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. 27, 2017Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) PhD Graduates stream

    The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has also temporarily closed the International Students PhD 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 24 as well as application requirements. The Human Capital Priorities stream and the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream are still open at this time.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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