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Student Exchange Program

The Student Exchange Program allows you to broaden your perspective and develop lasting intercultural skills needed for the 21st century. It enables you to improve your language skills and understand different cultures through your experience of the social, economic and political climate of various countries.

Most interestingly, you will become more aware of your own cultural values, practices and biases. You will return with an increased sense of self and independence, sense of humour and open-mindedness.

The study abroad program is also a great step in creating future academic and career opportunities in the international arena. You will be able to build lasting friendships and professional relationships with the various people, professors, and employers from all over the world. International skills and experience also look great on your resumé upon your return to Canada.

How to Apply

  1. Review our list of partner universities where you can study.
  2. Visit the FAQ section to learn about preparation, eligibility, and the application process. You need to have completed a minimum of 10 credits before participating.
  3. Attend one of our information sessions posted below. 
  4. Gain access the International Opportunities Course on MyLearningSpace for application documents and other helpful resources (after you attend an information session).
  5. Contact a Laurier Student for help on completing your application. 
  6. Visit with the student abroad advisor (Waterloo students) or the coordinator, global engagement programming (Brantford students) if you require one-on-one guidance or advice.
  7. Apply by Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at 4 p.m. if you want to go abroad in Fall 2018 and/or Winter 2019.
    • Submit your application to Laurier International at 2A01 (Arts) in Waterloo, or DC135 in Brantford. Please submit a hard copy of your application with documents attached by a paper clip (no electronic copies).  Late applications can be received, but will not be reviewed until applications received on time are processed.
  8. Results of your exchange application will be emailed to you by Feb. 28, 2018.

Late Applications

Late applications for students in all faculties:

  • Monday, Feb. 12 by 4 p.m.: Last day to apply to go on exchange in Fall 2018.
  • Friday, June 29 by 4 p.m.: Last day to apply to go on exchange in Winter 2019.

Students who have complete applications submitted by Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. will be placed with exchange partners first. Late applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wait until you have a complete application, including a signed departmental approval form, before submitting your entire exchange application.

Information Sessions

It is mandatory to complete the information session before you apply for the Student Exchange Program.

If you are unable to attend an information session in person, self-register for the Laurier International Opportunities Course on MLS and listen to a recording. Once you submit the required task (indicated in the session) to the drop box you will gain access to the application documents within a few business days. 

Information sessions for students wishing to go on exchange for the 2019/20 academic year is posted below and will be updated as more are added.

Upcoming Information Sessions

  • Friday, July 6, 2018 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Lazaridis Hall, LH2064. A BBA advisor will be present to answer all BBA-specific course questions, but this session is relevant to students in all faculties.

Information sessions will begin again in September 2018.

Returning to Canada

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