International Student Experience

Our friendly, knowledgeable, and supportive staff are here to help you every step of the way as you transition into life in Canada and become a part of the University of Waterloo community.

With more than 6,600 international students studying at the University of Waterloo, from more than 120 countries, it is our goal to provide resources and student services that will help you to be successful while studying here in Canada.


The International Student Experience team is located in the Student Success Office in South Campus Hall on the second floor. 

International Student Advisor drop-in hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00am - 5:30pm

You must bring your passport, Temporary Resident Visa (Canada Visa), study permit, and work permit (if you have one) when you visit us for immigration advising.

Student Success Office hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am - 6:00pm

Email: ise@uwaterloo.ca

  1. Feb. 17, 2017An update on the U.S. Executive Order on Immigration and Travel

    Peggy Jarvie, Associate Provost, Co-operative & Experiential Education, has released an update on the U.S. Executive Order on Immigration and Travel and how it will affect co-op students. 

  2. Feb. 1, 2017Office of the President releases a statement on U.S. executive order on immigration and travel

    President Hamdullahpur wrote in a statement on Monday that the University is actively reviewing the recent executive order from the President of the United States to understand more completely the impact for our community.

  3. Dec. 1, 2016International Peer Community in Winter term

    If you are an international student, and not feeling like you are settling into life on campus and in Canada, sign up for the International Peer Community (IPC). You will be matched with upper-year student mentors who can answer your questions, introduce you to free on-campus resources, and help improve your English. You will also make new friends with other students in your group. Apply now on Leads! Email Kevin Li if you have any questions.

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  1. Mar. 9, 2017International Student Income Tax Return Workshop (taxable income in 2016)

    Are you an international student filing your income tax return on your own this year? And had taxable income in 2016? We will explain the basics of how to file a Canadian income tax return as you work through your income tax return yourself. Register using your WatIAM user ID as space is limited. Bring your tax documents and laptop.
    Please note: We will not be covering information on foreign/world income (which includes home country scholarships) or dependents (spouse and/or children).

  2. Mar. 16, 2017International Student Income Tax Return Workshop (no taxable income in 2016)

    Are you an international student filing your income tax return on your own this year? And did not have taxable income in 2016? We will explain the basics of how to file a Canadian income tax return as you work through your income tax return yourself. Register using your WatIAM user ID as space is limited. Bring your tax documents and laptop.
    Please note: We will not be covering information on foreign/world income (which includes home country scholarships) or dependents (spouse and/or children).

  3. Mar. 30, 2017International Student Income Tax Return Workshop (taxable income in 2016)

    Are you an international student filing your income tax return on your own this year? And had taxable income in 2016? We will explain the basics of how to file a Canadian income tax return as you work through your income tax return yourself. Register using your WatIAM user ID as space is limited. Bring your tax documents and laptop.
    Please note: We will not be covering information on foreign/world income (which includes home country scholarships) or dependents (spouse and/or children).

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