International student admission

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With more than 30,000 students from 120 countries at Waterloo, you'll meet students, professors, and researchers from across Canada and around the globe.

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Questions about the Government of Canada's recently-announced visa cap for international students?

We're committed to supporting our international students, and we'll share updates as we learn more. 

Why international students choose Waterloo

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Have questions about what it's like to study at Waterloo? Ask a current student.

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Have tips and articles emailed to you once a month, including information specifically for international students.

Contact a recruiter

Have questions about programs or applying to Waterloo? Contact our international recruitment team.

Virtual drop-in sessions

High school students outside of Canada and international students in Canada are invited to our online drop-in sessions. Join anytime and ask our international recruitment team about programs, applying, co-op, residence, scholarships, and more. Convert your timezone to Waterloo's.

If you have legal and immigration questions, please contact the Student Success Office.

Services to help you succeed

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  • Scholarships and awards specifically for international students
  • Free immigration consulting
  • Learn from other international students through a peer community
  • Stay on campus during holidays through a special program for international students
  • Paid part-time jobs on campus for students who need financial assistance
  • Resources to help you improve your English
  • An online student guide that covers before you arrive through first year

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A city for students

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Home to two universities and a college, the city of Waterloo caters to the 50,000 students who call the area home. Enjoy shops, restaurants, and festivals throughout the year.

Connect with friends from home

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It's great to meet new friends, but sometimes it's nice to connect with students from home. Among our 250+ clubs are the African Student Association, Indian Cultural Association, Muslim Students' Association, and more.