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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.

Current students at one of Laurier's exchange partner institutions are invited to participate in the student exchange program at Laurier for one or more terms:

  • A fall term exchange is from September to December.
  • A winter term exchange is from January to April.
  • A fall-winter exchange is from September to April.

Find out the application deadlines and your next steps for applying to come to Laurier on exchange. You can also come to Laurier from non-exchange partner institutions, though the process is a bit different. We look forward to welcoming you to Laurier!

2021/22 Student Exchange Program Update

Updated: May 17, 2021

Laurier's plans for the 2021/22 academic year include a transition to more in-person activity for the fall 2021 term with the goal of returning to regular operations with minimal restrictions by the winter 2022 term. Our goals, activities and planning will be dependent on the public health restrictions in place at the time.

  • Read Laurier's full message on fall 2021 in-person activity.

We are also planning to welcome exchange students to the Laurier community for the 2021/22 academic year, which runs from September 2021 to April 2022. If you would like to study at Laurier during this time you may be able to study remotely or in person, depending on Laurier's operational plans and your own preferences. 

Whether you will be studying remotely or in person at Laurier, you may also want to travel to Canada. To do so, you will need to adhere to all travel and quarantine requirements, outlined below. You will also need to have the proper immigration documentation, including a study permit.

Travelling to Canada

International exchange students who meet the Government of Canada’s requirements for entering the country to study have the option to register to travel to study at Laurier. Laurier has prepared a stringent Safe Travel, Arrival, and Quarantine (STAQ) program to protect the health of our students, staff, and community.

International exchange students who wish to pursue this option need to register, and more details about the application and quarantine process is outlined on the International Student Support website.

Deadlines for 2021/22 Student Exchange

To come to Laurier on exchange for fall 2021, winter 2022 or fall-winter 2021/22, the deadlines are:

  • Nomination deadline for fall and fall-winter terms: April 30, 2021
  • Application period for fall and fall-winter terms: May 1-15, 2021
  • Nomination deadline for winter term: September 30, 2021
  • Application period for winter term: October 1-15, 2021

We understand that COVID-19 continues to impact postsecondary institutions in various ways and we can be flexible with these deadlines. If you anticipate that you will not be able to meet the deadlines, please email Mike Boylan, Coordinator, Global Engagement Programming.

Apply for Exchange at Laurier

This information is for students at institutions that have exchange agreements with Laurier.

Submit the Nomination Form

The online nomination form must be completed and submitted by your institution's student exchange coordinator, who will be your nominator. Nomination forms submitted by students will not be accepted.

Submit the Online Application

We will send both you and your nominator a link to the online application within a week following the nomination deadline.

You are responsible for completing and submitting the application by the deadline. You also need to include your preferred courses on the application and should consult with your home insitution academic advisor.

We will work to have you enroled in your top courses but there is no guarantee they will be available. We will contact you regarding course registration prior to the start of your exchange term.

Receive Your Letter of Acceptance

We will provide you with a letter of acceptance as well as pre-arrival communications covering accomodations, international orientation and more within two weeks after the application deadline.

Students from Non-Exchange Partner Institutions

If you are interested in studying at Laurier for one or more terms but your institution doesn't have an exchange agreement with Laurier, you may be eligible to study at Laurier on a letter of permission.

You will need to submit an application for admission through the Ontario Universities Application Centre and your home university will need to submit a letter of permission and a transcript to Enrolment Services, Wilfrid Laurier University.

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