We know that the transition to university can be a stressful time for some students, especially when you are moving to a new country and a new learning environment. At Laurier, we are committed to supporting you every step of the way, from your transition to Canada and Laurier through graduation and beyond.
The International Student Support team has created several programs to make you feel comfortable and part of the community on campus right away.
For more on getting adjusted culturally, see Cultural Success.
Pre-Arrival Guide and International Student Handbook
No doubt you have hundreds of questions about what you need to prepare and what life will be like on campus and in Canada. Our Pre-Arrival Guide and International Student Handbook are designed to answer those questions and put your mind at rest.
Updated online annually, the guide focuses on answering important questions about resources on campus and in the community and provides information about arrival dates, visas, important things to take care of before leaving, and orientation programming information. Before you arrive on campus you will have all the information you need to plan your departure, arrival and early settlement into life at Laurier.
At Laurier, we begin to provide you with the resources that will contribute to your academic success as soon as you arrive on campus. International Orientation (IO) is a chance for you to meet other international and Canadian students, participate in social activities and get important information on the skills crucial for your transition to a new life here.
International Orientation continues throughout the year, with catch-up orientation taking place during fall reading week for students who were not able to attend IO, and in January and May for new students.
We also host monthly drop-in lunches and "Meet-Your-Mentor" dinners for new students so you can meet your mentors and the staff of Laurier International in a relaxed, social environment.
International Student Advising
International Student Advisors (ISAs) are actively involved in supporting your cultural transition, mental health, academic success and career development during your time at Laurier. They are your key contact on campus and can help you acquire the knowledge and skills needed for success and well-being while studying in Canada.
ISAs help students deal with challenges related to their academic and social/cultural adjustment and they are the frontline support for students who face financial, medical, legal, academic or other crises. They are able to support you and provide information on many areas including procedures and regulations, life skills, academic transition and social/cultural needs. ISAs attend activities and events organized by Laurier International and are available for drop-in and scheduled appointments.
Academic Transition Workshops
In response to student challenges, Laurier International developed a series of workshops designed to help students transition to the new academic system and structure at the university.
Group sessions with first- and fourth-year students identified a number of areas that students would benefit from learning, including note taking, writing skills, effective reading, critical thinking, group work, effective use of resources, familiarity with academic program, and academic integrity. You can register for these sessions throughout the year.