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International Orientation

Fall International Orientation

International Orientation is a great way to explore the campus and local community, and meet new people, before your studies begin. 

Fall 2018 International Orientation will run from Friday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Registration for International Orientation will open on June 1, 2018.

IO is mandatory for all first-year international students and is followed by 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.

If you participate in IO, and have been assigned a room in residence, 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.

What to Expect During IO

  • Workshops about academic success in Canada.
  • Learn about study permits and working in Canada.
  • Meet advisors, student mentors, new friends and faculty.
  • Social events and free food!
  • 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 or Brantford.
  • Dinner - and fun - with new friends!

Winter and Spring International Orientation

For international students starting at Laurier in the winter and spring terms, we host 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 take place on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.