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International Profile

If you’ve ever used a smartphone, worn contact lenses, or been turned off by a tobacco warning, the University of Waterloo has already changed your life. As Canada’s leading innovation university, Waterloo equips you with the resources and expertise to bring ideas to life.

Our global reputation works for you
•    Canada’s most innovative university for 24 years in a row—Maclean’s news magazine
•    #1 comprehensive research university in Canada—Research Infosource
•    One of 14 universities worldwide to earn 5+ stars for outstanding performance—QS Stars Rating
•    “One of the world’s best technology schools”—The New York Times

Our graduates are in demand
Within six months of graduation, 91% of Waterloo grads are employed. Waterloo is #1 for career preparation among the country’s mid-sized and large universities (Maclean’s University Rankings 2016). This preparation makes you a valuable asset for any organization.

Google Canada’s Steven Woods cites Waterloo as one of the “top 3 recruiting universities for Google as a whole, worldwide.”

If you’re interested in forging your own path, Waterloo offers a strong entrepreneurial community. The University of Waterloo has trained more than 1,200 students through entrepreneurship programs. As of 2015, these Waterloo entrepreneurs have raised $2.6 billion (PitchBook).

Our co-op program is your competitive edge
Waterloo students are prepared to step directly into the workplace, thanks to our cooperative education program, the world’s largest co-op program. As a co-op student you can:
• Alternate between four-month work and study terms;
• Add two years of relevant workplace experience to your résumé;
• Grow your professional network and networking skills; and
• Help pay for your tuition: $37,000–$77,000 CAD potential earnings by graduation.

Waterloo co-op students currently work at Twitter, Apple, Ernst & Young, Bloomberg, Facebook, and The Hospital for Sick Children.




Waterloo’s main campus is located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It’s about 110 kilometers/68 miles from Toronto, Ontario, and 390 kilometers/240 miles from Detroit, Michigan. A diverse, mid-sized city, Waterloo is an affordable place to live and is student focused—home to two universities and a community college. In 2007 the city was named the World’s Most Intelligent Community.


Type of University: A publicly funded, coeducational university offering more than 100 undergraduate and over 100
graduate programs

Size of Campus: Our 1,000-acre main campus was designed with you in mind—it’s safe, park like, and pedestrian friendly. Waterloo also has campuses located in the cities of Kitchener, Cambridge, and Stratford.

Number of Students: 31,000 undergraduate and 5,200 graduate students

Number of Faculty: 1,174; student-faculty ratio: 31:1

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: All of our programs are offered through the following faculties and schools: Faculty of Applied Health Sciences; Faculty of Arts; Faculty of Engineering; Faculty of Environment; Faculty of Mathematics; Faculty of Science; School of Accounting and Finance; School of Architecture; David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science; School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development; School of Optometry; School of Pharmacy; School of Planning; School of Social Work  

Geographic Diversity: Waterloo students come from over 132 countries. Currently more than 5,500 international students study at Waterloo.

International Student Services: Our Student Success Office (SSO) is a full-service resource center for international students. You’ll find answers to your academic, social, cultural, legal, and financial questions. The SSO also leads an orientation session, offers programs to help you meet other international students, provides help to improve your English skills, and organizes on- and off-campus activities.

International Student Budget: (two terms)
Undergraduate Tuition        $ 17,200–$25,400 USD ($22,800–$33,800 CAD)
Graduate Tuition        $9,300–$11,100 USD ($12,400–14,800 CAD)
Room and Board        $4,500–$8,400 USD ($6,000–$11,200 CAD)

Financial Aid: Our scholarships are based on academic achievement. You are automatically considered for most scholarships; only a few require an application. Entrance scholarships range from $375–$60,000 USD ($500–$80,000 CAD).     
Test Score Requirements: High school diploma with prerequisite courses completed at the AP level and/or grade 12 senior academic level; applicants are required to submit SAT scores or the results of the ACT. The minimum SAT combined Math and Critical Reading score is normally 1100 for all faculties. The minimum ACT comprehensive score is normally 26 for all faculties; TOEFL iBT 90; IELTS 7.0

Application Deadlines and Fees: The application deadline to begin your studies in fall 2016 is March 31, 2016, for most programs. There are, however, some exceptions. The application fee is $155 CAD and lets you apply to three separate programs. There is a $50 fee for each additional program to which you apply. You can apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre at ouac.on.ca.