Laurier International

Director, Global Engagement, Laurier International: Ben Yang, MEd, ext. 6842
Associate Director, International Student Support: Peter Donahue, BA, RISA, ext. 6704
Manager, Global Engagement Programming: Phyllis Power, BA, MEd, ext. 5661

Waterloo Campus
519-884-0710 ext. 2227

Office Location: Room 2A01, A Wing, Arts Building
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

International Student Academic Transition Advisor: Candace Stewart-Smith, MSc, RISA, ext. 4545
International Student Advisor: Charlene Mak, BA, RISA, , ext. 6840
International Student Advisor: Mike Aguiar, MEd, RISA, , ext. 4551
UHIP Plan Advisor: Claire D'Alton,, ext. 2305
Student Abroad Advisor: Allison Donahue, BA, MEd,, ext. 3784
Coordinator, Global Engagement Programming: Mike Boylan, BA, MA,, ext. 4702

Brantford Campus

Office Location: One Market Square OM 310
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

International Student Advisor: Jane Desmond, RCIC,, ext. 5969
Coordinator, Global Engagement Programming: Anne-Marie Henry,, ext. 5437


Laurier International is committed to welcoming, supporting and serving the needs of new and continuing international degree seeking and exchange students, as well as cultivating all Laurier students to be global citizens with strong intercultural competence by involving them in International and International@Home programming.

Laurier International is the first point of contact for international and exchange students, offering an orientation program on arrival that introduces students to a new academic and social culture.

The Laurier International Student Lounge provides a home away from home environment for students, volunteers and guests to meet each other and participate in a variety of social and cultural programs and activities.

International Student Support Services

The International Student Advisors foster a positive student experience for international students by providing support, assistance and advice to international students prior to their arrival, on arrival, and through to graduation and post-graduation. International Student Support at Laurier International provides a range of programming and services, including:

  • transitional advising to assist international students with their adaptation to campus life socially, academically, and culturally;
  • liaison with instructors, University administration and the community at large with respect to international student interests;
  • advocacy on behalf of international students on academic and welfare issues;
  • advice, support, referral, and information to students in areas such as immigration, family issues, personal issues, financial, and academic support;
  • referrals to other resources and services on campus when necessary;
  • programming to assist with cultural adaptation and settlement for international students and their accompanying family members; and
  • coordination of the International Student Leadership program that assigns trained student leader mentors to new incoming first year undergraduate students.

Global Engagement Programming

The Student Abroad Advisor (SAA) and Global Engagement Coordinators (GEC) promote Global Citizenship through the promotion and management of student mobility programming and International@HOme opportunities. The SAA and Global Engagement Coordinators provide programming and services, including:

  • advice to students on international study and work opportunities;
  • administration of International Programming such as the Student Exchange Program, International Internships and International Volunteer Leadership programming;
  • Health and Safety programming including pre-departure and re-entry programs;
  • supporting students' development of intercultural competencies and global awareness through programs such as the Intercultural Certificate, the Tandem Program and the Hawk 2 Hawk program;
  • advice to students on obtaining funding to support participation in global engagement opportunities; and
  • coordination of the Global Engagement Student Ambassadors (GESA) volunteers.
The Global Engagement Programming website provides up-to-date information on international and local student opportunities to become globally engaged through Laurier.