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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

International Student Fees

The following is a budget outline based on our 2018/19 fees for the first year (two terms of studying full time). The first term (fall term) runs from September to December. The second term (winter term) runs from January to April.

All fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

Estimated Costs to Attend Laurier




$24,104 – $29,637

Student Fees

$1,188 – $1,426



Academic Subtotal

$26,242 – $32,013


$5,090 – $8,594 (Waterloo: dorm or apartment style)

$6,608 – $7,083 (Brantford: apartment style only)

Meal Plans2

$2,180, $5,250 or $5,650 (Waterloo)

$800 – $1,200 (Brantford)


$2,400 ($300/month)

Health Insurance4


Personal Expenses Subtotal

$10,294 – $13,922

Total (Estimate)

$36,536 – $45,935

1 All fees are estimates only and subject to increase for 2019/20. Costs are variable depending on student. International tuition fees for BBA/BCS double degree with University of Waterloo are $31,646 for first-year students.

2 Costs variable depending on residence style and meal plan.

3 Students living in an apartment-style residence should factor in groceries.

4 Participation in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is mandatory.

Payment of Fees

You will pay half your fees in August for the first term, and the other half in December for the second term. You have a four-month summer break from May to August where you are allowed stay in Canada and work full-time or return to your home country.

Note: For a full breakdown of tuition fees and incidental fees by program, as well as information on how to understand your tuition invoice, visit our Tuition and Fees section on

Looking for Work?

We are committed to ensuring that all students offered admission receive the assistance they need to complete their degree.

Laurier offers plenty of opportunities for part-time employment as a teaching assistant, residence don, computer analyst, telefundraiser or through the hundreds of food service opportunities right on campus. We are also located in thriving communities with healthy retail and service sectors that offer plenty of employment opportunities throughout the year.

International Scholarships

We offer entrance scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000, based on your academic achievement. Entrance Scholarships are awarded at the time you receive an offer of admission and are based solely on your grades. You can earn between $1,000 and $2,000 based on your high-school average. You do not need to apply for entrance scholarships. 

The best part about our financial support is that during years two through four (five for some programs), you will qualify for additional scholarships through our in-course scholarship program if you meet specific annual GPA requirements. These scholarships are valued at $500 to $1,500 annually.

The following scholarships are also available to international students:

  • Farouk and Dawn Ahamed International Student Scholarship
  • The Walter Metzger Memorial Bursary Fund
  • Dr WJ Villaume Scholarship
  • Inspiring Lives Scholarship

President's Gold Scholarship

If your average is 95% or higher, we’ll award you with the President's Gold Scholarship, valued at $5,000 for your first year. If you maintain the eligibility requirements, you will receive another $5,000 per year for years two through four (five for some programs). The President's Gold Scholarship is automatically renewable if you achieve an annual GPA of 10.5 or higher based on completion of a minimum of 5.0 full credits (10 courses) during the past academic year. Students who receive the renewable President's Gold Scholarship are not eligible for in-course scholarships. 

Competitive Scholarships and Awards

Laurier offers a large number of competitive scholarships and awards for students in all years of university. These are granted based on a range of criteria including involvement, financial need, outstanding academic achievement and more.

You can find descriptions and criteria for our competitive scholarships and awards with our Scholarship and Awards search engine

U.S. Applicants

Laurier is on the approved list for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) funding for U.S. students.

Laurier is a top 5 university in Canada for student awards, scholarships and bursaries, and faculty awards (2018 Maclean's University Rankings).

  • 45 money management workshops, events and seminars held annually for students.
  • 650+ competitive scholarships and awards available.

Contact Us:

Undergraduate International Recruitment

T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618

Graduate International Recruitment

T: 519.884.0710 x3127


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