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Taking Courses at Another University

Cross-Registration with University of Waterloo

Laurier students are able to take courses at the University of Waterloo through cross-registration. To register, complete a cross-registration form. You require approval from your academic advisor, and University of Waterloo departmental approval for on-campus courses. Online courses do not require University of Waterloo approval. If the course is also offered at Laurier, additional departmental approval is required.

Once complete, submit the cross-registration form with all required signatures to Service Laurier. A separate form must be completed for each term you are registering.

Your tuition fees will be due to Laurier, with the rest of your tuition fees.

In order to qualify to take a University of Waterloo course, you:

  • Must be working towards a degree
  • Cannot be on academic probation OR in a general degree
  • Cannot be a post-degree student 
  • Must have completed 4.0 credits at Laurier

* On November 21, 2018 the University of Waterloo will begin cross-registration for Winter 2019*

If you have any questions about taking a course through cross-registration, email

Cross-Registration with Six Nations Polytechnic

Laurier Bachelor of Social Work students are able to take courses at Six Nations Polytechnic through cross-registration. To register, complete the Six Nations Polytechnic Cross-Registration Form.

Letter of Permission

Note: If you are looking at taking a course at the University of Waterloo, a letter of permission is not necessary. Refer to the Cross-Registration with University of Waterloo information above.

You may be interested in completing a course at another institution to count towards your degree. Prior to registering, it is important that you receive a letter of permission from Laurier. A letter of permission acknowledges that you have received academic approval to take courses at another institution and have it contribute to your degree requirements.

If department approval is required you must forward your approval to Anita Velanoff

To obtain a letter of permission you must complete an online form (see below).

An administrative fee of $60 (additional cost if faxing required) will be applied to your account and is non-refundable. If your letter of permission is approved you will be billed.

Note: Submit a new request for each term required at the host institution (unless it is a 1.0-credit course taken over fall and winter sessions).

Letter of permission requests can take up to 14 business days to process; if approved, a copy of the letter of permission will be emailed to your mylaurier account and mailed to the host institution. Supply a weblink to the description of the requested course(s) if the complete description is not given on the form. A website address must be submitted for courses requested outside of Ontario. Permission will not be issued for courses which are less than 36 lecture hours.

A cumulative grade point average of 4.00, and the completion of 3.0 credits at Laurier, is required before a letter of permission may be issued. You may not be on academic probation.

Once approved, it is your responsibility to reach out to the host institution to register for classes. You will need to follow add/drop deadlines as outlined by your host institution, as well as pay tuition fees to that host institution. Being granted a letter of permission from Laurier does not guarantee that you will be registered in a class. 

If you do not register at the host university, you must notify Laurier's Enrolment Services office by email prior to the deadline for academic withdrawal without penalty.

The grade obtained for a course taken on a letter of permission will be included in your cumulative grade point average. Courses taken overseas are awarded a 'CR' grade. Credit will not be granted for courses taken on a Challenge for Credit basis. An official hard copy transcript is due one month after the end of the term at the host institution. If not received by this deadline, a grade of F will be assigned.

For students taking the final course of a program on a letter of permission in the winter term, graduation will not be sooner than the October ceremony. An official transcript must be received by Enrolment Services no later than May 1 for spring convocation and October 1 for fall convocation.

If you have questions about taking a course at another institution, email Records and Registration:

Faculties of Arts, Luther: Anita Velanoff
Lazaridis School of Business and Economics and Faculty of Music: Anita Velanoff
Faculty and Science: Anita Velanoff
Brantford Campus:


You must arrange with the host university to have an official transcript forwarded to Wilfrid Laurier University within one month after the end of the Laurier term for which the course was requested.

  • Fall-term course: transcript due Jan. 31.
  • Winter-term course: transcript due May 31.
  • Spring-term course: transcript due Sept. 30.

Failure to do so will result in an F grade on your record. 

Forward transcript for Waterloo campus programs to:

Wilfrid Laurier University
Enrolment Services, Attn: Anita Velanoff
75 University Ave. W.
Waterloo, ON
N2L 3C5

Forward transcript for Brantford campus programs to:

Wilfrid Laurier University
Registrarial Services, Attn: Lori Prince
73 George St.
Brantford, ON
N3T 2Y3

Note: Faxed copies of a transcript are not considered official.

Selecting a Course at Another Ontario University

Depending on your program of study, you may apply to register for a course at other Ontario university. Consult the graduate academic calendar for full guidelines.

Letters of Permission

Students who choose to take a graduate-level course outside of Laurier and have it credited to their Laurier graduate degree must provide a copy of the course syllabus for the desired course to the graduate program coordinator, along with a written rationale for taking the course.

The decision on whether or not the course taken will be credited to the Laurier graduate degree rests with the dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, based upon a recommendation from the program. The student is responsible for any application and tuition costs associated with the course, as well as for arranging to have an official transcript submitted to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies upon completion of the course.