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.

Discover Waterloo

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Why international students choose Waterloo

Outstanding reputation

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International and national rankings place Waterloo among the world's top universities for many of our programs.

Co-op (paid internship)

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The largest co-op (paid internship) program in North America is open to Canadian and international students.

Career success

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Career success: Waterloo is ranked number one in Canada in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022.


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Contact a recruiter

Have questions about programs or applying from your country? Contact our international recruitment team.


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.