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Math in Europe

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The Math in Europe Program has been cancelled for 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Each spring term, two University of Waterloo mathematics professors take a small group of students to Europe. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in two different European cities for an extended period of time: about five weeks in Rome, Italy, and eight weeks in Montpellier, France. 

During your 90 days in Europe, you'll be taking the same three mathematics courses offered in Waterloo (MATH 235, MATH 237, and STAT 230), and thus would not fall behind in your studies relative to your peers. The courses will be offered in English by two Waterloo professors who will accompany you in Europe. You will receive a numerical grade for the math courses (as you would have in Waterloo) counting toward your GPA. The program includes a French language course as an elective credit - this cost is contained in the program fee – and receive a pass/fail credit for it. This is a great way to learn a new language or brush up on your French skills!

Participation in this program would fulfill the International Experience component of the Global Experience Certificate and give you a transferable asset, which you can add to your resume.

The information night will be an opportunity to hear more about the program, application process, timeline, costs, and more. Join us to get all of these details, and hear some great travel stories!

Students interested in the Math in Europe program will have to contact Francine Vinette to indicate their interest in the program and put their name on a list so that all information can then be forward directly to them. 

Program information and requirements

Duration: 90 days (late April - late July)

Number of students: 20 - 40 students 


  • Course requirements to enroll in Math in Europe:
    • Successful completion of MATH 135 and MATH 137 with a minimum of 65%
    • Registered in MATH 136 and MATH 138 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 60%
    • Students in ELAS are unable to participate in the Math in Europe program 
  • 18 years old by April 24 
  • Must have either paid or became "fees arranged" for the Spring term before April 15

Program itinerary

  • Five weeks in Rome at the University of Waterloo Campus Building, situated in Trastevere (the historic centre of the city), walking distance halfway between the Coliseum and Vatican City
  • Eight weeks at the University of Paul Valéry (Montpellier 3). It is an extension of one of the oldest universities in Europe (1289), situated 3 km from the centre of the city of Montpellier, and 14 km from the Mediterranean coast with easy access to beautiful beaches.
  • Lectures will be scheduled to provide the occasional three or four day weekends. There will be at least 3 group trips organized as part of the program (cost included in program fee) and enough free time for students to engage in their own European travel.

Program costs

  1. Fees for the three offered University of Waterloo courses. (The amount is identical to the cost if you took the same courses in Waterloo.) *This is not included in the program fee.
  2. About $1,000 to $1,500 for airfare (Toronto-Rome, Montpellier-Toronto, or your chosen return destination) *This is not included in the program fee.
  3. A program fee of €4500 (about $6,800 CAD). This fee includes:
    1. Accommodation in Rome and Montpellier
    2. Transfer to Montpellier
    3. All organized group trips (accommodation and transportation included)
    4. About half of the meals in Montpellier
    5. One French course as an elective (Pass/Fail credit transferred) – level to be individually determined once in Montpellier.
    6. Insurance while in Montpellier

Additional costs such as the University of Waterloo incidental and co-op fees, books or stationary and €2,500 (about $3,700 CAD) of personal living expenses (this is an approximation for the remaining cost of food/meals, sightseeing, visits to museums, souvenirs – this amount will vary based on the lifestyle of each student). Additional (optional) trips, other than the ones organized by the program, taken while in Europe are also not covered by the program fee. 

There are travel awards such as the Hewitt-Vinette Math in Europe award valued from $1,000 to $1,500 CAD available annually. This award is to help lower the cost of travel expenses associated with participation in the Math in Europe program.

Important notes:

  • All costs depend on the exchange rate (from CAD to EUR), student’s personal expenses, and a variety of other factors.
  • This is a non-profit program. The students’ program fees do not cover the expenses of the accompanying professors.
  • Participants in the Math in Europe program will be reimbursed for any unspent part of the program fee.