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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.

Student Exchange Program

Laurier has partnered with universities all over the world to offer exchange programs to our students. Currently, we have exchange agreements with more than 65 universities in 26 countries around the world. Studying abroad, typically done in either third or fourth year, allows you to broaden your perspective of the world and gain an increased sense of self and independence while building skills transferable to future employment.

If you participate in an international exchange, you continue to pay tuition to Laurier but study and earn credits at a university outside of Canada. You can also apply for financial awards to fund your studies abroad.

Pre-Departure Prep and Post-Trip Debriefing

Get ready and take ownership of your learning and growth before, during and after your international travels. We deliver pre-departure training focused on culture awareness, health and safety and personal travel preparedness. This training is important for your self-development, gaining transferable competencies for career success and most importantly to increase your knowledge on ways to stay safe and healthy for your travels.

Summer Abroad

Not sure you can go abroad for a full term? Our summer abroad opportunities allow you to study abroad at one of our designated partners for a few weeks, while still earning credits towards your degree. Opportunities exist in Mexico, Germany, China and more!

Faculty-Led Programs Abroad

Field Courses

Study Spanish in Costa Rica, History in China, Global Studies issues in Chile, or Human Rights and Human Diversity in Mexico. A variety of field courses have been created by Laurier’s outstanding faculty to add an experiential learning opportunity to their courses.


Stand out among the competition and add an international work experience to your portfolio with one of Laurier’s internship opportunities. Departments such as Global Studies, Human Rights and Human Diversity, and the Faculty of Social Work provide opportunities for you to put what you have learned in the classroom to work in an international setting.

Alternative Reading Week: Habitat for Humanity

Take part in Habitat for Humanity’s international or local build to give back to our community and support the need for affordable local housing in Waterloo, Brantford and other international destinations. This is an amazing opportunity to do something fun and meaningful during your Winter reading week.

“I wanted to see the world through different perspectives and exchange was a great way to do so. The benefits of exchange are endless, from personal growth to career opportunities. My experience helped me become more outgoing and open-minded, and learn how to travel on a budget!”

– Benjamin M., Criminology, exchange experience in Krems, Austria

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