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International Orientation

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.

Our student data shows a positive difference in the preparedness and academic success for students who participated in orientation. Get an early start to your success in Canada.

If you have questions regarding International Orientation please contact laurierinternational@wlu.ca (Waterloo) or lbinternational@wlu.ca (Brantford).

Student Experiences with International Orientation

Note: International Orientation was formerly a week.