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Study abroad at Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University is a fantastic institution situated in the beautiful Canadian province of Ontario. It has three wonderful campuses located in Waterloo, Brantford, and Kitchener.

International students will get the education and experience they need to succeed in all aspects of life at Wilfrid Laurier University. It offers great programs across numerous disciplines - there’s everything from accounting to music.

The University’s gorgeous campuses house a range of brilliant facilities for international students to enjoy like modern classrooms, a lovely library, helpful health and wellbeing services, and vibrant social zones to name a few.

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Why study at Wilfrid Laurier University?

  • Gain invaluable career skills

    The University has the largest business work experience program in Canada

  • Highly ranked

    Wilfrid Laurier is in the top 6% of universities worldwide (Centre for World University Rankings 2021)

  • Great location

    Canada is a popular study destination with lots of career opportunities

  • Powerful alumni network

    Connect with over 105,000 alumni in over 100 countries

Life as an international student

Wilfrid Laurier University attracts a broad range of international students from all four corners of the world. There are currently over 1,500 overseas students currently enrolled at the University - the atmosphere on campus is very multicultural.

All undergraduate students are guaranteed a place to live at one of the University’s excellent student residence buildings. The housing office can happily provide guidance and resources to help you choose the right place to live.

The University’s staff provides professional, respectful, and compassionate support to overseas students. They’re always available to help you with anything you need no matter how big or small the query.

Student reviews for Wilfrid Laurier University

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    Wilfrid Laurier University Business Administration
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    Nice, it is the best university. They care about students and about their ideas.
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    Wilfrid Laurier University Business Management
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    Good communication. Abundant study facilities. And an extensive network that allows students to attend classes.
  • Hanna Sue Percy
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    Wilfrid Laurier University Education
    Tell us about Wilfrid Laurier University
    Wilfrid Laurier is an amazing campus that is relatively small. It is small enough where professors will know you by name and you get to know your classmates but big enough where you are always meeting new people and finding new friends. There are endless clubs and associations you are able to join so you always have a chance to meet like minded individuals with the same interests as you. Residence offered in first year is very nice and no more than a 10 minute walk away which may not sound like a big deal but as soon as there is snow on the ground, proximity to campus is a huge factor.
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    Wilfrid Laurier University Business Administration
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    Have many resources to support, however very slow in replying to emails
  • Sashini Kothalawalage
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    Wilfrid Laurier University Economics
    Tell us about Wilfrid Laurier University
    Laurier is home to about 19000 students and has campuses in Waterloo, Brantford, and another one currently in construction at Milton. Since its a relatively small campus, it is easy to navigate the space and also meet new friends. The professors are really helpful and always want the students to succeed. They have office hours every week so that students can get their doubts clarified by speaking one-on-one to the professor. However, university life can be hard and that's why we have lots of support for students both academically and experience-wise. Some of the supports and facilities I love and have used are Academic Advising, Athletic Centre, Wellness Centre, Math & Stat Support, etc. Furthermore, Laurier International, the international student office on campus supports students settling in Canada by providing an International orientation, advising appointments, and hosting events such as multi-cultural galas, snow tubing, trips to Niagara, etc.

What Wilfrid Laurier University says

  • Lydia Wang

    Lydia Wang

    Wilfrid Laurier University Regional Manager
    Lydia Wang says

    Wilfrid Laurier University recognizes the perspectives and experiences that international students bring to our campuses. We encourage students to bring their heritage and unique identity to their university education while providing opportunities for them to experience Canadian customs and traditions.

    We also offer specialized services and supports to ensure our international students feel welcome and included in our friendly, diverse community.

    The best thing about Laurier is our community and how it creates an exceptional student experience. Our focus on academic excellence means that students will have an exceptional education but our faculty to student ratio is 1:25, meaning students will get to know their professors and smaller class sizes for labs and tutorials allows students to connect with one other.

    Our campus in Waterloo provides students with everything they need to learn, study, live, eat and work while also getting to know other students and staff. Our Brantford campus is built into the city’s downtown core, which creates community connections with business and services and provides unique opportunities for experiential learning and work experiences.

    Laurier’s focus on community and the student experience has resulted in the university being recognized for student satisfaction, including being ranked #1 in the Maclean’s University Rankings for four consecutive years.

    Laurier offers several specialized services and supports for international students. Our International Student Advisors plan orientation events for international students and support their academic transition to Laurier and are certified to provide immigration advising and support.

    Further academic supports include academic advising, which helps students meet the requirements of their program; writing services and support; math and statistics support; and study skills and course support.

    To support career planning and development, Laurier has a Career Consultant who specializes in the employment needs of international students and offers one-on-one career counseling. And our campus communities include over 250 student-run clubs and organizations that international students can join to meet other students with shared interests, cultural backgrounds, and academic goals.

    95% of 2020 international graduates secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies, which highlights the success of our international students after studying at Laurier.

    Our international student graduates have gone on to a variety of successful careers, including Business Analyst, Software Developer, Operations Manager, E-Commerce Manager, Platform Reliability Engineer and many more. Graduates have also found success in creating their own businesses or pursuing further education, either at Laurier or other universities in Canada.

Student Life & Facilities

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    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program
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    • Physiotherapy
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    • Emergency Contraception
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  • Praying Rooms
    • Group Praying Rooms
    • Chaplaincy
    • Pre sessional English Academic skills courses
    • Individual Praying Rooms
  • Fitness Centre
    • Fitness Classes
    • Machines
    • Spin Studio
    • Swimming Pool
    • Dance Studio
    • Free Weights
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Campus parking
    • Bike Rental
  • Library
    • Computer labs
    • Museum
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
    • Individual Study Rooms
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    • Loan Laptops
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Fees and funding

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition: from CAD$32,251 to CAD$40,209 per year


Laurier Scholars Award

  • The prestigious Laurier Scholars Award is an annual entrance scholarship that was established in 2021 to offer high-achieving students the opportunity to participate in a dynamic learning environment that will foster innovative thinking and ethical, visionary leadership. Seven students will be selected to receive a $40,000 entrance scholarship. The Laurier Scholars Award includes $7,500 per year for up to four years and an experiential learning award of $10,000.
  • Amount: CAD$40,000 over four years

Inspiring Lives Scholarships

  • Several scholarships are awarded each year to incoming international undergraduate students who inspire lives of leadership and purpose in their communities and through extracurricular activities.

Entrance Scholarships

  • Entrance scholarships and awards are available to students entering their first year of a full-time program at Laurier who have no previous attendance at post-secondary educational institutions. You must be registered full time (2.0 credits minimum per term) to receive the full entrance scholarship amount and you must be registered in two terms within your first academic year. At Laurier, an academic year is from September to August.
  • Amount: Up to CAD$6,000

President´s Gold Scholarship

  • If your average is 95% or higher, you will be awarded with the President's Gold Scholarship, which is worth $4,000 (increasing to $6,00 CAD in fall 2024), for your first year at Laurier. If you maintain the eligibility requirements, you will receive another $4,000 per year for four years.
  • Amount: Up to CAD$6,000


Wilfrid Laurier University

20 Charlotte St, Brantford, ON, Canada

Wilfrid Laurier University’s campuses are situated in amazing student-friendly locations. International students living and studying in Ontario can enjoy a wealth of restaurants, shops, social venues, tourist attractions, and so much more.

Visa requirements for Wilfrid Laurier University

Many international students will require a visa to study in Canada, and this is a vital step in your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

Canada student visa requirements