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Getting Involved

We want you to feel at home at Laurier. The best way to do that is to get involved in your community. Being involved in on- and off-campus 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 to help you get involved and to truly make Laurier your home away from home. 

Seven Ways to Get Involved at Laurier

1: Stop By for Lunch

Laurier International hosts a free drop-in lunch every month during the academic year for new international students. Enjoy lunch in a relaxed, social environment at our offices and meet other new students as well as Laurier International staff, International Student Leaders (ISL) and International Peer Mentor (IPM). Lunches run from noon to 1:30 p.m. You can stay for the entire time or just briefly stop by.

2: Experience the Canadian Outdoors

Twice a year, international students have the opportunity to experience the Canadian outdoors through activities such as canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and to learn about Canadian history through Canada’s Indigenous people.

Visit the Laurier International offices in Waterloo or Brantford to learn more and to sign up for the event.

3: Volunteer

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!

4: Become a Student Leader

Upper-year international students can apply to become an ISL in Waterloo or an IPM in Brantford. You are paired with incoming international students to help orient them with life at Laurier and provide guidance throughout the school year. You are an important resource for first-year students as you are trained in university services, mentoring, leadership, mental health issues.

Apply through Navigator in February of each year.

5: Tell Your Story Through Video and Photography

Educate the Laurier community about international students through video and photography with the Filmmakers' Guild. Get hands-on experience creating and producing videos as well as participating in photo shoots in a fun, supportive, and collaborative environment.

6: Understand and Communicate Across Cultures

Intercultural and socio-cultural training is offered to both international and domestic students to provide understanding and communication across cultures. These programs teach appropriate interpersonal interactions in academic, social and career settings. You will also learn how to apply this information for best results in the new culture.

You can take the six-module Intercultural Certificate and receive credit on your experience record.

7: Attend Events and Join Groups on Your Campus

In addition to events and groups through Laurier International, you can also get involved with one of the many campus-wide clubs and associationsintramural and club sports or varsity athletics.

Looking for Something Else?

If you are still not sure what is right for you, come by the Laurier International offices and hang out in our lounge area. It is a great place to meet new people and learn more about ways you can get involved.

Join Activities from Laurier International

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. Attend a total of eight sessions to get a designation on your Laurier Experience Record.

 

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, including:

  • semi-formals
  • hockey games
  • international movie nights
  • Chinese New Year's dinners

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 in a relaxed setting!

SPEAK sessions run throughout the year and we will update you on the latest dates in our weekly newsletter. You do not need to register for these sessions. Attend a total of 10 sessions, to 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 host and participate in 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.

Game Night

Join us for an evening of 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. No registration is required to participate.

Everyone who joins game night 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 and Immigration Services. The event is held on Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Digital Library and Learning Commons.