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Being 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.


Accept Your Offer of Admission

Go to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and select the OUAC 105 application. Follow the “Online Application” link.

Log in with your OUAC reference number, PIN/password and follow the instructions. A confirmation number will be generated upon proper submission of your acceptance. Please print the confirmation screen for your records.

You must confirm your offer with OUAC by 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2017, or other date as noted on your offer of admission, to proceed with your registration.

If your offer letter states to confirm your Offer of Admission directly to us, please submit the Offer of Admission Confirmation Form.

Arrange Your Accommodation

At Laurier, you can choose to live on- or off-campus.

The deadline to apply for on-campus residence and submit a $600 deposit is June 1, 2017. You can apply for residence online.

If you’re interested in living off-campus, you must arrange this yourself.

Book Temporary Accommodation

If you plan on coming to Canada prior to International Orientation Week, or prior to the arranged move-in date to your on- or off-campus housing, you will need to arrange for your own temporary accommodation. There are plenty of hotel options near our Brantford and Waterloo campuses. Please research them online before arriving in Canada.

Get a Study Permit

You need a study permit to go to school in Canada. You will need your Offer of Admission letter and your Letter of Acceptance from Laurier to apply for your study permit. Contact a Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for application information.

Processing your study permit application 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 more information on immigration and application requirements, visit our Immigration Information webpage.

Submit Required Documentation

All official final documents must be received by July 15, 2017, or other date as indicated in your offer letter, to:

Wilfrid Laurier University, International Recruitment and Admissions
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
N2L 3C5

Register for Classes

You can view all registration information on our online registration guide webpage.

First-year course descriptions are provided in the Registration Guide and in our online calendar. Course registration is completed online using the Laurier Online Registration and Information System (LORIS).

We recommend that you register for classes early for the best selection and to avoid late fees.

Depending on your faculty, there may be an online course-registration webinar you can watch to help you with this process. 

Enrol in Headstart International

Participate in our Headstart program and we will help you register for classes, learn about the services and expectations of the university, and much more in an interactive, online workshop.

Register for International Orientation (IO) Week

IO Week runs from Sept. 1 to 4, 2017. Register in advance to participate.

We also encourage you to participate in the Orientation Week for all first-year students.

Pay Your Tuition Fees

You will receive an invoice for your fees from Laurier’s Business office soon after you register for courses. You must pay your tuition fees by the date indicated on the invoice.

Prepare to Come to Canada

We encourage all students to arrive at least one day prior to the first day of term to take care of tasks related to arriving in a new country. There are many small things – and some not-so-small things! – that need to be taken care of as soon as you arrive in Canada, such as:

  • Opening a bank account.
  • Getting a cell phone or phone card.
  • Finding your way around campus.
  • Communicating with your family or friends to let them know you arrived safely.
  • Getting your health card and OneCard.
  • Paying your tuition fees (if you still need to).

Plan for Transit from the Airport

Arriving by Air into Toronto International Airport (Pearson)

When you arrive in either Terminal 1 or 3 you can look for the Welcome Booth for information. The City of Toronto Airport Welcome Program for new international students features a welcome booth in both terminals where you can ask for help and get information about travelling to Laurier.

  • For information on locating baggage claim, international terminal maps, and ground transportation (car rentals, out-of-town van services, taxi/limousine services and rates, and public transportation), visit the International Arrival Guide.
  • For more information on ground transportation, specifically locating these services, visit the Ground Transportation webpage.
  • For information on the services provided at the airport, including accessibility, free baggage carts, free Wi-Fi access, and the Aviation Interfaith Ministry, visit the Airport Services webpage.
We Will Pick You Up

Laurier facilitates reduced-rate airport pick-up through Airways Transit for all Laurier International students arriving in Toronto for their first semester of study. As soon as you know your travel plans, you should reserve transportation from the airport to Laurier to ensure that your request is received by Airways Transit with sufficient notice.

Airways Transit

Students are required to make their own arrangements for transportation from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Waterloo. The trip takes approximately one and a half hours.

Laurier has obtained a reduced single passenger fare of $79 one way, tax included with Airways Transit. They provide 24/7 door-to-door shared ride service.

To make your reservation, you will need:

  • Your flight information (e.g. airline, flight number and flight arrival time).
  • Your drop-off address in Waterloo or the name of your residence on campus at Laurier.
  • Your credit card number.

To receive the reduced fair, you must book in advance by visiting the Airways Transit website. Enter the booking code: WLUINTL 2016 (exactly as shown). Once you have submitted your reservation online, Airways Transit will email you a confirmation.

Greyhound Bus Transit

If you are coming from downtown Toronto, the coach terminal is located at Bay and Dundas Streets, a two-minute walk from Toronto City Hall or a five-minute walk from The Eaton Centre. Greyhound offers the most frequent service between downtown Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo or Brantford. You can find times and prices on their website.

Register for Health Insurance Coverage

International students in Ontario are required to pay for health insurance. There are two healthcare insurance plans that students pay for:

  1. The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) covers most urgent hospital and medical services of non-resident students and their accompanying family members (if applicable). The cost is approximately $228 per 4-month term. Please refer to the UHIP website for more information.
  2. StudentVIP is a plan offered to all university students through the Students’ Union (WLUSU). This plan covers part of the cost of doctor prescribed medicines and a range of dental and other services, which can be very costly in Canada. The cost per year for this insurance is approximately $200, but you can opt out if you have proof you have equal coverage through another insurance plan. Details of this plan are on the Students’ Union website.

Obtain Your OneCard

The OneCard is one of the most important pieces of identification you will have as a student at Laurier. It acts as a bus pass, allows you to purchase food on campus, and is required to register for events and clubs on campus. You will need to show identification to receive your OneCard.

Learn About Our International Student Services

We know that transition to university can be a stressful time for some students, especially when you are moving to a new country and a new learning environment. Our International Student Services team has created several programs to make you feel comfortable and part of the community on campus right away. Let us help!

Connect with Your International Peer Mentor

Our International Peer Mentor program matches you with an upper-year Laurier student to help you get oriented to life at Laurier, answer questions about living in Canada and provide you with a personalized navigation of resources during your first year on campus. International Peer Mentors will contact you in the summer and continue to provide guidance through events and check-ins during the fall and winter semesters.

Review the International Student Handbook

No doubt you have hundreds of questions about what life will be like on campus and in Canada. Our International Student Handbook is designed to answer those questions and put your mind at rest. You'll receive one when you arrive on campus this fall.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

E: chooselaurier@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618


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