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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.

Your First Day Checklist

  • Take a campus tour to find your classroom locations and to become more familiar with Laurier.
  • Get your OneCard.
  • Set up a bank account.
  • Learn the local transit systems in Waterloo and Brantford.
  • Grab dinner with new friends.

Winter IO

For students beginning their studies in the winter term, IO will take place in Waterloo on Friday, Jan. 4 and in Brantford on Monday, Jan. 7.

Fall IO

For students beginning their studies in the fall, IO takes place just before the university-wide Orientation Week (O-Week) in September. 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.

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.