User Experience Design (BDes) – Wilfrid Laurier University – Brantford Campus


LOCATION: Brantford, Ontario
SCHOOL TYPE: University
ENTRANCE DATES: January, May, September
SCHOLARSHIPS: 7 Scholarship(s)
TELEPHONE: (519) 884-0710 – 3385
TOLL-FREE: Not Reported
FAX: Not Reported
ADDRESS: 73 George Street, Brantford, Ontario, Canada


Wilfrid Laurier University is a mid-sized university located in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and is a premier destination for students from around the world. Every year, we are proud to welcome international students into our inclusive, friendly community that celebrates culture and diversity. Our commitment to purposeful learning ensures you will graduate ready for the real world and ready to leave your mark on the world. In our campus communities, the communities we live, learn and work in, and our global community, Laurier builds meaningful connections that have a lasting impact.

Our programs in business, liberal arts, human and social sciences, and social work will help you launch your career by giving you real-world experience as part of your studies. You’ll grow culturally, too: There are dozens of student clubs and groups on campus, and you’ll meet other students from Canada and around the world who share your interests and experiences. Laurier offers a truly Canadian experience in a community that inspires a world of difference.

You can download a digital copy of Laurier’s international student viewbook (available in English and Chinese) or submit a request to have a printed copy mailed to you.

March Break Open House
Join us for our March Break Open House to fully explore all that Laurier has to offer.

Waterloo Campus Open House is on Saturday, March 11. Brantford Campus Open House is on Saturday, March 18. See our Open House page for more information, including how to register.


Areas of Expertise


Laurier offers a unique blend of traditional and innovative undergraduate programs on our Brantford campus. Students studying in Brantford can take programs from the following faculties: Liberal Arts, Human and Social Science, Social Work, and the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. We are committed to academic excellence and our approach to teaching brings classroom learning into the outside world, providing you with both the theory and experience you need for success.

At Laurier, our community culture is at the core of who we are and what we do. From day one, you will feel welcomed and encouraged to find your place in the many faculties, clubs, teams and associations we have to offer.

We also offer our students the Laurier Experience Record, the first of its kind in Canada. The experience record is an interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on learning opportunities that you can share with potential employers to show the skills and experience you gained by engaging in Laurier’s student life activities on campus and in the community.


On Campus Housing

# Beds Lowest Highest
Female only: Lowest: $7,151 Highest: $7,665
Male only: Lowest: $7,151 Highest: $7,665
Co-ed: Lowest: $7,151 Highest: $7,665


Going away to university may be the first time you’ll live away from home. This new freedom is exciting, but it’s also an adjustment.

Immerse yourself in a community of support from your first day at Laurier, where staff and upper-year students are committed to your personal growth, development and safety. Share this new beginning with friends and create lifelong connections with the people you meet.

Our residence buildings are more than just a place to sleep and study; they are strong communities that encourage personal growth and development.


Off Campus Housing


If you decide to live off-campus, whether you’re a first- or senior-year student, we have some resources to help you in your search.

Remember, just because you live off-campus, that doesn’t mean that you need to miss out on events. Connect with LOCUS and find events on the Student Events Calendar.

Check out our partnerships for rental listings and helpful tips for you to consider when renting.


Incoming Students


To help with the transition to university, Laurier offers Laurier 101, a collection of programs specifically tailored to incoming international students, to provide support from the time students accept their offer until their first week of classes and beyond. Online programming includes course registration webinars, International Headstart and Online Summer Orientation. In-person programming includes International Orientation and Orientation Week, which consist of social activities, academic information sessions, opportunities to talk to campus staff and engagement with other incoming Laurier students.


Career Planning


The Career Development Centre provides assistance and guidance to all Laurier students and alumni, and has programming tailored to the specific needs of international students, including a career consultant dedicated to supporting international students. Through the Career Centre, students can get help with resumes, cover letters and interview skills; learn job search tips and techniques; attend workshops on career development; attend networking events with professionals and alumni; and attend various career and job fairs, including the largest career fair in Canada.




Students at the Brantford campus have the option of participating in extramural sports, offered through Ontario Collegiate Recreation, playing alongside other colleges and universities. Current extramural sports include: co-ed dodgeball; co-ed volleyball; men’s basketball; women’s basketball; men’s hockey; and women’s hockey.




Fitness and recreation facilities are available to students at the Laurier Brantford YMCA, a new 120,000-square-foot complex, which includes: an aquatics centre; a fitness centre; large studios for group fitness classes; strength-training equipment; a student lounge; and multipurpose spaces for social, educational and cultural programming. Access to the YMCA is included in student fees.




Laurier offers more than 250 student-led clubs and associations, with 5,000 active members, as well as faculty and program associations, which consist of student representatives of the faculties and programs offered on campus. The wide variety of clubs and associations provide endless opportunities for student engagement in both Waterloo and Brantford, and if a certain club does not exist, students are able to start one themselves.


