75 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5, Canada
For more than a century, Laurier has been known for academic excellence. But we’ve also been dedicated to the philosophy that our students’ success is measured through more than grades – it’s based on the quality of the lives they lead, and those they inspire. Laurier’s two campuses are in Waterloo and Brantford, but we also have a Faculty of Social Work in nearby Kitchener and a weekend MBA program in Toronto. In all, we have 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Kitchener-Waterloo, with a population of about 350,000, is small enough to be safe and easy to navigate but large enough to offer great art, music, restaurants and other big-city amenities.
With the university’s size, Laurier is large enough to provide various clubs, programs, and career opportunities; yet small enough to maintain the tight-knit community feel, outstanding student experience and to ensure access to faculty and resources available on campus. Our small class sizes allow more opportunities for extra help, increased discussion and student involvement. But no matter where you study at Laurier, you’re a Golden Hawk, which means you’re part of a tight-knit, supportive community that knows how to aim high, work hard and take advantage of some truly amazing opportunities to make a difference.
Wilfrid Laurier University is devoted to excellence in learning, research, scholarship and creativity. It challenges people to become engaged and aware citizens of an increasingly complex world. It fulfills its mission by advancing knowledge, supporting and enhancing high-quality undergraduate, graduate and professional education, and emphasizing co-curricular development of the whole student.
Our commitment is to justice and sustainability now and in the future, so we strive to ignite the minds, spirits and hearts of our communities through excellence in teaching and learning, in the discovery, scholarly exploration, and application of new ideas, and in instilling the courage to engage and challenge the world in all its complexity.
In-class learning is only part of the educational equation. Putting knowledge to work in the world is a hallmark of the Laurier experience. Integrated and engaged learning opportunities such as co-op work terms and community service are designed to help students relate what they learn in the classroom to what they experience outside of it, then coming full circle by bringing their real-world experiences back to the classroom. It’s about forming a foundation of service that our students continue long after graduation.
Our innovative programs in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work and education cover a broad spectrum. At their heart, though, they reflect a common purpose: Laurier’s determination to address global social, health and environmental problems and advance creative pursuits.
Full-time undergraduate and postgraduate international students can work anywhere on and off campus for up to 20 hours per week without a work permit.
The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.
Even if you do NOT meet our minimum English requirement (IELTS or TOEFL), you still can get conditionally accepted in the program of your choice with the condition of completing our English program prior to starting your chosen program.
Cooperative education (or co-operative education) is a method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. A cooperative education experience (“co-op”), provides academic credit for structured job experience. Co-ops are full-time, paid or unpaid positions.
Students need to plan their accommodations well in advance of their arrival in Canada & the USA as all accommodation options fill up quickly, well before the start of the semester.
On-Campus Residence Accommodations: On-Campus residence accommodations are provided per discretion by the school.
Off-Campus Accommodations: The local area has a variety of off-campus rental housing options including single homes, duplexes, apartments and rooms for rent. Students wishing to live off-campus need to research availability on their own and should arrive well before the start of term to do so.
Avg Cost of Tuition per Year: CAD$ 24,13
Cost of Living/Year: CAD$ 11,000
Estimated Total per Year: CAD$ 35,132
At Laurier, we share a deep commitment to research and learning within a culture that supports and celebrates teaching and research excellence. It’s what allows our instructors to engage and inspire tomorrow’s leaders in classes that tackle big ideas but are small enough for faculty to know your name. It’s also what binds us across our nine faculties, 19,000 students, and locations in Waterloo, Brantford, Milton, Kitchener, Toronto and China.
Laurier offers an exceptional range and depth of study. Our students can choose from more than 100 academic programs, taught by award-winning faculty.
Our faculty are not just people who stand in front of a lecture hall. They explore student-centred learning and collaborative teaching in active learning classrooms, taking learning beyond the classroom walls into the community. They are leaders, innovators and trendsetters who work to actively engage their students – helping you to find your passion, connect with your learning material, and focus on your personal growth.
Laurier offers plenty of opportunities to do hands-on research, whether you want to work with nanomaterials or disadvantaged children. Our faculty members pride themselves on their mentoring skills and it’s not unusual to see world-class professors working closely with motivated students, both undergraduate and graduate.
Laurier offers a broad range of full- and part-time graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine faculties and one federated institution. While our faculties and schools offer programming at multiple campuses and locations, they are based at the following locations: