Going international doesn't have to wait until you leave your country's borders. There are plenty of ways to learn about the world right here at Laurier. From sharing food and culture to more formal intercultural education, you can internationalize your education without leaving home.
Laurier International, in partnership with the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources and Teaching and Learning, offers the free Intercultural Certificate to all students. You'll learn more about culture, developing knowledge, skills and attitudes that support your ability to communicate, and build relationships within an intercultural context.
This unique certificate is designed to stimulate a commitment to lifelong learning to strengthen your capacity to become a globally engaged and active citizen with an appreciation of values and ways of thinking that are different from your own.
Join the Tandem Language Program for a chance to improve your language skills, make intercultural connections and learn in a social way. In the past students have learned English, Mandarin, Spanish, French, Taiwanese, German and Farsi.
Laurier International’s Global Kitchen, located on the Waterloo campus, is a community kitchen that explores and celebrates culture through food. Food brings people together for conversation and interactions and the Global Kitchen is a great place for you to meet new people, discuss and share cultural identity, and explore cultural customs, rituals and celebrations. Programming at the Global Kitchen also helps you improve your health and well-being, and diversifies your diet, by teaching nutrition and culinary skills.
Join our Global Engagement Student Ambassadors (GESA) to help plan and execute intercultural programming, including International Education Week, student exchange events and "International at Home" initiatives. You'll gain new competencies and receive personal and professional development opportunities.
Volunteer to support the Student Refugee Program with the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Local Committee. This committee of student leaders welcomes newly arriving students who were previously living in other countries as refugees. The Local Committee also plans fundraising and awareness campaigns to raise campus awareness about global issues such as women’s empowerment, refugee girl’s education, ethical purchasing, food security and health care for people living with HIV and AIDS.
In Brantford, become part of our Intercultural Students Association of Brantford (ISAB) and get involved in planning and hosting social events throughout the year that provide international and domestic students with opportunities to learn more about different cultures in the world. The ISAB also marks important global events and helps to promote student mobility opportunities, including exchange programs and field courses.
The International Students’ Association (ISA) provides international and non-international students a collective voice, a space to make friends, an opportunity to develop leadership skills and help supporting each other in making a successful transition to living and thriving in Canada. With events ranging from semi-formals and hockey games, to international movie nights and Chinese New Year dinners, ISA creates a community for international and other interested students on campus.
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