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International students

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Each year, Waterloo welcomes nearly 6,000 students from more than 120 countries.

Steps to becoming a Waterloo student

  1. Explore our programs and admission requirements.
  2. Review English language requirements.
  3. See if a Waterloo representative is visiting a city near you.
  4. How to apply.

Waterloo and your country

Learn about the connections between Waterloo and some of the most common countries that our students call home.

Summer program for international high school students

IDEAS is a 2-week enrichment summer program for international students who have completed grade 10 or 11. Study a range of subjects, live in residence, make new friends from around the world, and work towards solving the world’s big problems. Your big ideas start here.

Study at Waterloo while improving your English skills

If you're interested in attending Waterloo but are concerned that your English language test scores might fall below our requirements, you could still study at Waterloo, earning university credit while improving your language skills. You can also complete 4-week summer English language programs at Waterloo's Renison University College.

Helping international students succeed

With advisors and orientation sessions for international students, peer communities, and global representatives to connect with someone from your home country, we offer many services to help international students succeed at Waterloo.