the fine cuisine of France, the delights of Canadian comfort food and the spices of India and the Middle East. 

Student Exchange Program Information Sessions 

Monday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. in Arts 2C4 & Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m. in Arts 2C16

Learn about the Student Exchange Program and how to apply for a semester or a year abroad at one of our over 60 partners in 24 countries.

International Opportunities Fair

Tues, Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Concourse, Fred Nichols Campus Centre

Clubs with an international focus will be showcased until noon and then exchange partners (and other academic opportunities) will be displayed for the Laurier community to learn more about international educational programs. 

International Soup and Fry Bread

Tues, Nov. 15, noon - 2 p.m. at the Aboriginal House, 187 Albert St, Waterloo

A weekly opportunity to create and strengthen friendships over a bowl of soup with members of the Laurier community, co-hosted by Laurier International and the Special Constable Services.

Experience France! Study & Work Opportunities

Thurs, Nov.17, 1 :15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. in the Career Centre, room CC101

A representative from Campus France, Peggy Harvey, will be coming to Laurier to speak about study & work opportunities in France. Please RSVP your attendance to exchange@wlu.ca and include what information you hope to gain from this discussion. 

It is recommended that you have attended an Exchange Program Information Session prior to this event if you are interested in studying on exchange with one of our university partners in France. 

A World of Leading Ladies 

Thurs, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. in Bricker Academic room BA102

The Laurier Free Film Series presents RUST AND BONE (France, Jaques Audiard, 2012). Introduced by Dr. Sharon Marquart and presented by the Laurier Department of English and Film Studies in partnership with the WLU Film Society (A WLUSU Club), and with funding from the Dean of Arts Office.

How to Market your International Experience Seminar

Fri, Nov. 18, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Career Centre, 192 King Street North

Get advice on how to identify and communicate the competencies that you developed abroad.  No international experience yet?  This session will help you plan for how to make the most of your time abroad.

Ghana Culture Celebration

Fri, Nov. 18, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Global Kitchen, 102 Albert St

Laurier’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholars from University of Ghana and friends will be hosting an evening of celebration of Ghanaian food, dance and culture. By invitation.

Student Mobility Drop-in

Mon, Nov. 14 12 - 2 p.m. at the RCW lobby

Is studying abroad something that interests you? Need help with your application for the Student Exchange Program? Curious about joining an International Field Course? Come see our International Ambassadors!  

Intercultural Soup and Fry Bread

Wed, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Aboriginal Student House, 111 Darling St

A weekly opportunity to create and strengthen friendships over a bowl of soup with members of the Laurier community. This week is hosted by Intercultural Student Association Brantford (ISAB)! 

Go Abroad Panel Discussion

Wed, Nov 16, 4 - 5 p.m. at the Devlin's Advocate

Come hear from students who have studied abroad in Mexico, Ghana, China, France, El Salvador, and more! Find our how you can participate in these programs. 

Coffee House - World University Service of Canada

Wed, Nov 16, 7 - 10 p.m. at the Students Centre Multipurpose room

Join WUSC for a great night of entertainment, baked goods, and fair trade coffee. 

International Opportunities Fair

Thurs, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the RCE Lobby

Exchange partners (and other Academic opportunities) will be displayed for the Laurier community to learn more about international educational programs, partners and opportunities. 

Experience France! Study & Work Opportunities

Thurs, Nov.17, 1 :15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. via teleconference in DC 136. 

A representative from Campus France, Peggy Harvey, will be coming to Laurier to speak about study & work opportunities in France. Please RSVP your attendance to exchange@wlu.ca and include what information you hope to gain from this discussion. 

It is recommended that you have attended an Exchange Program Information Session prior to this event if you are interested in studying on exchange with one of our university partners in France. 

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 (Waterloo) 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.

Contact Us:

Waterloo Campus

Office Location: Arts Building 2A01

Brantford Campus

Office Location: Dalhousie Centre DC135