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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
June 26, 2016

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How to Apply

A Brief Overview

Take a look at our How To Apply instructional Video

1. Fill out an application form

International students applying to Wilfrid Laurier Universityand other universities in Ontario should submit a 105Fapplication via the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC)

Internationalstudents interested in applying to Wilfrid Laurier University ONLY (including those studentsseeking English languageinstruction at LEAF prior to academic studies),should apply onlineusing thisWilfrid Laurier University applicationOntario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC)

2. Application deadlines

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible in order to allow sufficient time for processing and for you to obtain your study permit. Please be advised that spaces in the LEAF program are limited.

Applications for September 2015 entry should be received no later than May 1st, 2015. Students interested in January 2015 admission should check the website at the end of October 2014 for program and space availability.

3. Required Documents

In order for us to assess your eligibility for admission, Laurier requires the following documentation. Do not wait until the deadline to submit your documents, the earlier we receive your documents, the earlier we can consider you for admission.

  1. Transcripts - Official transcripts, in English, are required from all previously attended secondary and post-secondary schools. Transcripts should be mailed directly to Laurier's Admissions Office from the issuing institution. If you are currently completing courses, send a transcript showing your course enrolment and grades to date as soon as you apply, and then an updated transcript at the end of your semester.
  2. Proof of English proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English.
  3. Course descriptions - Laurier will require detailed information about all post-secondary courses you have taken in order to assess your eligibility for transfer credit.

*IMPORTANT* If you are currently not in full-time studies or if there are gaps in your academic history, ensure you fully completethe background information section on the online application (or provideour office with a resume or activity list)

Your admission assessment is based primarily on your academic transcripts. While we welcome documentationthat tells us about your extracurricular activities, it is entirely your option to include this supplementary information with your transcripts.

All required documents should be sent to Laurier's Admissions Office:

International Admissions Office
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, CANADA N2L 3C5.

4.Check your application status online

Once you have applied to Laurier, you will receive an email with your LORIS account login which will allow you to view your application status online and check to see that your documentation has been received.If you have not heard from us, please let us know and we will re-send your confirmation. You can reach us at or by calling 519.884.0710 x2698.

To ensure you receive our emails, please add to your address book or 'safe sender' list in your email account, as we will be communicating with you over the next few months on important deadlines and registration information.

5. Once you have received an offer

  1. Accept WLU's offer by June 2nd, 2014 (unless otherwise noted)
  2. Apply to residence by June 2nd, 2014
  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 3 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
  4. Register for classes (fall & winter terms) starting May 1st, 2014. Registration information will beprovided in amailing in May. You will also be able to view all registration information via the online Registration Guide as soon as it is available. First year course descriptions are provided inthe Registration Guide andintheUNDERGRADUATE CALENDAR(includes all senior course offerings also). Please refer toAcademic Dates 2014/2015to ensurethe appropriate deadlines are met for course registration.
  5. Register for International Orientation Week by visiting the Laurier International website at
  6. Pay your tuition fees. You will receive an invoice for your fees from the BUSINESS OFFICEsoon after you register for courses. Fees are charged on a per term basisas per FEE PROCEDURES AND DUE DATES Fees for courses added after the due date each term are due immediately.

*For more information on our application process, please browse through the links on our left sidebar.

Related Information Title Type
2014 International Applicant Guide Document