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Professional and Personal Development

There are many resources on campus to support your development as a researcher, member of the workforce, and person in general.

Waterloo International

Whether you are participating in a field course, research project, internship, or other University of Waterloo business, Waterloo International provides support to enhance your intercultural experience.

Volunteer Waterloo Region

A volunteer job board to help out in the community and build your skills!

English Speaking and Writing Practice

The Writing and Communication Centre organizes the English conversation circles, an interactive program for undergraduate and graduate students who are looking to talk with other students and build confidence in their English conversation skills. 

English for Multilingual Speakers (EMLS) credit courses for graduate students

English Language Studies at Renison University College offers EMLS credit courses for University of Waterloo graduate students whose dominant language is not English and who want to improve their English language skills. No additional tuition fees are required.

Foundational Training Program for Peer Leaders

The Foundational Training Program (FTP) for Peer Leaders provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to develop core skills for working in a peer-to-peer program at the University of Waterloo. The FTP supports the quality and efficacy of peer-to-peer programs across campus by providing centralized training for students to enhance skills that are critical to mentorship success, as well as workplace preparedness.

Student Leadership Program

Offered by the Student Success Office, the Student Leadership Program is a broad-based, experiential series of workshops available to current University of Waterloo students (undergraduate and graduate).

Research Centres and Institutes

The University of Waterloo is home to a large number of research centres and institutions covering a wide variety of research interests. Many of these centres and institutes welcome graduate student involvement and host regular events that are open to graduate students.

Professional Skills Foundations

Professional Skills Foundations is a professional skills credential for graduate students at the University of Waterloo.

Mitacs Training

Through the EDGE platform, Mitacs Training provides professional skills development courses for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Workshops are available throughout the year and are designed to complement hands-on research skills and experience.

LinkedIn Learning

All University of Waterloo students have access to web-based training from LinkedIn Learning, which offers over 13,000 online courses to help you learn software, creative, IT and business skills. Just-in-time training offers unlimited access available 24/7. Get started with LinkedIn Learning.