43 students from Barbados study at Waterloo (fall 2018)
73 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.
- Association of Caribbean Students (ACS)
- International and Canadian Student Network - a student-run service that organizes events to help local and international students feel welcome at the University and in the Waterloo community
- International Peer Community - join groups of 8 to 10 international students to meet new people, build your support network, and learn about Canadian culture
- Immigration Consultants - can assist you with Canadian immigration status; medical, financial, and cultural adjustment; taxes; workshops; and preparing for Waterloo
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.
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.
- View our international visits schedule to see when we're visiting Barbados
- Program and admission information for international students
- Scholarships and common questions about fees and scholarships
- Consulate of Barbados in Toronto