What is the cost of the exchange?
May be slightly more expensive than UWaterloo, depending on the exchange. Some exchange universities may supply cash or cheap accommodation.
Will my UWaterloo scholarship be valid on an exchange?
Canadian scholarships may be continued on official exchanges.
Can I do a co-op term during the exchange?
Co-op jobs may be available, depending on the exchange. Please note that on some exchanges the pay is very low!
For co-op students - there will be no access to WaterlooWorks while on exchange.
Who do I pay tuition to, UWaterloo or the host university?
Fees are paid to the University of Waterloo, so you will still be a UWaterloo student.
Exchange Program: The process stays the same, your tuition fees will be assessed at the University of Waterloo and your responsibility to pay your tuition fees by the term deadline date.
Note: Students on exchange pay a full load of a five course fee (per term) at UWaterloo and are registered as "on exchange" (2.5 units).
What happens to my Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) if I go on exchange?
Students going on an exchange and currently receiving OSAP funding remain eligible for it and will continue receiving this financial assistance, provided the application deadlines listed on the web are followed.
OSAP has to be picked up by either the student, or a power of attorney that the student has appointed - before they leave. See the Student Awards and Financial Aid website for further information. It is very important that the student set this all up before they leave the country.
What are the language requirements?
Minimum three university courses or OAC plus one course. Must be fluent in the exchange language.
Note: These requirements only apply for universities where the language of instruction is not English. Check the program list for the language of instruction of each country.
Are there any exchanges where the language of instruction is English?
Yes, all of the British and many of the Hong Kong, Singapore, and Swedish exchange programs are taught in English.
Do I need to fulfill the above language requirements even if I am already fluent in the language of instruction?
No, students who are already fluent in exchange language do not need to take language courses.
What are the minimum requirements?
Minimum requirements: applicants must be in third year or fourth year and have a cumulative average of 70% for plans in mathematics.
Note: that some universities require an even higher average (your faculty and term averages will also be considered).
When do I apply?
At least six months before you intend to go.
How do I apply?
What permits do I need to study abroad?
Most countries will require some kind of student visa or study permit; however these requirements are different for each country. Contact the embassy of the country you wish to visit to find out their specific requirements.
The host institution will provide instructions regarding your required travel documents. Visit What to know before your go.
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Will the courses that I take away be valid towards my program graduation requisites?
Use the new online course descriptions as a guide with some previously approved courses for certain programs. Changes can be made later on. We will continue to monitor and ADD new courses.
You should check the list of courses offered by the host university, choose the courses that are most related to your plan of study. You should seek your undergraduate academic advisor to review, and have the courses pre-approved with a UWaterloo transfer credit match.
Do I need to get health insurance?
Health insurance will be necessary for travel outside of Canada.
Do I need to find my own accommodation?
Accommodation may be available in residence through some exchanges. You will do this on your own or in conjunction with the host university.
How long is an exchange?
Generally one four-month term minimum and one year maximum away. You are permitted to participate in two exchange experiences during your undergraduate career at UWaterloo.
NOTE: Please be advised that semester (term) dates do vary
Are my marks or grades transferred?
Grades are not applied to your UWaterloo degree. You will receive a credit (CR) or no credit (NCR).
Are there any UWaterloo international representatives/counselors at other universities?
No. However, there are people at the host universities that can help you with many issues, as well as the UWaterloo exchange coordinators who may be contacted through email.