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


  1. 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.

  2. Nov. 21, 2016Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System Update

    As of November 19, 2016, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) formula, used to rank profiles in the Express Entry system, has been updated. Express Entry is the system used to manage permanent residence applications under some of the economic immigration programs.

    This update includes additional points for a completed post-secondary degree in Canada, as well as a change in the points earned for LMIA qualifying job offers. For the complete list of changes, please read the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry notice.

    If you think any of the IRCC listed changes will affect you, you need to log into your online account and update your Express Entry profile by answering the new questions added. After you have updated your profile, the CRS will update your score.

  3. Nov. 18, 2016Order your Winterloo Care Package!

    Staying in Waterloo this winter holiday? Eat, drink and be merry with the Winterloo Care Package featuring a guide to seasonal events, swag, and special discounts around Waterloo. You will also receive a few emails about festive events taking place in town! Order yours now! It's free!

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