Resources for Graduate Students

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Academic, career, and professional development

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Centre for Career Action (CCA)

Career advisors at CCA assist students with career management, preparation for graduate/professional school, work searches, and setting professional goals. Book an appointment, go to a drop in session, or attend one of the many workshops and events!

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Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

The CTE aims to work with individuals, academic departments and academic support units to promote effective teaching and meaningful learning. CTE has several services to support graduate students. There are regular workshops and presentations, 3 different certificate programs, various resources, and classroom observations

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GRADventure is a central hub of professional development resources designed specifically for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. It's a "one-stop shop," where you'll find relevant resources, special events listings, and details about upcoming workshops run by Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) and various campus partners. These events and resources are open exclusively to graduate students.

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LinkedIn Learning

Waterloo students get free access to LinkedIn Learning. The online learning platform has over 6000 courses to help students develop their business, software, technology and creative skills. Simply log in with your WatIAM user ID

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Writing and Communication Centre

The Writing and Communication Centre is a hub of communication and writing practice, support, and research on campus. They host several resources for graduate students. International students may also take advantage of their English Conversation Circles.

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Administrative information

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Graduate Studies Academic Calendar

Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is where you’ll find detailed program requirements and is the main contractual document between the student and the University. Material provided by a department/Faculty, which is additional to that contained in the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, is also deemed to be a university/student contract.

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Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA)

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) provides support to students, postdocs, staff and faculty who are engaged in graduate work and research at the University of Waterloo. GSPA provides several resources for academics, funding, course enrolment, and more!

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Campus services

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Life outside of academia

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs has some great information on life outside of academia on campus including childcare, medical services, entertainment, and adjusting to life in Canada.

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Information Systems and Technology (IST)

IST provides and supports a variety of services for graduate students, including: UWaterloo email accounts, printing, Qualtrics online survey platform, equipment loans, plagiarism identification tool, and e-thesis resources.

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The Library provides services to support graduate student academics and research, including: borrowing privileges, interlibrary loans, equipment loans, study spaces, research guides, copyright information, and more!

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Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

The Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion provides several supports to all members of the University of Waterloo community through coaching, consultation, education, and raising awareness.

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Science computing

The Science Computing Helpdesk offers a variety of services, including maintenance of undergraduate computing labs, solving software- and hardware-related issues, and dealing with account-related problems.

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WatSAFE is an app designed to help everyone in the UWaterloo community to familiarize themselves with the safety and emergency resources. WatSAFE may also send you alerts in the case of an emergency.

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Health and wellness

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Looking to get active? Athletics and Recreation have several options for students looking to improve their physical health. Try out an instructional fitness class, join an intramural team, participate in a pick up sport or bring your skates to the CIF Arena! Don’t forget to download the Warrior Rec Mobile App to view schedules.  

What to get started but not sure how? The Move Your Mind program can help students find an activity suitable to their interests, needs, and goals. There is an option to participate in an activity with a peer-volunteer to help students feel comfortable with the activity.

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Campus Wellness

Campus Wellness supports all students at the University of Waterloo. They provided a variety of primary medical care and mental health services through appointments and workshops.

Did you know there are also counsellors specific to the Faculty of Science? You can learn more about them on the science counselling services page.

Campus Wellness also provides mental health training for those who are interested to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and assist in early intervention.

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Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provides a range of health and wellness services for employees of the university and their family members.

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Sexual Violence Response

As part of the Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion Office, the Director, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response is here to support students staff and faculty for those who have experienced or been impacted by sexual violence.



UW MATES is a one-to-one student support system who provides support to students looking to build social skills, or are experiencing personal or academic concerns or low-level mental health and wellness difficulties. Students can meet with the trained MATES volunteers by booking an appointment or visiting one of their drop-in sessions.

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Student success

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Accessibility Services

AccessAbility Services provide academic support for University of Waterloo students who have both permanent and temporary disabilities. AccessAbility Services provides a range of direct support, referral, and facilitation for students.

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Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the official representative of graduate students at the University of Waterloo. The GSA supports several services for graduate students including: GRT Bus Pass, Health Insurance, Dental InsuranceGraduate Student partner funding, and more!

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Student Success Office (SSO)

The Student Success Office provides support for academic and personal success, in addition to resources for international students and study abroad/exchange support.

Check out their various workshops and initiativesStudent Leadership Program, or resources for international students.

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