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Getting Involved

We want you to feel at home at Laurier and one of the best ways to do that is to get involved in our community. Being involved in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities allows you to meet new people, develop new skills and experience new cultures and ideas.

There are a variety of programs, activities and services, provided by Laurier International, to help you get involved and to truly make Laurier your home away from home.

If you’re not sure what’s right for you, come by the Laurier International offices and hang out in our lounge area. You can meet new people and learn more about ways you can get involved.

You can also get involved with one of the many campus-wide clubs and associationsintramural and club sports or varsity athletics.

Coffee Club

Our Coffee Club is a great opportunity for you to learn more about Canadian culture and share experiences from your home country in a relaxed and informal setting. It’s also a great chance to make new friends at Laurier and enjoy free coffee! The Club runs throughout the year and meeting dates are announced on a regular basis. And when you attend a total of 8 sessions you will get a designation on your Laurier Experience Record.

Global Kitchen

The Global Kitchen is a community kitchen that explores and celebrates culture through food. This space is open to members of the Laurier community, who host programming and events throughout the year. These programs include community engagement and cultural learning events, as well as cooking classes to help educate you about an overall healthy lifestyle.

The Global Kitchen provides you with great opportunities to share skills and socialize with other students and to learn more about the variety of cultural backgrounds on campus.

Laurier International Students’ Association

The Laurier International Students’ Association is an inclusive and official campus club. It provides all international and non-international students with a collective voice at Laurier and is a space where you can make friends, develop leadership skills and support one another in making a successful transition to living and thriving in Canada. The club organizes a variety of events and activities, ranging from semi-formals and hockey games to international movie nights and Chinese New Year’s dinners, and works to promote cross-cultural communication and awareness.

Drop-In Lunches

Every month during the academic year, Laurier International hosts a free drop-in lunch for new international students. Come by our offices to meet other new students, as well as Laurier International staff and international student leaders or international peer mentors, and enjoy lunch in a relaxed, social environment. Lunches run from noon to 1:30 p.m. and you can stay for the entire time or just briefly stop by.

International Student Leaders

Upper-year international students can apply to become an International Student Leader (ISL). ISLs are paired with incoming international students to help orient them with life at Laurier and to provide guidance throughout the school year. ISLs are trained in university services, mentoring, leadership, mental health issues and more, and are an important resource for first-year international students. Check Navigator in February each year for the application to become an ISL.

Laurier International Filmmakers’ Guild

The Filmmakers’ Guild, based out of Laurier International, works to educate the Laurier community about international students by telling their stories through video and photography. Through the Filmmakers’ Guild, you will get hands-on experience creating and producing videos, as well as participating in photo shoots, in a fun, supportive and collaborative environment. The Filmmakers’ Guild is active on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

Volunteer and Employment Opportunities

If you are interested in working while you're at Laurier, our Career Centre can provide you with all the information you need, including what you need to work in Canada, how to find a job, resume writing and interview preparation, and more. You can book an appointment or drop by and all the services offered through the Career Centre are free.

Volunteering is another great way to get involved on campus and can help you gain experience in your chosen career field. The Career Centre can also help you find the right volunteer experience for you!

Laurier Experience Record

The Laurier Experience Record is a record of all the curricular and co-curricular experiential learning in which you participated while at Laurier. 

Your Laurier Experience Record shows how you have been involved and engaged while at Laurier and will be useful when applying for on-campus opportunities, jobs after graduation or further education, such as graduate school.

SPEAK

The SPEAK program is an opportunity for you to come together with other students to learn about Canadian culture and to share experiences from your home country, in a relaxed and informal setting. It’s a great way to make new friends and to enjoy free coffee! SPEAK sessions run throughout the year and we will update you on the latest dates in our weekly newsletter. You don’t need to register for these sessions; simply come to Laurier International on the days when the sessions are being held. And when you attend a total of 10 sessions, you will get a designation on your Laurier Experience Record.

Intercultural Students’ Association of Brantford

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. The club also provides a forum for students to meet like-minded peers while becoming more globally engaged. Throughout the academic year, ISAB members plan, execute, and participate in fun and enriching social gatherings. They also work to mark important global events, and help to promote student mobility opportunities. For information on how to join ISAB, email isab@wlu.ca.

Drop-In Lunches

Every month during the academic year, Laurier International hosts a free drop-in lunch for new international students. Come by our offices to meet other new students, as well as Laurier International staff and international student leaders or international peer mentors, and enjoy lunch in a relaxed, social environment. Lunches run from noon to 1:30 p.m. and you can stay for the entire time or just briefly stop by.

Laurier International Filmmakers’ Guild

The Filmmakers’ Guild, based out of Laurier International, works to educate the Laurier community about international students by telling their stories through video and photography. Through the Filmmakers’ Guild, you will get hands-on experience creating and producing videos, as well as participating in photo shoots, in a fun, supportive and collaborative environment. The Filmmakers’ Guild is active on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

International Peer Mentors

Upper-year international students can apply to become an International Peer Mentor (IPM). IPMs are paired with incoming international students to help orient them with life at Laurier and to provide guidance throughout the school year. IPMs are trained in university services, mentoring, leadership, mental health issues and more, and are an important resource for first-year international students. Check Navigator in February each year for the application to become an IPM.

Game Night

Join us on Wednesday nights, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Digital Library and Learning Commons, for an evening of different games and an opportunity to meet new people and have fun together. Game Night is open to university students and local newcomer high school students and no registration is required to participate.

Everyone who comes will receive a Laurier International Membership Card. Once you attend 10 Laurier International events, you will receive a Laurier gift.

Game Night is presented by Laurier International, the Laurier Library and the YMCA Employment, Education & Immigration Services.

Volunteer and Employment Opportunities

If you are interested in working while you're at Laurier, our Career Centre can provide you with all the information you need, including what you need to work in Canada, how to find a job, resume writing and interview preparation, and more. You can book an appointment or drop by and all the services offered through the Career Centre are free.

Volunteering is another great way to get involved on campus and can help you gain experience in your chosen career field. The Career Centre can also help you find the right volunteer experience for you!

Laurier Experience Record

The Laurier Experience Record is a record of all the curricular and co-curricular experiential learning in which you participated while at Laurier. 

Your Laurier Experience Record shows how you have been involved and engaged while at Laurier and will be useful when applying for on-campus opportunities, jobs after graduation or further education, such as graduate school.