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Welcome to the International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) website.

The International Optometric Bridging Program is designed to provide optometrists educated outside Canada and the United States with a structured orientation to Canadian standards of optometric practice. The program provides qualified applicants with opportunities to gain the critical language, academic and clinical skills necessary for registration in Canada.

Registration as an optometrist is provincially regulated and requirements vary slightly from province to province. It is strongly recommended that interested applicants research the specific registration requirements in the province(s) that are of most interest.

  1. Sep. 16, 2019Transition from International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) to Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science (WOVS) Advanced Standing Program

    The International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) project at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and Vision (WOVS) funded by the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities has provided a pathway for internationally-trained optometric graduates (IOGs) to practice optometry in Canada for the past 14 years. Based on the success of this program we will be transitioning this program to a self-sustaining model.

  2. Aug. 26, 20192020 Program Announcement

    The 2020 International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) will begin on Monday January 27th and tuition is set at $50,998.

    Offers of admission are anticipated to be sent out by late October, 2019.  Admission for the IOBP is based on the Internationally Graduated Optometrist Evaluating Exam (IGOEE) scores that are placed in rank order. Meeting the minimum eligibility threshold on the IGOEE does not guarantee an offer of admission to the IOBP.

  3. May 22, 20182019 Program

    The 2019 Bridging Program will begin on Monday January 28th and tuition is set at $47,326.

    Offers of admission are anticipated to be sent out in early October, 2018.  Admission for the IOBP is based on IGOEE scores that are placed in rank order. Meeting the minimum eligibility threshold on the IGOEE does not guarantee an offer of admission to the IOBP.

    Currently the demand for the IOBP exceeds program capacity and we are limited to offering 18 spaces for the 2019 program.

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