Information Technology


Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) offer online services to help make student life at Laurier easier. All registered students are assigned a MyLaurier email address, which will be used for all official communication with the university. Wifi is available on both campuses and internet services are available in all residence buildings. Computer labs on both campuses are available to all registered students, with some faculties and departments maintaining computer labs exclusively for their own students. The Laptop Loaner Program gives students access to a loaner laptop (either a PC or Mac) for up to 14 days.




There are a variety of culturally focused student-led clubs and organizations active on the Brantford campus, as well as cultural celebrations such as Diwali, Lunar New Year and the annual Multicultural Gala. Students are encouraged to share and celebrate their culture and support is available from a variety of departments.


Special Services


Advising and support services are available to all students at Laurier. Student success programs include assistance with mathematics, study skills and writing development, and are delivered in small group settings or through one-on-one consultations. Academic advising is available to help students navigate their program, overcome academic challenges and to help plan for the future, both academically and professionally. The Accessible Learning Centre provides support to students with documented disabilities to help them reach their full academic potential.

Through Laurier International, International Student Advisors are available to assist students with immigration needs, academic transition, and cultural transition and engagement. The Student Wellness Centre provides all students with physical, mental and emotional wellness support, and offers programs that focus on overall student wellbeing, including nutrition, exercise and sleep. The Special Constable Service prioritizes student safety with 24-hour campus patrols and video surveillance of many campus buildings. The Foot Patrol program, offered on both campuses, is provided by student volunteers and ensures students get home safely. The SAFEHawk app connects students with Special Constables and Foot Patrol, as well as provides other safety and wellness information.


Affiliated Institutions


Martin Luther University College (located in Waterloo).


International Involvement


Laurier has exchange agreements with 70 institutions in 25 countries around the world, and students can study abroad for a semester or a year. Students can also study abroad through faculty-led programs abroad, which are short-term international excursions led by Laurier faculty. Other international opportunities include the Alternative Reading Week, where students spend the winter reading week on a build in El Salvador, and the Summer Leadership Experience in China. The Laurier-Ghana Partnership sees Laurier students spend a summer in Ghana on an internship, while scholars from Ghana come to Laurier to study.


Campus Tour


Visitors are always welcome at Laurier, and our Welcome Centre and ambassadors would be happy to share more about our campus and community. To arrange a campus tour, contact the Welcome Centre in Brantford at 519.756.8228 x5693 or email us at You can also explore the Brantford campus online with our Virtual Reality campus tour.




The Laurier Experience Record is a record of a student’s co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and engagement, and is useful to share with potential employers.

Laurier also offers more than 100 online courses, allowing students to study from a distance or to fit a class into a busy schedule.

To help students with financial literacy, Laurier offers a Money Management program, providing financial support and guidance and offering workshops that allow students to earn a Money Management certificate.


Requirements for International Students


All international students must meet both the program-specific admission requirements as well as the curriculum-specific admission requirements. Program-specific admission requirements can be found on each program’s page. For more information on curriculum-specific admission requirements, please visit our admissions website.

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your English proficiency. You can submit a minimum score on a test of English proficiency or complete the minimum scores required.


Procedure for International Students


To apply to Laurier, submit your application through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre.


Academic Year

Type of System Semester
Entrance Dates January, May, September
Notes: Our main entrance term is September, when all programs are available for entry. Not all programs are available to start in January and May.

Don’t miss important application deadlines. If you apply after these deadlines, your application will be considered only if there is space available in the program.

Language of Instruction English


Tuition Fees

International Students: $28,096 – $29,250

Notes for International Students:


Review our breakdown of estimated first-year expenses for more information on the cost to attend Laurier.


Supplementary Fees 2023 – 2024

Personal Expenses
Lowest $2,400
Highest $5,200


This includes all your personal expenses from groceries to your phone plan to personal shopping.


University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) Fee
Lowest $720
Highest $720

NOTE: This fee is mandatory.

Lowest $7,151
Highest $7,665


We offer various residence accomodations including single and double apartment style.


U-Pass (Brantford Transit)
Lowest $52
Highest $52

NOTE: This fee is mandatory.

Incidental Fees
Lowest $93
Highest $470


Incidental fees contribute to many aspects of student life and campus amenities. Some incidental fees are compulsory and charged to all students, while others are program specific. Some incidental fees are optional, and you have the ability to opt out by a set deadline.


Meal plan
Lowest $880
Highest $1,200


Our Brantford Campus Convenience Plan can be used to buy groceries at a local grocery store, grab a coffee on campus or eat out at various food establishments in the downtown core.


