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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
December 22, 2014
 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions



 

Contact Information

International Admissions
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON
N2L 3C5
Canada

Email: international@wlu.ca

Fax: 1-519-884-0618

 
Can I work in Canada while I study?

Students are allowed to work in Canada. While you are studying you are allowed to work 20 hours a week. Minimum wage in Canada is $10.50 per hour. In the summer you are typically off for a 4 month break during which you can work full time. Unique to Canada is the ability for International students to stay and work here for three years following graduation. One year after you have graduated and been working full time you can apply for citizenship.

 
Applying to WLU

If you want to apply to more than one university in Ontario you can apply through Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). If the only university you are applying to is Wilfrid Laurier in Ontario then you can apply directly from our website https://horizon.ouac.on.ca/apply/wluint/.The deadline to apply is May 1st. Once you have applied you can scan and email a copy of your required documents which includes any university or college transcripts, English proficiency test scores, and high school transcripts to international@wlu.ca .This will save time as we are able to issue offers based on scans. If you decide to accept an offer from Laurier one of the conditions on your offer will be to provide us with official documents sent directly from the issuing school or center. This will save you time and the cost of mailing them for the time being. The deadline for transcripts is May 1st but I do not suggest waiting that long as our admissions team will not be able to make a decision on your application without this.

Webpage: /page.php?grp_id=1928&p=6335

 
What category do I apply under on the OUAC site?

You should complete the 101 application if you meet all of the following requirements:

* You are taking courses during the day at an Ontario secondary school (this includes students returning for second semester and graduated students returning to upgrade one or more courses).

* You have not, at some point, been out of secondary school for more than seven consecutive months.

* You will have received or expect to receive your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U/M courses at the end of the current year.

* You have not attended a postsecondary (college/university/career college) institution.

* You are applying to the first year of an undergraduate degree program or diploma program at an Ontario university.

You will complete the OUAC 105D application if you:

* Currently reside in Canada (Canadian citizens, permanent residents or those currently studying in Canada on a study permit or other visa) OR

* Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident living elsewhere (not in Canada) AND

* Are not currently attending an Ontario secondary school in a day program.

You will complete the OUAC 105F (International) application if you:

* Currently reside outside of Canada AND

* are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident AND

* are not currently attending an Ontario secondary school (in Ontario or abroad) in a day program.

 
Transfer Credits

Unfortunately, it is hard to say how many of your credits would transfer to your Laurier degree. We typically do transfer credit assessment over the summer. Transfer credit assessment depends on what courses you took (we would need to see your full course descriptions), the grade you received, and whether we offer a similar course or not. Typically students receive a year or less worth of transfer credit. If you have a C+ in the class (or equivalent) and it is an academic course you should receive a credit.

 
Required Documents to be sent with your application

Unofficial Transcripts

These are transcripts that are mailed or e-mailed to Laurier directly from you. These documents will be recorded as unofficial. Unofficial documents are enough for issuing a conditional offer. If you decide to accept an offer from Laurier one of the conditions on your offer will be to provide us with official documents sent directly from the issuing school or center. This will save you time and the cost of mailing them for the time being.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from your previous secondary and/or post-secondary school(s) must be sent directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope that has not been opened prior to reaching the Admissions Office at Laurier. If original documents are written in a language other than English, you must provide notarized literal translations.

Transcripts must be up-to-date and will NOT be returned to the applicant. If you are sending a transcript that contains courses currently in progress we will need to see updated final transcripts when those courses are completed.

Official Course Descriptions

If you have previously attended a post-secondary institution and are seeking transfer credit, you must send official detailed course descriptions for all courses completed.

Acceptable types of course descriptions include:

  1. A course calendar/catalogue from the university or college you attended
  2. A photocopy of the relevant pages from a course calendar/catalogue (please include a copy of the front cover)
  3. The URL from the institution’s web site that contain the course descriptions (the web address must indicate the name of the institution)
  4. A faxed copy of any of the above
  5. A faxed or mailed copy of the course outlines (syllabi) sent directly from the institution in a sealed envelope
  6. An email attachment containing the course descriptions, sent directly from the institution

Proof of English Proficiency

·         Students whose first language is not English will be requested to submit English Language Test results. Scans can be sent for a conditional officer but official results have to be sent from the testing center to be able to accept an offer.

·         You can be exempt from a language test if your official transcripts shows a minimum of 3 years in an all English curriculum. You will need to submit a school profile in addition to your transcripts. An official school profile or web link showing the school’s curriculum must be emailed to international@wlu.ca . Your application will not be processed until we receive such proof. ESL studies within the three years of academic study will not be included.

School Profile

You will only need to submit a school profile if you have studied in an all English curriculum school for a minimum of 3 years and want to be exempt from submitting an English test score.

List of Activities

If there has been a break in your studies we may require a letter or email outlining what you have been doing with your time off. This can be sent to international@wlu.ca.

 
English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS we require 6.5 overall with no band requirments

TOEFL we require 83 overall with a minimum of 20 in each section

Language Test

Minimum Score

TOEFL

83 with a minimum of 20 in each section

IELTS

6.5

MELAB

85

CAEL

70 with a minimum of 60 in each section

Pearson Test of Language Proficiency

59

 
LEAF - Study English Program

The LEAF Program is an academic English program for students who meet Wilfrid Laurier University's academic requirements but not Laurier's English proficiency requirements.  Students can study academic English in the LEAF Program starting with any level of English.  No TOEFL or IELTS scores are needed. 

If you are applying through OUAC then check off the LEAF box. If you are applying through the Laurier website, email international@wlu.ca to let us know you would like to start with LEAF. We will then email you a from to fill out and return.

My TOEFL score is not high enough, what do I do now?

