Our connection

student reading43 students from Barbados study at Waterloo (fall 2018)

graduation cap icon73 Waterloo alumni live in Barbados (fall 2018)


Resources for students from Barbados

Meet students from around the world

Students from more than 120 countries choose to study at Waterloo each year. Through your classes and our many student experience opportunities, you'll meet students from across Canada and around the world.

Here are some ways for you to connect with students from Barbados or with other international students.

Student spotlight: Aaliyah

Aaliyah is in 3rd year of Mathematics and is one of 42 students from Barbados studying at Waterloo.

What were you looking for in a university?

I wanted a university that would challenge me intellectually, while allowing me to grow holistically through developing social skills and gaining maturity.

I chose Waterloo firstly because of its co-op program. I felt like the experience I would gain by working and studying throughout my undergrad degree would ultimately prepare me for a career after university. I was also drawn to Waterloo because of its recognition as a competitive school for Mathematics, especially within the field of Actuarial Science which I am interested in pursuing.

What did you expect from Waterloo before arriving?

I expected to be pushed to improve my mathematical abilities and also expected that the overall experience would help me to become more mature as I would be living away from family and friends.

Even though I knew that the students would be predominantly Caucasian, I was shocked that there were so many Asian students. Prior to my involvement with the student clubs targeted towards black students, I felt isolated because I saw so few black students on campus and within my classes.

Female student smiling at camera

Aaliyah's favourite part of being at Waterloo are the people she has met through the Association of Caribbean Students and UWASA. "They make being away from home so much more bearable because we can relate to each other so well."

Why do you think Waterloo is a good fit for students from your country?

I think Waterloo is a good fit for Barbadian students because it would shift them from their usual comfort zone and challenge them to learn how to adapt to new and changing environments.

For any fellow Barbadians, I would suggest becoming active in the aforementioned clubs as they definitely helped me adjust to life here at Waterloo. I'd also say that while students come here to learn, university life should be an all-encompassing experience. That being said, have fun! Go out and try new things that you can't do back home! And lastly, prepare for the winter -- this isn't the island life.

Helpful resources