International Orientation (IO) is your way to explore Laurier’s campus and the cities of Waterloo and Brantford before the start of your academics here at Laurier. This program takes place from Sept. 2-5, 2016.
Only students who participate in International Orientation are able to move in to their residence on Sept. 2 and are encouraged to do so. This will give incoming students extra time to get oriented with the community and settle in their new home, allowing them time to get a health card, OneCard, groceries, etc. Other students are not able to move in until Sept. 4 or 5 (Waterloo campus) or Sept. 5 (Brantford campus).
International Orientation is free for all participants (undergraduate, graduate, exchange and pre-MBA).
Expectations and Details
Students will be expected to attend all sessions offered during the orientation period. There will be information sessions and workshops specifically designed to make sure that you have the knowledge and skills you need to have a positive and successful first-year experience at Laurier. There will also be organized social activities, giving you an opportunity to meet and make new friends before the start of the school year. Access to International Orientation will ensure that international students are given an opportunity to network with the entire incoming Laurier community.
Note: Orientation Week for all first-year students, which is run by the Students' Union, is Sept. 5-10, 2016. If you are a first-year student, you are expected to participate in this as well. There is a fee for Orientation Week.
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Student Experiences with International Orientation
Note: International Orientation was formerly a week.
Parker Zhang (Honours Economics, Class of 2014)
"The IO Week was a great opportunity for me to make new friends from all over the world. It was also a great transition opportunity for incoming international students to get engaged. The workshop and activities give us a direction for what university life looks like before it really starts. One of my best IO Week memories is the trip to Niagara Falls!"
Joshua Awolade (International Peer Mentor 2014-2015)
"IO Week was great for me because it allowed me to settle down before the rush of Orientation Week. I appreciated the small group size and calm setting. In a few hours, I was making friends from around the world! I was also able to get familiar with the campus early on. I definitely recommend it to new students."