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Outbound Exchanges

Planning for Travel Abroad in 2021/2022

Laurier is continuing to plan opportunities abroad for Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Winter 2022.  Approximately 4-6 months before the term begins, Laurier will determine if it is safe to proceed with these activities, or if they will be postponed or cancelled.  Laurier will decide if the exchange program can run based on the travel advisories from the Government of Canada website travel.gc.ca, among other factors.  When a decision has been made, this website will be updated. The approximate timelines will be:
  • Study abroad in Summer 2021: see below (updated December 21, 2020)
  • Study abroad in Fall 2021: inform if exchanges can proceed by mid-May 2021
  • Study abroad in Winter 2022: inform if exchanges can proceed by mid-September 2021

Short-term Summer 2021 Exchange Program Update

Laurier International has made the difficult decision to cancel the Summer abroad 2021 Exchange program for outgoing students.  This includes all summer abroad short-term exchanges that begin in May, June, July and August 2021.  These opportunities are to study abroad in-country for one to three weeks for the equivalent of 0.5 or 1.0 Laurier credits.

It is still to-be-determined if semester abroad (4-month) exchanges can proceed that begin in July and August 2021.  This announcement will be made in mid-May 2021.

It is still to-be-determined if students can participate in virtual or online summer abroad 2021 programs offered through our exchange partner institutions.  Please email exchange@wlu.ca if interested in these opportunities with a link to the virtual program you’re interested in.

Laurier is making this decision now as the application deadline for these short-term summer programs is early in the Winter 2021 term.  Students would also need to submit student visa and study permit applications in early Spring.

The travel advisory of the Canadian government continues to recommend that there should be no travel for non-essential purpose, and we have no indication when this will change.

The health and safety of Golden Hawks is the number one guiding principle for all international education programs administered by Laurier International and there is no indication, at this time, that it will be safe to travel internationally during the Spring/Summer 2021 semester.

Student Exchange Program: Fall 2020 and Winter 2021

We made the difficult decision to cancel outbound student exchange for the fall 2020 and winter 2021 terms. Our frequently asked questions provide more information about this decision.

About the Student Exchange Program

Broaden your perspective and develop lasting intercultural skills that will help you excel in today's world. The Student Exchange Program is an opportunity for you to experience the social, economic and political climate of various countries, and to improve your language skills and cultural knowledge.

Applications are due from January to May to go abroad the following academic year.  Applications are due February 2, 2021* for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 exchanges (with late applications accepted for Winter 2022 exchanges).  You can also apply to go on exchange during the summer with our summer semester abroad opportunities.  

*Deadline updated on November 27, 2020. This deadline is for 2021 only.  Next year's application will be due in late January 2022 for Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 exchanges.

Why Should You Go On Exchange?

  • Personal development: You will become more aware of your own cultural values, practices and biases; return with an increased sense of self and independence, sense of humour and open-mindedness.
  • Professional opportunities: International skills and experiences look great on a resumé, and could help foster academic and career opportunities.
  • Build your network: You will build lasting friendships and professional relationships with fellow students, professors and employers from all over the world.

Discover more reasons why studying abroad is a great option for achieving your personal, professional and academic goals.

Information Sessions

We continue to plan ahead to future student exchange terms and are hosting information sessions for exchange during the 2021/22 academic year. Information sessions are hosted each year on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. It is mandatory to complete the information session before you apply for the student exchange program. 

At each session, you will learn more about the exchange program and the topics covered will include:

If you are unable to attend an information session in person, self-register for the Student Exchange Program Course on MLS and view a recording of our webinar. Once you submit the required task (indicated in the session) you will gain access to the application documents within a few business days. 

Upcoming Information Sessions

All information sessions will be hosted virtually on Zoom, and are listed below.

Registration is required for Waterloo exchange info sessions by clicking the link below.  Provide your name, @mylaurier.ca email address, and student ID number, and you'll be emailed the zoom link.  You are welcome to register in advance, or the day of the info session. 

Info sessions are 1 hour long.

If you are unable to attend an information session in person, self-register for the Student Exchange Program Course on MLS and view a recording of our webinar. Once you submit the required task (indicated in the session) you will gain access to the application documents within a few business days.

After watching an info session, drop-in to chat or message with the Student Abroad Advisor, Allison Donahue, via Zoom:

Winter 2021 information sessions are now complete.

If you have not attended an information session in person, self-register for the Student Exchange Program Course on MLS and view a recording of our webinar. Once you submit the required task (indicated in the session) you will gain access to the application documents within a few business days.

Returning to Canada

Just returned from an exchange? Get involved in our International at Home events and student leadership programs.