If all your learning is getting done in class, you’re not at Laurier. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, co-op work experience – they’re all an integral part of how we extend the classroom into the real world.
All the good work you do outside of class brings its own rewards – you get to build a stronger community and improve yourself, too – but there’s another bonus: employers love it. When you graduate from Laurier, you’ll leave with something called a Co-Curricular Record, a record of all the extracurriculars you participated in at university.
There’s a club for gamers, a club for Rubik’s Cubers, a club for French-culture enthusiasts – there are more than 175 clubs on our campuses. So if you can’t find something you’re interested in… Really? You sure? No problem – you can start a club of your own.
Surveys show 70% of our upper-year students participated in community service or volunteer work during their time here. Whether you’re doing it as part of a class or just to get involved, volunteering is a habit that sticks with Laurier students long after they leave university. We can place you with a group that needs your help.
There’s no substitute for experience. As part of Laurier’s co-op program, you can secure paid positions with some of Canada’s biggest organizations. We’ll coach you on building your resumé and interview skills, and help connect you with employers.
Study, volunteer or work abroad while participating in a Laurier International exchange program, and get course credit while you’re at it. We have exchange programs with 28 different countries!
Some programs offer many opportunities for fieldwork, placements and practicums. For example, geography students often find themselves outside the classroom – from downtown streets for urban studies to the rivers of the far north for water science. Some courses even provide the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in other countries: Archaeology students have travelled to the ancient Greek colony of Orgame in Romania, and history students to Belgium and France. Browse our programs to learn more about out-of-class learning opportunities.
Student Exchange Program
Laurier has partnered with universities all over the world to offer exchange programs to our students. Studying abroad 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.
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