International Student Support helps you develop the skills you will need to succeed at Laurier as well as in your new community. On campus, a variety of activities and programs celebrate global cultures, introduce you to Canada, and provide you with opportunities to connect with other international and Canadian students. Laurier International acknowledges that cultural success and community belonging are integral in establishing academic and career success, ensuring an enriching and fulfilling experience and preparing you for life in Canada.
Cultural Mentoring and International Peer Mentorship
Cultural Mentoring (Waterloo)
International students on the Waterloo campus have the opportunity to be involved with Canadian students in a series of arranged activities that are designed to help interpret Canadian sociocultural tendencies, enhancing your Canadian cultural literacy. Canadian students are trained in intercultural communications to understand the perspective of an international student living in Canada for the first time.
Activities include discussion cafés on current events taking place in Canada, participation in on-campus activities (recreation, lectures and performances), community outings (movies, community events) and socials established for participants of the program.
International Peer Mentorship (Brantford)
Our International Peer Mentorship program on the Brantford campus matches you with an upper-year student to help orient you with life at Laurier and to help you navigate resources during your first year on campus. International Peer Mentors (IPMs) contact you in the summer and provide guidance throughout the year. With training about university services, mentoring, leadership, mental health issues and more, IPMs are able to help answer questions about living in Canada and provide personalized, one-to-one mentoring.
In order to create a community environment and emphasize the support system Laurier International offers Meet-Your-Mentor Dinners early in the term to connect you with your IPMs.
Laurier International hosts monthly drop-in lunches for new international students so you can meet other students, your mentors, and the staff of Laurier International in a relaxed, social environment. Lunches are hosted in the Laurier International lounge, which has comfortable seating, a television, and study space for the international student body.
Lunches run from noon until 1:30 p.m. and you can stay for the whole time or just briefly stop by. Drop-in lunches are free to attend and broaden cultural perspectives while developing communication skills for international students here at Laurier.
The Global Kitchen (Waterloo)
Laurier International’s Global Kitchen is a public space where groups of people cook on a regular basis, offering you the opportunity to share skills, socialize and celebrate food and culture by cooking collectively.
Throughout the year you will have opportunities to sit down to a meal with 20–30 community members. This is a great way to make new connections and lifelong friends.
Learn more about the Global Kitchen Project.
Laurier International on the Waterloo campus is an inclusive and official campus club. We provide international and non-international students a collective voice at Laurier, a space to make friends, develop leadership skills and support each other in making a successful transition to living and thriving in Canada. With events ranging from semi-formals and hockey games to international movie nights and Chinese New Year’s dinners, the club creates a community for international and other interested students on campus.
The Intercultural Students Association of Brantford (ISAB) is a student-led group focused on fostering connectivity and positive relationships between domestic and international students. ISAB creates an open and inviting community for the sharing and expression of diverse cultures, and to support the success of international students. We provide a forum for students to meet like-minded peers while becoming more globally engaged. Throughout the academic year, we plan, execute, and participate in fun and enriching social gatherings. We also work to mark important global events and help to promote student mobility opportunities.
Canadian Outdoor Experiential Learning
Intercultural and Sociocultural Competency Training
Intercultural and Socio-Cultural training (SCT) is offered to both international and domestic students to provide understanding and communication across cultures. These programs increase effectiveness and constructive behavioural output, and actively and effectively engage you in the practices of the new culture and social setting.
These programs teach appropriate and effective interpersonal interactions in academic, social and career settings, as well as how to apply these competencies for best results in the new culture.