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Travel and Learn

Travel Course (FR288, MI288, SP288)

1.0 credit

Dates: Spring Term (contact the department for details at

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be in year 2, 3 or 4 and must be eligible to take a 200- or 300- level Arts course.
  • Students from both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses are eligible. Students from faculties other than Arts are eligible.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 7.0.

Applications must include:

  • An unofficial copy of transcript.
  • A brief resume which outlines personal and professional (academic) achievements.
  • A one-page statement which outlines reasons for wishing to participate in this program.

Italian Study Abroad Program

A third-year-abroad program can be arranged through Laurier International at the Università degli Studi di Udine, in Udine, and at the Università Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC, in Castellanza (VA), Italy.

Spanish Study Abroad Course

SP288*: Study Abroad is a 1.0-credit intensive Spanish language and cultural immersion experience led by a Laurier faculty member in Spain for approximately one month. See the SP288 website for up-to-date information.

Explore: French-Language Bursary Program

Explore is a five-week intensive language immersion course where you discover another region of Canada while learning French. You can take the course in the spring or summer, whichever you prefer. Participants in Explore receive a $2,000 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the courses, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory activities.

For upcoming application deadlines and further information on the Explore program, check out the official Explore website.

How to Enrol in Explore

Before Leaving:

1. Meet with your advisor to make sure the courses taken with Explore will count toward your program. Approval from the program advisor will be necessary to fill out your Letter of Permission (step 3).

2. Apply to Explore: official Explore website. Send the Declaration Form to Julia Herzberg ( to obtain Signature and Seal from Laurier services. Once completted, send the application package to:

Provincial Coordinator
Language Exchange Programs
French-Language Education Policy and Programs
Ministry of Education
900 Bay Street, 8th Floor, Mowat Block
Toronto, ON, M7A 1L2

3. Once you receive confirmation of acceptance into the Explore program, submit a Letter of Permission (online form from Laurier).Upload the approval from your advisor (step 1).

This must be done before you leave for the Explore program.  

On the Letter of Permission Form you will be asked for a course code; if you are not able to take a placement test online before your leave, you will not have this information. Please write "to be determined" in the appropriate box.

After you have completed the program:

1. Request an Official transcript from the insititution you have attended, to be sent to Julia Herzberg (

2. Meet with your advisor to obtain your transfer credit. Be ready to provide course syllabi and samples of your work*.

Transfer credits will only be assessed upon successful completion of the course. When you are picking your courses for the Explore program, we advise you to pick courses with both an oral and a written component. No transfer credits will be granted for conversation courses only.

*Note: Upon completion of your five intensive weeks, it is suggested that you hang on to all (or some) of your course work, as you may be required to show samples of assignments or course work to the Languages and Literatures academic advisor. Your courses will be assessed by the Languages and Literatures academic advisor and applied to your student record accordingly.