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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
August 24, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Wilfrid Laurier University

Founded in 1911, Laurier is a premier university and renowned for attracting students who want to succeed. Our Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Music, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Education and Brantford Campus offer an unparalleled academic experience. Our unique, interdisciplinary approach to learning allows students to combine majors in completely different fields. Laurier's faculty, among the finest anywhere, expand the horizons of our students, providing them with a broad perspective of the world that opens up new ways of thinking and seeing things. We have more than 12,000 full-time undergraduate students. Our university is noted for its friendliness and sense of community.

Waterloo, Ontario

Laurier's main campus is located in Waterloo, Ontario, a thriving and culturally diverse city just 100 km west of Toronto. With a population of over 100,000 people, Waterloo is a safe, comfortable community offering all the amenities you could want. Waterloo is just one hour (by car) from Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport, which is Canada's busiest airport. From Pearson, you can get direct flights to all the major centres in Canada, the United States, and overseas. We're also only a two-hour drive from the Canada/U.S. border in Lewiston, N.Y..

Waterloo region is one of the most multicultural communities in Canada. About 20 percent of the area's residents were born outside of Canada, and about 9 percent identify themselves as members of a visible minority. The largest populations of visible minorities in Kitchener and Waterloo are South Asian, Black (including African, Haitian, Jamaican, and Somali), Southeast Asian, Latin American, Chinese, Arab and West Asian. Reflecting diversity, there are many restaurants and specialty food shops that cater to the international community in Waterloo (most just a few minutes walk from the campus), and there are also a number of religious organizations catering to Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and other faiths. In 2007, Waterloo was named the World's Most Intelligent Community.

Web Links for Students Interested in Studying at Laurier on the North American Mobility Grant

At Laurier, this North American Mobility Grant is administered by the North American Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts. This link takes you to the main webpage for the North American Studies Program. Here, you will find information about faculty associated with the program and courses that would be available for you to take while you are at Laurier on exchange.

Laurier International is the centre for International Students at Laurier. This link takes you to their webpage, where you will find general information useful for all exchange students interested in studying at Laurier.

You can take a virtual tour of the campus with this link.

Contact Information

Project Directors at Wilfrid Laurier:
Professor Lucy Luccisano and Professor Kevin Spooner
North American Studies Program
Phone: (519) 884-1970; Email:  or

Administrative Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier:
Ms. Michelle Adams
Laurier International
Phone: (519) 884-0710 ext. 3784; Email:

Helpful Documents

Please see below.

Related Information Title Type
2011 Laurier International Handbook for International Students Document
2011 North American Studies Program Brochure Document
2011 Wilfrid Laurier University Viewbook Document