Information for

Part-time and online studies at Waterloo

Take courses for general interest or work towards a degree with on-campus or online courses.

Part-time studies

  • Take 1 or 2 courses per term
  • Study online or on campus (daytime and/or evening courses)
  • Pursue courses for interest or work towards a degree

Online studies

  • Study part-time (1 or 2 courses) or full-time (3 to 5 courses)
  • Take courses for interest or work towards a degree
  • Over 240 courses in 40+ subject areas

Other ways to study

Non-degree studies

If you wish to take individual undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science without pursuing a degree, apply to non-degree studies.

Post-degree studies

If you have an undergraduate degree and are looking to take courses for general interest or to qualify for additional studies without pursuing a second degree, apply to post-degree studies.

Letter of Permission

If you're working towards an undergraduate degree at another Canadian university and want to take courses at Waterloo to count towards your degree, apply using a Letter of Permission


Application deadlines for part-time and online studies

Term you wish to start Application available Last day to apply Last day to submit documents
January-April 2018 (Winter) July 1, 2017 November 1, 2017 December 1, 2017
May-August 2018 (Spring) July 1, 2017 March 1, 2018 April 2, 2018
September-December 2018 (Fall) Early October 2017 June 29, 2018 August 1, 2018

Admission to the University does not guarantee enrolment in specific courses. Some courses are open only to students in a particular program.


Tuition for part-time students is charged on a per course basis. View the undergraduate fee schedule, select the term in which you're taking courses, and then click on the "per course fees" tab to view tuition amounts. If you take 1 or 2 on-campus courses, you will also be charged part-time incidental fees. Click on “incidental fees” for details.

Tuition for online students varies with the number of courses taken each term. View the undergraduate fee schedule for the term in which you're taking courses. If you're taking more than 2 courses, you are considered a full-time student. If you're enrolled in online courses only, you will not be charged any incidental fees.

How you apply depends on your background and educational goals


If you have questions or would like more information, email or call 519-888-4567, ext. 33548.