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Join us at Laurier

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.

Calculate Your Expenses

These are the estimated expenses for two terms: the fall term from September to December and the winter term from January to April. To come up with a realistic estimate, research your expenses including housing, food and tuition at

Estimated Costs to Attend Laurier




$29,253 – $35,123

Student Fees2

$2,056 – $3,792

Textbooks and Supplies


Academic Subtotal

$32,309 – $39,915

Housing / Residence

$5,508 – $9,300 (Waterloo: dorm or apartment style)

$7,151 – $7,665 (Brantford: apartment style only)

Meal Plans and Food

$2,374 – $6,155 (Waterloo)

$883 – $1,200 (Brantford)



Other (phone, clothing, etc.)


Personal Expenses Subtotal

$13,082 – $20,655


$45,391 – $60,570

Notes on expenses:

All fees are listed in Canadian dollars. Based on the 2021/22 international tuition fees (subject to increase for 2022).

1 International tuition fees for double-degree programs with the University of Waterloo are $46,035 for BBA and BMath and $60,335 for BBA and BCS.

2 Includes mandatory $720 fee for participation in University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).

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

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 page.


Entrance Scholarships

We automatically assess you for an entrance scholarship when you apply to Laurier. Scholarships are based on your final grades and no application is required. The President’s Gold entrance scholarship, granted upon admission, is worth $4,000 CAD per year and is renewable for subsequent years, provided that renewal requirements are met annually.

Laurier Scholars Awards

The prestigious Laurier Scholars Award is an annual entrance scholarship that was established in 2021 to offer high-achieving students the opportunity to participate in a dynamic learning environment that will foster innovative thinking and ethical, visionary leadership. This award is worth up to a maximum of $40,000 over four years. Learn more about the Laurier Scholars Program.

This scholarship requires an application. The deadline to apply was February 15, 2022.

Inspiring Lives Scholarships

Several scholarships are awarded each year to incoming international students who inspire lives of leadership and purpose in their communities and through extracurricular activities.

Competitive Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

Every year, you can apply for competitive scholarships, awards and bursaries by completing an online student profile about yourself. Awards are granted based on the information you provide, including your interests, involvement, financial need, academic achievement and more. The application process begins in June and there are up to three profiles to complete once you accept your offer.

Some scholarships and awards are available specifically for international students, including:

  • Farouk and Dawn Ahamed International Student Scholarship
  • The Walter Metzger Memorial Bursary Fund
  • Students’ Union International Student Awards

Upper-Year Scholarships

In your upper years, you will automatically be considered for in-course scholarships based on the grade point average (GPA) of your Laurier courses from the previous academic year. In-course scholarships begin at a GPA of 10.0 (approximately 80%) and above. You could receive between $500 and $1,500 CAD annually.

Financial Support

Part-Time Employment

You are eligible to apply to on-campus student positions. In addition, the International Student Work Experience Program (ISWEP) provides a limited number of international students with part-time employment opportunities on our Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Laurier’s Career Centre also assists international students in exploring and applying to part-time positions off campus.

Money Management Support

Get confident in managing money through Dollars and Sense, Laurier’s program to help students manage their finances. Access resources, workshops and personalized support for financial planning. You can even attend workshops right at home in residence.

Personalized Budget Support

Our financial literacy specialist meets with students one-to-one to help them create a personalized budget. Regular review and revision of your budget will help you achieve your financial goals.

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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