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International Orientation

Each term, we host a day of international orientation (IO) events and programming to help you get the best possible start to your time in Canada and at Laurier. Events take place in Waterloo and Brantford.

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.

What to Expect During IO

  • Participate in workshops about academic success in Canada.
  • Learn about study permits and working in Canada.
  • Meet advisors, student mentors, new friends and faculty.
  • Socialize at events with free food and great company!
  • Get the best possible start to your studies at Laurier.

Winter International Orientation

For students beginning their studies in the winter term, winter International Orientation will take place on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Our orientation programming will be tailored for undergraduate degree-seeking students as well as exchange students who are starting their studies at Laurier in January 2020.

The day-long programming will include icebreaker activities, a campus tour, resource fair of campus services, what to expect in the Canadian classroom and immigration information for degree-seeking students. Lunch will be provided and there will be great prizes to be won!

Registration is now open for Waterloo. No registration is required for Brantford.


Fall International Orientation

For students beginning their studies in fall 2019, IO will take place from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, which is just before the university-wide Orientation Week (O-Week). We encourage you to participate in O-Week, as it is a great way to meet other first-year students and to learn more about all Laurier has to offer. IO and O-Week are both free to attend.

We encourage you to arrive on campus on Friday, Aug. 30 to participate in IO programming. 

If you participate in IO, and have been assigned a room in residence, you can move into residence early. Temporary accommodations are available if you need somewhere to stay before moving into residence.

Volunteer for Fall IO

Laurier International is looking for enthusiastic volunteer to help us run IO. Volunteers will assist incoming students with their arrival to Laurier, as well as assist Laurier International staff with event logistics. Some of the tasks may include:

  • Assisting with student registration.
  • Attending social events with students.
  • Guiding students to their residence and various locations across campus.
  • Facilitating group discussions among students during activities.
  • Setting up and taking down events.

This is a great way to get involved on campus and to help provide incoming students with the best possible start to their time at Laurier. All volunteers will also receive recognition on their Laurier Experience Record.

If you are interested in volunteering at IO, email us at and let us know why you want to volunteer. You can also include any previous experience that would help you be successful in this volunteer role, but it's not required.