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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!

Fall 2018 International Orientation Schedule

Please note this schedule is subject to change.

Friday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m to 8:30 p.m.

Your first official day at Laurier! You will move into your new home in residence, sign in with Laurier International for International Orientation (IO), receive your welcome package from Laurier International and be able to tour your new campus and city.

The day will end with your official IO welcome, where you will meet other new students. Dinner will be provided.

Saturday, Sept. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We will cover a variety of topics today, including what to expect at Laurier, health and wellness, safety on and off campus, and your immigration status. The day will end with a picnic in the park and your chance to try different foods (for free!) at our Food Truck Festival.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Sunday, Sept. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

You will be able to explore the many ways you can get involved at Laurier and learn about the many people and departments who are here to support you.

You will also be able to sign up for a trip to Niagara Falls, one of Canada's Natural Wonders, on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Monday, Sept. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

This day is dedicated to your academics at Laurier. You will learn about the Canadian classroom and what will be expected from you to be successful.

A grab-and-go lunch will be provided.

 

We will also be hosting a President's Welcome on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 5-7 p.m.

International graduate students can also take part in Graduate Student Orientation, hosted by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Friday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Your first official day at Laurier! You will move into your new home in residence, sign in with Laurier International for International Orientation (IO), receive your welcome package from Laurier International and be able to tour your new campus. You will meet your International Peer Mentor, and the day will end with an official welcome dinner, where you will meet other new students and share a meal together.

Saturday, Sept. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

We will cover a variety of topics today, including information about your offer, career advising at Laurier, what to expect in the Canadian classroom, how to effectively manage your time, how to succeed with group work, and how to bounce back when you are facing failure. The day will end with a shopping trip to Walmart and the local mall so you can buy some things you may need while living in Canada.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Sunday, Sept. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You will earn about how to have a happy and healthy life in Canada. You can explore the many ways you can get involved at Laurier and learn about the many people and departments who are here to support you.

The day will end with a multicultural dinner where you will be able to try some foods from different cultures and restaurants around Brantford, and an activity fair with a variety of activities to choose from in the evening.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all provided.

Monday, Sept. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We will start with a hot, Canadian-style breakfast! Afterwards, you will learn important information about your immigration documents and you will experience what it is like to be an undergraduate student in a Canadian classroom. We will close our International Orientation with a closing ceremony and follow with information about the Students' Union's campus-wide orientation for the rest of the week.

Breakfast and a grab-and-go snack will be provided.

 

We will also be hosting a Senior Executive Officer Welcome for Laurier students on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

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.