University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
Tel. (519) 888-4567
Funding and awards
Student Awards and Financial Aid has created a list of awards specifically for international experience and travel. International Development students can also apply for other types of scholarships posted through the University of Waterloo's Student Awards and Financial Aid office.
Bursaries are also available, which are based on financial need, not academic achievement.
For more information and to view current funding opportunities visit the Scholarships page.
Student Loans - Ontario Student Assistance Program
Students are eligible to apply for OSAP loans, or the equivalent student assistance loan program in other Canadian provinces, to cover educational costs. The field placement fee is an OSAP-eligible expense, as are any other program-related expenses.
For detailed instructions, visit the University of Waterloo Student Awards and Financial Aid web site.
Tuition and incidental fees
Tuition and incidental fees apply on a per-term basis as indicated in the tuition fee schedule.
Note that the 4th year of the INDEV program consists of three consecutive terms: Spring (pre-departure), Fall (field placement) and Winter (field placement and on-campus de-briefing program).
Field placement fee
A compulsory field placement fee of $3,000 will be charged to all INDEV students eligible for 4th year field placement. The fee is collected by the University of Waterloo and paid to World University Service of Canada (WUSC). The placement fee appears on the students’ tuition bill for the 4A, B, and C terms. The fee is an eligible expense under provincial student loan programs.
The field placement fee cover’s WUSC’s overhead costs of procuring field placements, maintaining partnerships with field offices and host organizations, evaluating field placements, monitoring and enhancing student safety, and providing emergency services as needed.
The fee includes the following services:
Identifying and securing high-quality and safe field placement opportunities
Coordinating with the INDEV FPC to ensure host organizations and student mandates meet program educational criteria and objectives
Pre-departure assistance with required travel and health documentation, financial budgeting, health and safety risk management
Pre-departure orientation and post-placement debriefing
Airport pickup and in-country orientation
24-hour medical emergency contact number in-country
Assistance to find local accommodation
Assistance and mentoring student to develop his/her WUSC Learning and Development Plan each term
Site visits to each student at least once per term
Evaluation of field placements with local supervisor
In-country assistance with personal and work-related issues
Access to a global network of WUSC alumni
Travel and living costs
WUSC provides students with an estimated budget for expected field placement costs by country, including airfare, visa, vaccinations, and living allowance for the eight months overseas. Students are responsible for ensuring they have enough funds to cover these costs as expenses arise. The estimated budget is based on last year’s actual costs incurred by student-volunteers, however, costs may change without notice due to fluctuations in local currency, fuel, rent, utilities, and food prices. Typically, students should expect to budget between $5,000 to $9,000 for airfare and basic living expenses (rent, utilities, food, local transport, and other essentials).