International Engineering Living Community

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The Faculty of Engineering has partnered with St. Paul's to offer a Living Community for international students!

This live-in program supports the unique needs of first-year international Engineering students and creates a social network that can help you succeed.

You will live at St. Paul’s with other international first-year Engineering students in double dorm rooms, where you can expect to:

1. Build relationships and community networks that will support you as you begin your university life.

2. Benefit from:

  • Upper-year Peer Leaders from Engineering programs who understand your experience and are trained to provide support
  • Participation in selected activities designed in consultation with the Faculty of Engineering
  • Support from trained residence leaders and access to resources

3. Learn from (and make friends with!) other first-year students from all over the world in the same academic program.


Important to know

1. The International Engineering Living Community is not designed to be an enrichment program. The University of Waterloo has a considerable support network of tutors, help sessions, and workshops if you need additional language or class support. The International Engineering Living Community supports students’ academic success indirectly by creating a sense of belonging and strong community connections and networks.

2. St. Paul’s is a co-ed residence and students in the International Engineering Living Community come from all over the world. In the International Engineering Living Community you may be placed near students of other genders and cultural backgrounds as well as Canadian students and students from other Faculties.


How to apply

It's a five-step process

1. After you are accepted into an Engineering program at the University of Waterloo, you will receive an invitation via e-mail to apply online to the Living Community.

2. Accept your Offer of Admission to Engineering, and send in your online International Engineering Living Community application.

3. We will contact you to let you know if you have been accepted.

4. You will then need to fill out the University's online Residence Community Ranking form by June 1 at 11:59 pm, along with a $500 residence deposit. (This amount will also be deducted from your residence fees). You must rank St. Paul's first on this form in order to be in the Living Community.

5. Wait to hear that everything is in order. We'll also send you a personal information form so we can match you with an ideal roommate!

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For more information, please contact Steve Prentice.

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