Waterloo Engineering Shadow Program

Experience a day-in-the-life of a Waterloo Engineering student! 

Attend classes, labs and tutorials with a current student, and learn about their program, experiences and why they chose Waterloo!

After submitting your request, we'll match you up with an ambassador in your program of interest, who will be your shadow day guide. Your guide will contact you to learn more about your interests (both academic and extra-curricular), schedule a date, and plan your visit.

Shadow Days are currently closed due to end of term exams. Please return in May when classes resume.  

Program details

  • It is our goal to match up all Shadow Day requests within 2-3 weeks of the request submission. This is a program run by the Engineering Student Ambassadors, and due to term workload, availability with current students, and high demand, response time may occasionally exceed 3 weeks. In some cases, Shadow Day requests may not be accommodated during the requested time period for these reasons. Special requests can be emailed to: shadowdays@engambassadors.uwaterloo.ca
  • Visits may go beyond classes to include other shared interests, such as clubs and student teams
  • If interested, shadows are encouraged to schedule campus and residence tours during their visit
  • You'll be provided with a customized itinerary before your visit, outlining activities and locations, and contact information (in case of emergencies)
  • Activities outside of classes, labs and tutorials must be approved by Engineering's Marketing and Undergraduate Recruitment Specialist
  • In general, activities will take place on Waterloo’s main campus during regular business hours (8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Beyond the visit, shadows and parents/guardians are welcomed to  continue conversations with our ambassador team throughout the post-secondary application process

Choosing your program

Not sure which programs you're interested in? Try our Engineering Quiz to get a better idea of where you might fit in well academically. You’ll be given three program options to explore.Engineering quiz button