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International Orientation

Fall International Orientation

Preparations for fall International Orientation (IO) are under way and we look forward to welcoming the new class of Golden Hawks!

Fall 2018 international orientation will run from Friday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Registration and schedule information for IO on both campuses will be available soon.

If you participate in IO, you can move into residence early, on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2018. Temporary accommodations are available if you need somewhere to stay before moving into residence.

Campus-wide Orientation Week (O-Week) begins after IO and all new international students are encouraged to attend.

International Orientation 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!

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.

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.

Registration for International Orientation will open soon.

Orientation Week

Orientation Week (O-Week) is run by the Student Union and runs from Sept. 2-8, 2018. 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

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.