Come to Waterloo!
Whether you are thinking about coming to the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo on exchange or have already been accepted and are starting to plan your trip, this is the page for you.
Below, you will find resources to answer all the questions you may have about planning your stay in Waterloo, exploring the region, what to do on campus and where to find information for all of the important stuff like choosing your courses and applying for a study permit.
How to apply
When looking for courses that you might want to take during your exchange, you will want to start by looking at our undergraduate calendar and undergraduate schedule of classes. The undergraduate calendar lists all of our courses with their course descriptions and prerequisites (background knowledge you need to have to be able to take the course), and the schedule of classes will tell you which courses will be offered during each term. If you will be at Waterloo for two terms, only list courses you would like to take during your first term at Waterloo, as course selection for your second term will take place after your first term starts (typically at the end of September).
To find out which courses will be offered in Fall 2019, be sure to select "1199" as the term when searching the undergraduate schedule of classes. If you select a subject from the list and leave the course number blank, you will see all courses in that subject that are being offered during the term you selected. If a course does not show up, it is not being offered during that term.
You can find course outlines for most of our courses in the Faculty of Environment on our Environment Course Information page. Most of the courses are listed by term, with outlines from past terms, so this page will also give you an idea of which courses might be offered during your term at Waterloo.
As an exchange student, there are some courses that you will not be able to enrol in. Be sure to check the complete list of restricted courses for undergraduate students for all faculties before choosing courses, and pay attention to the prerequisites and other information listed with the course in the undergraduate calendar. Please note that most Planning (PLAN) courses tend to have small class sizes and can be difficult to enrol in as an exchange student, even if you are studying Planning at your home university.
If you have been admitted to the Faculty of Environment for your exchange, please contact Jaime Fohkens to make any changes to your course selection or enrolment, as you won't be able to make those changes yourself in Quest.
International student guide
The Student Success Office has created the International Student Guide to answer most of the questions you will have about coming to Canada. If you are wondering where you should live, what to pack, how much things will cost, how to adjust to Canadian culture, or even how to get to Waterloo from the airport, this is the place to look!
University of Waterloo information
- Clubs and campus activities
- Important dates 2018-2019
- International Peer Community
- International student resources
- Sports and recreation on campus
- Transcript request for undergraduates
- City of Kitchener
- City of Waterloo
- Downtown Kitchener
- Outdoor recreation
- Travel to and from the airport
- Uptown Waterloo
Please contact Jaime Fohkens if you have any other questions.