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Wilfrid Laurier University 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Wilfrid Laurier University was renamed in 1973 in honor of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the seventh prime minister of Canada. The university is home to over 20,000 students from all over the world. 

The university offers several different programs at the levels of undergraduate and graduate in a range of subjects like accounting, sociology, computer science, political science, social work, psychology, applied sciences, archaeology, law, mathematics, biology, business, computer sciences, music, economics, culture, journalism, philosophy, etc.

Wilfrid Laurier university mostly enrolls students in fall for their program and for some programs students are enrolled for winter and spring

  • It has three campuses – Brantford, Waterloo, and Milton.
  • The University holds an impressive record of placement.
  • It has over 20 research centers and institutes and has a student to faculty ratio of 25:1
  • Several scholarships and awards are available for international applicants
  • The university is currently accepting the applications for fall 2020
  • Students can apply for fall admissions through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC)
  • Due to COVID 19, the university has taken some steps for the safety of the students.
  • The majority of the instruction for fall 2020 will take place either remotely or online
  • No students will be required to attend classes in person should they choose not to; alternative arrangements will be provided. 
  • Online courses and programs continue to be delivered normally with required exams administered online


Application Fee (CAD)120
Application PortalOnline
Work ExperienceRequired for Graduate students
Mode Of PaymentOnline
Academic CalendarSemester based
Financial AidAvailable
Intake SeasonsFall, Winter, Spring

Wilfrid Laurier University Admission Deadlines

The following are the admission deadlines for undergraduate and graduate students.

FallJuly 15
SpringAugust 20

Wilfrid Laurier University International Admissions

Wilfrid Laurier University is considered one of the best and fastest-growing universities in Canada. International students are allowed to work part-time and gain experience on campus during their studies through an international student work experience program. As the university’s first preferred language is English. Students must submit proof of English proficiency to the university’s requirement and admission office if their native language is not English.

Application Portal: Online

ApplicationFee: 120 CAD

Academic Requirements:

  • Proof of English proficiency.
  • Submit TOFEL or IELTS score to Wilfrid Laurier university
  • When students have completed a full-time study in an English-language school system for a period of three years, students can request for exemption from English proficiency testing.
  • Students can submit transcripts copy as proof that they have completed their studies in an English language school system for a minimum period of three years. Documents should be in a sealed or stamped envelope from the school directly or students can submit scanned copy through the LORIS account.
  • If students are academically eligible for the course but are not meeting the English proficiency requirements needed by the university then they can apply for Laurier English and Academic Foundation program (LEAF).
  • A student must be eligible for levels 3, 4, or 5 for applying in the LEAF program. Eligibility is considered on the basis of the latest English proficiency test score. Students are qualified to pursue the program only after completion of the 5th level.
  • A student visa is required.
  • Copy of passport.
  • Unofficial or official transcripts are required by the university.

Some of the Asian countries with their admission requirements are given below:

CountryUndergraduate Requirements
INDIAHigher secondary certificate, higher secondary school certificate, senior secondary certificate, all India and Delhi senior school certificate, Indian school certificate exam. 5 subjects from class 12 are required.
JAPANUpper Secondary School Leaving Certificate is required. It can be vocational or academic.
PAKISTANUpper Secondary Certificate
REPUBLIC OF KOREAAcademic Upper Secondary School Certificate

English Proficiency Requirement For International Students

Language TestMinimum Score
IELTS6.5 bands

Visa Process For International Students

  • International students can apply only after receiving the official acceptance letter from Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • Students are required to submit biometrics for obtaining student visa if they are from the Middle East, Europe, or Africa.
  • Students must send a copy of the information page of passport if applying online and after approval, they can send the original passport
  • Canada is providing the Student Direct Stream to legal permanent residents in some countries (China, Senegal, Pakistan, Morocco, Philippines, Vietnam, and India). For more information:

Documents Required While Applying For Visa

  • Proof of funds to cover: tuition fees, living expenses, transportation expenses.
  • A student should have good health and be able to complete the medical test.
  • No criminal record.
  • Proof of financial support.
  • Valid passport.
  • 2 latest passport size photographs (name and date of birth should be mentioned on the back of photographs.
  • Official acceptance letter.
  • Education goals or plans.
  • Evidence of having a bank account in Canada on your behalf, whether you have sent funds to Canada.
  • Guaranteed deposit certificate from a financial institution of Canada.
  • Bank statement of past months.
  • Bank draft.
  • Proof of education loan.

Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Admissions

 Wilfrid Laurier University offers more than 80 undergraduate courses

Application Portal: Online

Application Fee: 120 CAD

Academic Requirements:

  • 105F application form must be filled by International students.
  • Other applicants and transfer students must submit the 105 application form.
  • Canadian applicants who did not attend Ontario high school must apply through 105D applicants.
  • Students must submit unofficial transcripts in a sealed or stamped envelope from the school directly or students can submit scanned copy through the LORIS account.
  • Proof of English language proficiency must be submitted by international students.
  • For evaluation top six 4U AND 4M courses would be considered. Student’s percentage should be 60 or more than 60 and the subject includes English.
    • 4U: grade 12 university-level course.
    • 4M: grade 12 university or college-level course.

Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Admissions

Applicants can apply through Ontario University Application Centre. After submitting the application, students will receive an email from the university to remind students to send the appropriate documents to the Laurier online registration and information system. Applicants should log in to LORIS website through ID and PIN number provided by the university.

  • Supplement documents such as transcripts, English proficiency test scores, reference letters, permanent residents, Sponsorship should be in PDF format.
  • Encrypted and secured files will not be approved by the university.
  • The maximum size of the PDF should be 1.2 MB. Students can scan files in black and white to reduce MB.

Application Portal: Online

Application Fee: 120 CAD

Academic Requirements:

  • Four year undergraduate in any course.
  • Overall Grade B in the undergraduate course.
  • In some courses, GMAT and GRE scores are required.

Academic Requirements Based On Various Programs

RequirementsMBAMACMA CriminologyMSc ChemistryMSc Management
Application Fee (CAD)120120120120120
GMAT/ GREGMAT: 600RequiredRequiredRequiredGMAT: 650
GRE: 305
Letter Of RecommendationRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Work Experience2 yearRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired

At Wilfrid Laurier University students will receive an email to send their documents in 3-5 days after applying through an online application. Students are recommended to check documents required of their own program because different documents are submitted for each program. Students can check their status through LORIS website.


Ques. Will students receive a refund for dropping the winter course 2020?

Ans. Students who decided to drop a course will not be offered any refund.

Ques. In what ways winter courses impact student’s progression requirements?

Ans. The assessment of advancement criteria, usually performed in April or August 2020, was pushed to April or August 2021. Students will still be expected to complete all the basic requirements for their course. University assures that students will not be removed.

Ques. Will the university offer a refund for the tuition of winter term students?

Ans. The university will not issue any type of refund to students. Although the university is providing all courses online to meet the student’s requirements.

Ques. Will spring, intersession, and summer 2020 incidental fees be reduced?

Ans. The university with Wilfrid Laurier university student union and graduate students association will eliminate certain incidental fees for spring, intersession, and summer 2020. Fees for late registration, the interest charged monthly for spring, intersession, and summer 2020, fees for athletics will not be charged. For more information visit

Ques. What supports offered to help students complete the spring, intersession, and terms summer?

Ans. Short term emergency financial assistance is available, work-study scholarships are also being offered, online learning system, incidental fees are reduced.

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