If you English test scores are not high enough or you are not planning on taking the test, you can receive a conditional offer to Laurier if you let us know you are interested in our LEAF (ESL) program. If you are applying through OUAC then check off the LEAF box. If you are applying through the Laurier website, email international@wlu.ca to let us know you would like to start with LEAF. The condition would be that once you graduate from LEAF, you can go directly into the academic program you were offered. Here is a link to some more information about our LEAF(ESL)  program online /page.php?grp_id=1928&p=16638 It's a 5 level program and we will test you when you arrive to see which level you should start in.

Webpage: /page.php?grp_id=1928&p=16638

 
What is the status of my application?

Laurier's ONLINE VIEWING feature will allow you to view your application status, keep track of the documents we require from you and view admission decisions - details will be provided via email and on this site when we start receiving applications from OUAC. To access on-line viewing, you will need:

·         Your Laurier ID number, it would have been emailed to you. If you have your OUAC number, you can derive your Laurier ID from it. If your OUAC number is (ie. 2013-680012) Take away the first two digits and add an zero at the end. Your Laurier ID would be 13680020

·         Your PIN number, this is your date of birth in the order of month-day-year, two digits each, for a total of six digits.  For example, if your date of birth is December 31, 1993, your PIN should be entered as 123193.


What is my Laurier ID?

Your Laurier ID number would have been emailed to you. Sometimes our emails get directed to students junk mail boxes so please check there for our emails. If you have your OUAC number, you can derive your Laurier ID from it. If your OUAC number is (ie. 2013-680012) Take away the first two digits and add an zero at the end. Your Laurier ID would be 13680020

What is my LORIS Pin?

Your PIN number, this is your date of birth in the order of month-day-year, two digits each, for a total of six digits.  For example, if your date of birth is December 31, 1993, your PIN should be entered as 123193.

I've sent my transcripts in but it isn't showing up on Online Viewing, where are they?

When a student submits a request for transcripts to be sent from the issuing institution, it can take two to three weeks for documentation to be received at Laurier and an additional two weeks for it to be processed once it is in our office. If you have sent them it is likely they are waiting in queue to be processed. Your Online Viewing account will be updated as soon as we have received and processed your transcripts. 

Webpage: https:///homepage.php?grp_id=2256 & https://telaris.wlu.ca/ssb_prod/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon

 
Studying Business at WLU

What do I need to get into Business?

What is required for studying Business at Laurier is English & Math at a minimum of 70% and an average of your top 5 classes to be mid to high 80's. We will also need your english language test scores, IELTS at a 6.5 and TOEFL at 83 with a minimum of 20 in each section.

We have different requirements for students that are applying from an Ontario High School. For students in Ontario we require English at 70%; Advanced functions at 70%; one of Calculus & Vectors or Data Management and an average of your top 6, 4U/4M (including the required classes) to be high 80’s.

Can I transfer into Business after first year?

It is a competitive process to transfer into the business program after your first year of studies in another program. You will be assessed on your first year grades, you must have taken the first year prerequisites for Business and admission is based on space in the program. Here is a document that outlines transferring into Business at Laurier /documents/33277/Transfer_into_BBA._students_at_another_university.pdf

Does Laurier have an Accounting program?

Accounting is a specialization under our Business & Economics programs

Business /page.php?grp_id=65&p=1342

Economics /page.php?grp_id=65&p=1341

Laurier has one of Canada's largest Business programs with a strength in Accounting. Laurier graduates have achieved more gold medals than any other Canadian university at the national and provincial level, on the Canadian Chartered Accountants' Uniform Evaluation in the past 20 years. We offer the largest Business coop program (a work study program) in Canada. Our Coop students have the opportunity of working for any of the big 4 accounting firms (Ernst & Young, KPMG, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Deloitte.

What are the requirements for Laurier’s Business & Accounting Diploma programs?

Prior to admission to the program, students must have completed: BU205/EC205, BU227, BU247, EC120, and EC140, or equivalent courses. As long as you have completed those courses (or equivalent) it should take one year to complete the diploma. Therefore you would pay one year of international student fees /page.php?grp_id=1928&p=6568 If you don't have those courses before coming to Laurier you would be admitted into post-degree studies and start by completing those courses before starting the diploma. Here is a link to the diploma outline online /calendars/program.php?cal=1&d=1079&p=2197&s=503&y=53

Webpage: http://wlu.ca/homepage.php?grp_id=356

 
Tuition & Scholarships

How much does it cost to study at Laurier?

Here is a link to the fee outline /page.php?grp_id=1928&p=6568 these fees are for 8 months of study. Two academic terms of 4 months each the first runs from September-December and the second from January-April. You actually pay half your fees in August for the first semester and half in December for the second semester. Students have a 4 month summer break from May-August where you can stay in Canada and work full time or you could of course return to your home country.

Do you have any International Scholarships?

Here is a link to our fees and scholarship list online /page.php?grp_id=1928&p=6568 we do offer scholarships anywhere from $750-$21400 and you can receive more than one. Here is a page with more detail on each scholarship /page.php?grp_id=2548&p=21279

 
Now that I have an offer, what do I do?

1. Accept WLU ’s offer by June 1st (unless otherwise noted).

2. Apply to residence by June 1st

3. Obtain your study permit:

In order to study in Canada, you will require a study permit. You will require your letter of admission to Laurier in order to apply for your study permit. Contact a Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to obtain an application.

Application processing time can take up to three months in some countries, so we encourage you to apply for your study permit well in advance of your program start date. For complete information on immigration and application requirements, visit the Government of Canada website at cic.gc.ca.

4. Register for classes (September & January) starting May 1st

5. Register for International Orientation Week by visiting the Laurier International

website at wlu.ca/international.

 
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