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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.


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Summer program for high school students

IDEAS Summer Experience is a 2-week enrichment program for international students who have completed grade 10 or 11.

Study a range of subjects, live in residence, make friends from around the world, and work towards solving the world’s big problems. Your big ideas start here.

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Study at Waterloo, improve your English 

If you're concerned that your English language scores are 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.

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Services for international students

Benefit from Waterloo advisors and special orientation sessions, peer communities, and representatives from your home country. 

Learn about the many services to help international students succeed at Waterloo.