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Laurier Around the World

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Laurier is Engaged Around the World

The interactive map above allows you to explore Laurier’s many field course and international exchange opportunities around the world, find out the breadth of international students studying at Laurier, and place-based research projects and collaborations undertaken by Laurier faculty and student researchers.

We invite you to explore where Laurier can take you around the world.

Developing Global Citizens

As a result of rapid advancements in technology, business integration and cross-border mobility, the world has become increasingly complex and interdependent. In order to excel in today’s world, university graduates must possess openness and the ability to empathize with perspectives that are different from their own.

Laurier’s mission is “devoted to excellence in learning, research, scholarship and creativity.” To achieve this mission of excellence, curiosity must extend beyond national borders, talents must come from diverse backgrounds, and solutions must be applicable in a global context. Active global engagement and exchanging ideas with different parts of the world will ensure that Laurier can achieve excellence.

Global Learning at Laurier

Laurier is inspired to be a university of choice for global learning:

  • Students choose Laurier because of the academic excellence and experiential learning opportunities – at home and abroad – that give them the edge to compete internationally.
  • Scholars from other countries choose to collaborate with Laurier researchers and become involved in Laurier-led collaborations because Laurier faculty conduct globally relevant research.
  • Employers choose to hire Laurier graduates because these graduates are known for their cosmopolitan “worldliness.”
  • Alumni choose to actively engage with Laurier because they appreciate the international experience they had and hope to continue to expand their global network.
  • Donors choose to give to Laurier because they are confident that their donation will not only support a local cause but also have an impact outside of Canada.
  • Media choose Laurier as the first contact because Laurier experts can provide evidence-based opinions and analysis of major global events.

Laurier has implemented a multi-pronged strategy to engage the world and internationalize the university. In recent years, Laurier has:

  • Intensified its international student recruitment;
  • Established more exchange opportunities and field courses;
  • Reached out to its alumni in more and more locations worldwide; and
  • Enhanced its research activities through a greater number of international projects and collaborations, including partnerships in the North.

These initiatives have not only provided more cross-border mobility for students and faculty, but also significantly increased awareness of internationalization of the curriculum and participation in “international at home” programs.


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