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International Orientation

Winter International Orientation

For international students starting at Laurier in the winter term, we are hosting a day of international orientation events and programming to help you get the best possible start to your time in Canada and at Laurier. Events are taking place on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

Winter International Orientation will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 starting at 10 a.m., in The Turret, on the 3rd floor of the Fred Nichols Campus Centre.

This full day of activities will cover subjects like academic success, Canadian culture, study permits and visas, personal safety, and many other important topics. Both lunch and dinner will be provided.

If you will be living on campus, the Department of Residence will contact you with information about where to pick up your keys. The earliest date you can move into residence is Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Please note that January 1 (New Year’s Day) is a holiday in Canada, and many stores and businesses will be closed that day.

If you arrive in Canada prior to the date you can move into your accommodations, whether you are living on campus or off campus, there are a variety of short-term accommodation options available.

Please register in advance for Winter International Orientation. We look forward to seeing you in January!

The Brantford campus is hosting a Welcome Dinner and Information Session on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 starting at 5 p.m., in DC116 (Dalhousie Centre).

Students will be able to enjoy a free dinner at Laurier International’s office, and will have the opportunity to meet the International Student Advisor, as well as learn important information on subjects such as personal safety, academic success, Canadian culture, study permits and visas, and many more helpful topics. Students who plan to attend should email Teeba Alsafar at to RSVP.

Fall International Orientation

International Orientation (IO) is a great way to explore the campus and local community, and meet new people, before your studies begin. IO is mandatory for all first-year international students, including undergraduate, graduate, exchange and pre-MBA students. Non-resident Canadian students are also invited to attend. There is no fee to attend IO.

IO is designed to help you learn about available resources on and off campus, to get you settled into your new environment and to ensure that you get the best start possible. It’s the perfect opportunity to make new friends and have some fun!

IO is followed by the university-wide Orientation Week (O-Week), specifically for new, incoming undergraduate students.

What to Expect During IO

During IO, you will attend several workshops and participate in a variety of social activities hosted by Laurier International staff, staff from other departments at Laurier and Laurier International student staff. Our student staff includes International Student Leaders (ISLs) in Waterloo and International Peer Mentors (IPMs) in Brantford.

If you participate in IO, you can also move into residence on Sept. 1, giving you a chance to settle in before other students move into residence. There are temporary accommodations available if you need somewhere to stay before moving into residence.

Your IO Checklist

When you register on the first day of IO, you will receive a schedule of events as well as a checklist of important items to complete. Your checklist will include:

  • Taking a campus tour to find your classroom locations and to become more familiar with Laurier.
  • Getting your OneCard.
  • Setting up a bank account.
  • Learning more about the local transit systems in Waterloo or Brantford.
  • And much more!

If you have any questions about the items on the checklist, you can talk to any Laurier International staff member, or your ISL or IPM, for more information.

Register now for International Orientation in Waterloo or in Brantford.

Orientation Week

Orientation Week (O-Week) is run by the Student Union and runs from Sept. 4-9, 2017. First-year international students are strongly encouraged to join other first-year Laurier students and participate in O-Week. There is a fee associated with O-Week. There will be activities and information workshops designed to make sure you have the knowledge and skills you need to have a positive and successful first-year.

During O-Week, you can:

  • Learn more about Laurier's clubs and organizations.
  • Attend the athletics showcase to find out what the athletics groups have to offer.
  • Hear from the Students' Union.
  • Have fun getting to know other first-year undergraduate students at Laurier!

Student Experiences with International Orientation