Laurier International

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

Waterloo Campus
519-884-0710 x2227

Senior International Student Advisor: Anna Done Choudhury, BA, MA-IIC,, ext. 6840
International Student Academic Transitions Advisor: Mike Aguiar,, ext. 4545
Student Abroad Advisor: Sara O'Donnell, BA, MA,, ext. 3784
International Programs Assistant:  Sarina Wheeler,, ext. 4085
Coordinator, Global Engagement (Waterloo Campus): Anne-Marie Henry,, ext. 4702

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

Brantford Campus

International Student Advisor: Teeba Alsafar, BA, MA,, ext. 5969
Coordinator, Global Engagement (Brantford Campus): Mike Boylan,

Office Location: Rm. 136 Dalhousie Centre
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Laurier International is committed to welcoming, supporting and serving the needs of new and continuing international degree seeking and exchange students, as well as promoting an understanding of international issues among Canadians by involving them in programs that develop a global experience.

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 Advisor, or ISA, and the ISATA, 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 Peer Mentor program that assigns trained peer 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, work and volunteer opportunities;
  • pre-departure and re-entry programs. Supporting students' development of intercultural competencies and global awareness;
  • advice to students on obtaining funding to support participation in global engagement opportunities, and
  • coordination of the Laurier International Friendship Extension (LIFE) program

The Laurier International website provides up-to-date information on international student exchange opportunities and all other international and local opportunities may be found at the Laurier International website: www.wlu/ca/international.