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  • Locations: Brantford, Canada
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
Wilfrid Laurier University
WLU Brantford Campus
Syracuse University's partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University grew out of a grant-funded initiative to encourage Native (Indigenous) students to participate in international exchange programs. Syracuse University Native students are highly encouraged to apply and participate in an Indigenous curriculum development project that would see students working with academic and community mentors. Students are also encouraged to apply to the Brantford campus to have the opportunity to work with the Woodland Cultural Centre.

Canada is a diverse nation of people from around the world and many cultural backgrounds. As one of the top countries to live, work and study, Canada offers a safe and welcoming community to call home. Residents enjoy a high quality of life and access to dynamic and growing urban centers, scenic landscapes, and diverse entertainment and culture.

Wilfrid Laurier University has been known for academic excellence for more than 107 years. The campus communities embody Canada’s values and inclusivity, allowing you to bring your culture and identity to your university experience, while immersing you in Canadian traditions and culture. Students can take courses at the Waterloo or Brantford campus, but not both, as the campuses are too far apart.

The Brantford campus is rooted in the downtown core, offering students a unique campus life experience. Brantford is approximately a one-hour drive from Toronto.
The city has a population of over 97,000 and has a small-town feel with big-city amenities. A healthy arts and culture scene, a world-class trails system and many festivals and events make Brantford a vibrant place to call home.

The Waterloo campus is located in the thriving, culturally diverse community of Kitchener-Waterloo (K-W), which is one hour west of Toronto. This city offers plenty of hiking trails, golf courses, skating rinks, soccer fields and even a ski hill. With a population of about 356,000, K-W is small enough to be safe and easy to get around, yet big enough to provide great restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • SU required course load: 12-15 credits for undergraduate students
  • No language pre-requisite
  • Open to all students, but Native students strongly encouraged to apply.
Program Calendar
Fall: early September to late December
Spring: early January to late April

The academic programs available at Brantford are the Faculty (School) of Human & Social Sciences, Faculty of Liberal Arts, and the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work.
The following academic programs are available at Waterloo: Faculty (School) of Arts, Faculty of Music, Faculty of Science, and the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

Laurier can accept undergraduate and graduate students. To apply at the graduate level, students must have completed four years of university before arriving at Laurier. Students must be registered as full-time students when studying at Laurier. For undergraduate students, a full-time course load is four courses (2.0 WLU credits=12 SU credits). For graduate students, a full-time course load is three courses (1.5 WLU credits = 9 SU credits).

Students will need to choose their courses when they submit their application, and can view course descriptions and course schedules before selecting. Students are asked to provide their top five course choices, as well as secondary choices. When noting secondary choices, students should choose different courses and not simply list additional sections of their top choices. Please reach out to the contacts listed below if you need help choosing courses.

Laurier International will work to register the student in their top choices, but there is no guarantee courses will be available. For example, there may be no space left in the class or the student might not have the required pre-requisite knowledge. Before submitting their choices, students should verify there are no time conflicts by using the Visual Schedule Builder.

Courses and grades from WLU will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU. Since WLU is new to the World Partner portfolio we do not yet have pre-approved courses. All courses will have to be reviewed by the Syracuse University departments for approval. Please see the Preparing To Go section of our website for more information on Syracuse Abroad academic processes and policies.
The Department of Residence has a limited supply of rooms in university residences available for exchange students. Demand for rooms is much greater than supply, particularly for students studying in the fall semester. Residence is designed to meet the needs of first-year students and includes a mandatory meal plan, so many exchange students prefer to seek off-campus housing, which is available through private rentals. Information about both options is sent to students once they have been accepted to study at Laurier.

Study permits: All international exchange students studying in Canada must have a valid study permit, except in cases where the duration of the program of study is six months or less. However, WLU strongly encourages all exchange students to apply for a study permit (even if the duration of study is less than six months) since
it is not possible to apply for an initial study permit from within Canada. In addition, full-time international students who hold a valid study permit, may take a part-time job on campus while they are registered students. International students who do not hold a valid study permit are not eligible to work in Canada at all. Citizens from these countries are exempt from obtaining a visitor visa, but still require an electronic travel authorization for entering Canada. However, these travellers do not need an eTA if entering by land or sea – for instance driving from the U.S. or coming by bus, train, or boat, including cruise ship. Click here for more information.

Program Cost
You will pay Syracuse University tuition and can apply all Syracuse University financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.
For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here: TBD.

For more information, please contact the following at Syracuse University:
Regina A. Jones
Office of Multicultural Affairs, Native Student Program
Cara Hardy  
Syracuse Abroad
For more information about Wilfrid Laurier University and the Exchange Program, please contact:
Bonnie Whitlow
Indigenous Special Projects Officer,
Mike Boylan
Coordinator, Global Engagement Programming,
Phyllis Power,
Manager, Global Engagement Programming, 

Apply Now
Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and the Wilfrid Laurier applications.

Syracuse University
Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Syracuse Abroad will complete Wilfrid Laurier University's online nomination form. 
  • A application link will be emailed to you within one week after the nomination deadline (approximate application deadlines - Fall: May 15; Spring: October 15)
  • Follow instructions from Wilfrid Laurier for supplemental documents
Website and Resources
Wilfrid Laurier Incoming Exchange Student page
2019-2020 Exchange Fact Sheet.pdf
WLU Exchange Student Viewbook


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2022 01/02/2022
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.