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Transitioning to Canadian University Life

The transition to university is an exciting time, but it can also be challenging for some students, especially when you are moving to a new country and a new learning environment. We are committed to supporting you every step of the way, from the moment you arrive in Canada and at Laurier through to graduation and beyond. There are a variety of resources and programs available to you to help you feel comfortable and part of the community on campus right away.

There may also be words and phrases used at Laurier that you haven't heard before. Our glossary of terms can help you better understand these terms.

International Student Advising

Our International Student Advisors (ISAs) are actively involved in supporting your transition and settlement 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 are available to meet with you to discuss your academic success, socio-cultural transition, health and well-being, and career development and are also the frontline support for students who face financial, medical, legal, academic or other crises. They can also provide support on university procedures and regulations as well as immigration support.

ISAs coordinate and organize activities and events through Laurier International and are available for both drop-in and scheduled appointments.

To learn more about what an ISA can do for you, visit us at the Laurier International offices in Waterloo or Brantford.

You can also meet with an academic advisor for additional guidance and support, and for help developing your academic plan.

Transition Advising Program

Transition advising, also called proactive advising, is a process of engaged and guided self-reflection on your strengths and challenges, and ensures that you are using all the support systems available at Laurier.

Proactive advising is for first-year students who are at risk of going on academic probation or being required to withdraw from the university, according to academic regulations. The Transition Advising Program will keep students invested in their studies and help ensure academic success. 

Intercultural and Socio-Cultural Training

Intercultural and socio-cultural training is offered to both international and domestic students to provide understanding and communication across cultures. These programs increase effective and constructive behavioural output, and actively engage you in the practices of the new culture and social setting.

These programs teach appropriate interpersonal interactions in academic, social and career settings, as well as how to apply these competencies for best results in the new culture.

You can take the six-module Intercultural Certificate and, upon completion, receive credit on your experience record.

Canadian Outdoor

Twice a year, in both the fall and winter, international students have the opportunity to experience the Canadian outdoors through activities such as canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and to learn about Canadian history through Canada’s Indigenous people.

For more information, and to sign up for this event, visit the Laurier International office in Waterloo or Brantford.