International Students
Entrance: 0 Lowest: $1,000 Highest: $4,000
In-School: 0 Lowest: $500 Highest: $1,500

Notes for International Students


When you apply to Laurier, you will be automatically assessed for an entrance scholarship, based on your final grades. No application is required. In your upper years, you will be automatically 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.

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.


7 scholarship(s) found.
Scholarship Value Deadline Monthly Views
HIP Developments “What Will You Create?” ScholarshipConestoga CollegeUniversity Of WaterlooWilfrid Laurier University – Brantford CampusWilfrid Laurier University – Waterloo CampusAny $1,000 November 01, 2019 Low
Alec S. Catherwood Scholarship In String PerformanceWilfrid Laurier University – Brantford CampusWilfrid Laurier University – Waterloo CampusViolin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments n/s n/s Low
Ann And Barry Shorrocks Memorial ScholarshipWilfrid Laurier University – Brantford CampusWilfrid Laurier University – Waterloo CampusSociology n/s n/s Low
Zronik AwardWilfrid Laurier University – Brantford CampusAny n/s n/s Low
CAS Academic And Community Service Award For Part Time StudentsWilfrid Laurier University – Brantford CampusWilfrid Laurier University – Waterloo CampusAny n/s n/s Low
Colleen E Miller AwardWilfrid Laurier University – Brantford CampusBusiness/Commerce, General n/s n/s Low
Eileen Hogan Woodburn And John Woodburn Memorial AwardWilfrid Laurier University – Brantford CampusAny n/s n/s Low


Applied Health Studies (BASc) / Applied Health Studies (BASc) with Teaching Option Bachelor; Honours
Business Technology Management (BBTM) Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Computer Science (BA in Combination) Bachelor; Honours
Criminology (BA) Bachelor; Honours
Digital Media and Journalism (BA) Bachelor; Honours
English (BA) / English (BA) with Teaching Option Bachelor; Honours
Game Design and Development (BA in Combination) Bachelor; Honours
Game Design and Development (BA) / Game Design and Development (BA) with Teaching Option Bachelor; Honours
Health Management (BA) Bachelor; Honours
Health Studies (BA) Bachelor; Honours
History (BA) / History (BA) with Teaching Option Bachelor; Honours
Human Rights and Human Diversity (BA) Bachelor; Honours
Indigenous Studies (BA in Combination) / Indigenous Studies (BA in Combination) with Teaching Option Bachelor; Honours
Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program Not Applicable
Law and Society (BA) Bachelor; Honours
Law Degree (University of Sussex, UK) and Arts Degree (Laurier) Bachelor; Honours
Policing (BA in Combination) Bachelor; Honours; Online
Psychology (BA) / Psychology (BA) with Teaching Option Bachelor; Honours
Social and Environmental Justice (BA) Bachelor; Honours
Social Work (BSW) / Social Work (BSW) with Teaching Option Bachelor; Honours
User Experience Design (BDes) Bachelor; Honours
Youth and Children’s Studies (BA) / Youth and Children’s Studies (BA) with Teaching Option Bachelor; Honours


Admissions for Canadian Students
Recruitment and Admissions Office
73 George Street
Brantford, ON   N3T 2Y3
Tel: (519) 884-0710, Ext 3385

Admissions for International Students
Recruitment and Admissions Office
73 George Street
Brantford, ON   N3T 2Y3
Tel: (519) 884-0710, Ext 3385

Campus Tours
Welcome Centre
73 George Street
Brantford, ON   N3T 2Y3
Tel: (519) 756-8228, Ext 5693

Financial Aid
Service Laurier
73 George Street
Brantford, ON   N3T 2Y3
Tel: (519) 884-0710, Ext 3385

Department of Residence
73 George Street
Brantford, ON   N3T 2Y3
Tel: (519) 756-8228, Ext 5805


Waterloo Campus
Recruitment and Admissions Office
Waterloo, ON   N2L 3C5
Tel: (519) 884-0710, Ext 3385


Faculty of Human & Social Sciences
73 George Street
Brantford, ON   N3T 2Y3
Tel: (519) 756-8228, Ext 5994

Faculty of Liberal Arts
73 George Street
Brantford, ON   N3T 2Y3
Tel: (519) 756-8228, Ext 5894

Faculty of Social Work
73 George Street
Brantford, ON   N3T 2Y3
Tel: (519) 756-8228, Ext 5201

Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
73 George Street
Brantford, ON   N3T 2Y3
Tel: (519) 884-0710, Ext 3385


Martin Luther University College
Waterloo, ON   N2L 3C5
Tel: (519) 884-0710, Ext 3234

School of International Policy and Governance
Balsillie School of International Affairs
Waterloo, ON   N2L 6C2
Tel: (226) 772-3122

General Contact Information
Recruitment and Admissions
73 George Street
Brantford, ON   N3T 2Y3
Tel: (519) 884-0710, Ext 3385

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