What do I need to do to go on exchange?
You must meet all of the Faculty of Engineering criteria, in particular you must have a minimum 70% overall average, with emphasis on the last two terms before the exchange.
Where can I go?
View the list of current exchange partner institutions.
I want to go on exchange but my marks are below 70%, what can I do about it?
This is the minimum acceptable average for participation in an engineering exchange program. Unless there are major extenuating circumstances, such as personal illness, you will not be permitted to go on exchange. The final decision, ultimately, rests with your Undergraduate Officer and the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering.
Can I go on exchange in fourth year?
Normally, this is not possible but, in some programs it may be allowed. Check with your Undergraduate Officer or Advisor for further guidance.
Why can't I go on exchange in second year?
It is felt that you would not have enough course work to form a solid foundation for study elsewhere. So students are encouraged to participate in 3A, 3B, and/or 4A, depending on UW course requirements. It is best to check with your Undergraduate Officer or Advisor about the best term to go on exchange.
Where do I get the application forms?
All Waterloo students must apply through Waterloo Passport so it's best to check out the application process at Go Abroad. In addition, many the partner schools have their own forms which need to be completed but the Global Learning Coordinators in the Student Success Office will advise you of what needs to be done when.
How do I apply for financial assistance, if there is any?
There are a number of awards available through the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office for students participating in exchanges.
Can I take part in a work term while on exchange?
Most exchanges are academic only with a very small number with work terms attached.
I'm in 2B, I want to go to France and I don't speak French, what can I do?
To participate in a non-English speaking exchange, you must have a minimum of 3 university-level courses, if you have no previous knowledge whatsoever. If you have some previous experience with French (or German or Spanish, etc.), then you would normally need to have a minimum of 2 university-level courses, or equivalent.
What's the best term to go on exchange?
Normally, 3A, 3B and/or 4A.
When do I apply?
You would apply a full year (and sometimes more) before your anticipated departure date. For example, if you want to go on exchange in Fall 2022 and/or Winter/Spring 2023, your application must be complete and submitted in Waterloo Passport by November 1, 2021 (to be considered in the first round of matching).
How do I arrange for my grad photo if I'm out of the country?
It's best to check with the Waterloo Engineering Society.
What happens about my Iron Ring if I'm away on exchange?
It's best to check with Cooperative Education and Professional Affairs in the Engineering Undergraduate Office.
What's a Watcard?
How do I enroll for subjects/courses? And how many do I have to take?
You must take a minimum of 3 undergraduate courses (at .5 credits each for a total of 1.5 credits) to maintain your full-time status, with a maximum of 5 courses (or the equivalent of 2.5 credits).
Exchange students cannot self-enroll into courses but instead must do so by emailing your course requests directly to the Engineering Exchange Administrative Coordinator.
Can I take courses outside of Engineering?
Normally, you are permitted to take courses in any faculty at Waterloo, depending on course availability and enrolment limits. However, be sure to refer to the list of courses not open to exchange students.
Why can't I take a particular course?
There are restrictions on some courses where demand is quite high, for example Computer Science. Or some courses may only be available to degree-seeking students, such as PD (Professional Development). As an exchange student at Waterloo, you are considered "non-degree" as you are not seeking a degree from Waterloo but rather taking courses which, hopefully, will count toward the degree at your home institutiion.
How do I change subjects/courses?
Week 1 and 2 of every term is known as the "drop/add" period, meaning you may ADD new courses and DROP those you do not wish to take.
You must ADD courses by the end of week 2; and DROP others by the end of week 3.
However, if you wish to DROP a course in weeks 4 to 8, you will be withdrawn from the course but it will still appear on your transcript with a mark of WD (withdrawn); and, from the beginning of week 9 until the start of final exams, a WF (withdrawn/failed) will appear on your transcript.
Once final exams begin, you may NOT drop any courses.
But remember: any course changes must be processed either in-person or by email by the Engineering Exchange Administrative Coordinator.
When do I get my final marks?
Visit the Come to Waterloo page for final transcript information.
While at Waterloo, who looks after my overall program?
The Engineering Exchange Administrative Coordinator will be able to help you with any questions you may have.
I need a letter confirming my status as a student at Waterloo, where can I get it?
You'll need to contact the Global Learning Coordinators at the Student Success Office.