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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

If you are an international applicant, the following information answers important questions you may have about our English-proficiency requirements, international student fees and financial aid. You can find information about sponsorships in Step 2 and study permits in Step 3

English Proficiency

Proficiency in usage, both written and oral, is essential to pursuing graduate studies at Laurier. If your undergraduate degree was taught in a language other than English, you must provide evidence of English proficiency prior to admission.

If your previous degree was completed in a different country, but the language of instruction was English, you do not need to complete an English proficiency test. Instead, you will need to provide an official letter from your prior institution indicating that the degree was completed in English. This letter can be uploaded to our system along with your other supplemental documents (See Step 2).

Laurier accepts the following English language proficiency tests and scores. Please note: if you are unable to access the standardized test site in your country, the graduate programs may consider alternative methods of assessing your proficiency to study at the graduate level in English. It is your responsibility to determine if there are additional requirements and to fulfil them.

To be considered valid, tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time your application is submitted.

These tests are offered in Canada, the United States and many other countries. If offered admission, the applicant is responsible for having the official test results sent directly from the issuing organization to Wilfrid Laurier University. 

Should you be asked for an institution code – please designate Laurier with code 0893.

Please note that the Duolingo English Test (DET) is not accepted for admission to graduate programs at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Once you have downloaded your English language proficiency test results, you will need to unlock the PDF before uploading it to LORIS, otherwise the program will not be able to view it. We recommend the following steps:

  • Print the file as a colour document, then scan the file as a PDF into your computer. If the scanned PDF copy of the printed version is legible, then upload it to your checklist.
  • If the printed version is not legible once you have scanned it, you can try the following steps:
    • Open a browser using Google Chrome
    • Drag and Drop the encrypted PDF into the browser
    • Select the option to print the file, using the destination output as “Adobe PDF”
    • The new Adobe PDF should be saved as a decrypted file, which you can then upload to your application checklist.”

Fees and Financial Aid

Understanding the cost of graduate studies is an important part of your decision to apply for a graduate degree program at Laurier. Learn more about our international tuition and fees.

Student budget worksheets have been created to help international students with their budgeting. Note: These charts may not be accessible to everyone. If you require an accommodation, contact   

Need Help?

Reach out to your preferred program for help. Find contact information on the program’s page.

Transition Resources

To learn more about the Waterloo and Brantford communities and to access resources for your transition, visit our Coming to Laurier page

Contact Us:

Office Location: DAWB 1-102

Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m. 
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed daily from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch

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