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Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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Wilfrid Laurier is a 4-year comprehensive institution located in Ontario, Canada and located 1 hour from Toronto.  This university offers a wide range of academic disciplines available to exchange students.  With small classes sizes, a residential campus, and plenty of services and amenities, students will make an easy transition while studying abroad.

Wilfrid Laurier University Homepage
Site for Visiting Exchange Students


Basic Information
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Best for majors/minors: Accounting, Anthropology/Archaeology, Arabic*, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Criminology/Policing, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Film Studies, Finance, French, Geography, German*, Health Sciences, History, International Studies, Italian*, Kinesiology, Marketing, Mathematics, Multimedia Journalism, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health/Community Health/Healthcare Administration, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Women’s and Gender Studies

*Offered through the Intermediate level.  Elementary I and Intermediate I sections only offered during the Fall terms, Elementary II and Intermediate II offered during the Spring terms.

Human Resource Management and Supply Chain Management courses are available on a limited basis.  Coursework in Music may be available with special permission.  Contact the Office of International Programs & Services for more information.

Eligibility: Students should have completed 45 credit hours and have an institutional GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.

Fall term: September – December
Spring term: January – April
Click here for the academic calendar.

*Note: the Georgia Southern Spring term corresponds with WLU Winter term.

Accommodations: On-campus residence halls are available and easily accessible for exchange students.  Most students should expect to live in a double room with an attached bath.  There are also a variety of apartments and rooms for rent throughout the town of Waterloo.  Students have their choice regarding housing, though living on-campus is encouraged.  Learn more about accommodations at WLU.

Meal options: Wilfrid Laurier offers a variety of on-campus dining services, and a wide variety of dining plans to choose from depending on budget and desired flexibility. There are also a great variety of restaurants and grocery stores located in Waterloo near the campus.

Estimated Cost of Participation: Students pay their tuition, fees, and medical insurance costs to Georgia Southern, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad.  The cost of accommodations, meals, and services will be paid directly to Wilfrid Laurier. Click here to view the breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a term at Wilfrid Laurier.

Link to International Student Guide

How to Apply
In order to apply to participate on the exchange to Wilfrid Laurier, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below.  All materials should be submitted to the Office of International Programs & Services by the posted deadline.  Students are encouraged to submit all items together.

  1. Georgia Southern Application for Exchange
  2. 500-750 word essay of motivation/educational intent
  3. Two letters of recommendation from a professor or academic advisor
  4. Official copy of your Georgia Southern transcript
  5. Host Institution Course Request List
  6. Copy of your passport information page
  7. Copy of your current course schedule

Students who submit all materials by the deadline and meet the eligibility requirements will be invited to the Office of International Programs & Services for a brief interview before committee.

Once formally selected to participate on the program, students will need to complete WLU’s online application form, which will be emailed to them by Laurier International.

How to Search for Courses
Students should note that Wilfrid Laurier does not normally waive pre-requisite courses for visiting exchange students.  While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the pre-requisites listed by WLU.

To find courses, use the LORIS Dynamic Schedule.  Click the “Search for Classes” link on the bottom-left of the page.  Select the proper term from the drop-down menu.  Note that the equivalent of the Spring term at Georgia Southern is referred to as the Winter term at Wilfrid Laurier.  Next, click “Submit” and then choose the academic subject you are interested in pursuing while at WLU.  Select “All” campuses and Course Level “Undergraduate.” before clicking the the Class Search button.  The list of courses in the selected subject being offered in that term are displayed.  Students will be able to see the courses, along with their meeting days, times, and campus assignments.  Clicking on course title will display any pre-requisites.  Courses listed as 1000s are introductory, and courses in the 2000s and 3000s are more advanced and translate to upper-division offerings at Georgia Southern.

Please note that, like Georgia Southern, WLU doesn’t always have its course schedules up very far in advance.  It is, however, reliable in rotating courses.  If you don’t see your term of study listed yet, use the corresponding term from a previous year to get an idea of what will be offered.

Understanding Grades and Credits
Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 Georgia Southern credit hours while abroad.  In the Ontario system, courses are typically .5 credit hours each, which is the equivalent of 3 Georgia Southern credit hours.  So students should plan to take 4-5 courses while attending Wilfrid Laurier, depending on how many credits they would like to earn during the semester.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Georgia Southern.  To see how grades transfer from Wilfrid Laurier to Georgia Southern, click here.

Last updated: 10/18/2016