Welcoming the world's students to our campus

When we open our doors to guest students and faculty, not only do we encourage academic learning, but we’re also giving students access to new cultures, opinions and a globalized worldview. A strong global presence creates a more internationalized campus and greater diversity. Everyone wins.

Exchange students

With over 100 student exchange agreements, we’ve made it more convenient for international students to attend the University of Waterloo.

If you are interested in a Graduate Exchange, visit Graduate Studies

Study abroad students

The University of Waterloo has formal study abroad agreements with numerous institutions allowing you to come to Waterloo for a term or two and experience Canadian culture as you study through our Study Abroad program.

Visiting students 

Visiting students from around the world come to our campus each year to study, conduct research, or attend conferences/workshops. Student visits can be non-degree and non-credit. We welcome visiting graduate students to visit Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs for more information. Undergraduate students who wish to come to our campus as a non-degree visiting student or intern should start by finding a host faculty member at the University of Waterloo.

International high school students

International high school students are invited to join IDEAS, a 2-week enrichment program, this summer for a chance to work with other students from around the world on solving the world’s biggest problems. At IDEAS, you will make new friends, live on a university campus, and study a range of subjects.

Postdoctoral fellows

The University of Waterloo welcomes many Postdoctoral fellows to campus every year.

These Postdocs are supported by staff in our Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA). 

Other visitors

(This can include Academic Business Visitor, Academic Examiner/Evaluator, Conference Attendee, Guest Speaker, Guest Lecturer)

If your purpose for visiting the university matches one of these categories, please contact Fran Hannigan in our Legal and Immigration Services department. 

 1-Day visitors

If you are coming to visit the University of Waterloo and are interested in a campus tour or simply need directions on campus, please contact our Visitors Centre for information.