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. 24, 2017Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) update

    The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has temporarily closed the International Students Masters Graduates stream due to their registration intake limit being reached at this time. The OINP stated they will resume accepting applications through this stream in the next three months. Streams will be paused and reopened periodically until the province’s 2017 federal allocation is fulfilled. Please carefully read the OINP updates from February 21 to 23 to as well as application requirements. The International Students PhD Graduates stream, the Human Capital Priorities stream, and the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream are still open at this time.

  2. Feb. 23, 2017Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) reopened certain streams

    The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has reopened the International Students Masters Graduates and PhD Graduates streams as well as the Human Capital Priorities stream as online applications through a new online system. These streams are paths to permanent residence. Please read the OINP updates from February 21 and 22 carefully as well as application requirements.

  3. 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. 

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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. 27, 2017Express Entry Presentation

    A representative from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be presenting on the requirements to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada through the Express Entry system.

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