30 students from Jamaica study at Waterloo (fall 2018)
45 Waterloo alumni live in Jamaica (fall 2018)
Resources for students from Jamaica
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 Jamaica 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: Romahlio
Romahlio is in 3rd year of Computer Science and is originally from Portmore, Jamaica.
What were you looking for in a university?
When it was decided that I was coming to Canada, I did some research and narrowed down a list of the top 3 universities in the country. I wanted to attend a university with global recognition and a great computer science program.
I ultimately chose Waterloo because of its famed co-op program. I saw a great opportunity to challenge myself academically while getting the opportunity of working for a few companies in the industry.
What did you expect from Waterloo before arriving?
Visually, I expected the campus to have a lot of old buildings. I expected most classes to be large and impersonal. I also expected to be in an entrepreneurial environment where there is an abundance of opportunities for research and innovation.
Was there anything that was different from your expectations?
The first delightful surprise that the campus was very modern, there were a couple of new buildings when I just started here and there have been a few more added since. I was also appreciative of the fact that my classes were not as large as I'd expected and I was able to learn more effectively as a result.
What's your favourite part about Waterloo?
Everything has its advantages and disadvantages but I can say that I appreciate the challenge the computer science program represents, although the workload can be stressful at times, I like that it pushes me to improve. I also like the quiet nature of the city on most occasions.
- View our international visits schedule to see when we're visiting Jamaica
- Program and admission information for international students
- Scholarships and common questions about fees and scholarships
- Consulate of Jamaica in Toronto