Named in honour of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the seventh Prime Minister of Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) has been around for more than 100 years. Founded in 1911, Laurier began as a seminary for theological studies. Today, it has over 15,000 full-time students and was ranked #1 for overall student satisfaction in Maclean’s annual university rankings.
To help give a better idea of what WLU offers, today we’re answering some of the most common questions we’ve been asked about Laurier. It’s our hope these answers will give international students they need to help decide if Laurier is the right school for them!
Where is Wilfrid Laurier University?
Laurier’s largest campus is in Waterloo, Ontario. In fact, 16,000 of Laurier’s 19,000 graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled at this campus! The Waterloo campus is where you will find the Faculties of Arts, Music, Science, Education, and Graduate Studies. The Lazaridis School of Business and Economics is also located at the Waterloo campus.
Wilfrid Laurier University’s other major campus is located in Brantford, about an hour’s drive from Waterloo. Laurier Brantford enrols about 3,000 students and specializes in Liberal Arts and Human and Social Sciences. Both campuses are located in or near downtown cores, with quick access to many trails, restaurants, and other services.
Additionally, Laurier has several smaller locations spread around Ontario:
- Kitchener: Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
- Milton – Laurier is developing a campus in partnership with Conestoga College, with classes beginning in fall 2019.
- Toronto – Laurier’s Toronto office is located on the ground floor of The Exchange Tower at King and York Streets. It serves as a connector between the Greater Toronto Region (GTA) and the other Laurier campuses.
- The Lazaridis School also offers graduate programming in Toronto’s financial district. More than 250 MBA and MFin students enrol at “part-time alternate weekend programs” at Vantage Venues.
How much does it cost to study there?
Tuition costs vary by program, but international students can expect to pay an average of $24,132 per year for undergraduate studies.
Can international students work while they study at Laurier?
Yes! The International Student Work Experience Program is available to students who meet the eligibility criteria. This program offers on-campus work experience for international students at Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Through the program, you will develop skills and gain work experience to help with your future career development.
To find out if you qualify, check out the list of requirements on Laurier’s official website.
Does Laurier offer financial aid?
You bet! Laurier has several forms of financial aid for international students. The first are entrance scholarships, which range from $1,000 to $2,000, depending on your academic standing. These are awarded at the time you receive an offer of admission and are based solely on your grades. Students are automatically considered for entrance scholarships, so there’s no need to apply!
Starting in year two of your undergrad, you can also qualify for in-course scholarships. These are valued at $500 to $1,500 annually and can be earned each year until you finish your degree. Students with outstanding marks can also receive the President’s Gold Scholarship. This award’s value is $5,000, but you need an average of 95% or higher to qualify.
What other services are available for international students?
Laurier recognizes the struggles international students face while living in a new country with unfamiliar surroundings. This is why the university has set up a resource centre to help you adjust to life in Canada. Laurier International’s offices are open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They can help you with any questions you may have about life in Canada, immigration rules and regulations, your studies, and much more.
Laurier’s Department of International Student Support also offers a wide range of resources. The First-Language Tutoring program is set up to help you with course work, while SPEAK assist with developing presentation and speaking skills. They also organize clubs and activities to help you meet other students.
What programs does Laurier specialize in?
Laurier’s business and music programs are some of the best in Canada. The state-of-the-art Lazaridis School of Business and Economics boasts some of the highest student satisfaction in Canada and offers the largest business degree co-op program in the country.
Laurier is best known for its business programs, but it also has respected faculties in Arts, Science, Education, and Graduate Studies.
Is their football team any good?
Wilfrid Laurier’s football team, the Golden Hawks, have had a bitter rivalry with Western University’s Mustangs for many years. Western ends up beating Laurier most years, but the Golden Hawks did manage to beat the Mustangs in the 2016 Yates Cup.
In short, Laurier has a pretty good football team … but they’re not quite as good as Western’s.
Nick Steinberg, Content Marketing Specialist, ApplyBoard