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Fall 2020 term information

New students

We’re excited for you to begin your first year at Waterloo and we want to make sure you know what the fall term will look like. As promised, here is more information about our courses for fall 2020. Not sure which faculty offers your program? View programs listed by faculty.

For courses delivered online, some may have real-time activities like online meetings and lectures. If these elements are part of your course, we have asked our instructors to make sure that no students in the class are disadvantaged if they are unable to participate synchronously.

As we confirm more details, we will keep this page updated

If you’re a high school or transfer student who has received or accepted an offer of admission for September, please also refer to our FAQs for you

Returning students

Waterloo is preparing fall term for you! Below you will find current details pertaining to course delivery in your faculty for the fall 2020 term. Any course components that are delivered in-person will be done following the guidance of public health officials as required.

For courses delivered online, some may have real-time activities like online meetings and lectures. If these elements are part of your course, we have asked our instructors to make sure that no students in the class are disadvantaged if they are unable to participate synchronously.

As we confirm more details, we will keep this page updated.


Co-op program information

Co-operative and Experiential Education is engaging with co-op students to help them search for jobs and navigate their work terms in light of COVID-19.

If you have a work term scheduled for  Spring 2020, Fall 2020 or Winter 2021, please visit the webpages below to learn about changes to your work term and how co-op processes and requirements have been altered to help students meet their degree requirements. 

If you have questions related to co-op, please reach out to your co-op advisor by sending a message through WaterlooWorks. Your advisor is there to support you as you search for work, make career decisions and make the most of your work term.

Students in other work placements can reach out to their academic supervisor if they have any concerns. 


International student supports

International students can access free and confidential online appointments with our experienced and dedicated team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) who are licensed with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). 
 
The University’s International Student Experience provides a variety of supports, available online, for international students including:


Taking courses at other institutions

All University travel is currently suspended. For most up-to-date travel-related University of Waterloo instruction, visit the Health and travel guidance page

Letter of Permission Applications

On March 20, the Office of the Registrar announced changes to Letter of Permission Applications.

For spring and fall 2020: The University of Waterloo has instituted a travel ban. If you are wishing to study at a post-secondary institution on Letter of Permission (LOP) for either spring or fall 2020, you will only be able to do so if the courses are being offered online or, for in-person classes, if you are already in the city where the institution is located (i.e., no travel is required) and the institution is operating. This will allow you to continue your studies if you have returned home. Review the University's travel advice on the Coronavirus Information website for up-to-date information. Special note: If you already applied for a spring LOP and would like to withdraw your application, your application fee will be refunded. Contact askthecentre@uwaterloo.ca to initiate the refund.


AccessAbility Services

Although the doors of AccessAbility Services and the Exam Centre are temporary closed, our staff our still available and committed to students. AAS will continue to support students with assistive technology, learning strategy support, and accommodation consulting to ensure you are supported in the online space. 

Find out more about AccessAbility Services modified services.


Accommodations due to COVID-19

You can find details on normal academic regulations and accommodations on the University’s academic calendar.

You are reminded that our rules for accommodations for justified absence from class and/or from assessments are in place to support student success and to mitigate the effects of extenuating circumstances on their academic progress. These accommodations remain in place for alternative course delivery.

Find out how to self-declare an illness.

Accommodation for illnesses

We have made the University of Waterloo Verification of Illness form for students a self-declaration, which means students do not need a doctor’s note for accommodation if they become ill. Students can find the Illness self-declaration form in the Personal Information section of Quest. 

Other accommodations due to COVID-19 

When in-person courses resume, if you are delayed from returning to class because of the coronavirus outbreak – please communicate with your instructors and advisors as soon as possible about your absence.

If you believe you have extenuating circumstances or have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 which has affected your academic record, you may wish to discuss with your academic advisor whether to submit a petition for exception to academic regulations in line with Policy 70.