Applying to the Economics 2+2 Program - Economics or Mathematical Economics
Applications for September 2018 (Fall) entry are now open.
How to apply
Applications for September 2018 entry are now open until January 26, 2018.
- Carefully complete the online Application for Admission.
- Select the Arts/China 2+2 – WAE on the online application and Fall (September 2018) entry term.
- Please provide us with a current, valid e-mail address as we will be communicating with you throughout the application process through e-mail. Please do NOT use any qq.com e-mail addresses.
- The total application fee is $85.00 in Canadian funds. Payable to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre upon completing your online application. Preferred method of payment is Visa, Mastercard or AMEX. You can also arrange to pay by an International Money Order or Bank Draft, in Canadian Funds or Western Union Business Solutions – GlobalPay for Students (Bank-to-Bank Transfer for international payments only).
Required documents at the time of application
Required documents complete the application process, and must be received by Waterloo no later than January 31, 2018. The following documents are required:
- Your current official university transcript with a certified English language translation mailed directly from your university.
- If your current transcript does NOT indicate the courses in which you are currently enrolled you will need to include a letter (preferably from your advisor), outlining your current courses.
- A certified copy of your official Senior High School Graduation Diploma in a signed and sealed envelope
- Your official Chinese University Entrance Exam (Gaokao).
- A copy of your language test results: CET/TOEFL/IELTS – when available.
- A printed copy of your completed and signed application form.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: The transcripts and certified translation must be mailed or given directly to a University of Waterloo representative from your home university in a stamped and sealed envelope. The transcripts and documents cannot pass through your hands.
The required documents must be mailed once you have completed the online application to:
- Transfer credit assessments cannot be finalized until official transcripts are received for ALL course work completed. Please read about transfer credit rules for more information.
- Shortly after you apply you will receive an e-mail acknowledgement from the University of Waterloo. You will be given your Waterloo ID number (8 digits). Please include this number on all correspondence with Waterloo.
- Admission decision information will be sent to you via email beginning in March to early April 2018.
- Any questions regarding the Economics program at Waterloo can be forwarded to Tao Chen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joseph De Juan (email@example.com), 2+2 Advisors, Undergraduate Studies.
English language exam and interview
Each fall (October to December), Waterloo's Faculty of Arts will send a certified examiner to each partner university to assess the English proficiency of Economics 2+2 applicants with a written test and a personal interview. Admission decisions will be made based on both your English test score and academic standing.
There are four timed parts to the written test:
- Part I: Listening comprehension (15 minutes)
- Part II: Reading comprehension (30 minutes)
- Part III: Grammar and usage (45 minutes)
- Part IV: Writing (60 minutes)
Below is a breakdown of the structure of each section:
The listening comprehension test must be administered by a native speaker of English.
- Word Recognition: Students identify which word of a choice of four they hear a speaker say. There are 15 items.
- Sentence Completion: Students complete a spoken sentence with the word most suitable of four options. There are 10 items.
- Sentence Response: Students choose the best of four answers to a question they hear the speaker ask. There are 10 items.
- Paraphrase: Of the four sentences in each of 10 items, students choose the one which most accurately repeats the information in the model.
Example: It took John a long time to find out that he couldn't do the exercise .
a) John spent a long time working on the exercise before he finished it.
b) John spent a long time trying to finish the exercise.
c) John spent a long time on the exercise before realizing that he didn't know how to do it.
d) John spent a long time working on the exercise before he discovered how to do it.
- Sight passage: After reading a 350-word passage, students read 10 statements about it and determine which are true and which are false.
- Vocabulary: Each item consists of a word followed by four possible meanings. Students identify the word that is closest in meaning to the test word. There are 15 such items.
- General grammar questions: Students mark the letter corresponding to the word or phrase which most appropriately completes each of 25 sentences.
Example: Those towels are. . . . . . . for us to use to dry the dishes.
a) so wet
b) too wet
c) as wet
d) wet enough
- Idioms: Students fill in the blanks in 15 sentences with appropriate prepositions.
Example: Parents are expected to look _____ their children well.
Answer: Parents are expected to look after their children well.
- Sentence construction: On a separate page, students are asked to write grammatically complete sentences using each of 10 given words meaningfully.
Example: however We read the instructions three times; however , we still could not understand it.
On paper provided, students are to write a short essay on their choice of two given general topics. They may write as much as they want; but should aim for at least 300 words. If unsure about the topic, they are allowed to ask for help.
Important: Students must also count their words and put the total at the top of their first page.
Students are expected to complete each section within the allotted time. Students who finish early are to review their answers. They may use pen or pencil, whichever they prefer. They may not use any outside aids such as a dictionary.
The questions in Part I and in Part II: A and B are all multiple choice, and the answers are recorded on the actual test pages. The questions in Part II: C and in Part III are to be completed on paper supplied to the students. When the students are asked to do their own writing on this paper, we insist that they write on every other line.