Travel and Learn
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 an annual spring course and an all-inclusive, international immersion experience in a Spanish-speaking country. This 1.0-credit course is led and instructed by a Laurier faculty member.
At the destination abroad, this supervising professor instructs the language course in the target language and incorporates all the essential areas of Spanish language learning. Activities in class are designed to sharpen vocabulary, grammar, speaking and reading skills. Fluency and listening comprehension are further developed through constant interaction in Spanish not only in the classroom but also through host families, community members and cultural immersion. Writing skills are emphasized via a cultural immersion journal of daily entries. An understanding of the target culture is obtained during extended excursions and day trips, which also complement themes learned in and out of the classroom.
The SP288 package includes:
- International airfare and all transportation abroad;
- Homestay with Spanish-speaking families, including meals, linens and laundry service;
- Transportation, hotel accommodations, guided tours and entrance tickets to all excursions and day trips;
- Cultural activities and conversational practice with native Spanish speakers; and
- Visits to over a dozen towns abroad.
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
Talk to the Languages and Literatures academic advisor.
Apply to the Explore program through their website. Print the form and take it to Service Laurier, 202 Regina Street, to get a stamp and signature. Now you are ready to send your form and necessary documents to:
Language Exchange Programs
French-Language Education Policy and Programs
Ministry of Education
900 Bay Street, 8th Floor, Mowat Block
Toronto, ON, M7A 1L2
Once you receive confirmation of acceptance into the Explore program, make sure to fill out a Letter of Permission form from Laurier. This form must be handed into the administration office in the Department of Languages and Literatures (BA405). Your form will be forwarded to the Registrar's Office. Please follow the instructions carefully for the Letter of Permission form. 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.
When you finish the program, request an official transcript of your courses to be forwarded to:
Wilfrid Laurier Unviersity
Att: Registrar's Office
75 University Ave. W.
Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5
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.