Wilfrid Laurier University


For more than a century, Laurier has been known for academic excellence. But we’ve also been dedicated to the philosophy that our students’ success is measured through more than grades – it’s based on the quality of the lives they lead, and those they inspire. Laurier’s two campuses are in Waterloo and Brantford, but we also have a Faculty of Social Work in nearby Kitchener and a weekend MBA program in Toronto. In all, we have 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Kitchener-Waterloo, with a population of about 350,000, is small enough to be safe and easy to navigate but large enough to offer great art, music, restaurants and other big-city amenities.

With the university’s size, Laurier is large enough to provide various clubs, programs, and career opportunities; yet small enough to maintain the tight-knit community feel, outstanding student experience and to ensure access to faculty and resources available on campus. Our small class sizes allow more opportunities for extra help, increased discussion and student involvement. But no matter where you study at Laurier, you’re a Golden Hawk, which means you’re part of a tight-knit, supportive community that knows how to aim high, work hard and take advantage of some truly amazing opportunities to make a difference.

Quick facts

Why This University

Wilfrid Laurier University is devoted to excellence in learning, research, scholarship and creativity.  It challenges people to become engaged and aware citizens of an increasingly complex world. It fulfills its mission by advancing knowledge, supporting and enhancing high-quality undergraduate, graduate and professional education, and emphasizing co-curricular development of the whole student. Our commitment is to justice and sustainability now and in the future, so we strive to ignite the minds, spirits and hearts of our communities through excellence in teaching and learning, in the discovery, scholarly exploration, and application of new ideas, and in instilling the courage to engage and challenge the world in all its complexity. In-class learning is only part of the educational equation. Putting knowledge to work in the world is a hallmark of the Laurier experience. Integrated and engaged learning opportunities such as co-op work terms and community service are designed to help students relate what they learn in the classroom to what they experience outside of it, then coming full circle by bringing their real-world experiences back to the classroom. It’s about forming a foundation of service that our students continue long after graduation. Our innovative programs in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work and education cover a broad spectrum. At their heart, though, they reflect a common purpose: Laurier’s determination to address global social, health and environmental problems and advance creative pursuits.


  • Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) – Brantford
  • Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) – Pre-MBA (955L)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Ancient Studies (Optional Co-op) (UH)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Ancient Studies with Management Option (Optional Co-op) (UMB)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology (UH)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology with Management Option (UMB)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Archaeology and Heritage Studies (Optional Co-op) (UH)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Archaeology and Heritage Studies with Management Option (Optional Co-op) (UMB)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Biology (UBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Biology with Management Option (UMF

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Bachelor of Education – Primary/Junior (U10)
Bachelor of Education – Junior/Intermediate (U20)

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Campus and location


Students need to plan their accommodations well in advance of their arrival as all accommodation options fill up quickly, well before the start of the semester.

On-Campus Residence Accommodations

On-Campus residence accommodations are provided per discretion by the school.

Off-Campus Accommodations

The local area has a variety of off-campus rental housing options including single homes, duplexes, apartments and rooms for rent. Students wishing to live off-campus need to research availability on their own and should arrive well before the start of term to do so.


There are a wide variety of homestay options available, and our partners do their best to match students and hosts according to their interests and preferences. Homestay hosts include single people, young couples with children and pets, and older couples. All homestay accommodations have been inspected, and all adults in the home have completed a required criminal reference check.

Admission Requirements & Deadline

  • The General Certificate of Education (GCE) or equivalent.
  • Minimum of two A-level subjects.
  • Three GCSE (O-level) subjects.
  • GSCE (O-level) English required at C or 4 unless otherwise stated.
  • Two AS-level courses may be submitted for one A-level course, except where a specific A-level course is required.
  • Some programs may require additional A-level courses.

Bangladesh: Higher secondary school certificate

  • Fall term admissionThe application deadline is April 1, 2021.
  • Winter term admission: The application deadline is November 18, 2020.
  • Spring term admission: The application deadline is March 17, 2021.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Language Test or Preparation Program

Minimum Score Requirement

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 83 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in each component.

Paper-based testing: 560 overall.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

An academic score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)

59 overall or higher.

Duolingo English Test*

Minimum score of 115.

Tuition fees

Avg Cost of Tuition/Year $26,563.00 CAD
Cost of Living/Year $11,000.00 CAD
*Application Fee $75.00 CAD – $80.00 CAD – $250.00 CAD


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