What is the cost?


  • $40 non-refundable application fee.
  • Program fees of $4,400 (CAD) for the 2 weeks. This is payable in 2 installments of $2,200. 

Program fees include

  • hands-on learning in a range of subjects at the University of Waterloo
  • most meals and accommodation in a university residence
  • access to mentors and professors 
  • transportation between the University of Waterloo and Toronto Pearson International Airport (arrival and departure)
  • health insurance during your time on campus
  • recreational and cultural activities (including a day trip to Niagara Falls)
  • unlimited wireless to stay in touch with friends and family
  • applicable taxes

Thank you so much for this amazing adventure. IDEAS has taught me so many life skills, it's brought me new friends that I'll cherish forever, and it's given me a better understanding of who I am.

2018 IDEAS participant

Cancellations and refunds

We understand that sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances, plans need to change. Here is how we handle refunds.

  • The application fee $40 (CAD) is not refundable.
  • If you cancel before midnight (EST) on May 15th, you will incur a $500 (CAD) cancellation fee and we will refund you $1,700 (CAD).
  • If you cancel after May 15th, we unfortunately cannot provide a refund for the amount(s) you have paid.

Fees will not be returned if you are asked to withdraw from IDEAS Summer Experience for any reason (at the sole discretion of the University), for example, in the event that the rules of conduct are not complied with. 

My two weeks at IDEAS was definitely the highlight of my summer...probably my best experience in life so far.

2018 IDEAS participant